When a strange man told me I’m in danger because I’m a descendant of Atlantis, I thought he was crazy. Now I know he wasn’t. But he left me with a warning. I’m being hunted by someone who will hurt, maybe even kill, those I love in order to control me.
So I’ve been hiding in plain sight, walking the halls of Fillmore High like a ghost. Now, two new students, Ian and Brandy, have discovered my secret. They’ve offered to teach me how to defend myself, but they want something in return…something I’m not sure I can give. And though I’m drawn to Ian, I can’t act on my feelings. I might lose focus if I do.
The only thing I’m certain of is that I’m tired of hiding. It’s time for the hunted to become the hunter.
The Atlantis Rising series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Atlantis Rising
Book #2 Atlantis Quest
Book #3 Atlantis Reborn
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By Gloria Craw, Liz Pelletier
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I left my house the first day of my senior year thinking I had everything under control. Fillmore High, better known as Feel-Me-More High, wasn't a complicated place to navigate. I'd spent the last few years observing my classmates with a kind of hungry curiosity, so the social network wasn't difficult to steer through. The plan for this year was to get decent grades, keep my head down, and stay out of trouble. I didn't like my life in the shadows, but lives depended on me staying as invisible as I could.
The problem was, my mom stopped at the main entrance of my school rather than the side entrance like she'd promised, and we were in her candy-apple-red Porsche Carrera. Several kids had gathered in groups on the lawn. They all turned to see who would get out of such an obnoxiously expensive car in front of a run-down public school in a sketchy part of town. It was a valid question. I'd attended a nicer school closer to our house until my sophomore year, when I'd begged my parents to transfer me out of district. I'd wanted a new start where no one knew me. To be honest, I'd come to like the crumbling monstrosity that was Fillmore High School. People tended to mind their own business and there was a certain charm to the old architecture in the area.
Cursing my luck and my adoptive mom's insistence that I be chauffeured around like a twelve-year-old, I grabbed my backpack to get out. Mom gripped my arm, stopping me. "I've got to teach a yoga class this afternoon," she said. "You can catch the bus to work, right?"
I rolled my eyes. "Why didn't you just let me drive myself? I have my own car. I'm ridiculously responsible. I even pay for my own car insurance."
Mom patted my knee. "Don't be mad, Alison," she said, looking reminiscent. "I wanted to drive you one last time."
She could be aggravating, but then, I'd heard most parents could be. A ride to school on the first day was a family tradition, and not much topped tradition when it came to my mom. Catching the bus to work would be a major pain, but it was impossible to stay angry with her. I smiled. "Sure," I said. "I'll manage somehow."
As she pulled away in her flashy car, the stares of a least ten kids zoomed in on me. I formed a thought—The flag is on fire—and pushed it into their minds. Expressions of shock and astonishment crossed their faces and their heads turned quickly toward the flagpole in front of the school.
I sighed in relief. The results of my thought transference were mixed. Sometimes it worked like a charm; other times I had a hard time making it stick. Fortunately, it worked this time, and no one gave a crap about me as I continued on.
I switched my backpack to the other shoulder while the sun's heat beat down on my back like a death ray. It was seven thirty in the morning and already eighty-five degrees. That's how August in Las Vegas was. You accepted it after a while, but you never got used to it.
I opened the heavy glass doors at the front of the school, and a gush of cool air hit me. Fillmore might be a crumbling pile of bricks, but the air-conditioning was top-notch. It had to be, or the student body would die of heatstroke. Several people watched me come in, so I kept my expression bland, and their eyes glazed over with a lack of interest.
Dressed in my usual camouflage—jeans and a nondescript T-shirt—I wasn't much to look at. I wore thick-rimmed glasses and no makeup. I also pulled my dark hair into a bun at the back of my neck, which added greatly to the blah factor. I'd designed my style to look like paint on the wall—there but rarely noticed.
Putting my earphones in, I turned up the volume on my iPod and stepped into the crowd. The place reeked of cheap cologne, drenched on the boys with reckless abandon. People were wearing their best, which in Vegas was usually a new pair of shorts and an overpriced T-shirt. Everyone was trying to impress but appear casual at the same time. Not many managed it. I watched the smiles and conversations around me, feeling the familiar bubblings of envy.
I didn't have friends at Fillmore High, not a single one. I wasn't friendless in the sense that I couldn't make them. I practiced good personal hygiene and could carry a conversation. I'd been a sociable and outgoing girl once, but that version of me had gone into storage years ago. I kept things as impersonal as possible now.
I pushed and dodged my way through groups of talking kids until things started to thin out around the north hall. Only a few people had gathered there, and most of them stood alone, working the dials on their lockers.
Skirting around a janitor wielding a mop and bucket, I tried not to gag on the pungent odor of industrial cleaning supplies. The north hall always smelled funny because it was home to maintenance and supply closets. It was long and dark, too, giving it a creepy feel. It wasn't anyone's first choice for a locker assignment. Except for me. I'd wanted one there because the majority of the metal boxes around it would stay empty for the year.
I found my locker and flipped the dial back and forth. I didn't need a written reminder of the alpha sequences ... or anything else, for that matter. One of the benefits of being like me was perfect recall. Since my eighth birthday, everything I'd seen or heard had been stored away in a neat filing system in my brain. The lock clicked under my fingers, and I stacked some notebooks on the bottom shelf. Then I stuck a mirror and a picture of my dog to the inside of the door. The result wasn't homey, but it appeared occupied and that was good enough for me. I would open it a couple of times each day, but I would never leave anything I actually used inside it. One of the rules I lived by was keeping my personal things with me at all times.
Halfway down the stairs to my first class, a gangly boy and a girl who was round in all the right places were putting the Feel-Me-More back into Fillmore High. It was impossible to get around them, so I cleared my throat loudly. When they didn't look up, I tapped the boy on the shoulder. He mumbled something like "Go away" but didn't shift. I focused and then sent "Move" into both of their minds.
The girl backed against the wall and the boy quickly shifted to resume his Velcro stance against her. I squeezed by them.
I faded into the darkness below with a big smile on my face.
I was the first to arrive for AP English. The room was typical of most in the building, boxlike, bars on the windows, and white walls with brown carpet on the floor and up the kickboard. The only thing missing was a straitjacket.
The desks had been arranged to form a tight semicircle at the front of the room. I was going to have a neighbor on at least one side no matter where I sat, so I chose the chair farthest from the door. Unzipping my backpack, I got out the supplies I would need. I'd turned getting ready for class into an art form. I could stretch getting my stuff organized on my desk out for two minutes. Those who lived in the shadows learned to look busy even when we weren't. As usual, I kept my head down while the class filled up fast around me. When a warm body slid into the chair next to mine, I looked through my lashes to see who it was.
Connor McKenzie was cute and always dressed to perfection. He even ironed his shorts. He was also notoriously talkative. Opening my notebook, I began doodling, hoping he'd see the illusion I worked to create ... a silent uninteresting girl.
I cursed internally when he cleared his throat in preparation for conversation. It wasn't that I didn't want to talk to him. It was that I shouldn't. Knowing what was coming, I formed the thought Talk to the girl on your right.
The girl on his right was the female half of the kissing couple from the stairwell. The boy half was sitting next to her, and they were still exchanging saliva. Connor wasn't ballsy enough to intrude on that type of conversation, and I couldn't say I blamed him. He turned back to me instead. "You're Alison, right?" he asked.
"You're a senior."
I nodded again and sent the thought You don't want to talk to this girl into his mind.
My transference would sometimes short-circuit if the target was really fixed on something specific. Talking was as necessary to Connor as breathing was to the rest of us, so he continued, "We're all seniors then. Except for him." He gestured toward a really cute blond boy sitting across the room next to a girl with curly hair. "That's Ian and Brandy Palmer. They're new. I think they're cousins or something."
I nodded a third time, hoping my silence would discourage him. I should have known better. Nothing discourages a talker when they're in the mood.
"So, what's your last name?" Connor asked. "I know your first name is Alison because we had trig together last year. Mr. Yardley called on you sometimes. You always got the answers right."
Rather than let Connor draw attention to us by looking like he was talking to himself, I gave in. "My last name is McKye," I said.
"Hey, that's Scottish. I'm in a Scottish heritage group online. I'll give you the site. You should join. It's—"
"I don't have Scottish heritage," I replied, cutting him off. "I'm ... adopted."
Mrs. Waters, our teacher, walked in, putting an end to Connor's talking. Which was good because he seemed the type that wouldn't hesitate to pry into someone's adoption, and I really didn't want to go into how I'd been passed around in foster care for five years before the McKyes came along and rescued me.
Calling for our attention, Mrs. Waters started handing books around. In a no-nonsense tone, she told us to open our poetry text to William Blake's The Tyger. Then she asked Melissa, of the make-out pair, to read it aloud.
I followed along with half my brain while Melissa read. The other half of my brain retrieved a picture of the room and everyone in it. With the exception of the hot guy and his cousin across the room, I knew all of my classmates. There were only eleven of us in the room. I hadn't anticipated so few. Such a small group would be difficult to hide in, and it worried me. My stomach was doing nervous flip-flops when I glanced up and met the eyes of Ian Palmer.
He held my gaze and the corners of his mouth tipped up in a slow smile. It was a nice smile ... warm and friendly. I was tempted to smile back, but studied my book instead. Melissa finished the last two lines of Blake's The Tyger: "What immortal hand or eye / Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?"
Ian would be another complication. I'd known before Connor pointed him out that we had AP lit together. I'd stood in the registration line with him last week. He was blond, about my height, with a long, strung-out build that told me he was growing upward faster than outward. My younger brother was going through the same kind of growth thing. Ian's eyes were an unusual color. From across the room, they appeared to be light blue. But up close, there were flecks of green, like the turquoise stone in a Navajo bracelet my mother owned.
Judging from the way he'd smiled at me, Ian remembered me from registration, too. And it didn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling.
"You will all be expected to read material in class when called on," Mrs. Waters continued, "and you will be assigned two in-class presentations each quarter."
More bad news. In-class presentations didn't fit with my plan to stay invisible. Mrs. Waters picked up some Post-it notes from off her desk. "I have the names of five poets in my hand," she continued. "You will each pick a slip of paper and partner with whoever gets the same poet as you."
My stomach churned as I took my paper and unfolded it. "Lord Byron" was spelled out in dark print. Stomach problems stayed with me for the rest of class and got worse when everyone started searching for their presentation partners afterward. I overheard Connor's exclamation of happiness when he found out he had Keats, the same as Nate Hopkins. Whether Nate was as delighted as Connor, I couldn't tell. Ian's cousin, Brandy, was standing close to Michael Larson, their eyes locked on the Post-it note in her hand. Evidently they were partners, too.
I repacked my things, trying to figure out how I was going to handle the situation. Nervous energy made me drop my class schedule, and it fluttered to the floor. Annoyed, I bent to get it and then started walking without looking up. It came as a complete surprise when I walked into a soft cotton shirt and the surprisingly strong chest beneath it.
Finally, physics class had taught me something I could reference. When two objects collide, the lighter one gets knocked farthest off course. I was the lighter object, and I felt myself careening off balance with no hope of correction.
My last thoughts were that my head was in line to collide with the edge of the desk where Connor had been sitting, and that the chest responsible for my imminent pain belonged to Ian Palmer.CHAPTER 2
I fell to the side, my head hit the desk, and I crumpled to the floor like a wet noodle. The impact didn't knock me out, but it stunned me so much I couldn't remember where I was for a moment.
"Alison, are you all right?" Mrs. Waters asked. Concern showed on her face as she looked at the warm liquid running down the side of my neck.
I reached up to touch it and searing pain shot through my head. Squeezing my eyes closed, I swallowed hard. The last thing I wanted was to cry in front of people I wanted to remain a stranger to. "I think I'm okay," I managed to say.
Mrs. Waters took my hands and helped me sit up. The room went fuzzy and came into focus again. As I looked at the people around me, the seriousness of my situation registered. Not only was I hurt, but I'd given the people in room seventeen a reason and the opportunity to mark me in their memories. If any of them had a stronger than normal interest in my fall, I wouldn't be able to make them forget about it now. I wouldn't be invisible to them anymore.
Closing my eyes, I formed the thought nothing to remember and pushed it into all the minds around me. A wash of crushing pain and then fatigue followed. I'd never felt pain or weakness in connection with transference before, which made me fear some real damage had been done to the inside of my head.
I opened my eyes to see if my efforts had any success. The results were mixed. Connor, Ian, Brandy, and Mrs. Waters continued to stare at me, but the others didn't seem interested anymore. "I think she's going to be okay," Mrs. Waters said to the people who cared. "You'd better get to your next class, everyone. The second bell will ring shortly."
Six of my classmates filed out the door without glancing back. The others stood in a semicircle around me. Ian got to his knees, his attention focused on the bleeding gash on the side of my face.
"I'm really sorry," he said. "I shouldn't have been standing so close to you. I didn't expect you to turn around that fast."
"Really," his cousin, stated. "I thought that was your plan. Knocking people down is the best way to make friends at a new school."
Her sarcasm didn't faze Ian. He asked Mrs. Waters to hand him the box of tissue on her desk and then he handed one to me. I applied gentle pressure over the cut with it. Ian was too close for comfort, so I shifted to put more distance between us. When I pulled the tissue away, it was saturated with blood. "I think I'm going to need more tissues," I muttered.
"You need to see the nurse," Connor said. "I'll help you get up."
He took my arm with enthusiasm and pulled. Not much happened. At almost six feet, I was four inches taller than him. He couldn't get enough leverage to raise me from the floor. I tried to help by getting get my feet under myself, but my legs weren't taking orders from my brain the way they should. Connor kept pulling even after I gave up.
Ian's eyes were lit with amusement. "I got it," he said, waving Connor off.
A second later, I was lifted off the floor and onto my feet. Ian steadied me with his arm around my back. When I came to my senses enough to realize it, I jerked away from him. Ian noticed my reaction and backed away, too. I hadn't meant to offend him after he helped me, but I'd been avoiding anything more than a handshake for so long his arm along my back almost burned.
Mrs. Waters checked me over and gave a quick nod. "I'll take you to the nurse now. We have to hurry, though. I've got tenth-grade English in two minutes."
"I can make it to the nurse's station on my own," I assured her.
"I don't know ..." Mrs. Waters replied, with an expression that said I seriously doubt it.
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Atlantis Rising makes it onto my best of 2015 list (so far). I was in a heck of a reading slump until Entangled sent me this unknown book by an unknown author and I figured, what the heck. Holy Thor, this book drew me in like Chris Helmsworth's abs and kept me just as captivated. I love the cast of characters - Alison, Ian and Brandy and all the supporting cast are great. The story is engrossing and fun and the perfect way to spend a day. If you enjoy paranormal YA, I cannot recommend this book enough. Atlantis Rising is about a waning group of people who are the descendants of the inhabitants of Atlantis. Of course, there's the clueless heroine, the hottie hero, the fun, crazy BFF and of course, the completely psycho villain. All pretty typical, but Craw puts it all together in a way that will have you laughing, crying and rooting for the good guys. Craw's created a fascinating mythology of Atlantis, and I hope there are more stories to come!
The Atlantis Rising series was and quick series that caught me up right from the beginning - I just wanted to see more and more. Alison is different from the rest of the world. She has always felt it, but in the first part of the book we find out why she really is. As Alison discovers more about who and what she is, the reader is introduced to the concept of dewings. Magical beings that are each blessed with their own special skill. Alison's skill is one that is highly sought after and easily abused. Alison is introduced to the society and put under protection so the "bad guys" can't take her and force her to misuse her dewing ability. Along the way, she will have to choose between trying to lead a normal life and putting her "normal" family at risk or walk away to join her new dewing family and helping them bring the diverse and often combative dewing communities together. There are hints of romance, a lot of political-style intrigues, family drama, and heartache. It was an interesting story with a few slow moments. A lot of build up that sometimes let me down once we got to the end of it all. But there are two more books, and I can't wait to see where the drama is heading. **I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book**
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw! Alison works hard to not get noticed by anyone because she wants to blend in and stay invisible. Her adoptive parents love her tremendously and treat her well. She meets new students, Ian and Brandy, who start attending her school and, despite her best efforts, they become her friends. When she was younger, a stranger recognized her abilities and warned her to keep them secret. He also told Alison that she's an Atlantis descendant like he is. He noticed her when she used her thought transference ability while playing, which means she can give other people thoughts and then they follow through with them. For example, if someone shows interest in her, she makes them think she's boring and to not pay any attention to her. She fell and hit her head at school and is now having a difficult time using her transference ability. She discovers that Ian and Brandy are children of Atlantis also and they fill her in on her past and how she is being hunted by the man who killed her biological mother. Complex story and interesting characters make Atlantis Rising a great fantasy read; 5 stars!
“Atlantis Rising” was a surprising paranormal YA hit! I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I ended up really enjoying it. We follow Alison in the first person POV. Alison is 17 years old, adopted when she was little after a few years in foster care. The family that adopted her is amazing, and she loves them a lot. A few years ago, she learned from a stranger that she is not actually human but is instead Dewing, a descendent of Atlantis. Her abilities as a Dewing make her a target, and the stranger advises her to hide to protect herself and her family. Scared by the revelations, Alison has done her best to make herself invisible and fly under the radar. That is, until at school, the new students are unsusceptible to her method of pushing suggestions into their minds and they refuse to ignore her. Alison finds herself pulled in by their charms and learns more about the Atlantians than she knew was possible. The flow of the story was perfect- we learn about this whole other (but very similar) species at the same time Alison does, and her perspective is great. She’s neither too trusting nor too reticent, so the plot continues moving at the right pace. She primarily learns about this culture and abilities from Ian and Brandy, who are posing as high school students, but she also learns from their parents to an extent, so we get a broader idea of the community. Alison’s scope is limited, and the plot flows extremely well and quickly because of it. It would be interesting to learn more about the species and their history, although we do get some by what is taught to (and relevant to) Alison. I found the idea of the Atlantians really fascinating and believable (in terms of paranormal), and I am really loving this series! The relationship between Ian and Alison is a nice of balance of getting-to-know-you and teenage lust, although it does take a backseat overall to the larger plot of the story. And good news for people who don’t like cliffhangers, because this book sets up for the rest of the series with an ending that feels complete! I really loved how a whole story happens in this one book and we get closure, but since the characters were so much fun, I can’t wait to see where they will go in the future books. Overall, this was an enthralling paranormal series that I look forward to continuing! Please note that I received a copy from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
I thought the plot was well developed until the ending. Anticlimactic.
This THE BEST book i have ever read.
Alison McKye is trying to be invisible to the world. She wants to protect her adopted family. She's different. She's one of the children of Atlantis. The evil man who killed her parents is searching for her. He wants her power and will kill anyone who is in his way. Will she survive? This is an exciting story. The characters are amazing. I liked Allison. She's smart and capable. I love a strong heroine. When she meets other dewing, the excitement ramped up. Ian Palmer, her dewing classmate, helps her accept what's happening and protects her from harm while she learns to use her powers. I loved their connection with its touch of romance. The secondary characters add so much depth to this story. They explained to Allison her family history as well as that of Atlantis. They are engaged in a war for survival and they need her to win. I enjoyed Lillian, Alison's boss. She was more than she appeared. This is a fast paced and exciting story that captured my imagination. What a wild and exciting ride. Gloria Craw did a wonderful job. I couldn't put down Atlantis Rising.
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review** 3 stars! Alison McKye is different…she’s invisible, or at least that what she makes people think. She achieves that by wearing non-descript clothes, thick rimmed glasses, and keeping her head down – that and she literally can push thoughts into other’s minds and they react. She noticed she was different from the age of 8 that she could push thoughts into someone’s mind, she never got sick, and she has a photographic memory. Being adopted, she’s never known why she had these differences – never known anyone from her biological family. But she loves her adopted parents and brother – they’ve always supported her and made her feel like even though she has the keep her head down at school, that she can always be herself with them. On her first day of her senior year in high school, Alison comes up against something she’s never faced before – a new boy Ian and his cousin Brandy who won’t take no for an answer. They refuse to accept her invisibility. But she can tell they are hiding something also – although she wants no part in finding out what that is. So when she gets stuck with an English project with Ian, she is forced to go outside her comfort zone and learn about the mysterious Ian and Brandy. And what she finds out goes beyond what she ever could have thought possible – she’s actual part of an ancient race from the depths of Atlantis, a Dewing. She is a Thoughtmaker that can change the Dewing race forever. With a war raging, every side will do whatever it takes to either keep her safe, or use her power for evil…if only Alison knew which side truly wanted her for which task. Struggling to place her trust in people she’s never met, but claim they want to protect her and help her learn about her heritage and powers, she sets off on a journey that will forever change her. When I first started reading Atlantis Rising, Alison really confused me, talking to herself about pushing thoughts into random people’s minds – but once she explains meeting another man when she was 14 who somehow knew what she could do, it fell more into place. I thought it was a great new take on someone of the sea, but not a mermaid (in fact, the story never even has any of the Dewing even NEAR the water). I also really liked Ian and Brandy’s characters – they were very easy to like and they were kind to anyone, humans and Dewings alike. And while I thought the romance between Ian and Alison was cute, unfortunately, that’s where my list of “likes” sadly ends. Alison’s plans are constantly changing, which drove me crazy – for such a seemingly smart, self-sufficient young-lady, she can never make up her mind. And some of the explanations of the “whose” or the “what’s” regarding either the enemy Dewing or why they have/ are doing something was sadly lacking. Also, the book just seem to end – there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of resolve on what was going to happen to Alison once they have overcome their obstacles – it felt like it just stopped. Is her journey ongoing (another book), or did she just live happily ever after (only this one book)…? It was definitely an interesting book, but it simply felt like a lot of detail was overlooked or left out. Overall, a decent and quick read, but would have loved to learn more about the Dewings and what else is in store for them.
I originally purchased this book for the purpose of previewing it before purchasing it for the teens in my life. I myself loved it! The character of Alison touched my soul. The author did a great job of conveying Alison as what sadly has become the "typical teen", the teen on the outside looking in. The teen who wants to fit in but can't. The teen who does not want to be noticed as no good ever comes of that. I loved the "human" side of Alison more than the "Atlantis" side of Alison. Great job done in the writing of this tale in conveying the main characters sense of wanting more in life but afraid to reach out for it. Loved Brandy - popular, well liked, a crowd of teens reaching out to be her friend. Brandy reaches out to Alison, and changes her life, not only as a member of the "Atlantis" family but also as a member of the human race.If only there were more teens like Brandy at high school, what a difference it would make to so many kids who live in the shadows, afraid to seek the sun. This is a great read for adults and teens alike. I really enjoyed the story line, the characters, the dialog and most of all the spot on description of the feelings and emotions of each character. Gloria - please tell us that the story of Ian and Alison does not end here!
I am not a huge fan of mermaid stories, no matter how many times I try, so when I initially saw the cover for Atlantis Rising, I passed it right on by. You know that "most UNpopular" saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Well, people really need to say it more, get the word out, because there are people, like little old me, who completely suck at listening! I think I have learned my lesson, then I become a dummy.... yet again. Case in point: Atlantis Rising. Now on to the ACTUAL review. Once I got my smart back, I signed up for the tour and got my review copy. I simply could not put it down. I was immediately drawn into Alison's life. Her pain and frustration, her yearning to be a part of SOMEONE's world, was so plainly evident. Yet, she knows that, no matter what, she has to stay hidden in order to protect her adoptive family. No matter the personal cost to herself. Because Alison isn't human, and there are others like her who will stop at nothing to get their hands on her. Alison hides for a long time, until the two new kids in school, Ian and Brandi, slowly make their way into her lives and she realizes that by hiding, she was making herself an even larger target. Alison finally has friends, finally allows people into her life, and she feels happiness she hasn't felt in a long, long time. Unfortunately, Alison's worst nightmares are coming true. I genuinely enjoyed Atlantis Rising, beginning to end. Gloria Craw is incredibly talented at creating characters who stand out, each with their own distinctive personalities, stories, lives. The characterization is top notch. The story is fast-paced, even in the tender moments, when a new relationship is blooming. The story is engaging, from the first paragraph to the last. Atlantis Rising is a unique tale, and I am eagerly anticipating the release of a sequel. You can guarantee I won't make the same mistake with THAT cover as I did with this one! Would I recommend Atlantis Rising? Why, yes, yes I would. I am 32 years old, and I loved it. I know I could hand it over to my older sister, or my niece who is a Freshman in college, and they would both enjoy it, too. Gloria Craw is definitely an author I plan to keep my eyes on for a long time to come!
I received this book from Young Adult Bound Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review. If you like stories based on Atlantis then I'm sure that you will enjoy this. It is a light, young adult book that incorporates a sideline of romance but it doesn't overpower the story. Allison had a hard start in life. She was left in foster care at age 3 but she can't remember anything from before that. She was in the system for a while before being fostered and adopted by the McKyes. Three years ago though, she is approached by a man in the park who was there with his family and told that her abilities (that she knew about... sort of) were wanted by a 'bad man' who wouldn't hesitate to hurt her family to get to her. So Allison tries to fade into the background. She thinks she's doing okay until Ian and Brandy come along and shake things up. This is a well-written story that moves along at a steady pace. Ian and Brandy are brilliant characters and really help this story to come alive. There are lots of other great supporting characters though, not just including the family and Lillian (who rocks!). The ending is bittersweet and I am hoping that this will be part of a series. There are unanswered questions left over and I really want to see more of Allison and Ian. Definitely recommended!
When I was a kid I had a huge obsession with Atlantis. The whole idea of this sunken island was fascinating. I would watch those shows where they would dive and look for things. Atlantis Rising takes that story and gives it a unique twist. I like the idea of how the Island sunk and that the Atlantians (which are referred to Dewing) are just living among us. I really enjoyed the characters. I liked how even though Allison is the star of the show, you find yourself connected to Ian and Brandy. There were parts that really pulled at my heart strings that weren’t necessarily involving Allison. I also liked the strong adult influence of Spencer, Katherine and Lillian. They were not perfect but they were not evil and supportive for the most part. They seemed to accept Ian’s fate but they also explained how their brains worked a little differently than humans. At first Allison drove me a little batty because I didn’t understand how she thought what she was doing would make her disappear. I loved that Ian called her on it. I think she just has this extreme reaction to things for some reason but she is also fiercely loyal. I loved how much she cared about her adoptive family and would do anything to protect them. I loved the plot. The idea that there is this complete society overlapping is fascinating. Not only that but getting down to the differences between the Dewing and Humans and how they interact with other Emotionally, Socially and Physical in a way (I’m thinking likeness). I’m not sure if there are going to be more books but I felt like this could have spread out to even at least two books. I think it was difficult to cram all of this into just one book and therefore gave certain parts that kind of rushed feeling. I felt like this was a unique and interesting YA read. I think if your looking for a different mythology this would definitely be one to pick up. I wish it had been spread across two books to give it a little more flex room for things to develop but I figure the fact I want more is never a bad thing. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from this world.
I requested Atlantis Rising on a whim as I read the summary and thought it sounded interesting. I am happy that I did as I found myself enjoying this book and while there were some things that were frustrating, overall this was a solid story and one I found myself not wanting to put down. Alison has grown up an orphan and has found a family in the McKyes. About three years ago, she randomly met someone who knew exactly who she was and where she came from. After being warned to protect herself and hide, Alison makes the decision to withdraw and try to make herself a unnoticeable as possible. Unfortunately for her, it seems to backfire. Overall I liked Alison. I admit, I found it interesting that she would be so trusting and take the things that others tell her at face value, namely the Children of Atlantis. Despite this, I thought Alison was a well-developed character and she I thought the other characters in this story were well developed too. Lillian, Brandy, and Ian all added to this story and I thought the interactions between all of these characters were believable. Craw has developed an interesting world around the idea of Atlantis. The idea that there are these beings out there who blend in with humans and can manipulate them based on their specific abilities is an interesting one. I loved the idea of the different abilities from a healer, someone who can influence other's thoughts, and even someone who draws others to them. It is a fascinating idea. If you are interested in something different in the YA genre, definitely consider this book. I was glad to have come across it and while I had some challenges with the story, I enjoyed it and found myself turning the pages to find out what was going to happen.
Curious. Mysterious. Keeps you guessing. I really loved how this an entirely new take on teens with specials powers. So many books these days about vampires and werewolves. I really like this original idea. I hope she writes more! If you like hybrid novels with mixed elements of sci-fi, romance, and fantasy this would be a great choice for you!
I really enjoyed reading this book! At first, I thought this was going to be about mermaids or something but it turned out to be more amazing than that! I loved the concept, it's very refreshing. Perfect to start the year with this one. I loved the characters. I could definitely relate with Alison, an ordinary teenager I'd say. She's a bit introverted but I love how badass she can get. I also loved that even if she was adopted, she acknowledges her foster family. Her relationship with her foster family was really adorable. Ian was kind of hard to describe when it comes to his physical appearance. He's blond but I can't imagine him as blond. When I think of him, a dark-haired boy always comes into my mind. I think he's pretty hot though. I loved his character as well. He's a bit cocky but in an adorable way and it doesn't lead to you making faces or rolling your eyes. He's really kind and funny. Brandy is definitely my favorite character. I just hands down love her. So yeah, I'm a bit emotionally attached to her. *cries* The ending fell a bit short for me though. I felt like it was a bit abrupt. Like, the climax was building all throughout the book and I was pretty much looking forward to the ending and I was on edge but then towards the end of the book, it seemed like things went too fast. Still, I enjoyed it. The concept of the Atlantis is a bit foreign to me. All I know about Atlantis is that it's a lost island at the bottom of the ocean. I haven't seen the animated movie yet, was it from Disney? I'll probably check it out. So yeah, foreign concept... which made me check out this book. I'm really glad I did because I like it so much! I definitely enjoyed reading it and I wanted more!!! Okay, I tweeted Gloria Craw earlier and asked her if there's going to be a sequel and she said yes! I love the simple narration because it's so direct and on-point. No dilly-dallies. I definitely recommend this one!
I received an Advanced Galley Copy for review from Entangled Teen Publishing (Thank you!) This story was so cute. I didn't want it to end, but I also think this may be the start of a series? So in complete "judge a book by its cover" fashion, I thought this book would be about mermaids. I don't know why or where I drew that conclusion. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. There was a small amount of time at the very beginning where I thought I could be reading mermaid Twilight. Thankfully, this story and Allison, the protagonist, have brains and a strong sense of self. The flirty romantic bits were really cute and I never found them unnecessary like I sometimes do with teen books. Allison never seemed to be throwing herself at Ian. They were simply brought together through shared circumstance. The "Children of Atlantis" thing is cool, and reminded me of Percy Jackson. I would recommend this book to fans of the Lux series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, and Disney's Atlantis movies.
**I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing for an honest review** 3-3.5/5stars This book was just okay to me. Alison is a 17 y/o girl who's adopted and has known that she was gifted from a young age but had kept it to herself. She later finds out that her biological mother was a powerful person and now Alison is last of her clan. And there is evil who want her. Now I had problems with the storyline, although I liked where the author was taking it, I just feel like it lacked originality. There was something missing. I felt confused with terms and meanings of the world. The characters were likable and cute but I found myself comparing them to other characters of books I have read. I was also comparing the Dewing's powers to other powers. I also felt like it was a little too "witchcraft" for me. And I didn't like feeling that was because it's ATLANTIS!!!! Don't get me wrong I loved reading the different powers of the characters, however I felt like it was too rushed when explaining what each person's speciality was and I kind of found myself going back to read what they're powers were like when they used them later on in the book. There was a part where I feel like could've made this book so badass, if the author would've detailed more the island of Atlantis and talking more about Sebastian and his evil doings. Instead I felt like it was briefly put into a few sentences and then I was expected to feel negative toward him. Overall though, I would recommend this book to people who like characters of Twilight and Lux and Atlantis.
I enjoyed this book, it had a different and fresh type to it-beyond the normal vampire, warewolf, angels, demons, half whatevers. so I was pleasantly surprised by it. A young girl believes she must hide to keep her adoptive family safe-they are the only ones who stuck it out with her and truly care for her. she believes if shes boring and uninvolved no one would notice her in school but truly people just wonder whats wrong with her. She finds that she is one of the last in her clain and she is being hunted. She has the strongest ability but being raised by humans has made her weak, so she must overcome her fears and she could be the only one to beat the evil one who has set out to kill all her clain plus make the humans his servants. Its a good and pretty quick read :) dewings. age-old war. likeness. destiny.
At last, a new Atlantis legend adventure! This is a totally engaging story of super powered teens and family against age old foes. The young lady who is the heroine of this tale entered the foster care system as a young child and has no idea about her natural parents or what happened to them. She was passed around for many years until the McKyes adopt her and she learnt to love them. Three years ago a stranger in a park told her why she felt different – it seems she’s a Dewing, a descendent of a superhuman species who were the original Atlantians. He knows she has special powers that she keeps secret. He also warned her that others were searching for her and that her adopted family would be in danger because of her. She decides to hide in plain sight, dresses in drab clothes, wears thick rimmed glasses and tries not to draw attention to herself in any way. Then two new students start at her school – Brandy and Ian. Brandy won’t let her slip into the background and Ian points out that doing so actually makes her more noticed and talked about as this isn’t typical teenage behaviour. On top of that, Ian is undeniably hot and determined not to let her ignore him! It seems this trio are fated to work together to save their species, but can they do so and if so, how? The characters are believable, even with their special talents. Their emotions, reactions and experiences are related in a manner which helps readers empathise with them. The storyline is powerful and it is a real page turner story which I didn’t want to put down. I also think this could easily become part of a series – and I really hope it does. I’d like to read more about what happens in the future to the characters in this story! It is a great book, highly recommended by me for teens and young adults, too! I read an ARC of this book and suspect some aspects, such as the names of characters, may change in the published version. Thanks to the author and publishers, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.