March 3, 2016

Shelley Loved: Atlantis Quest by Gloria Craw

Series: Atlantis Rising 2
Format: E-Galley | 356 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal

Get ready for the exciting follow up to Atlantis Rising, dubbed An enchanting debut from a promising new author of paranormal YA by Kirkus Reviews.

After all they'd cost me, I thought I was done with the Truss clan. I was wrong. Nikki Dawning, my mortal enemy, has been kidnapped, and I've been asked to spy on the Truss to find her. The pull between Ian and I has never been stronger, but he can't help me this time. I have to rely on Theron, a bad-tempered cousin I didn't know I had. To make matters worse, the people I trust have been keeping secrets.

I'm starting to feel like a weapon in a war I don't understand. How far am I willing to go to protect the descendants of Atlantis and the common good when I'm not sure what the common good is anymore?

Only one thing is certain. If I'm the next Laurel clan chief, I can't let myself be manipulated…by anyone

*Key Characters* Alison McKye, Ian Thane, Phoebe Truss, Theron Falco, Stacy King, Nikki Dawning

*Settings* Las Vegas, and Colorado

*Thoughts* ATLANTIS QUEST, by Gloria Craw, is the second installment in the Atlantis Rising series. Until recently, 18-year old Alison McKaye, aka Jillian Laurel, could honestly say that she never so much as thought about killing another person. Hidden away for most of her life in the human world, adopted by human parents (the McKaye's), Alison has come to understand that she is the last of the Laurel Clan and the daughter of the White Laurel. Alison is a (dewing) descendant from Atlantis, but given up as a child to protect her identity and her life the person who destroyed her clan. 

In fact, she knew nothing about the world that her descendants came from until Ian came along and rocked her world. Alison has some seriously cool abilities like prolonged life, quick healing, perfect memories, the ability to open a portal to the other side, and the ability to enter another person's mind and put a thought into it. After being stalked, tortured, and forced to use her abilities against hybrid Sebastian Truss, things have changed. Alison is now being protected by several dewing clans, including Ian Than's clan, and learning to protect herself. But, Alison is far from safe. 

Alison and the Thane Clan learn that her nemesis, Nikki Downing, has been kidnapped by the Truss Clan. It will be up to Alison to infiltrate the Truss family meeting, and get close to their daughter Phoebe and save Nikki. But, it is her meeting with Theron Falco that puts everything into perspective and leaves Alison a much different person. After all, Ali is the Laurel Clan Chief now which comes with understanding her new responsibilities, as well as making hard decisions that destiny calls on her to make. A destiny she has refused to accept until now. 

Let's get things out in the open. ATLANTIS QUEST is not another mermaid book. It is not another flighty romance novel where insta-lust and love triangles dominate the storyline. This is a series about a young girl who has to decide whether or not she truly believes in her own people, in destiny, and is willing to take a huge step forward and become the person her mother wants her to be. 

I absolutely loved Theron! I do hope that he finds his way back when the third installment releases. Theron and Alison are two peas in a pod, but never once was romance on the table. What was on the table is years of unanswered questions, stunning family revelations, and a new found path to what comes next as well as someone outside of Ian that she can trust without hesitation.

I found Phoebe Truss to be a fun character as well. She's loud-mouthed, opinionated, and doesn't agree with anything her family has been doing with Sebastian, and wants to change things for the better. She and Alison bond as friends, and like Theron, one can only hope that the third installment brings more of Phoebe. Craw mentions that Stacy is an important character in this book, and that is true. She's pretty much the only human who has a part to play in the story.

While Alison is struggling with revelations, and secrets, and things that she should have been told sooner, her relationship with Ian takes an interesting turn. This is a world where something called likeness comes into play. Likeness is when two people become a pair sometimes at the most inopportune times. Alison is scared of falling for Ian, and then losing him to the likeness. She's saw what it did to Theron, and she wants no part of it. But, sometimes the heart loves who the heart loves, and sometimes you have to trust that no matter what happens next, Ali's relationship with Ian is a positive influence on her. 

Craw leaves readers with an interesting ending, and one that obviously has a whole lot of ramifications for the third novel. I do recommend that you start with Atlantis Rising to get an idea of Craw's world, and her characters before starting this book.

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this so much, I admit, it has definitely piqued my interest as well!

  2. The ending is quite intriguing there! I don't think I knew about about this one but the idea is quite interesting!

  3. I think it would kinda cool to find out that you are a descendant from a long time lost Atlantis. I really like the premise of the story.

  4. I always liked the story of Atlantis

  5. This sounds really good! I'm going to have to check it out. :)

  6. Great review Shelly and I love the Atlantis theme tales of there have always fascinated me

  7. Great review and I want the series. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. I haven't read the first book, but it's buried somewhere on my Kindle. I'm sure I'll try this series one day. Great review!

  9. Love the energy of your review, Shelley. I must admit I haven't started this series yet, but it sounds fascinating and quite different, so I will make time soon. Glad you enjoyed it :) Greta review!

  10. Oh I didn't know this was set in the west. Curiosity is peaked even more. I'm going to have to go looking for that first book.


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