Thanks for stepping by the Book Tour of Atlantis Rising!!
About the Author
GLORIA CRAW grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she majored and got a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives in the ‘burbs’ just outside of Seattle, Washington where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters and a very hairy dog.
English \ eBook, 334 pages
Debut: January 6, 2015
Snuck from: YA Bound
Read: January 6-8, 2015
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 142
I'm a myth type person, even if not excessively, and Atlantis is definitvely among my favorites. There's just so much you can do with a evolved people and sunken city! That's what made me hop on this tour, so I was a little disappointed when the topic was left hanging. There was just a one conversation explanation, totally not satisfying me.
However, although this was very low on anything regarding background information -- which I'm a sucker for, sadly -- it was still a good read. It flowed okay, without dwelling in one situation too long, while being descriptive in just the right amount. As this was about battles in the mind, that's no easy feat! Craw used just enough detail to make the reader really understand and feel it, without getting boring. She did the same with her characters -- they were there, but nothing too detailed about them was revealed, yet she managed to draw just the right reactions from the readers, as in like or dislike for friend or foe.
No deeper second or third layers means no mean intrigue, but that was surprisingly okay as well. The story was a layed out nice, but I missed the tingle of real action and drama in that last fight, it fell a little flat for my tastes. Although there were a few hold-your-breath scenes in the plotline, they didn't really captivate in style, which I chalk up to Craw's straight-edged writing with little details... Sadly, it makes her miss the deep level emotions to glue readers to the pages as well, but I think there's room for her to learn and spread her wings a bit more in her next work -- she has potential!
Still, it was nice learning along Alison about her heritage and powers, finding new friends and herself along the way. She was brave without coming off as overly tough, and Ian was the cute kind of cocky that made you grin instead of rolling your eyes. All the side characters made a very nice group I'd love to know more about. I'd love to know more about Ian and Alison as well, for that matter, so I vote for a sequel. Since there was an open thread left at the end, it's a possibility, and I would love to see it explored. =)
Area Scan: Idea: 3.5/5 -- Flow: 3/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5 -- Villains: 5/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 3/5 -- Suspense: 3/5
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