Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted January 7th, 2015 in Blog Tour, book review / 20 comments

Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw
Publisher: Entangled Teen on January 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

At A Glance

Good but I wanted more.

The Good

The concept of Atlantis Rising hooked me right away. So mysterious and intriguing. Alison is not quite human. She is something more and she has been alone amongst humans for a long time. Then all of a sudden, her people are coming out of the woodwork, but they bring bad news. Alison is in danger, because even among a unique race, Alison is special, and some people want to exploit that specialness.

It was so fun seeing Alison come out of her shell after years of distancing herself from everyone. She had a good attitude towards all the hardships she faced, like some brutal training and the possibility of dying. But her new amazing friends helped her out. I really liked the side characters. They were so supportive and protective. Alison needed that, even if she didn’t realize it.

Ian was especially great. He was a kind-sorta love interest. He was so cocky but adorable. He had a normal teenager boy feel about him but he put on his grown-up pants often to save Alison and his race. Ian and Alison’s relationship is left open-ended but I think they would make a cute couple. A fun, cute, but sometimes intense story overall.

The Bad

A lot of the scenarios felt a little forced. Events didn’t happen naturally. They were set up and had very little logic or explanation behind it.

We get a rundown of the story behind Atlantis, it’s fall, and so on, but very little detail. I wanted to know more about everything, like the Atlantis people and their abilities.

The plot was good but slow at times. I would’ve liked to have been excited more often.

The Snuggly

The romance was light so no sex and very little kissing. The book didn’t need it anyway.

Final Thoughts

I wonder if this is going to be a series. I might grab book two if so. Atlantis Rising had a fun story and interesting concept. I would like to learn more about the Atlantis race though. Recommended.


“It was pretty nice of me to save your life, wasn’t it? Is that why you kissed me?”

There were a lot of reasons why I had kissed him, but I wasn’t going to tell him all of them. “I am grateful,” I said. “But in general, I don’t kiss guys for that reason.”

“So you kiss a lot of guys?”

“No, you’re the first one, but we can’t do it again.”

“Ouch,” he replied.

About Gloria Craw

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.


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20 Responses to “Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Jaclyn Canada

    It’s great that the side characters are wonderful. I’m with you on wanting as much back-story on Atlantis as possible. It’s always been fascinating to me, so I would eat all that information up. There’s so many possibilities with that concept. Glad it didn’t disappoint though and you enjoyed it overall.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know, so many possibilities. I like what the author did with Atlantis, but I still wanted more.

  2. kindlemom1

    Sad this wasn’t a bit better but glad overall it was an okay read. I struggle so much with these type of reads for some reason that I am not sure if this would be the one for me or not but I would be willing to give it a chance. 🙂

  3. Kristin

    This sounds like an interesting story but I hate when an author pushes situations on their characters for the sake of drama instead of letting something happen naturally.

  4. Stormi

    This sounds interesting, but I would like more about Atlantis as well. Sounds sort of like the set up for a series so hopefully it will be and then more about Atlantis will come. 🙂

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    It sounds interesting and I do like to see character growth. I am glad you felt the romance was fine, too bad some areas felt forced in the plot line. Curious to see if a second book develops.

  6. Christy

    Heh – I like the quote. The whole Atlantis connection has me very curious. I’m such a character-driven reader, so that might be in it’s favor for me.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      OMG, it took me like 45 mins to find a usable quote. There weren’t many.

  7. Olivia

    I think maybe I will read this book later. The idea of it sounds intriguing and I like the sound of the love interest. But I can’t read another slow book for a while because I just finished one and need something more exciting for a bit.

  8. Alina R

    I’m interested in the Atlantis idea. I think I’ll like to read this one, maybe wait to see if there will be another book so I can have more story. Will add to wishlist.Thanks for the review.


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