Rating: High Four 1/2
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Otherworld by Evan Ronan, Cornelia Funke, Divergent (although Atlantis Rising is nothing like Divergent, there's a similar feel and romance), and Ingo.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
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.
Some other reviews have mentioned that this is not, in fact, about mermaids, as they suspected, which is true. However, this doesn't take away from the intrigue and otherworldly mystery about it - very similar to Ingo, if you've read that. I loved Alison, the main character. I felt that she was a strong female protagonist, yet was also beautifully human at the same time, which I love for these types of stories. Every other character in this book was spot-on, too... well, maybe besides Lillian. I couldn't wrap my head around her, which might be the effect Gloria Craw was going for, but it just didn't work for me. Other than that, my only negative would be the abundance of typos and grammatical errors, etc. It was small things (for example, they were going to the "chiefs meeting" over "chiefs' meeting") but there were just too many of them to ignore. At times, I just couldn't understand the sentence due to this. Again, not huge, but it took away from my reading experience slightly.
I couldn't take my eyes away from the last two hundred pages of the book, it was so amazing. It's wonderfully written and flows nicely, but doesn't detract from the story itself. Overall, a surprisingly good book that I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat.