Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Atlantis Rising

Book: Atlantis Rising
Author: Alyssa Day
Grade: D

Atlantis Rising is my first Alyssa Day read. She also writes under the pen name Alesia Holliday.

I went into reading this book with very high hopes. I'd heard really good reviews so I thought what the heck? Why not? Now I'm asking myself, why?

Why was it that while reading this book I kept on forgetting that I was reading an author that was completely new to me? Why did Christine Feehan keep popping into my brain? Why did I have to force myself to continue on? Why did I purchase this book at full price? Why? Why? Why? *Head desk*

If you are a fan of well rounded, unrushed, engrossing paranormal romance's then please do not pass go with this book.

If you are a fan of fleshed out characters and real, true connections between the hero and heroine then do not pass go with this book.

If you are not a fan of Feehan then do not even think about this book because I promise you; you will regret it. Day and Feehan's writing styles are very, very similar. Right down to the mind touching heroes and heroines. I guess that the Feehan stamp of approval on the cover of Atlantis Rising should have alerted me but she gave a great review about C.L. Wilson's writing as well and I absolutely loved Wilson's books.

When she calls…
Riley Dawson is more than a dedicated Virginia Beach social worker. She's blessed with a mind link that only Atlantaens have been able to access for thousands of years. Being an "empath" may explain her wistful connection to the roiling waves of the ocean, the sanctuary it provides, and the sexual urges that seem to emanate from fathoms below…

He will come.
Conlan, the High Prince of Atlantis, has surfaced on a mission to retrieve Poseidon's stolen Trident. Yet something else has possessed Conlan: the intimate emotions-and desires-of a human. Irresistibly drawn to the uncanny beauty, Conlan soon shares more than his mind. But in the midst of a battle to reclaim Poseidon's power, how long can a forbidden love last between two different souls from two different worlds?

It's hard for me to sum up why the book didn't work for me. Maybe because there is so much to cover, pretty much the whole book was a dud. There were moments where I'd be along for the ride but then something outlandish would happen or the writing and phrasing would become almost juvenile and I'd be lost again.

Ex: Conlan has just returned from seven years of torture at the hand of the Vampire Queen, Anubisa. From what little I could gather about his captivity, he was basically her blood slave. This passage occurs right after his cousin, Alaric has healed Conlan. Alaric has grinned at him...

Conlan tried to return the smile but his mouth had lost it's memory of how to smile, after so many years of grimacing in agony. Years of howling out his rage and despair.

Alaric raised one eyebrow, his mouth flattening into a grim line. "That's an... interesting...expression. You'll have to tell me one day exactly what they did to you."

"No," Conlan answered. "I wont."

And you know what? He doesn't. He never really mentions exactly what happened to him, yet his enslavement was supposed to be his driving force in revenge. I guess we see glimpses of it theough flashbacks but is it ever really confronted and put to rest? I would have to say no.

It's also hard for this reader to believe that in that same day (a couple of pages later) Conlan is smiling... big time:

He raised her chin with one finger and she looked up at him again. He was smiling, amusement lighting up his dark eyes...

He smiled down at her, but it wasn't enough to reassure her.

Conlan felt the fierce smile spread across his face.

Looks like Conlan relearned how to smile very quickly.

I also disliked the constant talk about how pure and light and innocent Riley was. My motto is don't tell me what I should think about the characters, show me. Too bad I was told at every turn:

He sent his mind inside of hers-inside of her soul-and was captivated by her innate goodness, selflessness and light.

The epiphany of her purity slammed into him with a force beyond reason. He was paralyzed.


"Never apologize to me for your grace and your light, [mi amara aknasha]." [beloved empath]


But my biggest pet peeve was the mine moment. I'm not big on them in any book and even in the most well written books the mine moments can be over done. The one in Atlantis Rising went exactly like so:

Mine. Mine to protect. Mine!

What about:

Mine. Mine. Always mine.

Let's not forget:

"Mine Riley. Say it. You're mine."

Me Tarzan, you Jane; much? Funny that Tarzan was referenced more than once in this book and the author still went with a very barbaric mine moment. There were also so many of them. I lost count after "Mine" moment number five, but there were a few more after that. A bit overdone in my opinion.

The characters are pretty cut and dry one noters. Conlan is the damaged prince who must overcome and who's soul is soothed by an unsuspecting human empath.

Riley is a wonderful, courageous woman who is all light and purity. She is the center of all good.

If I wasn't already annoyed with the story then the ending would have really made my head spin. The conclusion to all of the "struggle" to be together is so darn abrupt and vapid.

It's like "Ta Da! The End."

And just because I laughed so hard while reading this passage of the story:

The nausea rose again in her throat at the idea of any of them touching her. She feinted back then swung her foot with every ounce of rage inside her. It connected, hard. He howled, clutched his groin and dropped to the sand like a big, ugly rock.


There is a second book in this series that is currently out (Atlantis Awakening) and the third one will be out in Febuary 08.

Grade D


  1. Hi Brie. *grin* You're quite the paranormal-romance reader, aren't you? *grin*

    I've got this book on the TBR hill. Don't know when I'll get around to reading it though.

  2. Hi Jace, yes I am a big paranormal reader.

    I've seen mixed reviews about this book so who knows, you might love it. For me the writing was way too much like Feehan's just not as good.

  3. Brie, I just read this book and have to agree with your points. The thing that got to me was how Conlan and the warriors thought "how brave" Riley was. At one point, Conlan thought she was "fierce". Oh please! To me, she just acted unthinkingly. I just loved how unaffected Alaric was by her!

    I saw similarities between Alaric and Gregori, and the warriors and the BDB dudes. The Trident reminded me of the Scribe Virgin ... both functioned as the author's magic wand in their respective world.

    I wouldn't read the next Atlantis book ... or another Alyssa Day book.

  4. Jace, I'm glad you let me know what you thought about it. I was really annoyed with all of the Riley praise and failed to see where she deserved it.

    Like you, I won't be reading any more of this series.