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Guardian of Atlantis is the first book in The Children of Atlantis series by Annie Rachel Cole. When Annie Rachel Cole first approached me about reviewing this book, I was immediately intrigued by the book's synopsis. Although Guardian of Atlantis lacked that addicting element I crave for in books, I will say it was an enjoyable and good start to the series.
One of my favourite parts about this novel is the author's spin on Greek Mythology. I am a huge fan of everything Greek- Greek food (Mr. Greek's counts, right?) pictures of Greece, My Big Fate Greek Wedding- you name it, I love it! So Greek Mythology in books is like Christmas in July for me! The interactions between the Gods (especially the epic battle between Zeus and Poseidon) and seeing how Raven deals with the struggles that come along with being the Guardian of Atlantis were so interesting to read about!
The main character, Raven, was a probably my favourite character of the book- mostly because I understood her a lot better than any of the other characters. She was a funny, strong, and sometimes even sarcastic heroine that I absolutely loved reading about. I was really glad to see Raven gain some confidence towards the end of the novel and I can't wait to see how much her character will change as that confidence continues to flourish!
I had a hard time really loving Ethan and Raven as a couple. They had a few sweet moments but they were in no way the reason why I enjoyed the book. Seeing as Raven and Ethan are connected in more ways than even Raven realizes, I expected a bit more pizazz *does spirit fingers* between the two of them. In some ways though I can see how this slow start to their relationship can, in the long run, be a very good thing. In YA novels today there's lots of intensity that builds up between couples in a short amount of time- by taking a slower, more gradual approach, I'm hoping Ethan and Raven's ending will be that much sweeter!
Overall Guardian of Atlantis was a great read for any bookworm looking for a YA read that creatively integrates Greek Mythology into a not-so-normal teenager's life! I'm really grateful I got the opportunity to read this book and I'm looking forward to book two! ”