ARC Review: Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day

Posted December 4, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 11 Comments

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ARC Review: Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day
Heart of Atlantis
by alyssa day

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 4, 2012
Series: Warriors of Poseidon #8
Published by Berkley
Pages: 307
Format: ARC
 

 

This book felt larger than life ~ Under the Covers

Poseidon’s High Priest finally has his book! Readers have been interested in Alaric since he was introduced to the books early in the series. As a man who is devoted and stays true to his words, his loyalty is earned, not freely given. But the spunky rebel leader named Quinn shows just how worthy she is of his love through her actions and her words.

When Jack, a shifter who is also Quinn’s best friend is badly injured, Quinn asks Alaric to help him before his lifeforce is fully drained. Alaric knows he will do anything for Quinn, but he has always harbored some hostility and jealously towards Jack because of his closeness with Quinn. What will happen when he heals Jack? Will he lose the one woman he has loved to him?

HEART OF ATLANTIS brings readers back into a world that is brimming with mythology and history. Vast in its intensely complicated worldbuilding, Day has already created and cemented this unique world throughout the series and in this book, she really plays around with it. Readers are thrust into exotic locales filled with danger and intrigue. This book felt larger than life and I love that that sense of epic grandness was played up.

In terms of the romance, I was a little conflicted. Many readers will whoop with joy when they find out that Quinn and Alaric do end up together because Day has so expertly teased us with them in the past. However, I do think the author took those feelings of excitement for granted a little bit. Most of the book centers on the fact that Alaric has a vow of celibacy. If he gives in, there is a great possibility that he could lose his magic. As the main conflict in the relationship, I wished that Day had really spent more time on the romance and building that relationship more, rather than making it about whether they will or will not do it to risk his loss of powers.

I liked that Day played up the importance of Quinn’s relationship with Jack. It just added another layer of the story that fit will with the characters and the storyline. This series has developed well over the course of its run and I think readers will be excited to finally read about Alaric and Quinn. Their story is long due.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About alyssa day

Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning author Alesia Holliday. She is a multiple finalist in the prestigious RITA awards for excellence in romance fiction and has won several awards for her novels.

ATLANTIS RISING was the first of Alyssa's Warriors of Poseidon novels for Berkley Publishing, and was featured on the cover of the March, 2007, issue of Romantic Times BOOKClub magazine! Additionally, it rocked the bestseller lists, hitting the Waldenbooks, Borders, Barnes and Noble, Bookscan, and the prestigious USA Today bestseller lists! ATLANTIS AWAKENING came along several months together and did the same thing - only better!! And then her anthology SHIFTER, with authors Angela Knight, Lora Leigh, and Virginia Kantra, spent three weeks on the prestigious New York Times bestseller list!

Her publisher was thrilled, her family was thrilled (they could eat!), her dogs were thrilled (bacon!!). Now she's happily writing her fingers off, deep in the world of Atlantis, the Warriors of Poseidon, and a new exciting group of allies (??), the Fae.

Alyssa has long been an avid fan of all things Atlantis, supernatural, and in any way pertaining to lost civilizations. When she was six, she told her mother that she would discover Atlantis one day—and now she has!

In 2006, Alyssa (writing as Alesia) was awarded the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. The RITA is the highest award of excellence in the genre of romance fiction. If we can get this new website on track, you'll see a picture on your right of Alyssa with her agent and editor the night she won the RITA® award.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Lupdilup (Loupe Duffy)
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This sounds great Ann! Thanks for reviewing, I saw that this is coming out on audio, I’m so glad I don’t have to buy it on the blind.
As usual, great job!

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Thanks babe! Let me know what you think when you’re done listening!!

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erinf1

Thanks for the review! This is one of those series that I keep telling myself to start. Definitely going to have to get my booty in gear!

Maria D.
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Maria D.

I haven’t started this series yet but I’ve heard great things about it…maybe I’ll do it in audio….
Thanks for the review

Timitra
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Timitra

I haven’t read this series as yet…adding to my wishlist!

Aly P
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Aly P

I have the book and now after reading the review, I can’t wait to start it! I hope I feel better for the romance then you did.

Annette C.
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Annette C.

Haven’t read this series yet, going to add to the TBR list now, sooooooo many book, so little time 🙂

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

Thanks for the review. The book sounds good.

Emily
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Emily

Another great series I’ve never heard of. I think I need to remedy that ASAP!

trish dechant
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trish dechant

I have read only the first in the series, but have several in the TBR pile. I need more time, people! Too many great series out there that I want to start and this is one of them.
Great post!

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Joanne B

Thanks for the review. This series in one I haven’t started yet but I put it at the top of by TBR pile today. Will start it this weekend.