Hi everyone! Today, I’m going to talk about the first three books in the Lost Daughters of Atlantis series by Allie Burton: Atlantis Riptide, Red Tide, and Rising Tide.
First off, I have to say this series contains some of the best self-published YA fantasy novels; ever. Filled with secrets, discoveries, hidden powers and Atlantiean legends, these books are gold.
So here’s the official blurb for Atlantis Riptide:
When a girl runs away from the circus…
For all her sixteen years, Pearl Poseidon has been a fish out of water. A freak on display for her adoptive parents’ profit. Running away from her horrible life, she craves one thing—anonymity. But when she saves a small boy from drowning she exposes herself and her mutant abilities to Chase, a budding investigative reporter.
Now, he has questions. And so do the police.
Once Pearl discovers her secret identity, she learns she’s part of a larger war between battling Atlanteans. A battle that will decide who rules the oceans. A battle raging between evil and her true family. Will she find a way to use her powers in time to save a kingdom she never knew existed?
That, there, is a killer blurb. It’s so rare for us authors to be able to write a good hook- why, that is, no-one knows. It’s almost as elusive as the legend of Atlantis itself.
The first three books revolve around the lost princesses of an ancient, fallen kingdom; as each one deals with their identity. Two of the princesses, Pelagia (A.K.A Pearl) and Marisabel (Maris) believe themselves to be (not-so-ordinary) humans at the beginning of the story, while Cordelia (Coral) is a royal trapped in her own palace.
The introduction of the princesses’ abilities and the underwater world flows seamlessly. Although each of the books is written from a different point of view, the re-occurring characters’ personalities develop throughout. It’s obvious Allie Burton knows what she’s talking about when referring to marine biology, and jobs as a lifeguard and amusement park worker, which are central points in the stories.
I highly recommend this series, whether you’re a beach lover or the stay-at-home type. But for fans of gritty action and fight scenes, this series might not be for you.
You can discover more about Allie Burton and her other works here.