Monday, September 3, 2012
Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter
Jewel of Atlantis
Second in the Atlantis series
Every being in Atlantis wants to get their hands on the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy and expose their plans and secrets. Grayson James is a human agent for the Otherworld Bureau of Investigation and has orders to find and protect the jewel from getting into the wrong hands, even if it means destroying it. What he doesn’t know is that the Jewel of Dunamis is a woman. When Gray helps her win her freedom all of Atlantis is in chaos in getting her. As they are on the run they discover a love that is only doomed. I enjoyed Jewel of Atlantis, but compared to Heart of the Dragon it fell short. Why did it fall short? The characters were my biggest problem. They didn’t feel as real as Grace and Darius from Heart of the Dragon did and I also had trouble connecting to them.
The main female character is the Jewel of Dunamis. Since she doesn’t have a name, but when Gray asked her what her name was she replied Jewel. So that is the name she is called along with a bunch of other names Gray made of for her. I liked Jewel, but I couldn’t really connect with her. She was well-written and had a good story line, but I couldn’t connect to her when I read her POVs. Aside from the fact I couldn’t connect with her she was a good character. She was strong, opinionated, and she didn’t give up through all the problems she faced, all admirable traits.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8
The main male character is Grayson AKA Gray. Gray wasn’t very swoon worthy for me and I started to grow very annoyed with POVs. My biggest problem with Gray is that once he meets Jewel his train of the thought is perverted. He literally thinks like this.
Pain/ Fight urges
There were more trains of thought but sex pretty much made up all of it. I couldn’t get over that. I had a hard time getting over that. I usually like Showalter’s males, but Gray fell short and I just didn’t like him. He did have good qualities but they weren’t good enough for me to forgive for his constant perverted thoughts.
Swoon Worthy Scale: 6
The Villain- Marina is the Demon queen and she wants to get Jewel back after she escaped her. Marina was annoying, vain, stupid, and manipulative. She would’ve been a great villain if she wasn’t so dumb. But she is a believable villain because she was blinded by her own wants to not realize obvious stuff. Layel pretty much stole the show as the villain. Layel can be a good guy, but he’s also no doubt a villain. We get a lot more insight into him and I can’t wait to read his story.
Villain Scale: 8.5
We get to see Grace and Darius at the end and it was nice to see them along with other dragons like Brand. The nymph king was also shown in a scene and I can’t wait to read his book.
Character Scale: 8
The characters were my biggest problem in this book, but other than that the book was close to perfect. The storyline was entertaining, the plot was suspenseful. The writing captivated me as usual. I always seem to love Showalter’s writing. I can’t wait to read The Nymph King and find out what happens next in the realm of Atlantis.
Cover Thoughts: The guy is hot, but he looks nothing like Gray. I still like the cover though. Compared to some of the other covers for this book this one is the best.