Sneak Peek 1#
Welcome to a new feature here at Bookcomet! Book bloggers or those of us who attend book related events all to well know about those little sneak peek/chapter samplers that are given out or are up for review. Yeah, yeah it’s not the full galley. But I think that this may be a way to enjoy them a bit more!
Sorry if the picture’s a bit weird. If you look closely you can see that one eye is shut.
The first post is on Atlantia by Ally Condie which was just released for review on Netgalley. It’s under “Read Now” so you the only requirement for you to read it is that you’re a reviewer.
So here we go…
Atlantia by Ally Condie
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.
Hmmm…well, I know virtually nothing about it. I have read the first book in Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy though. While it was good, I wouldn’t say that it was mindblowingly good or amazing. So yes, the author is the reason why I dowloaded it.
Thoughts on the cover?
I really really hope that that isn’t the final cover. I assumed it wasn’t until I saw the same image as the cover image of the final copy on Goodreads. Uh oh. While I like simplicity, it’s a bit too simple for me. It looks like those cheap covers that some self-published authors use. Yuck. And you can do so much with a water themed book cover too. Well at least I assume it’s water-themed. Atlantia…Atlantis? The shell?
Read the blurb and then share your thoughts:
Honestly, it doesn’t particularly jump at me, but it sounds like it has potential. Sounds a lot like the Little Mermaid, which I am definitely not complaining about if that is the case. I know many of us are still on the case for that spectacular mermaid (siren) book. Here’s hoping!
After reading the sampler:
Not bad. Not bad at all. The writing reminded me of the most recent mermaidy book I read, Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, but only writing style wise. Already I’m pretty sure that this may be the mermaid book we’ve all been looking for. I really like the story, it’s quite different in the way that the mermaid people things (I actually don’t know what they are) have the choice on living Above (on land) or Below (underwater) and I love the subplot of her being a siren.
Rating based on what I’ve read?
I’m probably going to go with a 4/5.
Will I read the full book?
I’d definitely pick it up. It finished in a place in which I was very curious to see what will happen next. This could definitely work. Can’t wait for it to be released! I guess that’s the bad thing about these samplers – you have to wait!