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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Alessia in Atlantis by Nathalie Laine tells the story of The Forbidden Vial. Alessia is 12 years old and it isn’t unheard of for her to lose control and kick off at school. When a giant frog monster attacks her, she is plunged deep beneath the water to Atlantis. There she learns that her father, lost long ago, may have come from there and Alessia is determined to find out all she can. Staying in Atlantis, she joins the Atlantide School: The Octopus’s Garden. The Atlantide emperor has put a spanner in the works though. Nobody is allowed to ask about any missing people and Alessia is struggling to find out what she needs to know. Joining forces with her school friends, Alessia is reduced to stealing the evidence she needs to start her on her journey of discovery. Trouble is never far away though and somebody knows who Alessia is and who her father is – they will stop at nothing to stop her, even killing her.
Alessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden Vial by Nathalie Laine is a wonderful story, full of suspense and adventure. It pulses with action right from the start in a unique tale with a magical setting and a fun plot with lots of twists and turns. The characters are wonderfully quirky and well-developed; it may be a magical story but the characters have real characteristics and flaws and are easy to relate to. This is a page-turner, a book you won’t want to put down as every chapter ends leaving you hanging, wanting more. It is perfectly suited to the audience it was written for and kids are going to love this story.