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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
In Alessia in Atlantis: The Jellyfish Jailbreak by Nathalie Laine, we learn that Alessia has some incredible empathic powers. At twelve, she’s still discovering how to use and control them. Her year at the Lost City of Atlantis school had taught her much, but she still had a lot to learn. Her evil mother keeps interfering, causing havoc, and trying to kidnap Alessia to steal the girl’s powers. But Alessia has friends in the underwater nation and with their help, she can find and stop her mother before the threat that’s been unleashed can cause further havoc. Alessia’s mother is behind the escape of one of the most dangerous prisoners in the history of Atlantis and the threat this presents is terrifying.
Nathalie Laine’s middle-grade novel, Alessia in Atlantis, is the second book in the series. As before, readers will be riveted by the unfolding plot that will grab their attention right from the beginning. This includes a little bit of mind control and some humor, mixed in with the fear that grips Alessia every time she thinks that her mother is near. The plot is electrifying and advances the story with power and speed, much like the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series. The characters are well-developed and believable, with engaging dialogue to help move the story along. Magic, intrigue, mystery, and the legendary lost city of Atlantis blend well together in this story that takes readers on a journey of adventure and discovery both above the water and below. A fantastic adventure.