Friday, January 21, 2011

Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

Author:  Carol Oates
Genre:  Young Adult/Parnormal Romance
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781936305445
Stand alone or series: Stand Alone
Pages: 308 pages
Book Received from: Omnific Publishing
First Lines: The midwife laid the baby across a scarlet shawl draped over a flat rock in the dimly lit cave.
Synopsis:
Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn’t quite fit in…in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona’s small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous…and deadly.

When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It’s there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her – secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

My Thoughts:
When I first saw the cover of Shades of Atlantis, I was pretty excited to see what this contained.  The synopsis on the back is informative but doesn't give away what type of paranormal romance I was expecting, so throughout the book I was like, hmm are they werewolves, vampires etc.  Well I had it wrong.  And it was a nice surprise.

I was pretty thrown with the preface when I began reading through the chapters.  It wasn't until one character is telling stories that I began piecing it altogether and worked out the tie in. 

Carol has done a great job in creating down to earth and well developed characters although my only gripe would be the fact that Triona is quite oblivious to the attention she attracts and this seems to be popping up more and more in recent YA books I've read.  I particularly enjoyed the chemistry and anticipated lead up to certain character relationships as well. 

I really enjoyed reading about the celtic myths and legends that are included throughout the book when one of the characters begins to open up. 

If your after a great 'Happily Ever After' read, I recommend Shades of Atlantis. 

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