Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review: Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

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Title: Shades of Atlantis
Author: Carol Oates
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Publication Date: November 8, 2010
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
ISBN-13 Book: 9781936305445
Source: Received e-book from author for Teen Book Scene Tours.  This is my honest review!


Shades of AtlantisShades of Atlantis by Carol Oates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Triona looks forward to the end of her senior year when she plans to leave her small town of Camden, Maine behind to travel to London. She doesn't plan on falling in love, but from the moment she first see's Caleb she feels an irresistible attraction to him. When the unthinkable happens, Triona heads off to London to find her way, but little does she know that she is a pawn in a much bigger game, and that her very life could be in jeopardy.

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this novel. All of the summaries and blurbs that I had found were somewhat on the vague side, but very intriguing. I certainly didn't expect this novel to grab me the way it did and leave me completely breathless. As soon as Triona met Caleb, I found myself riveted to the story and flipping the pages as quickly as I could read. Oates had me hooked from her prologue, and although I would really have liked more of the background story presented in the prologue, Triona's story was mesmerizing.

I love the strength of Triona's character. She is intelligent and determined. I love that Triona takes chances and does what is right even though she wishes she could take another path. I also loved how she followed her heart. Her actions were realistic, and she had believable flaws. One of her friends points out to her that she can sometimes be a bit oblivious to things going on around her. I loved that flaw in her because we so often get wrapped up in our own concerns and lives that we do miss things going on around us. That flaw made Triona feel very real to me.

The love triangle is nothing new in teen fiction, but I do like how this one was handled. Triona's heart never wavers even when it seems like all hope is lost. In some respects I was having some Twilight flashbacks, but I think the relationships in this novel were handled so much more deftly, and the fact that Triona is a much stronger character influenced how these relationships developed.

Although this book would probably fall into the paranormal genre, the use of the celtic legends and the city of Atlantis mythology was definitely an original aspect. I loved how she incorporated some of the myths into her story--it was different from all the vampire and werewolf fiction that has flooded the teen market. In fact, I was very pleased that the paranormal aspects in this novel did not have vampires or werewolves.

My only criticism was that I felt a few of the story lines could have been tied up a little more completely. The Chris storyline could have had more explanation and I would have loved to have more information on the history presented in the prologue, although maybe that is material for another book. Neither of these are major complaints--in fact it may just be me and my curiosity. I loved the book so much I just wanted more.

Overall this was a riveting read. I couldn't imagine where this story was going to take me, but I loved the journey getting there. Oates is a talented author who knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seats. I can't wait to read more of her work.

Definitely recommended, I loved it. I will say that if you are seeking a paper copy of the book you may have to be prepared to hunt around a bit for it and pay a bit more. It seems this book is much more readily available in the digital format. If you are seeking a paper copy of the book you will probably have to purchase it directly from the publisher Omnific Publishing, or from them through Amazon Marketplace.

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