Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her parents' mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least. Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb on the northern border of Dublin known as Clontarf, famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story Dracula. This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. Combine that passion with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, and Carol Oates the author was born. Carol's love of writing about anything not entirely "human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis, was born.
Shades of Atlantisby Carol Oates
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.
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Shades of Atlantis is an intriguing novel filled with soul mates, tragedy, and hope. Carol Oates has written every chapter with an entertaining and fascinating plot. The characters are lovable, flawed, and completely easy to relate to. Triona had never been interested in boys before she met Caleb, so of course he sweeps her off her feet and fills her days and nights with thoughts of him. Their romance is sweet and intense, sometimes cheesy, but it inspires hope for the future of mankind. Shades of Atlantis takes a sharp turn in the plot when Triona's world crumbles around her and she finally moves to London. Up to this point the story is addicting and unpredictable, but when Triona finally learns the truth about her family and its history, the storyline becomes a jumble of predictable events and outcomes. The tension between the mysterious Guardians and the Guardian's council comes to the light. Triona and her brother Ben play a large role in the matter, and are determined to end the council's tyranny, mending the relationship between Guardians and humans at the same time. Despite the awesomely detailed action scenes and heartfelt expressions of love between family and friends, the writing towards the end of the story is slightly drawn out and packs a lot of information. Carol Oates writes delightful stories and Shades of Atlantis is not one to be overlooked! Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books *ebook provided in exchange for an honest review*
I had no expectations going into to this book. I hadn't read any other reviews, and didn't know too much about it. The beginning was slow, starting off like so many books in this genre do, and right away I felt the instantaneous connection between Triona and Caleb was leading to a derivative tale. Then, I was blown away. The story quickly became passionate and powerful. Twist and turns I didn't see coming sprang out of nowhere and my mouth hit the floor. Triona's character starts off rather typical. She's the average teen girl who is pretty but doesn't realize how beautiful she is, and everyone around her wants to protect her, even from her own indecisiveness. However, after one of her closest friends points some things out to her, Triona truly takes her friends words into consideration. Something that rarely happens in most books. I loved this about her. I loved that she was able to see herself through others eyes, open her own, and become a stronger person and grow. Caleb's character starts off pretty typical also. Gorgeous new guy that is so hot he's god-like. He's smooth, smart, and mysterious, and he keeps things from Triona in order to protect her. At first, his secretiveness kind of made me mad, I always wonder why the girls in the story just don't smack the guy when they don't give up the information, but as the story revealed its secrets, the reasoning for this became clear and imperative. Caleb's strength and his desire to protect Triona was the underlying cause for his evasiveness, and ultimately his most endearing quality. The romance between Triona and Caleb. WOW. Can you say super steamy? Oates has set a new bar for sexy in YA. But at no time did I feel that the scenes were done just for the sake of doing them, they felt necessary to the story and the characters and their plight. And they were done tasteful. The passion between Triona and Caleb was part of their connection. I really enjoyed the other characters also. They were developed with care and each was unique and had their own wants and desires. The end of the story wrapped up tightly, and though it left me satisfied, I can't help wanting more. I was extremely impressed with Oates writing. She's clear and descriptive, and her style along with beautiful prose kept me turning the pages just as much as the heart-pounding plot. This was truly an amazing read. I highly recommend it to all lovers of Paranormal Romance as well as those who love stories with a twist that you don't see coming. It's a wonderful addition to the YA market and a must read!From my blog at YA Bound.
Once I sat down to read Shades of Atlantis, I couldn't put it down. Triona's character at the beginning honestly frustrated me. I was screaming: OPEN YOUR MOUTH GIRL; say what you need to say. But if a book didn't get you worked up, it wouldn't be good. I'm glad to say by the end, Triona had grown into strong and powerful women. And Caleb had me loving him from the start. He's handsome, strong, knows what he wants, and he wants Triona. He sacrificed everything for her. There was one character I couldn't understand why was in the story, John. My heart just breaks for him. This poor guy does not come out well in this book and he is such a great guy. (Sad). Ben, I really liked. He's laid back like most teen boys, and then in another scene he's tough and got it together. This story is beautiful, amazing, and strong. Everybody has secrets except Triona and Ben who had to discover who they were and the power that came with that discovery. Shades of Atlantis is defiantly a must read.