Shades of Atlantis

Shades of Atlantis

by Carol Oates

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936305452
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 308
File size: 394 KB
Age Range: Up to 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Shades of Atlantis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
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*
ParaBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
DamarisGCR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shade of Atlantis was a very refreshing read for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I am glad that I got the chance to read it, thanks to Omnific Publishing.It was different from what I normally read, but in a good way. I loved Carol Oates take on immortality and where she took the story. When I first started reading Shades of Atlantis, I honestly did not know what to expect. I was thinking Vampires, werewolves, something along those lines. It turned out to be something totally different and caught me by surprise. There were lots of moments where I just couldn't put the book down. Then there were those moments I wanted to throw the book across the room, but at the same time I just couldn't stop reading. I loved the relationship between Caleb and Triona. I love it when two characters first meet and they just can't stay away from one another. All they think about is each other and feel an instant connection with one another. That is exactly what happened to Caleb and Triona. No matter how hard Caleb tried to deny the chemistry between the two, he just simply couldn't. Now we all know every book has to have some kind of love triangle, but what makes Shades of Atlantis different is that, Triona from the very beginning knew exactly who her heart belonged too. Even after others try to tell her maybe it didn't, her heart and love for Caleb NEVER changed. That was another thing I absolutely loved about this book. I wasn't torn between two characters and even felt positive myself that Caleb was the one for Triona lol. The only issue I had with the book is that in the very beginning Triona was very needy and whiny. She cried over every little thing and always assumed the worse instead of hearing things out. I was a little annoyed with her character, but I have to say she did grow. She went from needy and whiny, to strong and being able to hold her own. Especially with everything Caleb and Triona go through, she was perfect. So my advice, keep reading. Triona grows into a very independent person.
JenniferLane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Triona is a high school senior working at a restaurant in Maine. She¿s red-haired, green-eyed, and feisty, which is a good thing since she has to navigate a world without her parents, who died when she was young. Fortunately Triona has a helpful supportive cast around her, including wonderful adoptive parents, a brother who mixes in teasing with caring, and truly loving girlfriends who are honest and fun.Three wealthy brothers own the restaurant where Triona works. When she catches a glimpse of one of the brothers ¿ Caleb ¿ all bets are off. (For some reason I pictured golden-skinned Caleb as a tall, blue-eyed Enrique Iglesias oo-la-la!) Triona¿s completely drawn to him but, drat, he reportedly has a girlfriend in New York. Their feelings for each other smolder and then take an unexpected turn, leading to some fantasy and paranormal elements in the second half of the book.What I liked: I loved the strength of Triona¿s character. She¿s emotional and her emotions provide her with a sense of passion and fortitude. I really enjoyed Carol¿s easy writing style. I¿m a big fan of unique descriptions of the hero¿s glittering blue eyes, like:¿Staring into Caleb¿s eyes reminded me of staring at the flames of Bunsen burners in school, fiery and dancing with blue light.¿ (p. 43)I also enjoyed how Triona¿s friend Jen was insightful and honest:¿You don¿t want to admit this is some kind of freaky, we have to be together, love at first sight connection because your parents died. What you fail to remember is they died in a car wreck and not because they followed their instincts about being together.¿ (p.63)What I didn¿t like as much: I didn¿t really find the whole Seth storyline very engaging, and while John seemed interesting I didn¿t feel like I got to know him well enough to have sympathy for him. I happen to find reality fascinating so I¿m not a big fan of fantasy, but fantasy-lovers will thoroughly enjoy the twists and turns in the second half of the book as well.A great debut novel for Carol Oates!
Urbanfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shades of Atlantis almost feels like two books in one. The first half is building relationships and connections, where the second half is revelations and action. You do need the first half to understand the unwavering decisions in the second half. The main character Triona transforms toward the end and it is necessary as she learns her destiny. In the beginning, I wanted to smack her for crying at the drop of a hat. But as the end neared, she had grown into a heroin. This is a good thing since there is a sequel to this book! I thoroughly enjoyed Oate's take on legends, lore, and Atlantis. The men in her book have yummy qualities, like Caleb, Ben, and Joshua, but they do not over power the plot. I don't want to give anything away of the paranormal nature, but I like the paranormal elements introduced. I personally would like to learn more about Caleb's brother Joshua and the intriguing Eila. She fascinates me, but in this book is a minor character. I feel there is more of a story there though? :D I recommend reading Shades of Atlantis if you are a fan of paranormal romance.
spongebobetta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.The writing style is very good and kept me captivated. The story was fast paced and had enough mystery to keep me interested, but provided enough just enough detail and back story to let me build an understanding of and relationship with the characters. This was a refreshing change from some of the YA paranormal books I have read recently that have kind of 'dragged me along' with the story before I have any idea what is going on and who the characters are!The mythology in the book is very authentic and based on actual Celtic mythology.Triona started off very likeable but the more she 'needed' Caleb and we went through the 'does he or doesn't he love me' saga, the less I identified with her. Despite this I still thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully written love story between them, just lost a tiny little bit of respect for Triona.I did feel she redeemed herself in the final chapters though, showing the strength of character that was hinted at in the beginning of the book.As I have mentioned before I hate unnecessary comparisons to Twilight but with this book I feel I cannot avoid it. The romance between Triona and Caleb is quite Twilightesque: love/lust at first sight; Colossal misunderstanding where she thinks he hates her when in fact he knows he can't live without her; Heroine in constant doubt that she's good enough for her man, terrified he will leave her;Then he does leave her for 'her own good', she crumbles and struggles to cope without him; By the time she is beginning to move on, poof he's back! Plus a little love triangle with a 'good friend' who never really stood a chance but tried his damnedest anyway. This similarity really isn't a negative and I am sure any YA paranormal romance fan - Twilight fan or not - will adore this book.The epic romance aspects aside, the story is very different to Twilight and is about the Fae, or Guardians as they are referred to in this book, and their history with humans. I enjoyed the battle scene near the end immensely and would have liked it if that scene had been longer.I enjoyed this story more than other recent Fae books I have read and would highly recommend it.
Bookworm_Lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a paranormal romance. I like the way that Carol Oates was able to take the legends of many paranormal creatures and incorporate them into one. Takes you from Maine, to London, and stops in Ireland. Adventure and romance.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
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.
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