Why did I get it: I signed up for the Book Blog Tour. I was also intrigued by the concept and I wanted to see if this was something my library should purchase. While I definitely think this book will do well at my library and the teens I work with, it didn’t work out for me.
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How I would rate it: DNF – Did Not Finish because this wasn’t the right book for me. For reasons why, see the Thoughts section right after the book’s Summary.
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.
Thoughts: I tried and I tried for days on end to push my way forward and through Shades of Atlantis. My progress was slow because it was actually painfully obvious to me that this book was not really going to be my cup of tea.
Carol Oates definitely has a good writing style, but I just did not find myself believing in the love between Triona and Caleb. I get that they had love at first sight going on, but for me that is not compelling reason in of itself to buy into a relationship. For me as a reader, it is never enough to be told someone is in love. I have to see that in the writing itself, and that didn’t happen. By Chapter 6, it seemed that loving Caleb and Triona’s love was essential to enjoying the rest of Shades of Atlantis and since I felt like that wasn’t going to develop in a way that would satisfy me as a reader, I gave up.
In conclusion, Shades of Atlantis would be an ideal read for those who enjoyed Twilight, the romantic aspects of the Iron Fey series, the romantic aspects of I Am Number Four, and fans of Karen Marie Moning. Sadly it was not the right sort of book for me.