Carol Oates – Blog
Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates is a book that I wanted to love as it was based on Irish Mythology and anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoy all things Irish. But instead I found that this book was one hot mess. This was almost two complete novels wrapped in one package. The first half of the book is set in Camden, Maine and is where we meet the main character of Triona. She’s a senior in high school preparing to graduate and decide what she wants from life and hanging out with her brother Ben and best friends Jen and Amanda. This section is all real set up and introduction and not much happens until Caleb moves to town. Then Triona falls instantly in love/obsession with him. *head desk*
I am so over the instantly falling in love. Please please please authors if you are reading this stop with the insta-love!! Its so over used and I am so very very tired of it. Why is it so hard to build a relationship?? Not only is there insta-love but Caleb then runs so hot and cold I really began to dislike him. First he’s all in love with Triona then he disappears for weeks on end without word. Then he shows up declares his love again and she forgives him but heaven forbid that he have to answer any questions that she has. She has to trust him and just be a good little girl and do whatever he says. And ugh…don’t get me started on Triona. She is such a submissive/passive and oh so clueless character. She is so wrapped up in her head that she barely notices anything going on around her. She’s not conceited just oblivious. That is when she’s not crying or blushing over something that Caleb said or did. From the moment that she meets Caleb her entire world become wrapped up entirely around him. So much so that she often says things like she can’t breath when he isn’t around and is totally obsessed with his scent.
The first half of the book really made me all eye twitchy…there were so many secrets being kept from the Triona and she was fine with just being kept in the dark so long as the secret keeper, Caleb, never left her. Then there is this big accident and he disappears and she is left all bereft and not knowing what to do know that her entire world has collapsed.
The second half opens about a year later and Triona has moved to London with her BFF Amanda and she just wafting along when she meets John. And guess what readers…her falls instantly in love with her. Why? Please can someone explain to me just what it is about this girl that everyone loves? Not just the boys but her friends too as she doesn’t seem to be a very good one. The second half is also where there is some semblance of plot but there isn’t much to it. At least not for me. Its a flash in the pan and things are pretty much wrapped up before then even begin and I was left wondering what just happened.
I was also really disappointed in the lack of Irish Mythology used. Or rather the limited amount of it that was used. And what was in the book wasn’t described in very good detail. If you don’t already have a strong knowledge base then you will be completely lost. I feel the author wasted so much time on descriptions that didn’t matter…like several paragraphs devoted to a woman in a coffee shop (full description including clothes) and lots of talk as to why she was looking over at Triona and John. It just had no purpose to the story and didn’t drive the plot forward. This is also just one example of many throughout the book. When these words could have been used to actually describe the Tuatha Dé Danann. In the end this book just wasn’t for me although I believe that many others on this blog tour really enjoyed the book. See the list of tour stops below to see what others thought.
April 1: Mundie Moms
April 2: Once Upon a Twilight