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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour23 Comments

Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: From publisher
Publication Date: 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1936305445
Format: ebook
Pages: 311
Carol Oates – Official Site
Carol Oates – Blog
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
First Line: The midwife laid the baby across a scarlet shawl draped over a flat rock in the dimly lit cave. (Prologue) // The traffic in front of us moved painfully slowly in the mass exodus from Camden Hills High School. (Chapter 1)

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.

23 Responses to “Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates”

  1. IandSsmom

    I loved this review! I know the book was not liked but it still made me really want to read the book to see if I feel the same or different when I read it. I’m also so fascinated by the fact reviewers keep bringing up that it seems like 2 books in one! I just cannot wait to read this book!!!!

  2. Amanda

    Thanks so much for your review! I’m very eager to read it. It has so many mixed reviews. I’m curious to see where my opinion falls.


  3. Lauren M

    Aha, so THIS is the book you were complaining about on twitter! 😛
    I’m with you–insta-love SO needs to go the way of the dinosaur. Bummer this book didn’t turn out as good as it could’ve been.

  4. Vivien

    This is truly disappointing. I am also fed up with the characters instantly falling in love. Also, when mythology is going to be used, use it!! Don’t just skim over it. GAH!!! So frustrating. Nice review.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. Erica

    I really kinda want to go read this now… just because of your review lol. Thanks for the review! Shame to hear the book wasn’t that amazing, as the cover is pretty stellar.

  6. Jolene and Family

    So sorry you didn’t like this book and I enjoyed your honest opinion. I still cannot wait to read this book, everyone has a different reading preferance and this sounds like something I would love. Can’t wait to read it to form my own opinion


  7. marybelle

    I appreciate the honest review. I will still be reading this book, but will look for the points you mentioned.


  8. donnas

    Thanks for sharing your review. Looking forward to checking it out. Not everyone likes the same books, thats part of what makes it interesting.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  9. Aydrea

    Thanks for the review, I love reading them all and seeing everyone’s different reactions!


  10. Stacy

    Thanks for your honest review and for participating in the tour. I am still excited about reading it.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  11. winnie

    Thanks for the review! Enjoyed hearing your thoughts about this book!


  12. Pamela

    Although I didn’t feel the same way about everything you said in your review, I can still see where you’re coming from. Especially the love-at-first-sight stuff. It is being overused and some new ideas would be appreciated from authors. Great review!

  13. Allison

    erg…thanks for the honest review! But I seriously *hope* I like this….I’m hoping I get to read it!!!

  14. csilibrarian

    Great, honest review.

    And I have to admit I’m really relieved to see I’m not the only one who is completely over instant romance.