4.10.2011

Shades of Atlantis Book Blog Tour and Giveaway!



Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Format: PDF (courtesy of Omnific Publishing and A Tale of Many Reviews)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date:
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.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read Shades of Atlantis; I hadn't read much about it (it' a new thing I'm trying, to keep my expectations in-check). I tend to love books about people discovering family secrets...maybe I'm holding out for my parents to reveal that I'm really a princess, or something. :)

For the most part, Shades of Atlantis didn't end up being for me. I thought I would like it a lot more than I did, but I didn't. Although there were some things I liked, there were more things I didn't like about this book, which I really hate to include, especially since this is a blog tour. I thought about not posting them, but I can't be honest to my readers without an honest review, so I'll get the negatives over with first. I do urge you to read other reviews in the tour though, since many others participating in the book tour absolutely loved the book, and have much different opinions about it.

First of all, I thought the beginning of Shades of Atlantis was a bit too slow, and the romance developed too quickly for my taste. It felt like two books to me, and in all honesty, could have been split into at least a duology, if not, a trilogy. There were two parts in the book that felt like endings, but when I looked down at the meter on my Kindle, there was a lot more still left in the story.

As far as the romance, I do believe in love at first sight, but when all the emotions are laid out on the table in the first third of the book, it's hard for any romantic scene to be better, or more emotional. There was a scene that almost made me cry towards the end, but most of the other scenes just seemed like a repeat of what had already happened at the beginning of the book. Too much had been given away at the beginning.

Lastly, I couldn't help but think of how similar the situations of these characters were to the characters in Twilight. There were many times when I thought: wait, didn't Edward do this? or didn't that happen in Twilight? I just couldn't shake it from my mind, and it brought me out of the story a few times.

Aside from all of this, I think the second half of the book made up for a lot of the first half (this is where I think  it could have been split, and more  added to the first half). Everything began picking up, answers were given, and the characters began to grow and develop. With the mystery finally revealed, the story became much more interesting, and I became emotionally invested in the characters. The romance was more believable, and--as I said before--almost made me cry at one point (always a good thing).

The other thing I really liked was that folklore was a main part of the story. I am seeing more and more books with mythological/folklore elements, and they are always fun to read. This one was no different, putting a spin on Irish folklore and Celtic legends.

In conclusion: Despite the fact that Shades of Atlantis wasn't for me, I think it would be a great read for anyone who likes a little romance and danger in their books; especially older teenagers who are interested in Celtic legends.


Read this if:
...you are believe Irish folklore, you love deeply, and are a hopeless romantic.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Some hot make out scenes, and some mentions of sex. No details are given.}



Giveaway Info:

All giveaways are open internationally!
You do not need to be a follower of any blog.
To enter, stop by each blog on the tour, and leave a comment on each one. This is required to win.
At the end of the tour, April 19th, visit A Tale of Many Reviews and fill out the giveaway entry form.
There will be four winners.

This is what you can win:


Giveaway 1) Signed copy of Shades of Atlantis, a lined spiral notebook with SoA cover, bookmark, keyring, SoA 2011 calendar, and SoA mug.

Giveaway 2) Signed copy of Shades of Atlantis, a lined spiral notebook with SoA cover, bookmark, keyring, SoA 2011 calendar

Giveaway 3) Ebook copy of SoA

Giveaway 4) Ebook copy of SoA


Visit the other stops on the Shades of Atlantis Blog Tour:


April 1: Mundi Moms

April 2: 
Once Upon A Twilight -Guest Post Blog

April 3: 
Good Choice Reading:

April 4: 
Frenzy of Noise - character interview

April 5: 
Girls Just Reading

April 6: 
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my

April 7: 
CSI:Librarian

April 8: 
YA Bound

April 9: 
YA Booklover Blog

April 10: 
The Reading Fever

April 11: 
Home Between Pages

April 12: 
Books and Shtuff

April 13: 
Bookworm Lisa

April 14: 
Moonlight Book Reviews

April 15: 
One Book Shy of a Full Shelf 

April 16: 
Diva's Bookcase

April 17: 
Ticket To Anywhere

April 18: 
The Crazy Bookworm

April 19: 
A Trail of Books Left Behind and
A Tale of Many Reviews- video interview with author - Final Stop

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for your honest opinion. It's always good to get a well rounded review. I appreciate it.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  2. Well I don't love that it's so similar to Twilight, even though those are good books.

    Thegirlonfire

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  3. I can't wait to read this book.

    Rachel Leigh
    TheOneRing111 at gmail dot com

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  4. Another intriguing review! I loved Twilight so I'm sort of excited they seem to be similar!
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for your honest opinion! I personally can't wait to read it

    amanda(at)lettersinsideout(dot)com

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  6. Love getting the pros and cons out there. The book would be to good to be true if everyone just fell in love with it. I am interested in the folklore aspect so that gives me one more thing to anticipate.

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  7. Thanks for sharing! Not every book is for everyone, I am still looking forward to reading this one though.

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  8. Thanks for your honest opinion and the giveaway!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  9. Thanks for being honest, not every book is going to appeal to everyone and that's okay.

    megan.qualls@gmail.com

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  10. Thanks for the review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about this book.

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Ireland and it's history.

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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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  12. I am interested in Celtic Legends so thank you for that.

    marypres@gmail.com

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  13. Your honest opinion helped me slightly-I can't get over how many negative reviews of this book there are. ah well I may read it-I hope to.

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  14. Thanks for the review. I would like to read it. mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  15. Hmm a lot of people think it is similar to Twilight, not that it is a bad thing. I still want to read it, thanks for the review.

    danceislove27(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for your review! I look forward to reading this book.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Sorry you didn't like this as much as you thought you would, I'm still very anxious to read this and I appreciate your thoughts

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  18. Thanks for your honest review and thanks for participating in the tour. I still can't wait to read it.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  19. Great review! I agree with what you said about it picking up in the second half. It got a lot more interesting from then on for me too.

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