Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Shades of Atlantis

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.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Source- this book was won in a giveaway from Goodreads
- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone


Jennifer Lane said...

Great review, Lisa. I like how Twilight got you reading again. Well done, Stephenie Meyer! ;)

Kate Evangelista said...

I would like to extend an invitation to you to be a part of my Blogger Interview series. Let me know if you're interested. :-)

CarolOates said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and review Shades of Atlantis. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the comments!

@Kate I would be honoured, and @Carol I feel a bit starstruck that you commented on my review :0)