April 03, 2011

Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates Blog Tour (Review/Giveaway)

Paperback, 308 pages
Published 2010 by Omnific Publishing

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.

Shade of Atlantis was a very refreshing read for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I am glad that I got the chance to read it, thanks to Omnific Publishing.

It was different from what I normally read, but in a good way. I loved Carol Oates take on immortality and where she took the story. When I first started reading Shades of Atlantis, I honestly did not know what to expect. I was thinking Vampires, werewolves, something along those lines. It turned out to be something totally different and caught me by surprise. 

There were lots of moments where I just couldn't put the book down. Then there were those moments I wanted to throw the book across the room, but at the same time I just couldn't stop reading. I loved the relationship between Caleb and Triona. I love it when two characters first meet and they just can't stay away from one another. All they think about is each other and feel an instant connection with one another. That is exactly what happened to Caleb and Triona. No matter how hard Caleb tried to deny the chemistry between the two, he just simply couldn't. 

Now we all know every book has to have some kind of love triangle, but what makes Shades of Atlantis different is that, Triona from the very beginning knew exactly who her heart belonged too. Even after others try to tell her maybe it didn't, her heart and love for Caleb NEVER changed. That was another thing I absolutely loved about this book. I wasn't torn between two characters and even felt positive myself that Caleb was the one for Triona lol. 

The only issue I had with the book is that in the very beginning Triona was very needy and whiny. She cried over every little thing and always assumed the worse instead of hearing things out. I was a little annoyed with her character, but I have to say she did grow. She went from needy and whiny, to strong and being able to hold her own. Especially with everything Caleb and Triona go through, she was perfect. So my advice, keep reading. Triona grows into a very independent person.   

4 out of 5 Stars! 

Book Trailer:



ALL giveaways are open Internationally!
There will be 4 winners.

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

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

 3) Ebook copy of SoA

 4) Ebook copy of SoA

To enter all you have to do is visit each blog on the tour, leave a comment ON EACH blog, and at the end of the tour you will stop by A Tale of Many Reviews where she will then pick the winners. YOU MUST leave a comment on everyone's blog though for a chance to win.

Missed the first two stops? No problem! Check them out here:

Participating Blog Schedule:

April 1: Mundie Moms 
April 2: Once Upon A Twilight -Guest Post by Carol Oates 
April 4: Frenzy of Noise - character interview with Ben & Amanda 
April 8: YA Bound 
April 10: The Reading Fever 
April 12: Books and Shtuff 
April 13: Bookworm Lisa 
April 16: Diva's Bookcase 
April 17: Ticket To Anywhere 
April 19: A Trail of Books Left Behind and
A Tale of Many Reviews- video interview with author - Final Stop


  1. Great review!

    I can't wait to get my hands on this one.


  2. Great review! I think you stole the words right out of my head! I thought the same thing about Triona in the beginning, wanted to smack her! But, I see where the point was for her to grow and it made sense later. :)

  3. Great review!! I had some of the same feelings with the book!

  4. I like this review enough to put this on my wishlist on my kindle. I think I will stop by Amazon.com today to see what they have to say about this book.

  5. Loved the review and I just adored the trailer! Makes me want to read it all the more!!!


  6. I'm really glad you liked it. That's so promising for me, as I can't wait to read this one :)

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  7. This looks interesting. A little different than what I normally read but it may be a great time for that. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Loved your review, Damaris! I agree with many of your points, including being surprised by the direction of the story and enjoying Triona only having one man in her heart.

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  10. Wonderful review I can't wait to read this

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  12. Great review! I totally agree with what you said about there not being a love triangle and not needing one. It was like I just *knew* that Triona and Caleb were to be together, just as much as they knew it.

  13. Great review. Sounds really good. Looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Love your review. I think you described the book very well and I agree with you.

  15. Great review! Book sounds amazing!!!

  16. Great review. I also love the trailer, very intriguing!

  17. I've heard about this book, it sound great!!!! <3 I can NOT wait to read it! :)

  18. Thanks for the review, I am so excited!

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  21. Nice review! I don't like whiny characters, but I really like the sound of this book.

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  22. It's always fun to read other people's views on a book. We all see things differently and pick up on certain things that maybe others missed.

  23. Thanks for the review! I'm getting very excited for this book :)


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  29. Enjoyed your review. Thanks!

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  32. Great review! The first thing that attracted my attention to this book was the four-leaf clover and that I've never read a book that takes place in England. So, I'm looking forward to reading it :-)



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