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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Review: Arcadia Awakens

Title: Arcadia Awakens
Series: Arkadien # 1
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Author: Kai Meyer
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

"To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fas
t as she can."

I really like it when authors write out of the box. The idea behind this book and watching it unfold really capture me. I liked that is wasn't something typically but really unique. A cross between Atlantians  and ancient blood lines sparking powerful mafia families is quick to capture the reader and hold them.

Say what! Atlantis. Mafia. Blood lines. All of this in one book sparking my curiosity till the end. Once a few chapters in the mafia really got me. I enjoyed reading about the powerful families and the front they were using. Now, when the author added Atlantis to the mix, I got as bit confused. It did take me a few more chapters and some back tracking to fully understand what the author is picturing. Though once I understood the concept, it because easier for me to read and love the book. 

What I enjoyed most about this book is the great outside thinking of it. I really adored the idea of the mafia crossing the lines of an ancient powerful past. It gave the story a much more fuller aspect to it. I was able to read and understand these characters better.

With that being said I am very interested in seeing the way this series progresses. The ending definitely left me hanging for more. The plot, the characters and the amazing adventure of power enthralls the reader till the very end!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Hrm, haven't heard of this one but it sounds good. Great review!
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  2. Oh Mafia. That's different. I've seen mixed opinions on this one so far but I just love that cover so I must read it. Bahaha

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    1. Giselle, I can understand the mix reviews. It's one of those books that you either like or don't.

  3. I like the idea of mafia plus Atlantis, but it was does a bit strange. I think the mafia part would intrigue me most. I don't like the cover much though. Too dark other than the snake.

    1. Exactly, the mafia thing really capture. I like the whole power shifting within the families.


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