Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog tour: Shades of Atlantis and Giveaway!

Young Adult: 308 Pages
Published: 2010
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

The premise for this book captured my interest right away. I knew it was going to be a refreshing read because of it's original storyline. I was not disappointed!

There are books that are great because of the plot, or their are books that have a good balance of both. However, for me, I loved this book because of it's character cast. Carol Oates created such riveting characters, that it made the book nearly impossible to put down. The first half of the book is the character development, but it was tastefully done, not overwhelming at all. The way characters were introduced and developed held my interest throughout. Triona's character was so entertaining. She starts off as your average teenager, but her transformation throughout the book is dramatic. It was a wonderful experience to read.

Caleb seems to be another typical character, the hot new guy in town, that is mysterious and secretive. But that's all I will say about him. I feel he is a character that should be discovered on your own.

As the storyline unravels and the plot thickens, I began to devour the book. This book followed me everywhere because I just could not put it down. Any moment, that I had a spare time in between reading, I would pick it up and read a page or two. Carol Oates takes you on a wild adventure. The twist and turns in this book drove me nuts!(in a good way, of course).  The writing style is simple and just right. The author doesn't overwhelm you with unnecessary details or descriptions.

Shades of Atlantis was a fantastic read! One full of jaw-dropping twist and turns, romance and passion.

What I liked: The original plot. Character development
What I disliked: I thought the ending was a little rushed.


Now for the giveaway!


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

All giveaways are open Internationally. Participants do not need to be followers of blogs.

To enter the giveaway you must leave a comment on each blog stop. To see the full list of tour stops click HERE

About Carol Oates:


Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her parents' mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least.

Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb on the northern border of Dublin known as Clontarf, famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story Dracula. This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. Combine that passion with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, and Carol Oates the author was born. Carol's love of writing about anything not entirely "human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis, was born.

Carol still lives in Dublin, but spends a great deal of time traveling though the counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland with her partner and son. When not travelling through the countryside, Carol spends her days at the office and her evenings immersed in the world of Legends and Mythical Creatures.

Next stop on the blog tour: A Tale of Many Reviews


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24 comments:

  1. When I first saw the beautiful cover on this book I thought "oh I hope the plot captures me too" - and luckily it did! I would love to win a copy of this book it sounds like a great read! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  2. Thank you for your honest review and participating.

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  3. Another great captivating review!!
    As this tour goes on I feel like I've read the books from the reviews! But with some reviews being so positive and some negative I just can't wait to read it for myself!!!
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Soo glad you like this and thanks for the review. After reading these reviews, I'm now itching to read this book :)


    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  5. Thanks for your review!

    It's interesting how everyone has such a different opinion on this book!

    I personally can't wait to read it.

    amanda(at)lettersinsideout(dot)com

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  6. 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

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  7. I like how you mentioned that the book followed you around and you read a few pages when you could. I find myself doing that all the time. Thanks for your review.

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  8. Another great review, can't wait to read the book! Sounds like a great read.

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  9. Thank you for your review. Character development is very important, so thanks for that.

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

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  12. Wow, she was born on Christmas day. I bet that was fun growing up. I have a December birthday a few days after Christmas. Never liked it growing up but now it's fine.

    The book looks interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. Great review! Good to hear that the book becomes a 'could not put down'! Can't wait to read it myself :)

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  14. I can't wait for more from her!

    megan.qualls@gmail.com

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  15. Enjoyed your review. I look forward to reading this book.
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  16. Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to read the book.

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  17. Great review! Book has an amazing story!!!

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  18. Thanks for the review!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  19. I'm really intrigued and ready to dive into this novel.

    Vivien
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  20. Totally agree with you about the characters. I love it when I can connect with characters in a book, and I could do that with these characters. Great review!

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  21. Ooh I can't wait to read this!!!!! Thanks so much for the review!!!

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  22. This is great!

    thegirlonfire

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  23. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book with us.

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