Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Arcadia Awakens

Title: Arcadia Awakens
Author: Kai Meyer
Series: Arkadien. Book 1
Number of Pages: 451
Date Read: August 8, 2012
Genre: Shapeshifters, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: B+

Synopsis (Found on

To New Yorker 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 tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa wastes no time falling head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both intrigue 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.

Ancient myths brought to life in the Sicilian countryside, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a long history of familial bloodlust prove to Rosa that she can’t trust anyone—not even her own family. Torn between loyalty to her aunt and love for her family’s mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love . . . or run as far and as fast as she can

My Review:

The book was great. It was a great mix of paranormal shape-shifters, greek mythology and mafia all rolled into one book. A lot of deaths tho and that suprised me. There's usually not a lot of violence in teen books but I guess there has to be in this book since the mafia plays a heavy part in it.

The book as a little slow at first but since its the beginning a trilogy, it gave a lot of background. There was some decent action as well. 

I didn't really like the character of Rosa tho. She seemed too...whinny and tried to hard to be tough. She also makes some stupid choices in the book like listening the Capo (Hello head mafia boss here..its not like he can be trusted) and at the end when she goes to the "end of the world" because she thinks that Zoe needs help. Even I saw through that one. After all she's been thorough in the book up to that point should of clued her in that she was being set up. Duh. However, she did grow on me, so I can tolerate her and continue the series. Perhaps as the series goes on I'll like her better.

I like the love story between the characters because it wasn't insta-love and Rosa wasn't all like "Ok I'm totally gonna trust you and Kiss me Now". Alessandro had to earn her trust and she had to feel comfortable with herself around him before she kissed him. That's another point in her direction.

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