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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 w...more
Hardcover, 451 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Balzer + Bray (first published November 1st 2009)
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Emily May


This book managed to tick all of the boxes for the first few chapters (actually quite a few chapters because they're only short) and I was pleasantly surprised to find a young adult author that: a) doesn't think it's okay to be condescending when the audience is younger, and b) creates an atypical heroine who isn't all about drooling after her inevitable one true love. As a matter of fact, the author attempts to write quite prettily and sets the scene in the Sicilian countryside very well, you...more
Sam
3.5 stars

Arcadia Awakens intertwines a forbidden romance reminiscent of the tale of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with the supernatural world of shape-shifting and buried legends. Add a sprinkling of Cosa Nostra, and this book is set up to be a thrilling and unique read. We have a snarky female protagonist, a complicated love interest, and a storyline derived from ancient mythology – all of this surrounded by the exotic heat of Sicily.

If the premise for this book wasn’t enough to draw me in, I wouldn’t kn...more
Tatiana
Dec 17, 2011 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya
As much as I want to know more about the difficult main character (she lies, steals and is fond of acting all emo), as much I like a good mafia story and as much as I adore an exotic locale (Sicily!), the writing (or the translation) is just not good enough. The sentences are choppy and don't flow together, the observations are often trite or unnecessary, the narrative is dull, distant and lifeless.

This might be the case of writing style incompatibility though.
the golden witch.
You know, you’d never think that, when putting together a story using the Italian Mafia and mythology would mix. Kai Meyer’s “Arcadia Awakens” not only makes it totally work, but literally casts a spell over his readers. This book is gorgeously written, with no stone left unturned, and makes for a very good first book in a trilogy. If you like your heroines awesome with a side of gumption, you definitely need to read “Arcadia Awakens”, ASAP.

For a first book, this part of the Arkadien trilogy is...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Unlike most other readers, the premise of this book did nothing for me, simply because I've never had any sort of interest in the mafia which is a big theme in this book. I was a little unsure about the shapeshifter element, another big theme, as I've not yet read any books about shapeshifters that I've really enjoyed. Why did I read this then? I'm not all that sure - I guess I just wanted to see if this was any different to other young adult books at the moment and I'd read some great reviews....more
Jess
Oct 30, 2010 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kai Meyer Fans, Fantasy Liebhaber, junge Liebe, Gestaltwandler
It sounds like a mixture of „Romeo and Juliet“, „The Godfather“ and „Twilight“. A cheesy romance between two young people from families that are enemies for centuries now and all of that is overshadowed by a dark mysterious secret.

But “Arkadien erwacht” (Arkadien awakes) is more than you would expect first. While using old and known elements from familiar stories Kai Meyer manages successfully to create a new and thrilling world that the reader can fully sink in and let us fight along with the c...more
Janina
Don't think I'm going to pick this up again.

I so wanted to like the book and have been waiting eagerly for quite a while to read it, but neither the story nor the characters drew me in.
I'm glad I got it from the library and therefore didn't spend any money on it.

Kai Meyer can definitely do better, as he has already proven with The Water Mirror and Pirate Curse for example.
Krys

I only made it 50 pages into Kai Meyer's Arcadia Awakens. There is something off about the translation to me. Many of the phrases seem stilted and blunt. I have not read Meyer before; perhaps this is owing to style more than translation.

Still, I never got into the story or wrapped my head around the characters and, at this point, I don't need to. I have too much to read without devoting time to books that do nothing for me.


1 out of 5 stars.

- Review courtesy of www.bibliopunkkreads.com
Jenny
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

MY THOUGHTS
Arcadia Awakens is an unusual story, one where the strangeness of it is both a positive in that it stands out amidst the masses of paranormal young adult fiction, and a negative in that it leaves us a bit unsure as to exactly how we feel about what we’ve read. On the plus side we have the richly atmospheric setting of Sicily, a place where light and dark exist in equal measures and where the beauty of the landscape is in contrast with the nefarious deeds committed...more
Sharon
More of my reviews @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rosa Alcantara has left her home in NY to head to Sicily, Italy to be with her Mafia boss Aunt Florinda and Sister Zoe; it has been a tough year emotionally for her which has seen her withdraw from everything and everyone around her. All she yearns for is a bit of peace and quiet but what she ends up involved with goes beyond her wildest dreams.

Alessandro Carnevare is the son of a powerful Sicilian Mafia family...more
Sylvia
Ok this book seemed to have promise but I really don't know what happened to be honest. It took me forever to read, even though I was reading it a couple of chapters are day for a challenge, but in all honesty it really wasn't that captivating. I think it's because it has been translated form German to English and somewhere along the lines it lost soul. I really didn't feel connected to the characters and couldn't care less what happened to them. Then about 85% in there was finally some action a...more
Juliane
Am Anfang dachte ich echt, es sei ein Fehlkauf gewesen. Während der ersten Seiten hab ich mich einfach nur gefragt, warum der Autor (ein Mann!) aus der Sicht eines TeenagerMÄDCHENS schreibt.. ich fand es zu Beginn sehr gewollt böse. Oh oh oh Rosa ist so böse, sie klaut Schokoriegel.

Aber ganz egal, denn nach den ersten ca. 70 Seiten wurde es richtig gut. Rosa hat sich eingekriegt und die Machenschaften der Familien wurden spannend und verworren.
Tiger und Löwen tauchen plötzlich auf... naja, ich w...more
Anorielt
Die Arkadien-Trilogie ist ja in Deutschland sehr beliebt. Ich kenne eigentlich niemanden der die Bücher nie mag, mir sind immer nur positive Meinungen zu Ohren gekommen. Als ich den ersten Band damals kaufte, habe ich ihn allerdings schon nach wenigen Seiten wieder hingelegt weil mir der Schreibstil nicht gefiel. Jetzt beim zweiten Versuch fand ich am Schreibstil nichts auszusetzen, nur die Protoganistin Rosa.... die war mir von Anfang an leider total unsympathisch. Zwar hat man durchaus den ein...more
Fairytale Nerd
Read full review at The Fairytale Nerd.


LOVE:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

The setting. The story takes place in Sicily. I am a sucker for books that are set in any European country. I find them fascinating. Alluring. Exotic.

The mafia theme. I am also a sucker for all things mafia. And this book is IT. Kai Meyer integrated all the necessary gangster story ingredients that I am looking for: treachery, crime, cruelty, deceit, and of course a good romance. This is not to say that this is...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Takes a while to get going, but it does have a creative story involving the mafia, mythology, and a gorgeous Sicilian setting.

Opening Sentence: “One day,” she said, “I’ll catch dreams like butterflies.”

The Review:

This book starts out slow. I found this really weird, because the chapters are short and the heroine, Rosa, was someone I wanted to get into. But while the writing of this novel was beautiful and poetic, it did hinder my ability to...more
Ravenous Biblioworm
Rating: 3/5

Greek/Mediterranean myths are interwoven with the intrigue of the mafia in this novel from Meyer. Sounds awesome, right? Yeah, I thought it was. The lore, the plot was super interesting. It was creative, different, and new to my experiences in reading YA genre. The protagonist, Rosa, had an interesting background as did the rest of the characters. They were connected to the mob families… it’s like having The Sopranos or The Godfather with a magical, mystic powers instead of machine gu...more
Marina Anik
Kay Meyer ist einer der wenigen deutschen Fantasy- Autoren, den ich wirklich gut finde. Ähnlich wie Wolfgang Hohlbein bedient er sich in den meisten seiner Geschichten alter Mythen oder Volksmärchen. Daraus kreiert er dann aber ganz eigenständige, mitreissende Geschichten.
Nachdem mich seine "Wellenläufer-Trilogie" in ihren Bann gezogen hatte, war ich begeistert, als sein neues Buch "Arkadien erwacht" herauskam. Es wurde sofort gekauft und verschlungen.

Eine Mafia- Geschichte wie keine Andere. E...more
Brina
Nachdem so ziemlich jeder Buchliebhaber in meinem Umfeld dieses Buch in den höchsten Tönen gelobt hat, wurde es auch für mich Zeit, dass ich diesem Buch endlich eine Chance gebe. Da ich Kai Meyer für seine Ideen und seinen Schreibstil sehr schätze, war es fast schon zu erwarten, dass dieses Buch einfach gut sein muss - und das war es auch!

Der Schreibstil gefällt mir sehr, sehr gut. Kai Meyer besitzt das große Talent, Geschehnisse und Orte so gut zu beschreiben, dass man sich diese direkt einpräg...more
Kelly
It's officially decided. I will make it to Sicily this year. Review to come shortly.

'One day,' she said, 'I'll catch dreams like butterflies.'

'And then what?' he asked.

'Then I'll put them between the pages of big, fat books and press
them until they're words.'

'Suppose there's someone who never dreams of anything but you?'

'Maybe then we're both words in a book. Two names among all the others.'"
--Kai Meyer, Arcadia Awakens


Wow. I am so in love with this book. I have never been more excited to wri...more
Lisa
Originally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Moving to Sicily to live with her older sister and aunt, Rosa Alcantara finds herself trapped in the middle of a mafia war between her family and the Carnevares. Although the two have a truce, their history of mistrust and the ascension of a new boss leads to deception, dangerous rule-breaking and secrets between them. When Rosa takes notice of Alessandro on her plane, never did she think he would become her enemy, that he was the dead capo's heir,...more
sabisteb
Die Siebzehnjährige New Yorkerin Rosa Alcantara reist nach Sizilien zu ihrer Großmutter, um einen Neuanfang zu machen. Vor einem Jahr passierte etwas, was ihr Leben veränderte, und nun will sie nur noch eines: vergessen, ein neues Leben anfangen, ein neuer Mensch werden.
Sizilien ist dafür jedoch der denkbar schlechteste Ort, denn auch wenn Rosa nie mit den Geschäften ihrer Familie zu tun hatte, und in sehr bescheidenen Verhältnissen in der Bronx aufwuchs, ist sie auf Sizilien die Enkelin des Cap...more
Kermit
Nachdem mir der dritte Band von Kai Meyers "Sturmkönige" zwar sehr gut gefallen hat, mich aber nicht ganz so sehr begeistern konnte wie das seine Bücher normalerweise tun, bin ich mit großen Erwartungen an "Arkadien erwacht" gegangen- und wurde definitiv nicht enttäuscht, im Gegenteil!
Ich wollte gestern Abend ein, zwei Kapitel lesen... Als ich dann das Licht ausgemacht habe war es 7 Uhr morgens und ich hatte das Buch durch ;) Es war aber auch viel zu fesselnd, um aufhören zu können!
Der Autor hat...more
Infinite Playlist
Toll gelesen wie zu erwarten von Andreas Fröhlich.

Die Charaktere sind interessant, gerade Rosa, weil sie so anders ist als ihr Name erwarten lässt. Alessandro fand ich nach einer Weile auch interessant und attraktiv.

Es ist immer wieder beeindruckend, dass Kai Meyer sich einfach ein neues Gebiet sucht und darauf seine ganze eigene originell Welt aufbaut.

Der Schreibstil war atemberaubend, sehr dicht und atmosphärisch.

Irgendwie hat es für mich aber an der Story gehapert. Gerade im ersten Teil zieht...more
Ellie
I read this book both in original and english translation. The trans sucks. I can't say it any other way. Someone didn't do their job right or at least not good enough. While I loved the german original (being my mother language and all), I hated the english one.
And that does say a lot. Translations are always difficult, because if the translator cannot connect to the authors intentions and easy playing with words - something like this comes out. The english version lacked of tension and excite...more
Katie
I really loved the concept for this one. I mean, Sicilian Mafia and a dark, mysterious, fantastical family secret? Plus forbidden love, Romeo and Juliet style? This was my first Kai Meyer read for me and it certainly lived up to my expectations (and its beautiful cover!). The only problem I had was that there were a few awkward sentences here and there and, then again, that will probably be fixed in the final version. The characters were entertaining and, over time, Rosa grew on me with her bad-...more
Kathrin
Another book that was suggested to me by my best friend. I had no idea about the subject of the book, just that she told me it was good and I should read it and once again, I wasn't disappointed. First I thought, what the hell is wrong with you girl and I really didn't like her all that much, but the more the story continued the better I liked her. The development of the storyline took a while and continued slowly and steadily, getting more and more intense towards the end. Something that made m...more
Angie
Endlich mal wieder ein sehr lesenswertes Buch, mit einem tollen Schreibstil.
Besonders schön fand ich den Schauplatz der Geschichte, der auf Sizilien angesiedelt war. Orte und Umgebungen wurden bildhaft beschrieben und machten das Lesen zu einer eigenen kleinen Reise.
Endlich auch mal wieder ein Hauptcharakter, der nicht weinerlich daher kam. Rosa ist einfach anders: eigensinnig, ein wenig böse aber irgendwie auch sehr herzlich.
Interessant empfand ich auch, dass die Geschichte in der 3. Person g...more
Kate
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Liz
Arcadia Awakens was a book with an interesting premise and great mix of crime and mythology. However, while I did enjoy it, I felt it didn’t live up to its potential and was lacking in certain areas.

One of the things I liked most about the book was the fact the characters were really different from those in your usual YA series. Our main character Rose was sarcastic, bratty, short-tempered and cold, and to be honest, I didn’t really like her to begin with. However, I could empathise with her. Sh...more
Abi (dragonbookreviews.weebly.com)
This book was something I just saw sitting on the shelf in my local library one day. I noticed it, the amazing cover, and then went home after picking up a couple of books and a DVD that I had been meaning to get for a while. I think it must have been when I returned a few weeks later to return the books and the DVD that I realised that I hadn't read much YA in a while, and so thought that it was a good idea to try and pick something up. Honestly, what I'm trying to say is that I didn't go out o...more
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Kai Meyer was born in 1969 in northern Germany. He began college at the University of Bochum, Germany, where he studied film, theatre, and philosophy. After a year, he dropped out t...more
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»Und dann?«, fragte er.
»Lege ich sie zwischen die Seiten dicker Bücher und presse sie zu Worten.«
»Was, wenn jemand immer nur von dir träumt?«
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“One day," she said, "I'll catch dreams like butterflies."
"And then what?" he asked.
"Then I'll put them between the pages of big, fat books and press them until they're words."
"Suppose there's someone who never dreams of anything but you?"
"Maybe then we're both words in a book. Two names among all the others.”
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