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Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,393 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
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
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok

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
Jessy MelodyofBooks
Hier geht's zu meiner Rezension:
Dec 17, 2011 Tatiana marked it as abandoned
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
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.
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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
Nj Sun
3,5 Sterne
Gestaltwandler und Mafia...Interessante Kombi.
Das Buch fand ich ganz nett, Teil 2 wird auf jeden Fall gelesen.
Oct 30, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  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
Dec 11, 2015 Antonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
eher 3,5? keine Ahnung, ich bin hin und her gerissen... ich meine kai meyer hat schon deutlich bessere Bücher geschrieben (wolkenvolktrilogie!!!). das Konzept war (wie von ihm gewohnt) genial (ich meine hallo, griechische Mythologie und italienische mafia, da muss man erstmal drauf kommen) und insgesamt hat mir das Buch auch gut gefallen, aber es gab so ein paat Sachen, die mich echt gestört haben. ich hatte irgendwie echt Probleme mit Iole (schreibt man die so?), ich fand es wurde nur sehr ober ...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
Kim Lovee
Jan 21, 2015 Kim Lovee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

"'Eines Tages', sagte sie, 'fange ich Träume ein wie Schmetterlinge.'
'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?'
'Dann sind wir beide vielleicht schon Worte in einem Buch. Zwei Namen zwischen all den anderen.'"
(Seite 11 )

Schon bei ihrer Ankunft auf Sizilien fuhlt sich Rosa wie in einem alten Film – der Chauffeur am Flughafen, der heruntergekommene Palazzo ihrer Tante und dann die Ger
Feb 02, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
" And they both dove into the deep blue sea at the same time."

Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
2.5 stars.

This was...yeah. It hurt my brain trying to understand what the hell was going on here. I picked this up predominantly because the cover is GORGEOUS. Then I read the blurb, and was like "Mafia + shapeshifters? Uh, AWESOME." I was even more on board when I found out that this was originally written in German and translated to English a couple of years later, because I'm trying to read more translated works this year.

But this really didn't live up to my expectations. At the end of the d
May 25, 2012 Sylvia rated it it was ok
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
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.

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.

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Haley  *all systems go, the sun hasn't died*
DNF at page 141.

Because I have too many others books to read and I can't connect with any of the characters. It's boring and I have no more patience.
Jan 01, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf

Ha! Endlich einmal sind wir Deutschen diejenigen, die ein tolles Buch hervorgebracht haben! Allerdings habe ich das Gefühl, dass die Amerikaner sehr viel besser darin sind Buchtitel zu übersetzen und Buchcover zu finden, die gut zum Buch passen. Arcadia Awakens klingt genauso toll wie Arkadien erwacht. Und ich bin zwar noch immer der Meinung, dass das deutsche Cover von nichts getoppt werden kann, aber das amerikanische Cover finde ich doch auch sehr gelungen. Hut ab also!


Jan 30, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5/5

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
Mar 09, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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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
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
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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
Jun 18, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-sterne
Ich finde dieses Buch toll. Es ist so schön beschrieben wie es in Sizilien aussieht und obwohl ich dort noch nicht war, ist es nun für mich wie als wäre ich schon mal da gewesen. Alles in allem ein gutes Buch mit einer richtig guten Protagonisten, die ganz nach meinem Geschmack ist. Ich hoffe ich habe jetzt nicht zu große Erwartungen an den zweiten Band.
Apr 18, 2016 Lea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es tat wirklich gut, mal wieder ein solch actionbepacktes und ergreifendes Buch zu lesen - auch, wenn es mich am Ende echt ein bisschen zerstört hat. Morgen werde ich mir gleich den zweiten Band aus der Bibliothek holen!
Moendchens Lesewelt
Apr 04, 2015 Moendchens Lesewelt rated it it was amazing
Ein supertoller und rasanter Auftakt der Arkadien-Trilogie. Dieses Buch hat mich von der ersten Seite an mitgenommen und hat mich richtig gepackt und ich möchte ganz schnell den zweiten Band lesen. ...more
Sep 12, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Den Inhalt des Buches finde ich sehr originell. Ich habe noch nie etwas in dieser Art gelesen. Zum einen das Mafiathema und das ganze dann noch verwoben mit dem Fantasyanteil fand ich wirklich genial. Streckenweise war das ganze zwar auch ziemlich brutal, aber es bleibt trotzdem ein Jugendbuch. Im ersten Drittel zog es sich für mich etwas und ich wünschte mir, dass es etwas schneller vorangehen würde bzw. etwas weniger Beiwerk so ausgeschmückt würde. Ab dem zweiten Drittel war ich aber komplett ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Anorielt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Seriously this was one of the best books by a german author I've read so far.


The plot is seriously so cool! The idea of people transforming into big cats and snakes is so awesome and also awesome implemented. But to be honest (but this is something personal) I would have chosen a different animal than a snake because sometimes the transformation was so well described it was really gross and many people are afraid of snakes and will probably dislike the book because of that.
Aug 11, 2014 Daniela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book tells the story of Rosa Alcantara, a 17 year old girl who recently moved from New York to Sicily, in order to become part of her family Mafia clan: the Lumia.
She lives with her aunt and sister, but soon enough she notices strange things with her relatives and another opposing Mafia clan, the Carnevares. For they have hundreds of years of bloodshed and hatred between each other... and perhaps something more paranormal.
Soon she finds herself in the middle of corruption, intrigue and lus
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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
Feb 28, 2011 Nadine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Romeo und Julia meets Der Pate meets Gestaltwandlerstory... Die 17-jährige Rosa kehrt nach Sizilien, dem Schoß ihrere Familie zurück um Abstand zu den schrecklichen Dingen zu bekommen, die ihr in New York widerfahren waren. Ihre Familie nimmt eine führende Rolle in der Mafia ein. Noch im Flugzeug nach Italien begegnet ihr Alessandro, Mafia Sproß und baldiger Capo einer verfeindete Mafia Familie. Die beiden Familien trennt mehr als nur ihre Geschäfte, die Alcantaras und die Carnevaras tragen die ...more
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With millions of books sold worldwide, Kai Meyer is one of Germany's most successful authors. His novels have been translated into 27 languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

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
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“»Eines Tages«, sagte sie, »fange ich Träume ein wie Schmetterlinge.«
»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?«
»Dann sind wir beide vielleicht schon Worte in einem Buch. Zwei Namen zwischen all den anderen.«”
“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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