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Arkadien erwacht

(Arkadien #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  4,664 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Schon bei ihrer Ankunft auf Sizilien fühlt sich Rosa, als wäre sie in einen alten Film geraten - der Chauffeur, der ihre zufällige Reisebekanntschaft Alessandro am Flughafen erwartet; der heruntergekommene Palazzo ihrer Tante; und dann die Gerüchte um zwei Mafiaclans, die seit Generationen erbittert gegeneinander kämpfen: die Alcantaras und die Carnevares, Rosas und Alessa ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Carlsen (first published November 1st 2009)
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Laini Taylor, Patrick Ness,Andrea Cremer, Stephenie Meyer and Sophie Jordan
Shelves: owned, underrated
“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."

Arcadia Awakens is a series very close to my heart. There's so many things I love about it.
Imagine the most sarcastic female protagonist arriving in Sicily, her family deeply involved in mafia affairs and hiding darker secrets than she could imagine, all the while trying not to get killed or to fall in love with the enemy'
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, y
Nov 08, 2011 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
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.
usagi ☆ミ
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
✰ Aileen ✰
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, book-heaven
Mille grazie for creating such a masterpiece. It's been my fourth or fifth re-read and I still can't get enough of Rosa and Alessandro and this beautiful island called Sicily. ...more

Prepare yourselves. A rant is coming.

Arkadien erwacht had a really good start, I mean, it quoted something from the Tintenwelt-trilogy, what's not to love about that? Plus the first chapter of the book was just so beautifully written, it hooked me right in. But from there, the book simply spiraled down. The writing style is plain and simple, and reminded me a lot of Twilight (which I just despise), and even though the book was written in German, the characters sometimes swear in English..and swe
Jessica {Litnoob}
This book was a very solid 3.5 stars and I feel like if I knew German and read a non translated version I'd rate it even higher. But as it stands you have some heros that are very anti hero in all ways, you have multiple mysteries to unravel, and a lot of intrigue. If you need to love your heros this might not be the book for you but if your ok with morally grey sometimes unreliable narrators then I say buckle up. ...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
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
Dec 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kai Meyer Fans, Fantasy Liebhaber, junge Liebe, Gestaltwandler
Shelves: bookshelf, signed
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
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
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, fantasy
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.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toto-a-dost
" And they both dove into the deep blue sea at the same time."


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
Karen Jarvis
Not really my genre, very much a teen read
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Smartarse
Published in English as Arkadia Awakens.

I don't much like YA as a literary genre, neither am I a fan of fantasy, nor do I care for mafia-related crime stories... yet this book has been on my reading list for at least half a year. So the only logical conclusion must be that I am a masochist.

Actually, a second, or rather I just wanted to do some very light reading in German, following my horrifying experience with the first page of The Magic Mountain. So I figured this book would be a good alterna
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
Hrůza... -.-"
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read in 2017... Meh... Sounded very promising but didn't deliver to my expectations... ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, genre-fantasy
While far from being perfect, I quite enjoyed this book. At the beginning, I had forgotten why exactly I had added it to my TBR; mafia stories are not usually my cup if tea. But from the moment the Arcadian legend was brought in, I was hooked. I was expecting a Romeo & Juliet kind of story, but I got something different enough to keep me entertained. As for the main character, way to be a badass and not needing emotional therapy from the main male character
Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
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
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 g
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
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,
Aug 15, 2011 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
The Fairytale Nerd
Read full review at The Fairytale Nerd.

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
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.
DNF @45%
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After 7 years I have returned to this book because I felt like I might have been too young when I read it first.
I’m only just realising how little I understood about the main character, Rosa, and how little I could relate to her. Reading it again some topics and struggles hit very close to home.
Rosa is one of the most complex and strong female characters I’ve ever read, while also being young and vulnerable and still learning.
The plot is a bit messy but what can one expect from a mafia/shapes
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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.«
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»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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