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Shades of Atlantis

(Shades #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  206 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 Camden, or anywhere else. Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small t ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Omnific Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I'm in love!

First I should say that although I take my Kindle everywhere I go, I never read at work. I don't want to get busted reading during my office hours. Nor do I ever try reading while driving. But with Shades of Atlantis, I was so hungry for every word, it was all I could do to put down the book when a student popped in to my office or when the red light changed to green!

Triona Pryor is your typical girl with dreams of leaving her small town behind once she graduates from high school to
Sylvain Reynard
I read this story on my Kindle while traveling on business and it was a welcome companion. Miss Oates has created interesting characters with a compelling plot. What pleased me most about the story was the mythology she created by cleverly putting together Irish legends with the lost city of Atlantis. By the end of the book, I was sad to leave the story and eager for more. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Shades of Atlantis is a tale shrouded in mystery, paranormal activity, and a young love that will not be denied even if it means death. I love how Carol Oates starts the book off with Triona scoffing at the sensationalism of Caleb until she actually meets him. The intriguing tale continuously spins a story full of heart and soul, anguish, forbidden love, destiny, and one girl who finally figures out what she wants to be when she grows up. The way the author showing Caleb bouncing between being a ...more
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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It's been a while since I have been completely swept away into the world of a book, but Shades of Atlantis carried me away and left me there. Author Carol Oates reawakened my creative spirit and desire to learn about Celtic myth and lore. With only a month left of 2010 and over 115 titles reviewed, her book easily slides onto my list of favorite reads this year.

The tale begins with main heroin
Jennie Smith
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yet another great publication from Omnific! The originality of the plot, characters, and the world that Carol created complete sucked me in from the beginning. I am glad that I got this debut in just in time for my debut challenge and am glad to say that it is easily one of my top books for this year. Carol’s creativity of the Celtic myths was just what those of us who are stretching our creative writing brains need… and those of us who simply love to get swept away in a world completely believa ...more
Jennifer Lane
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Triona is a high school senior working at a restaurant in Maine. She’s red-haired, green-eyed, and feisty, which is a good thing since she has to navigate a world without her parents, who died when she was young. Fortunately Triona has a helpful supportive cast around her, including wonderful adoptive parents, a brother who mixes in teasing with caring, and truly loving girlfriends who are honest and fun.

Three wealthy brothers own the restaurant where Triona works. When she catches a glimpse of
Megan (magan bagan)
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As most of you have been able to guess, I really love books that deal with mythology. It's so much fun to learn about the stories and legends that other cultures wrote about so many years ago. So, when I read the description of this book, I jumped at the chance to be able to read it.

Triona and her brother Ben have been raised by their Aunt and Uncle since the deaths of their parents and lived pretty normal lives. That is, at least, until Caleb Wallace enters the picture, and the somewhat mundane
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

A fabulous mythology, rich history, a great love story mixed with some great action scenes makes Shades of Atlantis a wonderful gem of a read.

There were a couple times while reading this story I couldn't help but think of another well known YA book, BUT the way in which Carol writes and owns her unique, refreshing story quickly pulled me right back into the story. I enjoyed the world building and the setting which goes from the east coast, to London and then to Ireland. Let's talk about
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once I sat down to read Shades of Atlantis, I couldn’t put it down. Triona’s character at the beginning honestly frustrated me. I was screaming: OPEN YOUR MOUTH GIRL; say what you need to say. But if a book didn't get you worked up, it wouldn't be good. I'm glad to say by the end, Triona had grown into strong and powerful women. And Caleb had me loving him from the start. He's handsome, strong, knows what he wants, and he wants Triona. He sacrificed everything for her. There was one character I ...more
Hannah Fielding
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy fiction that weaves itself into history or mythology, especially when it links to places I have visited, or would like to visit. So I was keen to read this book, Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates, which ties into the mystical Hill of Tara – the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and one of Ireland’s most famous ancient sites. This book has many fascinating elements – Celtic mythology, King Arthur and Merlin, Plato, and the lost city of Atlantis – all drawn together in a love story ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed
I won this book on goodreads a while ago and I finally got a chance to sit down and read it all.

First off let me start by saying, there are A LOT of words in this book! Don't let the simple, 300 page YA idea give you the wrong impression. Most ya books have 250 words per page (??), this one has. . . well, I'm not going to count the words, sorry, but I know it takes me three times as long to finish a page as a normal YA book. Yeah, it's LONG!

Now about the book! Well. . . the first about half, wa
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shades of Atlantis almost feels like two books in one. The first half is building relationships and connections, where the second half is revelations and action. You do need the first half to understand the unwavering decisions in the second half. The main character Triona transforms toward the end and it is necessary as she learns her destiny. In the beginning, I wanted to smack her for crying at the drop of a hat. But as the end neared, she had grown into a heroine. This is a good thing since ...more
Rachel Harris
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fun read, read it in one sitting.

I loved the relationship between Triona and Caleb. Steamy is too light a word to describe these two. And I loved how the author kept me guessing about Caleb's secret, and just when the reader thinks they understand, she throws a major twist at you. I found myself smiling for much of the book.

There have been comparisons to Twilight, and honestly, there were quite a few places where I could see that, but the best example of how Shades of Atlantis differed--for me-
Triona looks forward to the end of her senior year when she plans to leave her small town of Camden, Maine behind to travel to London. She doesn't plan on falling in love, but from the moment she first see's Caleb she feels an irresistible attraction to him. When the unthinkable happens, Triona heads off to London to find her way, but little does she know that she is a pawn in a much bigger game, and that her very life could be in jeopardy.

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I first sta
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is a 3.5 for me after looking at the books I have given four stars to. The storyline is really good and different. It was really brilliant that the author gives the reader the short two page preface where it tells of a baby girl born in a cave with a battle raging outside with the sounds of swords clanging. The baby is handed to a waiting man by the midwife who is the mother's sister. The midwife hands him a leather bound packet and they say their good-byes, obviously caring deeply for each ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had no expectations going into to this book. I hadn’t read any other reviews, and didn’t know too much about it. The beginning was slow, starting off like so many books in this genre do, and right away I felt the instantaneous connection between Triona and Caleb was leading to a derivative tale. Then, I was blown away. The story quickly became passionate and powerful. Twist and turns I didn’t see coming sprang out of nowhere and my mouth hit the floor. Triona’s character starts off rather typi ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shade of Atlantis was a very refreshing read for me. I enjoyed it a lot and I am glad that I got the chance to read it, thanks to Omnific Publishing.

It was different from what I normally read, but in a good way. I loved Carol Oates take on immortality and where she took the story. When I first started reading Shades of Atlantis, I honestly did not know what to expect. I was thinking Vampires, werewolves, something along those lines. It turned out to be something totally different and caught me b
Katieb (MundieMoms)
4.5 stars

A fabulous mythology, rich history, a great love story mixed with some great action scenes makes Shades of Atlantis a wonderful gem of a read.

There were a couple times while reading this story I couldn't help but think of another well known YA book, BUT the way in which Carol writes and owns her unique, refreshing story quickly pulled me right back into the story. I enjoyed the world building and the setting which goes from the east coast, to London and then to Ireland. Let's talk about
Cathy(The Crazy Bookworm)
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lovey Dovey Books
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shades of Atlantis is an intriguing novel filled with soul mates, tragedy, and hope. Carol Oates has written every chapter with an entertaining and fascinating plot. The characters are lovable, flawed, and completely easy to relate to.

Triona had never been interested in boys before she met Caleb, so of course he sweeps her off her feet and fills her days and nights with thoughts of him. Their romance is sweet and intense, sometimes cheesy, but it inspires hope for the future of mankind.

Shades of
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kai by: Teen Book Scene
Shelves: arc, teens, 2011-tbr-pile
Full review posted at Amaterasu Reads

Action packed, and thrilling, Shades of Atlantis is a fresh tale about a lost city, its people and the magical tale that behind it.

Cheesy at times, but very sexy, intense and invokes emotion upon the readers, I do love how Carol Oates shaped Caleb and Triona's characters. They weren't just two love sick people. Triona can be really stubborn and Caleb is this gentleman who would do anything for the girl he loves, even giving up his life for her. He sounds
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
My full review can be read at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

This was an enjoyable read that I think will appeal to readers of various ages. I am glad that I was able to be a part of this fun blog tour.

The story starts with an emotional scene from the very distant past and then switches to the present and some normal teenage girl angst - "who am I going to the dance with", "what will I wear" and "will he or won't he kiss me"? Then the story really takes off when Triona meets and connects with her n
Lindsay Paige
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I really liked this book. Caleb was a dreamy gentleman with manners and he was sweet. Triona, just like everyone else, was under his spell.

All of the characters were diverse and great (even the few bad ones).
It seems as if this could’ve been made into more than one book with all that was happening. Oates started and finished her work with one book and it worked.

The only thing that seemed to bother me was that during the second half of the book, I felt as if the characters were rushing things. W
Robin DeJarnett
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shades of Atlantis is a teen romance with a supernatural kicker. The blending of Irish folklore with high school drama and teen love makes for an entertaining read. An "old" high school senior (she's 18), Triona experiences a rocky transition into adulthood, having to deal with not just growing up, but having to accept a whole new world of beings.

The settings are realistic and the characters varied. While the story is about Triona and Caleb, minor characters Ben and Joshua and Amanda engage the
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Julie
Shelves: ya, ebook
Shades of Atlantis has shades of brilliance.  Carol Oates has created a compelling magical world which I entered too briefly and left too soon.  It left me lost in contemplation. 

The story is entrancing and although it has several parallels to a recently popular series, it's differences more than make up for it. I love the romance between Triona & Caleb, though several times I wanted to shake her for being so blind.  I especially love the way she has Amanda describe destiny to Triona -very Slidi
Bookish Temptations
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shades of Atlantis does not disappoint. It’s full of romance, swooniness, and lots of UST. It’s also a paranormal story. Since I’m a huge fan of all of those things I was one happy camper. SoA drew me in immediately.
You can read the rest of my review here:
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okkaaaayyyy. That was cringy as hell. I'm pretty sure I'd DNFed the book if I this read wasn't for a challenge. It was kinda bad. But maybe it's just because that ya paranormal romance isn't much of my thing anymore. Or maybe I am picky with it, or maybe wasn't in the mood. But really, it was very mediocre. There was some parts that was enjoyable, but for most parts I was just going through the motion of reading and hoping it'll ends soon. And that's not a good sigh. I didn't hate any characters ...more
L.H. Nicole
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you love fantastic twists on classic stories you will LOVE this book. I love the plot and, while I can agree I would have liked a little more in the first few chapters of the book, there was more than enough to keep me up way too late the night I started reading it. Then again at work, when I kept closing my office door because I HAD to know what was going to happen.
Carol did a great job making you believe the story was going one way- the way most books YA/NA fantasy books do- then throws you
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