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Book Review: Shades of Atlantis by Carol Oates

30 Nov, 2010 by in omnific publishing, paranormal YA fiction, shades of atlantis 18 comments

307 pages
Published November 2010
by Omnific Publishing
ISBN 1936305445
5 stars

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 in…in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona’s small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous…and deadly.

When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It’s there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her – secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

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 heroine, red haired Alitriona Pryor, a regular high school student growing up in Camden, Maine. Raised by her aunt and uncle after the tragic death of her parents, she and her brother Ben find themselves pitched into a battle involving family secrets and hidden destinies. Triona begins work at a local seaside restaurant where she meets her new boss Caleb Wallace and immediately they both feel an attraction that is magnetic. The chemistry between the two of them soon proves to be dangerous. Caleb believes in Platos’ concept of soul mates, two halves that make a whole. Soon he starts to open up to Triona with tales of an ancient sword, magic, hidden civilizations and a gifted people. Are they all tales from his childhood or is there some truth to his stories?
Readers travel to the mountains of Maine, Clerkenwell London, Oxford, Dublin and ancient Tara, Ireland in search of the truth. Breathtaking scenery and local legend made the book vivid and alive. The author combines faery lore with Celtic history and adds a dash of Arthurian legend to Atlantis.

Her characters are all well developed and I dare say you will fall in love with both main heroes Caleb and John for the strengths they bring into Triona’s life. Once you pick up Shades of Atlantis you’ll want to carve out enough time to read it entirely because there is no turning back. I stayed up late into the night and woke up early the next morning entranced. My only reservation was that at times there are similarities to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, but with enough of a twist to make this book stand alone as unique and powerful. Even the Epilogue was amazing! Each page well crafted and captivating. Congratulations to Carol Oates for an incredible debut. Shades of Atlantis is all together mesmerizing and magical.
Readers may also enjoy The Mark by Marilyn Bunderson or The Books of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater. I would recommend this book for readers 16 and older as it does contain some sexual content and violence.

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Author Interview With Carol Oates

30 Nov, 2010 by in omnific publishing, paranormal YA fiction, shades of atlantis 4 comments

What books or legends did you pull from that inspired Shades of Atlantis?

Because I’m Irish I’ve been immersed in the Celtic legends mentioned in Shades of Atlantis my whole life, we learned about this stuff in school. It’s part of my history and identity. Shades in terms of the book can be colors but it can also mean ghosts, in this case ghosts of the past or history. For centuries books have mentioned Ireland as a possible location for Atlantis. Where I live the local park is built on land that was once under water and was reclaimed from the sea.

Have you visited or lived in any of the settings in the book? Why did you pick the places you wrote about?

The only setting I’ve never been to is Camden, Maine. The Hill of Tara in County Meath, my first inspiration, is one of my favorite places in the entire world. The site was built circa 3200 B.C. Tara is said to be 600 years older than the pyramids of Giza and 1000 years more ancient than Stonehenge. Camden, Maine, in America, Triona’s hometown, is a beautiful town that had the perfect look and feel I wanted for Triona. It is south of a town called Belfast. Dublin, Ireland, which is another location, is also south of Belfast. Clerkenwell, London, in England, was chosen because it is located near Camden in London. Oxford, England, is northeast of London as The Hill of Tara is northeast of Dublin.

Where did the idea for your book first originate?
I started writing Shades of Atlantis years ago. My brother moved to County Cavan and I started travelling past the Hill of Tara on a regular basis to visit. It’s always been one of the fascinating places in the world to me. At the time construction work was getting underway for a new motorway that would eventually cut into the ancient site. I was saddened by the fact future generations would never get to experience Tara in the same way I had as a child and decided to revisit with some of the old histories I learned about in school. The story seemed to take on a life of it’s own soon after.

Any books you consider a must read?

Far too many, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is my all time favorite, The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon and The Princess Bride.

Favorite movies?

The Princess Bride, I could watch it over and over.

What music do you imagine playing through the story?

There is a playlist on my website and Youtube site. They are mostly songs I found much later as I was editing.

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Highlight the differences and strengths of Caleb and John your two main male characters

I think Caleb comes off as being very confident, but he’s really not. He’s terribly unsure of himself and his path in life. He is a little jaded at the beginning of the story. He is rules by his passions and it’s a constant struggle for him to remain in control, but there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Triona.

Right from the beginning John is unwavering in what he wants and he is more mature despite Caleb being older. He is not as inclined to panic when things go wrong as Caleb is and like Triona finds it hard to believe in the supernatural.

Any plans for a sequel or upcoming books in the works?

Book two is well under way with a working title, Shades of Avalon. I am constantly writing and have several projects in the works. It’s a case of watch this space at the moment.

Is there meaning behind any of the names you chose for your characters?

Triona’s name is explained in SoA but I can’t give it away without dropping a big spoiler. Eila is a variation of my mum’s name since like Eila she was a strong woman and it was impossible to lie to her.

If readers want to learn more about the legends and faery lore in your book where would you recommend they look?

The Celtic mythology from Shades of Atlantis is all freely and widely available on the internet or your local Library and is very easy to find. I have barely scratched the surface.

Who would you cast for your characters? Or do you have photos/ links of what you think they look like?

My blog has pictures for Caleb, John, Triona and Ben. Although I was watching The Hole recently and the lead actor in that would make a pretty perfect Ben too.

Thank you so much to Carol for joining us and answering our interview questions!

You can find her website at and her Goodreads profile at If you would like to read another interview with the author check her Publisher’s page at Omnific.


Book Review- Life Liberty and Pursuit

06 Sep, 2010 by in omnific publishing, Susan Kaye Quinn Leave a comment

by Susan Kaye Quinn
Published June 22nd 2010
Omnific Publishing
ISBN 1936305232
4 stars

When college-bound Eliza falls into a cruise-ship pool, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. And when navy recruit David pulls her from the water, he finds her surprisingly hard to resist. But a whirlwind of rescues, candlelit nights, and beachside misunderstandings pulls them into a four-day love affair that threatens to break their hearts before their love has a chance to start.

When David leaves for endless drills and physical training in boot camp, and Eliza returns to Albuquerque to prepare for Princeton in the fall, they dare to keep loving each other and struggle to imagine a future when they can be together. But when miles and mistrust pull them apart, they are forced to choose between keeping true to their dreams and having the courage to love.

I received this book from a cute friend of mine I met while working our vendor booths at Twi -events, Micha from We Book Apparel and Ominific Publishing. Thank you so much!!

The first couple of chapters of Life , Liberty and Pursuit were a little rocky for me. I had a hard time believing so many catastrophes would happen all in a four day period. Girl falls into swimming pool and almost drowns (can she not swim?), boy and brother get drugged and kidnapped while ashore. Then as the make outs during their four day cruise pick up it gets a little too steamy for my taste. I am thinking…”hmm not really YA material, more like watered down pure adult romance novel…thinking some of it could have been left out. But, I must shout hooray to Ms. Quinn for pushing abstinence, and advocating waiting. There was plenty I truly enjoyed about this book.

About a third of the way through and I was hooked. I found the interactions between David and Eliza via letters pulled my heart strings as they both try to navigate those crucial decisions made right after high school and beginning college. I am so glad the author didn’t tie their future up with a cute little bow and send them off happily ever after. There is separation of miles, testing conditions and time to get to know each other. Eliza is in the process of finding out who she is and what she truly wants while David is pushing himself at Navy boot camp. I personally love a man in uniform and grew up on various army bases so the story resonated with me. And it doesn’t hurt female readers to hear about his incredibly charming bunk mate Clayton. This was one of the strong points of the book for me. Real and likable secondary characters. As Eliza visits the Marek household, I can’t help thinking I want to be with them for their family Christmas. David’s brother is cute, his sister Tea spunky and his father a successful doctor in the community. They are a Polish Irish mix of fun and it’s endearing how much they support one another. I walked away with a good feeling, left with the theme of believing in the future and faith in the power of love. Overall I really liked it and would recommend it to those 18 and up. Four stars to a story about a cruise and real life choices made. To learn more visit