I literally have hundreds, maybe even thousands, of books on my computer so many of them are from authors that I have never tried or even heard of. That does not mean that they are bad books, however, so I try to give them a chance as time permits. When it comes time to reload my reader, I queue up the books that I want to read and then randomly load a few of these “mystery” books. In the midst of reading anticipated books, I try to scatter these books in. This is how I got around to reading “Shades of Atlantis” by Carol Oates.
“Shades of Atlantis” is the story of a teenage girl, Triona Pryor, and her brother Ben who live in a small town in Maine. The siblings live with their aunt and uncle who have raised them since their parents were killed in a car crash. When a stranger, Caleb Wallace, moves into town, Triona is instantly drawn to him. She feels that she cannot control the attraction that she feels and her world changes when she discovers that he feels the same about her.
There is more to this attraction than meets the eye, though, and there are questions to be answered even though they feel they are soul mates. Triona knows that Caleb is hiding something but not what that something could be or even why he sometimes appears to have superhuman speed and strength. Now they must discover if they are truly meant for each other and, even if they are, will the world allow their love.
“Shades of Atlantis” is not really my preferred genre of book as it is a teenage, supernatural romance that has grown in popularity in recent years. Even though the story was not along the lines of what I prefer, Carol Oates weaves a tight tale that reads easily and flows smoothly so it just seems to pull the reader along. I personally found the plot to be a little weak and the characters shallow but the target audience is teenagers so this would fit better with their recreational reading level. Overall, I still thought that the book was OK and would appeal more to fans of romance than the supernatural. The supernatural aspect was actually fairly light and the story could have been told without it and not changed much. Overall, it is a capably written novel that meets the criteria of its target audience and can be appreciated for that.
Why not? It is not a movie that would appeal to me but I am sure it would draw the same audience that enjoyed the Twilight movies. Teenage supernatural romances seem to be popping up more frequently and this one has a little different spin than others I have seen. I say make a movie out of the book starring a couple young and attractive stars. Just do not expect me to watch it.