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14 February 2012

Book Review: Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer

Kai Meyer
Young Adult
Date Published
February 14th 2012
Source: Publisher
To 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 her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.
Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.
Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

     Lions and tigers and Italian Mafias OH MY! One  of the main reason I picked up Arcadia Awakens was the cover. But I was instantly drawn into it from the first chapter. The characters and writing and the whole story in all  is so compelling.  I had a hard time putting it down once I finished the last page.  I've read some pretty amazing books so far this year and I'm sure Arcadia Awakens is on its way to the top.
     First I'm going to talk about the kick butt main character Rosa. Rosa is an MC that doesn't take anything from anyone. She is kick butt.( I mean she grew up in Brooklyn you have to be) When she arrives in Sicily at her aunts house she is immediately immersed in the mob culture of her Italian family. You know the money , secrets, expensive Italian sports cars. Also she meets Alessandro along the way, which she later finds out is the soon to be head of her families rival Mafia family. While in Italy she discovers a secret about her family and some of the other Mafia families...( You will find out more about that when you start the book. -winky face-) From that point on life is a never ending story of discovery and action.  She faces the constant threat of her life and also must handle the pressure of being in an Italian mob family.
     Kai Meyer's writing was a writing style that I believe the reader will fall in love with from the beginning. He combines both mystery and action and a unique twist which all are the makings for an amazing book. Rosa's voice and the other characters are so strong that you can imagine them outside of the page. I developed goosebumps at some times from some of the action and waiting apprehensively for what was going to happen next. Also it was not over powerful action, there were also other aspects which made it more enjoyable. At some parts I even shed a tear. (You've been warned.)
     If you want to read a unique book  I would suggest Arcadia Awakens to you. When I first read about the Mafia part in the synopsis I was a little iffy and then once I began my thoughts instantly changed to "THIS IS AWWEESSOOMME" Kai Meyer combines elements I've never seen combined in such ways before that the story becomes one that sticks with you for a while. I can not wait for the second book in the Arkadien series!

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