December 20, 2011

Review: Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer

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.

This book is so much better than I had anticipated. On the back, it sounds like a Romeo and Juliet story between two mafia kids, but it is nothing like that. It has more drama (if that's possible) and it had more maturity involved. You can see the characters evolving throughout the book, and you can see how different the two love struck teens are, and how important, or unimportant, their families are to them. It leaves you with a mystery and need for the next book. Basically, it leaves you wanting more. Meyers does a great job with the suspense and mystery in this novel, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Publisher-Balzer + Bray
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!
Reviewed by~Patti
~Thank you to the Author for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!~


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