Author: Kai Meyer
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
Date Published: 14 February 2012
E-book: 464 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
A lot of book lovers and bloggers were excited with the release of Arcadia Awakens last month and after seeing the cover, I too was caught up in the excitement! I thought the cover was badass but now that I've read the book, the cover doesn't tie up with the details in the story at all! Rosa's hair is blonde and the snake should be Amber with dark red markings!
That aside, I enjoyed so many elements of the story and was particularly fascinated with the Cosa Nostra (Mafia) world Meyers has created set in a backdrop of exotic Sicilian landscapes.
When Rosa saw a tiger who wants to kill her one night she was following her sister and recognized whose eyes they were, I was caught by surprise by the fantasy element of the story which I thought was perfect although it took a while for Rosa to catch on to what was happening and start to ask questions about it, and when she did get answers, it was a little bit of info dump from Alessandro.
Rosa Alcantara is a striking heroine. Because of her loss a year ago, she has become fearless and is resolute to have control over her life back. When she meets Alessandro, she doesn't fall instantly in love with him (thank goodness!) and when she found out who he was, the next capo of the Carnevares family, the enemies of the Alcantaras, she became wary of his intentions in seeing her.
I would recommend ARCADIA AWAKENS to lovers of gangster action and fantasy because it's a fantastic mix of both! Complex, intriguing, and unique, this Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather story will mesmerize you and make you desperate for the next book!