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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien #1) by Kai Meyer









Synopsis From Goodreads

To New Yorker 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 tragedy strikes, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where her sister and aunt have built their lives and where centuries of family secrets await her. Once there, Rosa wastes no time falling head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both intrigue 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.

Ancient myths brought to life in the Sicilian countryside, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a long history of familial bloodlust prove to Rosa that she can’t trust anyone—not even her own family. Torn between loyalty to her aunt and love for her family’s 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.

5 Star Review

I heard about this book in one of Benjaminoftomes YouTube video's and thought it sounded interesting. I love the idea of female protagonists within a mafia setting. I have read a few series around this subject but none of them had the supernatural twist that this series has.

I really enjoyed the way in which this book started, the 'My Death' song was a ominous beginning you really begin to notice that Rose is not entirely normal when she starts explaining about her staple gun. It really fascinated me trying to work out what involvement she had in the mafia within these first few chapters. By the end of the first chapter or two I had some many unanswered questions that I just had to keep reading.

I enjoyed reading Kai and Rose relationship grow as they spend time together. I also liked some of the more secondary characters I especially liked  Fundling he seems to be one of those reserved but dangerous characters.

I don't want to give too much away as this book is just AMAZING if you start without know much about it. I will say that there is a lot of action, deaths I didn't see coming and surprise histories all within an ever growing web of lies, mystery, suprise alliances and mafia secrets.