Teardrop: (Teardrop Trilogy Book 1)Hardback
- Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 241mm x 39mm | 735g
- Publication date: 24 October 2013
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 085753226X
- ISBN 13: 9780857532268
- Sales rank: 46,185
Never, ever cry...Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?
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Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture and Fallen in Love, as well as The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
By Amber Smith 14 Oct 2014
Review originally posted on my blog: http://cosyingupwithbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/book-review-teardrop-by-lauren-kate.html
Eureka (yes, that's the protagonists name) has closed herself off completely from everyone who she once loved. Ever since her mother died in a freak accident, Eureka has been stoic, depressed and suicidal enough to try and take her own life. She wants to escape but there's someone who is keeping her close, the boy whose watched her grow up, he knows her fears, insecurities, desires and motivations yet the first time she sees him is when he rear ends her car. Little does she know that keeping him around will unlock her destiny. There's just one problem; Eureka's best friend has been possessed by a man willing to kill anyone in his way to annihilating the human world.
Oh the drama in this book.
First of all, when I got given this book I was excited to try it out. The idea of a mystery boy and the myth of Atlantis was all I needed. Whilst there were many amazing things about this book, there's always room for improvement.
It was definitely the prologue that made me read on, you get those books where the story doesn't start until your half way through the damn thing but the prologue was all it took to suck me in. As I said, I liked the plot of this book and the story it followed definitely did not let me down! The cover of this book is another thing I adore. It's incredibly beautiful with its 3D textured title and the girl with a dress of azure water. One of the best covers I've ever seen if I'm honest.
Lauren Kate had a knack for creating such gorgeous, vivid images with her descriptions of the characters and especially the bayou and the environment in which the story was taking place and for that I applaud her.
There were quiet a few loose ends in this story even as I was reaching the last quarter of it but I didn't mind. There were just enough to keep me interested but not so many that I got confused.
Ok, now for the bits I wasn't so thrilled about; the names. My goodness! Props to Kate for thinking up all those names. I mean I understand the Atlanteans having unique names but for the others? Rhoda, Brooks, Madame Blavatsky, Eureka and Ander!? I think the only people in Teardrop with normal names are the twins and Eureka's mum.
Another thing about the characters that I didn't like was the lack of development from any of the characters unless you count Brooks' infuriating mood swings which were harder to keep up with than Usain Bolt in a hundred meter sprint!
Next is that although Eureka hates when anyone reminds her of her mother's death or the circumstances around it etc, she constantly wants to drown stuff... To me, if my mother had died due to drowning I don't think I'd wish it upon everything I hated. It just seemed a little strange and contradictory.
Last of all is the total lack of connection I felt between me and the protagonist. I just couldn't relate to her no matter how much I tried, nor could I with any of the other characters. I love the guys who make me melt just reading about them but Ander didn't do that for me apart from the scene in Eureka's bedroom when she learns about everything.
In conclusion, I do recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and wants a book to fill some spare time. I'm looking forward to the second part in this series, I just hope it sticks with me a little better than this one did.
By Thea Wilson 30 Apr 2014
First thing, a quick word about the cover..... beautiful! Just so pretty, gorgeous colours with a pretty girl with WATER FOR A DRESS, that's cool and I love the hints of a city in the background. A gorgeous cover that grabs your attention and makes you want to pick it up. Question is, do the contents match the outside? Well.............
...... after reading many reviews and people opinions on this books it seems to be a marmite book (You either love it or hate it..... I LOVE marmite by the way, totally random fact!). I can honestly say that while I didn't LOVE it, I did enjoy it. Yeah, it has it's faults but overall it's completely readable, if not completely believable or mind blowing.
The 'heroine' of the tale is Eureka Boudreaux, with the daftest name ever..... imagine the kids taking the mickey out of you if you had that name, you know 'You Reeker' and so forth...... she was told by her mother to never cry but never knew the real reason for that warning until she meets Ander, a 'Seedbearer' whose ancestors fled the sinking city of Atlantis. It turns out that Eureka's tears will raise Atlantis from the depths and free it's inhabitants, both good and bad.
The idea is sound and the idea of one girls tears destroying the world could be a really good, if given the right background and treated correctly. With a book like this you really need to have a good back story as to why things are the way they are and this book doesn't give it solid enough background, it skates around it, giving you clues but it's not solid at all as you just a vague impression of the Seedbearers background and the Atlantis back story. I needed so much more for it to be believable for me but it's often the case that authors don't give you too much information in the first book of the series and leave the major back story elements for the second book, problem is that this book needed them now not later. Vague, vague vague and that bugs me!
AGAIN, we have a wet and wimpy heroine who couldn't fight her way out of a paper bag, AGAIN we have the dead parent and surprise, surprise it's her mother, AGAIN we have the gorgeous best male friend who's just a friend but in love with her and AGAIN we have the mysterious handsome boy with the strange past...... SIGH! Anyone else getting a bit bored with this constant formula? It's not just Lauren Kate that falls for this formulaic mess and everyone seems to be writing using this formula in YA and it's getting beyond a joke!
I mean, c'mon with everything Eureka has been through you want her to be a fighter, she lost her mother is a freak accident that nearly killed her too, she's living with a father who doesn't understand her and a stepmother who doesn't want to understand her, she has too very young siblings who adore her and two of the best friends a girl could have but all she wants to do is collapse in on herself and not fight for the life she deserves. She has everything going for her but she just doesn't grab as a character and she's hard to care about. The other characters completely outshine her in every way, even the four-year olds have more character than she does. Saying that though even Ander isn't as interesting as he should be and he has the horrible stalker thing going on that Edward in Twilight had and that bugs me too! Authors.... it is NOT okay to have guys with stalker tendencies like this, it makes girls think it's ok and normal for guys to do this and it's not true, it's not normal behaviour... creepy and just WRONG! Rant over...... Ander is constantly watching her and has been given the job of killing Eureka to prevent her ever crying and raising Atlantis BUT...... surprise, surprise he falls for her instead and chooses her over the world (huh? You do know that if the world does end she will die along with everyone else? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!). The two shining characters, who aren't in it enough by the way, are Cat and Brooks - the two best friends, both are brimming with character and are so interesting. Cat's is the only coloured girl in the whole school and she is more than boy crazy, she's interesting but we don't hear enough about her and the same is true for Brooks although his part is going to grow a whole lot in the next book due to what happens to him halfway through this book, he's handsome and charming and has really genuine affection for Eureka that gives him a depth that Eureka seems to lack. The choice of his character to have what happens happen to him of all characters is a great move as it is genuinely quite shocking.
I have plenty of unanswered questions after reading this and am hoping that Lauren Kate will take the time to answer them and not leave them hanging, which she has done previously in the Fallen series as some of them NEEEEEED answering. Things like 'How did Eureka's mum find out about the tears?' She obviously knew seeing as she told Eureka to never cry and was in possession of the book locket and thunderstone so she must have known so why did she never warn Eureka is the were that close? Simple questions, easily answered but constantly ignored.
Is it a mind-blowing? Nope.
Is it interesting? It has interesting elements but it depends on the author following through the current back story with the next book.
Is it enjoyable to read? Well, I didn't fall asleep reading it and I was interested in picking it up every night so yes, it's enjoyable but it won't knock your socks off or anything.
Is is well written? There's nothing wrong with the style of writing or the context of it, it's just the content that can be lacking and lacklustre.
Would you recommend it? I wouldn't say to someone that you just HAVE to read it as it's amazing but I wouldn't say don't read it as it's crap, it's not it's just all a bit blah...... it's okay, readable if you like paranormal YA but nothing particularly new or anything. Innocuous enough but nothing that makes it stand out in the crowd which is a shame as the idea could be such a brilliant one :(
Did reading Teardrop #0.5: Last Day Of Love first help or hinder the view of this book? Neither really, it did help with a better understanding of Ander and his back story of becoming a Seedbearer of Atlantean ancestry but it didn't add to the Teardrop story a great deal. A nice additional story but nothing that is essential to the overall series.
Overall opinion....... ummmmmmmmm! Don't know if I will stick with the series or not, I am curious about what will happen next but I'm not going to lose any sleep if I never know, we'll see what happen when Book 2 comes out.
"Beautifully written" Sun "An emotional tale with a mystical twist. Just. Read. It." Bliss "An epic beginning" Teen Now "With an atmospheric Louisiana setting, and a complex central character in Eureka, this is full of romance, dark magic and danger. A suspenseful and intriguing paranormal romance, Teardrop concludes on a breathless cliffhanger that will leave Kate's many fans eager for the next instalment." Booktrust "If you loved the Fallen series, you are going to fall head over heels for this epic new saga." Sugarscape