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.show more
by Thea Wilson