ARC Review: Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Series: Teardrop #1
on October 22, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, PNR, YA
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.
But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.
This review will be short and to the point. Despite my love-hate, hate-love relationship with this overly dramatic novel, I couldn’t stop reading. And for some unknown reason, kept on reading until the very end. While I had EXTREMELY high hopes for Teardrop, nothing stops me from connecting with a book like long-winded prose and endless amounts of telling. Also, the stereotypical characters became increasingly annoying, as the book dragged on….and on….and on. Really, I think Teardrop could have worked better if much of the purple prose and nauseating descriptions were cut. Who needs paragraphs of description for characters? Not this chick. Especially if you are not backing up your descriptions with the characters actions. Before we even get to the serious action, which by the way takes FOREVER to get to, we have to deal with Eureka Boudreaux’s wishy-washy and judgmental personality.
I have to admit, I was hooked on the story right from the beginning. Eureka’s mother is killed and Eureka herself is almost killed, in one of the most horrific and dramatic scenes I’ve ever read. With that kind of beginning you can see why I was deeply intrigued. Then the next 100 or so pages all travel downhill from there. I think the only reason I kept reading was to piece together the clues of what her mother entrusted to her – a locket, a letter, and a mysterious stone. Which we, the readers, know it has something to do with the mysterious boy Ander, her mothers past, and Atlantis. But getting to the actual discovery parts of the novel was tiring to read. However, if you made it far enough into the mythology of the book, the story finally becomes interesting again. Teardrop is 400+ pages, and by the time you reach the good stuff, you’ve spent 200+ pages bored and listening to her inner monologues with her bland personality.
The characterization of everyone in Teardrop made me do more than one *face-palm*. At one point, Eureka and her BFF Cat go to a neighboring high school to find the infamous Ander and Cat changes her clothes into something very…how can I put this…trashy, and Eureka has the nerve to say (and I’m paraphrasing because I don’t have the book in front of me) “I wonder if they perceive her as half-white like all the people at our school perceive me as half-black”. *side eye* WTF!!!???????!!!!! I had to read this sentence five times and decided if I was even going to finish the novel. Why would she even make this throwaway statement? Why does she even think the kids are her school would perceive her as half-black? I’m so confused, and have to wonder if Eureka wasn’t a little presumptuous in her thought.
When I started writing this review, I began with a 3.5 rating. Then, the more I wrote the more irate I became which has brought my rating down a couple of notches. Come to find out, I guess I really didn’t like Eureka at all. Even though I enjoyed the world-building (once we got to it), the characters just didn’t please me as I’d hoped. I haven’t even discussed her wicked stepmother or Ander who is utterly creeptastic. Having never read anything by this author, Teardrop leaves me less than enthused to pick up anything else Kate has written.
If you want to read an exceptional novel with AMAZING female characters I suggest you try:
At least you won’t be bored to death with these novels!