Monday, 21 October 2013

A Review for Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

17612654Posted by Donna
Release Date: October 24th, 2013
Finished Date: October 11th, 2013
Publishers: Doubleday Childrens
Genre: YA Paranormal, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 464
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?

The Review: Lauren Kate was one of the first authors I discovered after discovering the paranormal genre, and I completely devoured her Fallen series as soon as they were released. So you can see why I would be excited to dive into something else written by her. Teardrop sounded absolutely amazing; however, I’m so completely torn with it because, no matter how much I wanted to love it - I didn’t it. 

Eureka is a teenage girl who was told never to cry by her dead mother. She never understood the reason behind the warning but since that day she’s never shed a single tear. It’s not until a book is given to Eureka does she start to unravel the secrets of her destiny. 

I really liked the idea of this story, I thought it unique and refreshing, however all of that is swallowed up by the rest of the story, a story that in all, doesn’t really stand out from any other paranormal story out there right now. The story is slow paced and not put together very well, it’s jumpy in parts and also there’s far too much telling and descriptions. Often the story jumps from the Eureka thinking about a past moment or something a character did in the past – but she’s talking about it for a page or two, or even longer. It takes you away from the story far too much and because it happens so much, I ended up skimming them parts. It wasn’t until about a third of the way through the story, that I still had absolutely no idea what was going on. Apart from the mysterious book, Ander’s strange encounters with Eureka and Brooks’ involvement – not much happens. By the time Eureka finally figures out the big secret, it’s safe to say I’d completely lost all interest in the story. 

In a way I’m disappointed I didn’t like this book but I don’t blame the author at all, I understand that not all books are for everyone and just because I didn’t enjoy this one from Lauren Kate, it does not mean that I’ll stay clear of her other books in the future – because I won’t. Lauren Kate’s Fallen series will always remain a favourite of mine and I’ll look forward to seeing more from her in the future. 

3 comments:

Natalie Cleary said...

Uh oh!!! I really enjoyed her fallen series and have been wanting this since I heard of it. It sounds different. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. Great review.

Shubba said...

I have a love/hate for her fallen series. I have an arc for this one and just can't find the urge to pick it up. Maybe soon but I am in no rush. Great honest review aswell.



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Alexa Pages of Forbidden Love said...

I'm really torn on this. I know so many people either really love or really hate her Fallen series and I've never read a book by this author before. I have read so many reviews of this book where the blogger loved it so I don't know what to think. I would still like to read it though so I think I'm going to give it a try even though you didn't love it.



Thanks for the great review though!