Friday, December 6, 2013
Teardrop By: Lauren Kate
Author: Lauren Kate
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Recommended for Fans Of: Kiersten White, Katherine Peacock
Synopsis: Eureka's mother has always had one rule for her: never, ever cry. After Diana dies in a tragic accident, Eureka is slowly deteriorating. A few months later, Eureka's world is flipped upside down again as a handsome and mysterious boy appears in her life, an ancient book is uncovered, and strange things start to happen. Eureka is about to find out the devastating effects of the world she lives in and the tear she will not shed.
Review: If you've heard about this book, then you know it has a really interesting and original synopsis. I love books that involve natural elements. However, I have to say that I'm a little disappointed in this book. I was expecting a quick paced fantasy thriller with a swoony romance and lots of action. But sadly, that is not what I got out of reading Teardrop.
One of the things that did not work for me was the pace. It was slow, and nothing really happened until the last quarter of the book. Considering that it comes in at about 440 pages, I was hoping for so much more. There is action, sure, but the climax of the story doesn't really hit until the book is almost over. I didn't really understand what was happening until maybe 3 quarters of the way through.
The romance was also so lacking. I loved Ander and Eureka but again, nothing really happens until the end. Sometimes that works in a novel, but I didn't love it all that much in Teardrop.
One other point that I just have to mention is the narrator of the story. I'm not really sure exactly who was narrating it! Sometimes I felt like the events were being told from Ander's point of view, but then it seemed to come from Eureka's point of view. I found this really confusing and weird, making it a little distracting to read.
I gave Teardrop 3 out of 5 stars instead of a lower rating because I loved the way Lauren Kate's scenes and writing flows. Besides my issues with the point of view, I really commend Lauren for writing such beautiful and intricate scenes, with an easy flowing dialogue. I haven't read any of Lauren's other books, but if the writing is the same, then I might be compelled to read them.
Conlusion: Teardrop wasn't too bad, but it wasn't too good. Sometimes there's just one book you read where you finish it saying, "ehhhhh." For those of you who haven't read it, give it a try. You might like Teardrop a lot better than I did.