Title: Teardrop (Teardrop #1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Released: October 22, 2013
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 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.
I actually hadn’t planned on reading this book. I wasn’t interested in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, and I honestly didn’t think Teardrop looked that great. But it came in an ARC bundle with Steelheart and The Eye of Minds, and since I wanted those two, I figured what the heck.
I didn’t particularly like Eureka (or her name, but that’s beside the point). Sometimes I could relate to her, and sometimes I felt bad for her, but most of the time I wanted her to stop throwing a pity party for herself. Okay, her mom’s dead and her stepmom’s a brat, I get it. Grieving is dramatic – pity parties are melodramatic. One makes great characters, the other makes me want to slap them.
Ander had the YA Paranormal Male Lead thing down. Mysterious, sweet, knows more than he’s telling and really loves the female lead. I didn’t hate him, and he wasn’t annoying, but I feel like you could plop him in just about any paranormal and he’d fit right in.
Me being the plot psychic that I am, I had the basic ideas of the ending figured out about halfway through. Half of it was waiting for Eureka to get with the picture, and half of it was watching little details iron themselves out. Like a standard paranormal, the plot was main-character-tries-to-figure-out-what’s-going-on, with a heaping dollop of love triangle mixed in for good measure.
Atlantis isn’t a common mythology in YA paranormal, so I was hoping that might turn out to be interesting. But there really wasn’t that much mythology in the book. The mythology didn’t figure much into Eureka’s life, and based on the explanation at the end (the part where what’s happening gets explained for all the normal people that don’t guess the ending by page 75), I don’t think it’ll factor much into the rest of the series, either.
Teardrop reminded me of two things – one, why I don’t like mainstream paranormals, and two, why I’ve never been interested in Lauren Kate’s books. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was thoroughly unremarkable.
I recieved a free ARC of Teardrop from the publisher. Their generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.
The Teardrop series:
- Book two, which doesn’t seem to exist online yet