Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Teardrop (no. 1)
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?
Eureka! I’ve got it! Let’s…
Not re-read this book.
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book, to be frank. It’s not that I hated it (no repeat of Elixer here). But I was fairly neutral to it.
The story revolves around how Eureka tries to get her life back together after the accident, with a couple supernatural incidents and people intercepting along the way. She races through the usual post-traumatic stages of grief, and paranoia to come to a state that can only be described as complete apathy.
The entire blurb alludes to the water as does the title and there’s a reason. The water plays quite an important role in this entire book. So many things are related to it, from descriptions to moods. The story ebbs and flows like the tides of the sea and the amount of angst fitted into this book will entirely surprise you.
Other than that, this book follows a common formula seen in many young adult fiction stories seen these days, especially those meant for girls. You have a girl living in the current times who has been through some form of a traumatic experience. Along with her are usually two other characters, one is someone close to her and the other is a guy, someone new entirely, someone she can’t help but be drawn to (sound familiar?). This story is no different. It follows that very same pattern and leads of into a series where the two (three?) characters are in constant collision courses.
Props, because this particular version of that old storyline doesn’t have them making out half-way through the book, though.
This is a one time read. Nothing more, and nothing less. Read it during that time when you just finished the last assignment after a week of working your ass off. Or even after that last test. It’s a book meant for that time when your brain is practically fried from overuse and you want to read something that you don’t have to keep intricate track of. A book like The Bees or Ripper would not help you here.
This book is romance, with a little bit of the supernatural and mystery…leaning more on the adventure kind, though. Perhaps even more exploratory than it is an adventure novel. It’s not meant for the older readers this time around. While nothing is stopping you from reading this book, after a certain point, you’re going to want to put the book down, rub the bridge of your nose and just sigh.
This overall review sounds kind of like: “WARNING: Stay Away From This Book” (all caps intended) but it’s honestly not that bad. Give it a try when you’re in one of those moods. Those moods for cliches and a non-thought provoking read, pick this up and try it. In one of those moods, it won’t disappoint you.
–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–
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