Summary (may contain spoilers):
Eureka doesn't ever cry. Even when her mother was killed in an accident, meant to kill both of them, she has kept herself from crying. Now she is living with the father, stepmother, and half siblings, and trying to fit in. Unfortunately, she is not succeeding very well. She just can't seem to get along with her stepmother. The grief is overwhelming leading her to an attempted suicide. After this, she is sent to more psychologists then she knows what to do with. Her best friends are the only ones that aren't treating her oddly. Enter Ander, a mysterious new boy in school. Eureka instantly falls in love with him. She is obsessed and that obsession seems to draw her attention away from some of the issues going on in her life. Will he help her or will he be the one that forces her to cry and begin the "something bad" that is destined if a teardrop falls from Eureka?
Honestly, I'm tired of the insta-love of a paranormal person. I like paranormal adventures and romance novels. I read a ton of them (probably close to 15 a month), but why does everyone have to fall in love at first sight (stalk)? Because of this insta-love, I don't feel like I really know Ander. I understand that he is supposed to be mysterious, but mysterious does not mean so underdeveloped that I don't know if I care about him at all. I'm hoping that his character will be built up in the second book.
The best part of this book is Kate's world building. She describes the bayou in such full detail that you can sink into the scenery and relish each part. All details are provided and the setting really sucked me in. I've never been to Louisiana and I'm happy that Kate doesn't assume that I know what things will be like because I have seen New Orleans on television. The heat of the novel is really brought through with the descriptions of the setting versus the description of the romance.
Overall, I am looking forward to reading the second installment and traveling back to the small Louisiana town that I feel at home in. I'm looking forward to learning more about Ander and the mythology of the teardrop.
Sooooo... that was interesting I guess. Still don't understand why this book got so much buzz but at least somebody out there in marketing does their job *thumbs up*
But I'm still sad that I wasted one whole credit in Audible on this. I don't know if I'm the only one who treasures my credits but if I get a book, I expect it to be awesome sauce no matter what. I seriously feel like Gollum and just wanna say: "my preeeeeeeeecious" when I click that confirm button with the book added.
I guess the 13 hours that my brain had to process Teardropwasn't as bad because it gave me some background noise while I was working away. Of course, I might have tuned out some extremely boring parts (ahem - like Eureka being an irritating brat for the thousandth time - ahem) but still got the story.
I do have to say that the ending definitely made that one more star because of turns of events that followed the story. Yes, I still very disliked Eureka's characters and just wanted her to shut up so I can hear everyone else talk, but managed to finished the book.
The only thing that I really liked about Teardrop is mythology side of it. It wasn't anything special but I always loved the story of Atlantis and wanted to hear more about it. Loved the side characters as well. Pretty much everyone except Eureka lol
I enjoyed this book. It was written by Lauren Kate, who is best known for her YA Series "Fallen." "Teardrop" is designed to be the first in a trilogy, as well. It is a very easy read and reminded me a bit of the "Twilight" series. There were a few things in the first half of the book that I found confusing, but these were all explained and/or resolved later in the book. The ending is more of a set-up for the next book, but I'm glad the author is taking her time in telling this story. There are so many books out now that show great promise, but are damaged because the author tries to put too much into one book.
"Teardrop" wasn't perfect. Without giving away too much, Eureka's relationships with both her father and her step-mother, Rhoda, didn't always add up for me. I also found it curious that Eureka was willing to trust the fortune teller, Madame Blavatsky, so much. Overall, however, I think this is a book that tweens and teenage girls will enjoy. The "Teardrop" trilogy shows promise and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I am a teacher, library volunteer, and the chairperson of my son's Scholastic Book Fair which is held twice yearly. This is a definitely book I will be able to recommend!
I received this book in a giveaway sponsored by the publisher, Delacorte Press. This in no way affected my review of it.