Friday, February 21, 2014

Teardrop

Teardrop is a YA start to a contemporary fantasy trilogy by Fallen author Lauren Kate.

Eureka has never cried.

Not since she was a little girl and her mother drilled that into her in one shocking, startling moment.

But now her mother is gone. Killed when an out-of-nowhere wave swept them off a bridge and drowned her. Who knows how Eureka survived.

She wishes she didn’t.

Filled with suppressed emotion and deep grief over a mother she loved deeply, Eureka still hasn’t cried.

There’s not much left that she really cares about. There are a couple of childhood friends and her two little half-siblings and dad – but she feels so dead inside.

When Ander, a pale boy with eyes that seem to know her inexplicably, warns her that she is in danger – she tries to brush it off.

But her mother’s odd inheritance of a locket, a letter, a puzzling stone and a book no one can read come into her possession – she begins to wonder just what her mom was keeping from her.

Upon finding someone who has the ability to translate the strange book, she learns that it is a story of a girl whose heart was broken and cried an entire continent, Atlantis, into the sea.

It disturbs Eureka.

There may be dark secrets concerning herself that she needs to uncover, she may need to listen to Ander when he tries to tell her things she doesn’t want to hear.

And she, and those she cares for despite the barrenness inside of her, may truly be in danger.

As you fellow bibliophiles may recall, I very much liked Lauren Kate’s Fallen – and then each successive book in that YA fantasy quartet was liked less and less by me.

That’s why I go into this new trilogy a little hesitantly. I’ve been burned before, after all.

Teardrop has an admittedly powerful prologue, though.

Deep mourning and negative emotion have made Eureka a stoic, rather different, sad individual and heroine for our story here. I liked it, but it was also depressing.

There’s an interesting, slow-building but intriguing vibe.

The book from Eureka’s mother that begins to get translated didn’t do much for me – and I admit I started to get a little frustrated with the pacing. The only thing truly keeping me hanging in there was the tension in Eureka’s interpersonal relationships.

Action finally started to pick up a LITTLE just as I was starting to get fed up with the lack of information and procession of an actual plot. Finally revelations began to flood in near the end along with a couple of surprising twists.

Teardrop then had a rather horrifying, shocking climax that was very disquieting.

So, I was left feeling a little “hmm”.

Essentially, I kind of wanted more from Teardrop but I do feel intrigued. Maybe the second book will make my feelings easier to understand.

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