Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate
An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the Teardrop series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series
Everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, a mysterious blond boy who tells her she’s in danger. Ander knows things about Eureka she doesn’t yet know herself, but not her 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 friend Brooks and some heirlooms—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea.
But Ander has some secrets of his own. The haunting tale is more than a story. It’s real.
And Eureka’s life has far more evil undercurrents than she ever imagined.
“Fans of Kate’s popular Fallen series will find a similar blend of supernatural romance, mystery, and destiny.”—Publishers Weekly
“Plenty of danger, romance and intrigue to entertain . . . terrific.”—Kirkus Reviews
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“Mystery, romance and fantasy combine for an enchanting world.” —Teenreads.com
“A big tale with vivid action scenes.” —VOYA
From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Eureka Boudreaux has a unique set of problems. Not only does she have to deal with an overbearing stepmonster, senioritis, and a clueless therapist, she also has the burden of being the sole bearer of an ancient curse that could bring destruction to the entire world. A bit much? Well, add a suicide attempt to the mix along with a dash of survivor’s guilt. A book in a dead language, a weird stone, and a rusted locket are all that Eureka’s mother left her when she died. She must find out what they all mean, and no one can help her make sense of the mess, except the strange boy with the luminescent skin who seems to pop up whenever bad things happen. With uncommon grace, Lauren Kate manages to couple supernatural intrigue and romance with the very serious subject of suicide. Part lyrical contemporary fiction and part paranormal romance, this work bends the myth of Atlantis to fit modern experience. Narrated by Erin Spencer, this is a solid addition to any public or school library.—Shanna Miles, South Atlanta Educational Complex, GA –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate – review
It took a while to get into it but once I’d settled into the story and the writing style I couldn’t put the book down’
Teardrop is the first book in Lauren Kate’s riveting new YA series. It tells the story of Eureka, who lost her mother in a freak car accident and is thrown into a world of magic, mystery and mythology by the items her mother bequested her. Enter Ander – the boy who suddenly Eureka sees everywhere and seems to be tied to the story of a girl who cried an entire civilisation into the sea. Still coming to terms with her mother’s death, Eureka has to deal with the knowledge that she knew less about her mother than she thought and the bigger picture may be something she can’t face on her own.
I didn’t really know what to expect going into Teardrop. I’ve read some of Lauren Kate’s other series – Fallen – but I
didn’t know how similar or dissimilar Teardrop was going to be. It took a while to get into it but once I’d settled into the story and the writing style I couldn’t put the book down. The twists and turns were compelling and the ending left me on a cliffhanger that not only sets the book up for a sequel, but also leaves the reader with questions about what will happen to certain characters and how the next book will progress. I did think that in places Teardrop was very similar to the first book in the Fallen series in that there were similar character tropes and plot points, but regardless of that I enjoyed the story.
Another thing I liked about the book was the way that while there was the supernatural element surrounding Eureka’s mother and her legacy, there was also a very normal side of the book in the place of Eureka’s father, stepmother and half siblings. I liked that there was a normal side of the story because it made it relatable as it deals with the ideas of step-parents and attitudes towards them and half-siblings. I think that’s important in YA books, especially books with fantasy or supernatural elements because it brings them back to reality and puts across a real life message as well as a great fantasy or supernatural story.
Character-wise I loved Eureka. Her actions and feelings are developed and realistic. Something that I found really interesting was the way that Eureka acknowledges that she had a life before her mother died and that she does normal teenage things like go to parties and be part of a school sports team. It was the little touches like those that made Eureka’s character appealing for me. As well as Eureka I thought Cat, her best friend, was hilarious and the kind of relief that a YA book always needs. And then there was Ander. He’s your typical mysterious love interest. Good looking if slightly unusual and secretive. Ander didn’t appeal to me when I was reading Teardrop but I can see how he would appeal to other readers. He’s smart and sexy and shows up at just the right time to progress the story. I just couldn’t get into his character.
Overall, there were things I didn’t like in Teardrop like the similarities it had to Fallen and Ander’s character, but I thought that the story was good and would appeal to fans of Lauren Kate as well as girls aged 15-18. Especially those who like stories connected to mythology and stories where romance is a big part of the plot. The book has a planned sequel that I would definitely read!