Teardrop made me want to give the book a legdrop

By Lauren Kate
Published on October 22, 2013
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher for Review
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 blond 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. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Ok, I will admit.  I totally went for this book for the cover.  I mean- COME ON.  This cover is INSANELY beautiful!  (And can I just say, that this cover is even better in real life?)  This is not a little book either- it is meaty.  It has weight and it is pretty thick.  I had mixed feelings going into this book.  On one hand, I thought the premise behind the book was incredible- Atlantis, mythology, an awesome heroine.  On the other hand, Lauren Kate and I have had a love/ hate relationship.  Well, her books anyway- I doubt Lauren knows who I am.  (But if you are reading this- Hi!  And... Um... Heh.... sorry I didn't like your other books? *sheepish grin*)

Anyway, I digress.  the real problem I had with Teardrop is the same problem I have with Kate's other series (you know the one).  I couldn't stand all the males in this book!  I thought they were just horrid and I want to round them all up and ship them far far away from the heroine!  Seriously- they are down right stalker scary- and this is supposed to be attractive?  I mean, I can't tell you how angry I was at this book and that it at times felt like an absolute REPEAT of Kate's previous series.  I am not ok with that.

The heroine herself-  well, I really wanted to like her- I did.  She was going through some pretty horrible stuff and had a pretty rough life.  (But inevitably my thought return to how much all the boys made me angry and how is that acceptable- GAH!)  I am hoping this is one of those stories where the main character will evolve and become someone much stronger throughout the course of the series.

The mythology really seemed to take a backseat to the fellas.  I felt like there was more boy drama than mythology drama- it didn't really seem to take a front seat until the very end of the book.  (And this was not a novella!)  At times I wondered if the plot was ever going to progress.

And then the epilogue.  Lauren Kate is devious.  And now I will have to read book 2.  I just hope I don't mangle the next book the way I did this one in a fit of anger, ha ha.  (I kid... kinda).  All in all, other than the guys,  I did enjoy this book.  It moved a little slowly, but Kate is an extremely talented writer- she knows how to write stories well.  I just wish she could write about nicer guys.  Here's to book two!

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