Tuesday, 29 October 2013

ARC Review ~ Teardrop (Teardrop #1) by Lauren Kate

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: 22nd October 2013

Publisher: Random House UK

Never, ever cry...

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?

My Opinion

So when I was trying to think about what to say in this review my mind kept returning to the similarities in Fallen. I didn't really want to end up comparing them as they are a separate series and I wanted to give this book a chance rather than judge it on Lauren Kate's previous work, however now that I've read it I just can't help but find a lot of similarities. 

Lauren Kate's Fallen series lost more of my interest as the series went on, I loved the first book but by the end I was reading just to see how it ended and that's what I ended up doing with Teardrop. It started off well and I loved the idea of Atlantis, Eureka not being able to cry and romance. In fact I loved the prologue, it really hooked me and I loved it was from Ander's point of view. Now looking back I wish the whole book had been like that. 

Of course there were aspects I liked. The cover is beautiful and only made me want to read the book more. As well as this the book does have its fast-pace and engaging moments. It fell a little flat in the middle for me but the start and the ending were the redeeming qualities to this book. There was some good action and although a lot of the storyline was predictable towards the end it does make me want to read on and leaves you with the promise of more action and drama. 

The main thing that I didn't like about Teardrop was Eureka. She was a bit bland, naive and because of that it made her a bit annoying and I couldn't really connect with her. It seemed to take her a while to figure things out and for that it was frustrating. As well as this she didn't seem to have much of a personality  I wanted her to be strong like when she was around the twins. When they were involved she came into her own but after that she reverted straight back to her old ways.

Overall I think the premise of Altantis is interesting and although parts of the book were predictable or slow there were enough factors that enabled me to enjoy this book. For me, I think it is going to be the next book that makes or breaks the series for me as I liked the way it ended and what it promised to come. 

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