Teardrop by Lauren Kate | Book Review

Teardrop by Lauren Kate | Book Review

Teardrop by Lauren Kate | Book ReviewTeardrop by Lauren Kate
Series: Teardrop #1
Published by Delacorte Press on October 22nd 2013
Pages: 441
Format: Hardcover

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?

What I thought NEWWhat originally made me pre-order this book was the gorgeous cover! That, and Lauren Kate being one of my favourite writers. I have thoroughly enjoyed her Fallen Series when I was younger, so when I read the blurb for Teardrop and saw that it was about “a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea” I started some research of my own. When I actually figured out that it was based on the ancient tale of Atlantis I was hooked. I had to have this book. I only finished it now, because I was super busy with school (lots of tests going on and all), hence my absence the past weeks, but I’m back and still swinging! So, here for you are my reasons for liking Teardrop in all its glory!

First of all, did I mentioned the cover already? Yes? Well, it can’t hurt to say again that it’s absolutely gorgeous! The colours are so vibrant and fit the story perfectly. The little teardrop on the cover and at the beginning of each new chapter is perfect as well.

The way the story begins, the prologue, is a smart and great way to start the story. It is told from a different point of view than the rest of the story and manages to pull you in right away. It’s only the prologue that’s told from Ander’s point of view, but you get to see Eureka through his eyes, you read how he sees her, and I thought it was a great way create a bond between the reader and a character.

Eureka might seem like a really closed off person to other people, but I didn’t had any trouble connecting with her, I felt for her all the way. She acts closed off but is hurting on the inside, and because we -as a reader- get the inside scoop it makes it that much easier to see behind the mask. Never, ever cry… Its a sentence repeated throughout the entire book, it is something that defines Eureka’s personality and character. It has so much hidden meaning and is such a big part of the plot that you just won’t understand until later on in the book.

I enjoyed the word building. Lauren Kate’s take on the myths of Atlantis are intriguing.  I have always been interested in the myths surrounding Atlantis, there’s just something about the mysteriousness of that tale as well as the ocean that pulls me in. You get a taste of what’s to come in the prologue, but the terms used don’t make much sense at first, but throughout the book Lauren Kate slowly feeds the reader bits and pieces of mythology.

One of the things I probably loved most about Teardrop -aside from the Mythology- was the setting. The way it is described just blew my mind. It is so vivid. The pressing humidity of the Bayou, the other-worldly feeling, and the penchant for hurricanes. These all added to that atmosphere and the build-up to that big something that you just could sense was coming.

Halfway throughout the book I still hadn’t figured out where the story was going, I thought I’d figured out what was going to happen, but then it turned out I was wrong. I love when a writer keeps me guessing up until the part that the plot twist just jumps at you from wherever it was that it’d been hiding and leaves you gaping at the pages like a fish. Where in Fallen, some things where just terribly predictable, the opposite was the case with Teardrop. The plot was well thought out and fun to read.

As I said above about the prologue, it was the same with the epilogue. Also told from another persons point of view, and a great way to end the first book in this series. Only question left is: when is the sequel up for sale?

Teardrop by Lauren Kate | Book Review

Fallen by Lauren Kate | Book Review

Fallen by Lauren Kate | Book ReviewFallen by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Published by Delacorte Press on December 8th 2009
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

What I thought NEWI’ve been putting re-reading this book off, for a long time. I read it a long time ago, and didn’t really remember it. I have grown so much as a reader, and I just wanted to read it again to see what I thought. The truth is that I’ve heard positive things, but also lots of negative things. So kept putting if off and about a week ago, I just picked it up and started re-reading it. I’m so glad that I’ve read it again, because while I wont say that I loved it, I did like it.

The plot was a bit slow moving, and because of that the book starts out a bit slow. I didn’t really know where it was supposed to be going. Even though it went slow, I couldn’t stop turning pages because the questions just kept building. There were so many things I didn’t understand and wanted to understand. When I got to the ending, the twists in the plot surprised the hell out of me. But where the most of the story and plot was really slow, the ending just happened, out of nowhere it became fast paced and action packed, it felt a bit rushed to me. A lot was left unexplained, so I hope that’s to come in the next books.

What the gradual and slow build also did for me, was that it made me understand the characters even better. You learn enough about a character to satisfy you, but on the other hand you don’t know nearly enough and it makes you wonder just who and what they are. There’s quite some mystery surrounding most characters, which makes Fallen interesting.

I really liked Luce. She was honest and a bit naïve, but all and all she’s a great character. She did become a bit of a damsel in distress at the end of Fallen, but I expect that in the next books in this series she’ll develop. If I liked Luce, you’ll probably expect that I loved Penn! She was such a great friend and just an awesome character.

The love-triangle was a bit cliché though. It wasn’t horrible, it was okay most of the time because Luce figured out what it was she wanted pretty soon. It was a bit useless actually, Daniel was a big jerk for the first half of the book, but it becomes clear right away when they meet that they’ll end up together. It was kind of inevitable, but there still was a love-triangle anyway.

The cover art is great! Its what got my attention when I first saw the book. A slow-burner, but its well worth to keep reading. I’m definitely reading the next book!