Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review: Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Title: Teardrop 
Series: The Teardrop Series
Book #: One  
Author: Lauren Kate 
Release Date: October 22, 2013 
Publisher: Delacorte Books  
Source: Bought 

My Rating: fullfullhalfBlankBlank

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?
(taken from

I'll be honest: I picked this book up solely because of the cover. LOOK AT HER WATER DRESS. I couldn't not find out what that was all about. I also knew of Lauren Kate's previous works and figured it would be an interesting read. 

The premise is unique. Lost underwater civilizations and romance? Count me in. Kate possesses a creative style and confidently weaves vivid images. However, I will say that some of her descriptions go a little too far. Jammed packed with metaphors and adjectives, her phrases often left me a little winded. 

Each of the characters has a defined personality. Eureka is the confused, deep girl who no one understands. Cat is the spunky flirt of a friend girls wish they had. Then there are the two boys... Honestly, a bit of an eye roll there. One is the best friend, one is the mysterious stranger who Eureka can't help but be attracted to. Gee, never seen that before. The whole I've-known-you-your-whole-life thing is getting just a little old. I've never been a fan of insta-romance. 

It's not that I didn't enjoy Teardrop. I just hoped for more originality. The plot was a little drawn out and could easily have been so much more. Love triangles aren't as entertaining as they used to be. Not sure if I'll check out the sequels. Maybe I'll give the second one a chance if the cover is as cool... (I'm shallow, I know). 

Where's the entertainment?