Teardrop Book Review

Title: Teardrop
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Pages: 441
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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 Review:
I really enjoyed Laruen Kate’s Fallen series. So I bought Teardrop expecting it to be as good if not better. However, I was sadly disappointed.

Overall the book had a good premise, but it was extremely slow and packed with a lot of description and backstory (Eureka thinking about past events and describing it.) More than half the book was inside Eureka’s head with limited dialogue and interaction. After the first six chapters of non-stop description, I found myself skimming the rest of the book and I didn’t miss a single plot point. Hmm.

Although, I spotted several typos. As an indie author, I constantly hear stereotypical remarks about how Indie books are poorly written and filled with grammatical errors. Maybe that’s so for some indie books, but I’m finding published books editing are lacking as well.

The characters in the book were so-so. I liked Cat’s character the best. She had a likeable personality compared to Eureka. Eureka was self-absorbed and clueless to the obvious like Brooks acting differently. Brooks, I would’ve liked to have known the character more and through interactions than Eureka describing him. Ander was lukewarm for a love interest.

The love story was too quick and lacked emotion. It felt forced to me.

Despite the slow storyline, I’m probably going to buy the next book since the story did intrigue me and I like to know what happens next. Hopefully, Lauren will read her reviews and spend a little more time chopping unnecessary description from her next book.

Rating System
5 Stars: Positively loved and adored. A new favorite.
4 Stars: Excellent. Kept me hooked until the last page.
3 Stars: Good. Pleasant and enjoyable. Not great but not bad.
2 Stars: Mediocre. This book needed something more. Very uninspiring.
1 Star: Poor. I didn’t enjoy this book. It was a struggle to finish.
DNF: Did not manage to finish this book.


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Blood Forever Book Report

Book Report
Book Report

Blood Forever

By Mari Mancusi

Blood Forever by Mari Mancusi

Overview

Blood Forever is the last book part of the Blood Coven Vampire series. Sunny (Sunshine) and Rayne McDonald managed to go back in time before Sunny was bitten by Magnus with the help of Hades. They are both able to remember everything that had happened in their previous future. However, no one else can. Not even their vampire boyfriends Magnus and Jareth.

Given a second chance, both girls swear off vampires forever avoiding going down the same path that led to losing their father, grandmother, even Sunny and ousting the entire blood coven from the consortium.

One problem.

Neither girl can forget their true loves or settle living their previous boring lives.

Grade

I give the book a B+, since I reserve A’s for best. Not even Twilight, Hunger Games or some of Stephen King books made A’s in my opinion.

Opinion

The book was an easy read that I completed in one sitting. The light hearted, tongue-and-cheek writing style kept my interest to the point I didn’t skim any paragraphs, which I have a nasty habit of doing while reading YA books. For some odd reason, majority of YA books go into too much detail.

Recommendation

Overall, I would recommend reading the book. It was a great ending to the series. If you haven’t read the series, you should, especially adults who grew up watching movies like Lost Boys or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There are great parodies to those movies.

My favorite book in the series was Stake That!. I couldn’t stop laughing reading the part when Rayne and her friend was playing the online game and kept getting  killed off by an ex-boyfriend still ticked over the break up.

Note about the author

I met Mari a couple of years back while attending a Writer’s League Convention in Austin, TX. She was very helpful and willing to talk to newbie writer’s like myself. I found her to be every bit witty and light-hearted like her character’s Sunny and Rayne.

Other books in the series

Boys that Bite by Mari MancusiStake That by Mari MancusiBad Blood by Mari Mancusi

Nigh School by Mari MancusiBlood Ties by Mari MancusiSoul Bound by Mari MancusiBlood Forever by Mari Mancusi


About The Author

C. Zablockis is an Indie author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror novels. She published Lexi Greene’s Dangerous Lesson, Lexi Greene’s Grim Awakening, Monster (The Zeuorian Series) and My Watcher (The Zeuorian Series) YA Dark Fantasy Thriller.