Monday, March 9, 2015

Teardrop by Lauren Kate - OPTIONAL

Kate, Lauren  Teardrop (Teardrop #1),  482 pgs.  Delacorte Press, 2013.  $18.99  Content:  Language: PG (8 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.   

Eureka has lost her mother in a car accident that they were both in, but she was saved from the wreck by Anders, a boy that has been watching her since she was born.  Although Eureka doesn’t know Anders, she feels drawn to him the first time they meet.  Eureka has other problems lately though because her childhood best friend Brooks is acting weird and trying to hurt her feelings.  As Eureka struggles with her feelings about her lost mother, her changing relationship with Brooks and uncovering the purpose behind the objects her mother left for Eureka when she died, she also has to figure out if she believes in the danger Anders is trying to protect her from.   

This is an action packed story with a strong main character.  I like the idea behind the series and even though sometimes I got frustrated with Eureka’s inability to grasp what was so glaringly obvious to the reader, it was still a fun read.  The ending does not have a satisfying conclusion, and the only thing that will make this first book worth reading is a good second book.  The violence is a gross murder scene described and little kids were kidnapped and tied to a swing-set with the swing seats in their mouths as gags, which I found upsetting.  

 MS, HS-OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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