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TEARDROP by Lauren Kate


From the Teardrop series, volume 1

by Lauren Kate

Age Range: 14 - 18

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-385-74265-8
Publisher: Delacorte

When given the choice to “[s]ave the world, or save the girl,” a young man named Ander, scion of a mystical race of beings with power over water, chooses the girl.

Seventeen-year-old Eureka Boudreaux has no idea how or why she survived the car crash that claimed her mother’s life, and there have been plenty of times when she wished she hadn’t. Four months and one suicide attempt after the accident, Eureka struggles to adjust to life without her mother and to a world that is suddenly filled with mystery and danger—with Eureka, unwitting agent of an apocalypse Ander’s people are trying to prevent, at the center of it all. Kate’s lush, sensuous descriptions bring the Louisiana bayou to life as Eureka battles against extraordinary forces of nature, desperate to discover who and what she truly is and how she can save the people she loves. While the characters are rich and appealing, and there’s plenty of danger, romance and intrigue to entertain, readers may find themselves frustrated by how long it takes to learn the truth about Eureka’s powers. All of the ingredients are there, but the murkiness surrounding the mythical underpinnings of the novel keeps it from reaching its full potential.

Still, there’s plenty here to make for a terrific weekend-afternoon read. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)