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TeardropFrom 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?


This was an interesting fantasy/paranormal/mythology novel, but to be honest, it wasn’t what I expected at all. Having read the prequel, I thought there would be more explanations of Ander and his family, but readers are left with little more knowledge in this full novel than they received in the prequel, and I really wanted to know more, especially since the entire mythology aspect completely floored me.  I wasn’t expecting it, and it didn’t even register in my mind until close to the big reveal, even though there are clues woven throughout the novel.  And yet, some of those clues really left me scratching my head at the time of their revelation.  Perhaps that is because the novel itself is just so secretive.

I knew going in that there were going to be many secrets in this book, but I felt like there were just too many.  I like to have some semblance of what’s going on in my novels, but I didn’t feel like I was any closer to the truth as I read Teardrop because it’s all so secretive.  For instance, the entire story surrounding Eureka’s mother and her instruction to never cry went completely over my head—I remember actually thinking, “why is this here?” as I was reading through the novel; I thought it was a random inclusion and it didn’t make sense to me at the time because it didn’t mesh with anything else happening around the randomly inserted scene.  And then I found out that it was the crux of the entire novel.  I mean, this is called Teardrop, after all, but in this case, I feel like that should have been played up a bit more.  Perhaps I just missed out on the other explanations and clues earlier on in the novel.  It could be reader error, who knows.

Regardless, though, this was a decent read.  Though a bit choppy here and there, by the end of the story I was drawn in and dying to know what would happen next, realistic or not.  While this novel is not on the same par as Kate’s Fallen Series, I will say that it’s a good read for those looking for something completely different.  Just know that not all your questions are going to be answered in this first novel. Three stars.

3 stars

I borrowed this novel from the the public library.

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Last Day of LoveFrom Goodreads: Don’t miss this beautiful original digital story by Lauren Kate, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series, set in the romantic world of Teardrop, a place of  devastating secrets and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.


This is a very short look into the life of Andre, the main male character in Teardrop. I haven’t read more than the first few pages of the full novel, but it definitely sparked my interest and I became interested in Ander, so I grabbed this short story to see what I could find out while I wait for my copy of Teardrop from the library.

It’s very interesting. I like this group of people, the Seedbearers, though I don’t like that they are so secretive and expect Andres to give up everything of his past, including his dog(!) in order to join their ranks. And I love that he really doesn’t give in like he’s supposed to. I can see a big storm coming down on all their heads because Andres doesn’t follow the rules, he doesn’t forget Eureka, and this looks like Teardrop is going to be my kind of story.

This is just a story, so it’s too short to really begin making connections, but it’s piqued my interest and I’m definitely in want of the full story. Kate is a very talented writer.  Three stars.

3 stars

I borrowed this short story from the library.

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Angels in the DarkFrom Goodreads: A 50+ page collection of intense moments and amazing insights from the dangerously romantic world of the Fallen series. A party that goes terribly wrong, Arriane on a heavenly shopping spree, Daniel navigating the streets of L.A., Miles taking a step into darkness, an uncomfortable scene at Shoreline, an angel on the hunt, and a deleted scene of a date between Luce and Daniel make up this digital collection, offering a unique glimpse into the world of Fallen, a must for any fan of Lauren Kate. This version includes an excerpt from Teardrop.


If you’ve read the Fallen novels by Lauren Kate (and enjoyed them), then I highly recommend you pick up this novella compilation of all the shorts Kate has written. Somehow, I didn’t know they existed at all, but then found this at my local library and scooped it up. It’s a very short read; very well done, but it took me a minute to wrap my head around the first story because it’s been a long time since I actually read the full series. But, these shorts brought it all back, and I loved getting reacquainted with the characters. In fact, I’m planning to re-read the full series again because this rekindled my love for the characters and their plights. It fills in some small gaps here and there, and it fleshes out some scenes in more detail as well, which I know any fan of the Fallen series will just love.  Four stars.

4 stars

I borrowed this novel from the library.

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