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Teardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Kate
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Eureka Boudreaux has a unique set of problems. Not only does she have to deal with an overbearing stepmonster, senioritis, and a clueless therapist, she also has the burden of being the sole bearer of an ancient curse that could bring destruction to the entire world. A bit much? Well, add a suicide attempt to the mix along with a dash of survivor's guilt. A book in a dead language, a weird stone, and a rusted locket are all that Eureka's mother left her when she died. She must find out what they all mean, and no one can help her make sense of the mess, except the strange boy with the luminescent skin who seems to pop up whenever bad things happen. With uncommon grace, Lauren Kate manages to couple supernatural intrigue and romance with the very serious subject of suicide. Part lyrical contemporary fiction and part paranormal romance, this work bends the myth of Atlantis to fit modern experience. Narrated by Erin Spencer, this is a solid addition to any public or school library.—Shanna Miles, South Atlanta Educational Complex, GA

From Booklist

Seventeen-year-old Eureka Boudreaux survived the car accident that killed her archaeologist mother, but she is left physically and emotionally battered. Once captain of the cross-country team, she has abandoned the sport she loves and now lives with her unsympathetic stepmother, her caring but ineffectual father, and her beloved four-year-old twin stepsiblings. Eureka is also torn between new, intense feelings for two young men: childhood best friend Brooks and Ander, an attractive stranger who seems to understand her better than anyone. Upon inheriting a pendant, a handwritten book in unidentifiable language, and a mysterious stone from her mother, Eureka and friends discover her true legacy—as a descendant of Atlantis whose tears have the power to raise the lost city. In this series opener, Kate sows the seed for several more titles filled with magic, action, and romance. The Louisiana setting lends appropriately oppressive humidity to a story dominated by water in all its changing forms. Romance and mystery readers will enjoy the smooth predictability of the many plot twists, made fresh by a promising backstory and atmospheric setting. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect a multiplatform marketing and publicity campaign for the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fallen series. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

Product Details

  • File Size: 4519 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A few cautions from a pre-reading parent October 29, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I read this to preread for my 6th-grade daughter who loves romances and fantasy. First off, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I didn't find it slow at all--I read it compulsively for 2 days because I had to know what would happen next and I was picking it up every time I could. If the next book were available now I would immediately buy it and read it to know what happens next. No, it wasn't deep, but I enjoyed getting to know Eureka and her world, and it was a lot of fun to read. For older teen & adult fantasy fans, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat. I just thought it was a fun, quick read.

If anyone else is interested in getting this book for a young teen, I thought I would share some content you might be interested in knowing about (no specific spoilers). There is some gory and disturbing violence, including two gruesome murders. There is a likable character who seems very promiscuous and is described as wearing very provocative clothing and as always thinking about and looking for sex. Teenage drinking occurs at several instances, including as a party-game that is described as a highlight of senior year. The drinking is referred to several times in a positive way; it's something fun they snuck off to do and there were no particularly bad consequences. There is some intense kissing and touching of bodily areas like the scalp, back, arms, and it's pretty clear hormones are engaged and the characters want more. The book goes no further than first base. I didn't note any instances of vulgar language.

If you're looking at this one for your younger teen or tween, hopefully this helps you determine whether it would be appropriate in your situation. If you think maybe not, you might consider remembering the title for a later time--it's a good one!
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Cry Already! October 29, 2013
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As any California schoolchild can tell you, Eureka is the motto of the State of California. It means, "I have found it!" And it is now the most irritating character name I've read in ages. What was the author thinking??? Every time I read the name Eureka, my mind gave a little mental shout out. I have found it!

The premise of the book is rather simple. If Eureka (I have found it!) cries, the world will change in a profound and devastating way.

Some characters try to make her cry.
Some characters try to stop her from crying.
Some characters try to make her die.
Some characters try to stop her from dying.
Some readers slog through to the end.
Some readers stop halfway through.

The book is incredibly slow. The slowness is compounded by the almost immediate realization that if the girl would just cry, one could stop reading and move onto another book. Cry already!

While I'm a fan of the author, this book was almost interminable torture. I just wanted Eureka (I have found it!) to cry and end this all.

Where can you find a book that I barely finished and will most assuredly never revisit? Eureka! I have found it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Warning this will be a gushing review. I also should probably say I love Lauren Kate, though I was not paid to say that. So when I saw her newest offered on Amazon Vine, I had to read it. But like 3:59 for some reason I put it off. I think it may have been the size, it's over 400 pages and I'm always afraid I won't like it and I always feel like I should finish. And 400 is minor I know, I've read 800+ page books frequently. Maybe too I was afraid of being disappointed by a Lauren Kate book after all the book synopsis sounds really different. However I should not have feared. The book flew by and Lauren Kate could never disappoint!

What did I like? Eureka for one, she's a great main character. Her life has been devastated and everything has turned on it's ear with her Mom's death. She honestly feels she has nothing to live for but Brooks and her Mom's memory. And then a strange boy comes into her life and sets things into motion that changes everything. Yeah, I like her. I also like Ander, yes he's mysterious and yes we know there are some things he's hiding, but I wanted to know what those were and I was cheering for him through the whole book. I also loved the setting. Lousiana, but not New Orleans really drew me in (not that I don't love New Orleans stories, but it was interesting to see a slightly different more small-town area). And the plot, what was not to love about that. It's fast-paced, I read most of it in one afternoon and gripping. I cared about the characters and I was dying to figure out just where the book and the series were heading. So that made for a book I could not put down.

What I didn't like? While the ending wraps up that book fine, I don't want to wait another 6 months-1 year until the next book!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars--A New World Is Only a Teardrop Away September 5, 2013
By Leah
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I've had a tumultuous reading experience with Lauren Kate's Fallen, from the main character to the "love" interest to the pacing of the novel. The second book didn't fare too well either and I gave up after 20 pages. The premise of her new series sounded intriguing, so I wanted to give it a shot.


TEARDROP has the same format as FALLEN: a girl goes through tragedy, meets a mysterious guy whom she's instantly attracted to, then learns she is tied to this mysterious guy and has a supernatural destiny. There is the teen angst, the petty jealousies, the whole "you're in great danger...but I'm not going to tell you what it is" element throughout. The urgency doesn't build until the last quarter of the book. But I am on board with this series.

Eureka Boudreux is an angry, hurting teenager. These emotions are done very well. However, I found her scattered--one second she's thinking one thing, the next she's changing her mind. I'd try to empathize with her, but most of the time I was frustrated. I couldn't agree with some of her choices concerning her insta-love interest and her best friends. It's not until a quarter of the way in when she finally puts things into perspective. There is a potential love triange (of course) that is exasperating and unnecessary. The insta-love interest was not fleshed out much, but since this is a planned trilogy, I'm thinking he'll be given more screen time.

The world building is both a great strength and weakness. The Louisiana bayou is brought to beautiful life by Ms. Kate's descriptions. This also causes endless paragraphs of what things look like, who's who in Eureka's school, etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Great read.
Published 3 days ago by Tj
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, but not my favorite from Lauren Kate
I had a lot of trouble deciding how to rate this book and deciding how I felt about it overall. It confused me more than any book I’ve read recently, especially since I began... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Meredith @ Pandora's Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but the audiobook format isn't the best...
This story was interesting and enjoyable, and the characters were relatable. I also liked the mythology aspects of it. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Megan Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars TearDrop rocks
Lauren Kate strikes again, great story line. I think it will appeal more to younger YA readers.
Published 18 days ago by Jenny Muse
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic series
I could not put this book down. Love it!!! The author kept it so mysterious until almost the end. The characters are amazing. The story is amazing. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Bebete
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved Fallen Series, Really Disliked this one
Loved the Fallen series and expected a much better story with Teardrop. The story was all over the place and it felt like author really didn't have a direction of where she wanted... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jessica Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was an awesome story of action and mystery.
Published 28 days ago by Maddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good
Published 1 month ago by Breanna
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more...
This was a really good book! :)
The only thing that bugged me about it was that I would catch myself skimming through the pages, because I guess I wanted something interesting... Read more
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Lauren Kate is the internationally number one bestselling author of Teardrop, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Fallen in Love, and Rapture. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.

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