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Original Alternative-Vampire Concept, Poor Execution,
This review is from: The Tear Collector (Hardcover)
THE TEAR COLLECTOR attempts to work an interesting spin on the well-established genre of vampire lit, but fails miserably at raising readers' sympathies and holding their attention. The characters are flat and the interactions unbelievable.
Cassandra is an unlikable protagonist, and not because she's a girl with questionable morals and intentions--there are many "mean girls" in YA lit whose faults and funky attitudes I embrace fully. However, Cassandra is often difficult to connect to emotionally: we hear that she is frustrated by her family, scornful of her classmates and ex-boyfriends, but we don't see or feel it. This emotional distance makes readers unable to sympathize with Cassandra's difficulties. She's really a character in a fictional story, not someone who could be our classmate or a person we knew back in school.
Cassandra's interactions with the other characters in the book are far from interesting. Most of the time, conversation falls flat as stereotypes attempt to catfight with one another...while neither of them have real claws. Cassandra and Scott's relationship is also dull: there's about as much successful chemistry between the two of them as remedial science classes.
Perhaps that was a bit harsh, but that's the problem: THE TEAR COLLECTOR doesn't know what harsh is. Jones comes up with a brilliant premise, one that could really go places, but ends up only playing on stereotypes and surface emotions. And it's really a shame. THE TEAR COLLECTOR will appeal to those not as well read in YA vampire lit or those who are willing to overlook uninspiring writing for the sake of an original concept.