Teardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Teardrop (Teardrop Trilogy Series #1) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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by Lauren Kate

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like its bayou setting, this trilogy opener from Kate is meandering and deceptive, full of odd inlets. Some are intriguing, like 17-year-old Eureka Boudreaux’s platonic friendship with Brooks, a boy she’s known her whole life. Others less so, like the winking references in the names of Eureka’s rival, Maya Cayce, and the psychic Madame Blavatsky. Still, patient readers may find Eureka’s slowly unfolding tale worth the time. She’s the fragile survivor of a “rogue wave” that drowned her mother, Diana, leaving Eureka physically broken and suicidal. Her memories of Diana don’t square with her assertions that they had a wonderful relationship—she recalls being slapped, ignored, and left behind when Diana divorced Eureka’s father. A self-described Stoic, Eureka doesn’t want to share these memories with her family, friends, or therapists. But that stoicism is shattered by Ander, a blond stranger whose arrival launches a gradual cascade of realization that give Eureka a new perception of who she is. Fans of Kate’s popular Fallen series will find a similar blend of supernatural romance, mystery, and destiny. Ages 12–up. Agent: Michael Stearns and Ted Malawer, the Inkhouse. (Oct.)
VOYA - Christina Miller
Eureka Boudreaux had been out of sorts since her parents' divorce, her father's remarriage, and the birth of her beloved half-sibling twins. Then three months ago, Eureka's mother died in a terrible accident, leaving her feeling even more broken and suicidal. When she meets the mysterious Ander, she finds him irresistible. But unbeknownst to Eureka, Ander is a "Seedbearer," a nonhuman who is linked to Eureka by an ancient secret. The heirlooms Eureka's archaeologist mother, Diana, bequeathed to her may hold clues to the mystery surrounding Ander and also, perhaps, to the reason for the strange and frightening happenings in Eureka's life. The reader is immediately drawn in by the exciting prologue in this first book in Kate's new fantasy series. This is a big tale with vivid action scenes and a setting rich with sights and smells of Louisiana's flora and fauna, Vermilion Bay, and life on the bayou. Readers will empathize with Eureka, who bravely tries to figure out why her best friend is behaving "out of character," why people are following her, and why her new friend Ander is spying on her. Fantasy fans will look forward to the next installment of this suspenseful story. Reviewer: Christina Miller
Kirkus Reviews
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)

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Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Teardrop Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the TEARDROP and FALLEN series. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at laurenkatenovels.com.

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Teardrop 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
There are times when it's hard to connect with Eureka. There is her love for her mother and the immense grief she feels upon her mom's death to the point that she feels there is nothing worth living for. She feels alienated from her dad and doesn't try to reach out to him, and she seems to hate her stepmother Rhoda, yet she seems to have given up on being understood. She seems to have given up on most everything excepting her best friends Brooks and Cat and her adorable younger half-siblings. I understand how it can feel like no one gets you when you're going through a period of depression, and I know that when you're depressed it's hard to put in the effort to connect with others. However, it doesn't feel like enough time is put into the time following Eureka's mother's death to fully develop Eureka's feelings and make them relatable. It's not only Eureka. None of the character are very well developed (many being clichéd); certainly not Ander, who continues to be such a tease until the end, appearing whenever he feels like it and being all stalker-like. It's no wonder Eureka finds it hard to trust him. Though I know from the Prologue that he means well, he went about things badly (like telling her things without bothering to let her get to know him and trying to win her trust). If not for the Prologue, I would have thought he was a creepo. A funny moment arises when Ander's in her house with her dad early in the morning, and Eureka realizes that she doesn't know much about him… and then she goes and realizes that she's in love with him despite not having spent much time at all with him. And she still doesn't know his last name. The insta-love is semi-explained by the parallel story of Selene and Leander, though it's not a wholly satisfying explanation. The overall pacing of the story is slow. A couple times I found myself wondering why certain scenes were taking place, and Brook's actions began to be hard to follow. Though an explanation is provided later, it still causes some disconnect from the story, especially as Eureka's reaction to his change isn't fully explored. I'd have expected more of a reaction to what he says in front of most of the senior class during the Maze Daze. Most of the story pretty much sets up the stage for the end of the book. While I do allow for first books doing this, I still believe that a good first book should be able to stand on its own. On the whole, this was a likable read, and enough has been provided that I'm curious about where Eureka's story takes us. I'd be willing to give Waterfall, the second installment in the Teardrop series, a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was REALLY hard to stay interested in at first. If you keep forcing yourself to read, it gets better - it became a page turner for me. Your confusion of the story will be cured around the last few chapters. If you liked the Fallen series, there are some concepts in this book that are similar to those books. I can't wait for the second book next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the fatal accident that claimed her mother's life, Diana, Eureka Boudreaux was never the same. The death of her mother was just the beginning of many shocking and unwanted truths that would continue to unfold for this seventeen-year-old. Even though normalcy played a part in Eureka's life: living with her biological father, her step mother, and half siblings, attending Evangeline High, and having a best friend, was just a mask hiding what has been lying beneath the surface of her true life: deep, dark secrets. But thank goodness for Brooks--Eureka's best friend--he has always been there for her. They've known each other for years, and not only that, but he's also easy on the eyes. But so is Ander: a handsome, mysterious boy that always seems to show up when Eureka most expects him to and when she doesn't. As if she didn't already have enough issues to deal with already: grieving over the death of her mother, being forced to see Miss Laundry, the psychiatrist her father and step mother have forced her to see, quitting the cross-country team, putting up with Rhoda, her "stepmonster" as she likes to call her. And not to forget--the lapis lazuli pendant shaped into a triangle and the Book of Love that was given to her during the reading of her mother's will. It is clear as the Caribbean waters, that Eureka must keep herself from drowning in her own reality while keeping everyone else from drowning with her. This Louisiana beauty must learn how to keep a good, clear head on her shoulders, suppress her emotions, and be very wise to continue to seek the truth about who she really is. Who Brooks and Ander really are. And what kind of fate awaits her, and what to do about it. These are the words that always haunt Eureka's mind: "Never, Ever Cry...." My thoughts: Breathtakingly beautiful is what came to my mind after I finished reading Teardrop--the first book in the Teardrop Trilogy by: Lauren Kate. Before I continue, let me just add this: after reading the Fallen Series, I was apprehensive to read Teardrop, in fear that it would not live up to my heart's desire the way Fallen, Torment, Passion, and Rapture did, but boy was I pleasantly wrong! In fact, the characters and plot have taken my heart captive to a far away place in the depths of the endless ocean where Eureka, Brooks, Ander, and the truth about Eureka stays hidden--for now, anyway. Lauren Kate has a wonderful and romantic imagination, expressing her words into compelling, easy-to-read prose that stays at a perfect pace while reading her lovely stories. How I delight in her books! As for me, I give Teardrop *FIVE STARS* and as for Lauren Kate: I give her *5 STARS* as well* WELL DONE, ONCE AGAIN LAUREN KATE!!!
KJWofford More than 1 year ago
Throughout the whole thing I was a little lost. I was disappointed in the end. This book did not make me want to read the next book in the series. The quality in story, plot, characters, and writing are not what I'm used to reading with Lauren Kate. I will say that it is definitely different than anything else out there for sure. I also like how the myth of Atlantis was used, however confusing though it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book, but it seemed to take the last 100 or so pages to get to the point. I wish it would have developed sooner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im only on page 34 and I have been TRYING to read this book for 3 days. Time to put it away. I cant finish it, it is just blah blah blah turn the page. If I'm feeling this way at page 34, thats not a good sign.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
New World on Tap This is my first read by Kate. I felt like I was with Eureka through her pain. I could understand the need to not cry, to nor release the agony within. I have most certainly found myself a beautiful new world within a new YA series to get myself immersed in. By the end of the first book of the series a new world is born or is it?. Ander has gone against his people and told to never cry. Never. Ever. Even when tragedy strikes her life (more than once). She is not to cry. But as in all things one can only stand so much of pain and turmoil before the damn breaks. Kate has made this journey alluring. I do recommend reading Last Day of Love: A Teardrop Story (Teardrop, #0.5) before beginning with book one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. Not my first choice to reread.
zoeyrosehawthorne 2 days ago
Before reading Teardrop, the only other book by Lauren Kate I'd read was The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, which was awesome. Teardrop is set in a fairly standard world, underneath which lies another, much more sinister one. It is also unique, unlike any other Atlantis type book I've ever read, which really makes it stand out from the bunch. Eureka is one great heroine. We are very similar, and have a lot of the same views, disagreements, and issues with others. Ander is the mysterious guy that I love in a book. Lauren Kate's Atlantis really is set apart from all others: it's so much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So interesting,I read it in one day!
Samii_Joy More than 1 year ago
I think a lot of people expected this book to be a lot like fallen, it does have it's similarities but it is almost completely opposite. Eureka has to deal with a lot of heartache and struggles to coupe with it. Great book.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The premise was interesting, and the story was entertaining. My problem was: I didn't relate to, connect with, or particularly like any of the main characters. The romance was pretty instant with Ander, but not consistent to one guy or the other as she seems to have sparks with both him and Brooks at some point or another. I liked how Atlantis was brought into the story. The story as a whole was entertaining. I just wish I had that something with one or any of the characters, but it just wasn't there, and that makes it hard to really get into a story. So, will I read the next book? Probably not, but hey, I never say never
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Never, ever cry...that's been Eureka's mantra since she's been a little kid. She's a descendant of a long line of women who may be powerful enough to drown the whole world with their tears. What an unique approach at an immense and very powerful character conflict! In addition the story Lauren Kate spins around the old Atlantis legend is imaginative, her writing is as diverse and her plot as gripping as I've known it from her FALLEN series. Lauren Kate deliberately chose to set the focus on Eureka's complicated emotional world, how she's dealing with her mother's death and where she finds comfort now. Her best friend Brooks was one of my favourite characters... until their relationship morphed into some kind of an unhealthy and very strained romantic thing. There's not enough time for Eureka and Ander as it is and it took some time for me to see them working as a couple, so why introduce a possible second love interest? Eureka and Brooks' relationship isn't at all as it seems and a good portion of attentiveness will help the reader figure out what's behind it all. Nevertheless, I'm sure there will be just as many Team Brooks fans as Team Ander girls. One of the things Eureka's mother left for her is a book. The book of love. And of course Eureka tries to translate it. The sequences of Eureka reading about this ancient tale were slowing the story down too much and I caught myself desperately waiting for the next encounter with Ander. He's perceptive and persistent. Also he is one of the few guys who knows his feelings are true and always follows his instinct to put Eureka's life before his own. YA readers will fall in love with him even before Eureka does! Eureka and Ander were just meant to be, their chemistry is great and the build-up of very strong emotions between them is one of the reasons why I'm so looking forward to see where their story is headed in the second TEARDROP book. Eureka's enemies are numerous, people who don't want to see her gain power. TEARDROP has two strong fronts, one group is convinced that the world's end will mean a better future for everyone. The others are determined to prevent Eureka from crying, even if it has to happen by taking her life. The confrontations between these two formations could have been more offensive and dangerous for my like (because there is so much at stake). Still it was plausible that Lauren took her time to set the story and give us the chance to get to know Eureka very well, instead of giving us an action overdose. Eureka's relationship to her mother, father, her step-mother and their twins is of high importance, too. Many childhood memories mixed with her current situation make the reader care about every character so much more. So I would characterise TEARDROP as a more character-focused first book in a series rather than one that would put the plot and its fast pace first. 4/5 **** TEARDROP – A mesmerizing new interpretation of the Atlantis myth, with a smooth and fluent writing and a spellbinding attraction between two lovers who are destined to be enemies. From the picturesque and maritime setting, days spent at the beach or on the ocean sailing, to Eureka's restraint to shed any tears, this book is water-themed through and through. Lauren Kate's dreamy interpretation of the Atlantis myth leaves room for so many more ways for the story to go. I'm really curious to see what Lauren Kate's Atlantis looks like and how Eureka and Ander are going to survive the looming end of the world. So ready to dive into book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother, the book isn't that good to start with and the sequel is a confusing wreck. 
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Whaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cries and cries then yell at the sky if i ever find you imposter ill shred you to pieces!!! Wwwhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think the book was okay... Everything seemed to happened it the end where their was only 50 pages left. The beginning and middle dragged. I liked the beginning where the Prologue is which made me think that Ander wasn't a stalker throughout the whole book. Her friend Cat to me was annoying, I don't know why it was just her personality. The story was a bit confusing. I don't want to explain it because then their would be a spoiler here. But overall I rate this book three stars. I would read the second book Waterfall though because like I aid the book was okay and I would like to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very intersing even though it dont have a lot of romance but its pretty good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is horribly written and very boring. would not recommend.
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To whom may concren: here my rate and review on teardrop i like it better then fallen but not a favoite of mine.