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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 ...

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Overview

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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Eureka Boudreaux wishes that she could have died in the car crash that took her mother's life. Instead, she is left behind, plagued by depression, suicidal thoughts, and a few mysterious artifacts that seem to have no meaning. Recently, a handsome young man has entered her life, bringing confusing messages that hint at ominous events in which she somehow figures. The launch volume in this new paranormal romantic by Fallen author Lauren Kate blends just the right combination of portrayal and foreshadowing.

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
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
2013-09-01
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

  • ISBN-13: 9780385742658
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: Teardrop Trilogy Series , #1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 34,072
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Kate

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love as well as The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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  • Posted December 25, 2013

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    There are times when it's hard to connect with Eureka. There is

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Not Up To Par With Kate's Fallen Series

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    This book was REALLY hard to stay interested in at first. If you

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Dragging

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    After the fatal accident that claimed her mother's life, Diana,

    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!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    I really like this book, but it seemed to take the last 100 or s

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Loved it; couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book

    Loved it; couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. Love fantasy books and this one is excellent

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    This was an interesting fantasy/paranormal/mythology novel, but

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

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    New World on Tap This is my first read by Kate. I felt like I w

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Great read

    Great concept. Different from anything else I've read lately.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    To me this book is a page turner and I couldn't put it down. Plu

    To me this book is a page turner and I couldn't put it down. Plus the fact that it's set in my home state is  just  amazing. 
     I can't wait for the next book to come out.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Good

    It was good. Not my first choice to reread.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    No good

    Trust me do not read this.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    I think the book was okay... Everything seemed to happened it th

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    WOW MAN THAT WAS AWSOME!!!!!!

    This book is very intersing even though it dont have a lot of romance but its pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    this book is horribly written and very boring. would not recomme

    this book is horribly written and very boring. would not recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    To whom may concren:

    To whom may concren: here my rate and review on teardrop i like it better then fallen but not a favoite of mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Blah

    This book sucks. I didnt like it but i gave it a shot. Couldnt get into the story. Felt like i had to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Great book

    This is the second series I read from Lauren Kate...I've read all of Fallen in fell in love! But Teardrop,its a good book. I love the details and characters but I'm not all that into it as much as Fallen. Its a page turning book I must say. Well done to Lauren Kate. AGAIN.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    So good

    It is so good and so action packed. I want to read the second book so bad!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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