The Perfect Tearby Connie Lansberg
Eleanor is a singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her, a grey mist descends and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is thrust into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Set against a backdrop of abandonment, loss and betrayal, she must find her way through strange and dangerous landscapes in her desperate search for the Perfect Tear, a dark crystal which holds the future of her world. But, Eleanor is no savior. She is a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of song must connect to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.
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- 13 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Aus- tralia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Mel- bourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project, Alone with Bees, performs her songs written especially for The Perfect Tear. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming.
She also received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne and later, worked exten- sively with Marcy Kennedy on the book. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished by 2016.
"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same."
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The story starts with a competition, the results of which have the potential to change the human world forever! This is a tale of mystery, machinations, manipulations, magic and more! It tells the story of Eleanor, born both unexpectedly and prematurely, likened to being the runt of the litter, she’s also someone with the ability to sing nature into balance. She’s feisty, determined and someone who fights for the survival of others. I loved the first example of this where we are introduced to Bella! I thoroughly enjoyed this very different fantasy. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to. The musical themes and songs running throughout the story are superb demonstrations of the need for harmony between both the lyrics and melody to create connections to help save her world. This is a fairy story all grown up. It has all the elements of this genre but written for much older audiences. The royal family, magic, mystery and intrigue are all there together with a heroine to overcome all the obstacles preventing her romance with her true love and their chance for their own happily ever after. However, it is also very different from what my first assumptions were - and I mean that in a very positive way. The author’s background in music and songwriting shines through, painting vivid pictures in the imagination of her readers. I understand that she’s also created an album, Tsera’s Gift, with ten songs relating to this story - I can’t wait to listen to them! I was given a copy of this book without obligation. This is my honest review.
Earth was created by Tsera, the Main Creator, and has infused everything with music. Lerion is jealous of Tsera and is planning on how to become the Main Creator. He has come up with a plan to destroy Earth. But Tsera has enhanced one human with extra DNA to be able to save the whole world. Eleanor is an orphan living with nuns. She doesn’t want to take vows and become a nun. She hopes that her love Edward will save her, but Edward is a prince and cannot help her. Eleanor learns she has a destiny to save the world. She is going on an epic journey to find the Perfect Tear, a dark crystal that could save the world. This is an amazing story. I love the world creating and how important music is to the world. Eleanor is such a strong woman, she faced adversity of many kinds and with the help of her friends and her goat and its magic bell. This is a great fairytale that has bits of traditional stories and a whole new twist on the world. This book is great for any age and one that I strongly recommend. I admit that I didn’t realize what kind of treasure I would find reading this book. Make sure to get your copy today. I received The Perfect Tear from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Music is the basis of reality. Eleanor has known this since birth, as she has been blessed with the amazing ability to manipulate nature through her song, making wounds heal and plants grow. Meanwhile, two supernatural contestants battle over the existence of the human world, one contestant bringing chaos and destruction with every step closer. Thrown into the middle of it is Eleanor, unknowingly holding the key to the world’s survival or destruction. Wow. The Perfect Tear is not what I expected. From the book description on the web, I figured Eleanor would be the “chosen one” battling against a human enemy, a sorcerer, perhaps. Instead, in the very first chapter, readers are introduced to a supernatural world with beings who are responsible for creating earth and manipulating their own world. They appear angelic, but some have ulterior motives and destructive desires. Three of those characters come to the forefront, the Main Creator and two younger beings who wish to overthrow her. A contest over the position of Main Creator—and her creation, earth—ensues. The Main Creator is Eleanor’s patron and gave her extra abilities to thwart the beings who would destroy the earth. She must survive in a dying world until she turns sixteen and comes into her full power before the battle begins. The existence of the supernatural beings really threw me off. They made the story more unique than it could have been, and added an extra layer of complexity to the plot. I couldn’t figure out which of the two main contestants to root for, though. I loved Eleanor, who is just trying to save the world, so I was attracted to the Main Creator whose goals lined up with Eleanor’s. But at the same time, the beliefs of the two other beings made sense too, and they weren’t essentially evil as characters. The end may have rectified that problem, but it seems to have presented a few more. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it left the story open for more adventures. The settings were interesting, from the beautiful supernatural world to the medieval-like human world. There could have been more descriptions and explanations of where they were and why things were the way they were, for example, the random talking bushes or the Spanish-speaking woman living in the middle of nowhere. If nothing else, I would have appreciated a little more description of the climate so that I could place the characters a little better. The romance, what there was of it, was sweet. With the time gap, readers miss the initial friendship-to-romance development, but it was pleasant to watch the relationships grow within the story and the extents the characters would go for love of each other. There were a couple things I would change, though. Overall, I’m not quite sure what to think of this book. It was enjoyable to read, but not a book I couldn’t put down. The supernatural side of things had its ups and downs; it made me wonder if the driving force of the story, the contest, was even satisfactory. I mean, if I was Eleanor and had the knowledge of the readers, I would be really mad if my “god” made me go through so much for the sake of some dumb contest that could have had different stakes. The romance, the conflict, and the settings could have been better, too. But it was still pleasant to read, presented interesting theories on music, and contained lovely characters. If you are interested in reading a story that mixes fantasy, a medieval setting, and the supernatural, I recomme
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I decided to read The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg. The fact that it was a fairytale/fantasy mix intrigued me. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I became immersed in the story and loved Eleanor and her family. The story begins with a science fiction setting as we are introduced to Tsera's world, a powerful other world that functions with music and sound and seems to be above the earth. The story then shifts to a medieval setting and we come to know Eleanor as a child. She is a lovely little girl who is kind and loves animals, and she has inherited the gift of her mother who is a Singer. This gift allows Eleanor's singing to bring life to the vegetation and to make things grow. But tragedy strikes when her mother dies and her father must leave her with the nuns. Little does Eleanor know that the Earth is slowly being destroyed by Lerion, a being from Tsera's world who is intent on taking Tsera's place. When she turns sixteen Eleanor is the special Singer who is entrusted to find The Perfect Tear so that she can save her world. When Eleanor embarks on her search there is yet another shift and this time the setting is like an adventure that made me think of Alice in Wonderland. From otherworld beings that travel in light orbs to princes and castles and finally to giant caterpillars, a dragon with copious tears and foul smelling rodents, Eleanor has quite the journey before she makes a beautiful discovery. I was touched by the ending that actually brought tears to my eyes! I enjoyed the medieval setting the best because I love historical fiction. The shift in settings made it seem like I was reading different stories within the same book at times. I have to say that although I loved the musical theme in the story, I did not understand why Tsera considered it a game and allowed a being from her world to wreak havoc and destruction to Earth with little accountability. Lerion did learn a lesson but not before callously destroying whole villages in his quest to beat Tsera. I did not understand this, nor did I understand their world. It was too vague. The world building of Tsera's world was insufficient for me. Despite this, I was impressed with the author's storytelling. Her ability to create unique characters and take them on a grand adventure was well done. This book held my attention throughout and I enjoyed it. For readers who like mixed genres and want to read something different, The Perfect Tear is it. The ending is good and opens the way for a possible sequel.
With a mixture of classic fairy tale and a dab of science fiction, this story takes a fantastic journey into music, DNA and discovering the treasure of life. Eleanor is an orphan with a very special gift; she's a singer. She lives in a world where life itself is founded on music, and all is called into creation through a musical formula. And she is one of the most special creations of all. When one of her fellow beings decides to alter the basis music, the entire existence threatens to fall apart, and Eleanor is the only one who can save them all. The writing reminds of a more classic fantasy style, not dwelling on a up-beat, fast moving plot, but rather on developing a beautiful and fascinating world. Life, in this book, is founded on music and to maintain it, the foundation has to remain in perfect balance. The idea behind this is well explained without ever becoming too scientific and molds into the plot wonderfully well. The world comes to life, and even though very different than our reality, grows familiar enough that it's easy to get lost in. The characters in this book are well done. Each one has their own goals and clear reasons for making the choices they do. Eleanor might be orphaned, but the happy memories of her childhood give her a lovely touch and make her easy to like. It's no problem to root for her until the very end. But then, even her friends are enjoyable to meet. Each one has their very own personality, and also give the story a great touch of diversity without feeling forced. Although Eleanor is the main character, the story is told from different points of view and slides from one to the other to allow the layers and depth of the tale to come to life. Although this was a bit jolting at times, it created the perfect base for the different layers to unfold, while giving needed insight into the reasoning behind each character's thoughts and actions. This isn't the fastest paced story, but rather maintains just the right tempo to let the world sink in while keeping pace with many unexpected twists and turn. And the ending leaves the hint of a promise that there might be more to come. I received a complimentary copy and wanted to share my thoughts.
What a thoroughly enjoyable Young Adult novel. It is a fantasy complete with magical powers and ruled by people of I think not this world. It even has a Prince who falls for a peasant girl (Eleanor). The woman who imagined our world and brought it into being with musical notes was being challenged by another of her world. Our world was being unraveled and only a singer with excess DNA strands given to them by the creator could save it. Eleanor and her friends go through some harrowing experiences complete with monsters and fraught with danger. Thankfully she also had her little goat with them with his magical bell--who was able to lead them out of danger many times. This is a true fairy tale with an ending that will have a moral--it takes everyone joining together to save a world. I was given a copy of the paperback to read --but I did see that in the e-book there will be numerous pictures which if the cover is any indication will be magnificent. You can see some of them on the author's site. I was sent some questions and answers from the publicist--this is the one I would have asked if given the chance "How does being a writer compare to being a musical artist? I love that writing is autonomous. Not like a band where I am completely dependent on the players and where I have to be respectful and diplomatic, not that I have trouble with that--mostly. I enjoy bringing out as much as I can by myself before I bring the editor in. The only terrible thing is the sitting. Sitting is the new smoking. I have to set an alarm every hour to make myself get up and run around. Left to my own devices, I could sit for four and five hours at a time."