Source: Literary Lushes ARC Tours
Format: Paperback ARC
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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. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.
So, even though the Fallen series fell kind of flat for me for the most part, there was just no way I could pass up reading a book with such a gorgeous cover! Sometimes, it is good to judge a book by the cover because I am certainly glad that I gave this book a shot. I loved it so much and it was so much better, in my opinion, than Fallen was. I really can’t express how much more I liked it over Fallen. The story was better, the characters were better, the relationships were better.
First, we have Eureka, who is a bit moody yes, but who wouldn’t be after their mother died? She does typical things of those in mourning and depressed, but she doesn’t cry. It takes a very strong will to not cry over some of the things this poor girl is put through. She is quite strong and very determined. There weren’t any parts that stuck out to me where I wanted to smack her like some of the characters I’ve come across, though I did hate her stepmother, Rhoda, but of course we were supposed to hate her. Ander is interesting, I’m not in love with him yet, but I do like him. I had a stronger connection with Brooks, really. I wasn’t very crazy about Cat, she is a bit of a slut and bounces from guy to guy like it’s nothing, but she is a really good friend to Eureka.
The story was really great and had a lot of strong points and a lot of secrets. I kept wanting to read and find out more and what does this do and what is going to happen here and what is that about?? I just wanted to know more, more, more, so reading it in two days was definitely not a problem. I never found myself rolling my eyes at anything like I did several times through out the Fallen series. I think she greatly improved with Teardrop and I hope the rest of the series is awesome, too. Also, the descriptions were great and I loved so many of them!
Can we go back to that cover again? I mean really, JUST LOOK AT IT. I could get lost in it. So. Freaking. Beautiful. It was also my Cover Crush a couple weeks ago and one of my favorites for the year. There’s a good bit of meaning in the cover as well. I really hope people who dislike Fallen like I did (at least the first two books, the second two were okay) still give her new series a chance. And for those who loved Fallen, definitely check this one out! Thanks again to wonderful ladies over at Literary Lushes for letting me part of this ARC Tour!
Great strong main character, lovely descriptions, kept me reading and wanting to know more, secondary characters okay.