Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

Synopsis:
Fans of urban fantasy should prepare for a new kind of vampire—one that feeds off of tears instead of blood. Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Her job as a grief counselor at the hospital provides the perfect cover to keep this secret safe, and any time a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, she’s there. Only Cass has grown tired of living a lie and wants to live like a human, especially now that she’s found someone worth fighting for.

Rating:
Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 7/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total Score: 57/70

Grade: A!

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Quite a bit
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Mentioned in conversation
Sexual Content: Mentioned in conversation, and almost rape situation
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Many deaths, torture, and kidnapping

Review:
The Tear Collector is a refreshing paranormal read. It is so different than all of the other supernatural books out there. Scott and Cassandra were not "inexplicably drawn" to eachother. It was not "destiny" that brought them together. It was two people learning about eachother and learning to love eachother.

This book isn't about Scott and Cassandra falling in love and struggling to be together even though one is a supernatural creature and the other is human. It is about Cassandra struggling to find herself, struggling to be human. It is about why people are the way they are. Why they handle grief in the way they do. It is much more than just a paranormal romance.

Patrick Jones successfully created a very intriguing novel. Even when discovering something important, more mysteries arise. More answers lurk in the pages and keep you flipping them lightning fast. The truths surface at excellent timing, perfect plot structure. And the last line of this book will send an eerie chill up your spine.

5 comments:

  1. This looks really interesting. The plot seems great. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I thought this book sounded cheesy at first--a vamp that feeds off tears? Really?--but you made me so curious, especially about the last line! Now I must read it! Thanks for the great review!

    By the way Eilse, Animail Farm isn't the worst book that you could be assigned. It actually is kind of good. Look up the illustrated edition--makes it better or at least weirder.

    And I'm a year away from being an English Teacher, and I was wondering if your teachers know about your blog, if they ever let you choose your own books considering how many books you read and review, and what you would like future teachers to know? Thanks!

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  3. I've been anxiously awaiting your review for this - I've noticed you've been reading it for a while, and I've been like 'come on!!!'
    Anyway, now really want to read it. A lot.

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  4. Thanks for your comment Niki Nicole! My english teacher from last year knows about my blog and loves it. :) I've realized while reading Animal Farm that it isn't as bad as some of the other books I've read for school, so that's good. I never get to choose my own books, sadly. There are books assigned from the district that every school has to read etc. I would like future teachers, especially in english, to be open minded. I've found that the best teachers are the ones that take every student's ideas seriously and help each individual to excell, for each student is at a different level.

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  5. What a fantastic review. I had been on the fence about this book and I think your review has convinced me to add it to my list.

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