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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...
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...
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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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  • From the book In the stillness of the small beige waiting room, Eureka’s bad ear rang. She massaged it—a habit since the accident, which had left her half deaf. It didn’t help. Across the room, a doorknob turned. Then a woman with a gauzy white blouse, olive-green skirt, and very fine, upswept blond hair appeared in the lamplit space.

    “Eureka?” Her low voice competed with the burbling of a fish tank that featured a neon plastic scuba diver buried to his knees in sand but showed no sign of containing fish.

    Eureka looked around the vacant lobby, wishing to invoke some other, invisible Eureka to take her place for the hour.

    “I’m Dr. Landry. Please come in.”

    Since Dad’s remarriage four years ago, Eureka had survived an armada of therapists. A life ruled by three adults who couldn’t agree on anything proved far messier than one ruled by just two. Dad had doubted the first analyst, an old-school Freudian, almost as much as Mom had hated the second, a heavy-lidded psychiatrist who doled out numbness in pills. Then Rhoda, Dad’s new wife, came onto the scene, game to try the school counselor, and the acupuncturist, and the anger manager. But Eureka had put her foot down at the patronizing family therapist, in whose office Dad had never felt less like family. She’d actually half liked the last shrink, who’d touted a faraway Swiss boarding school—until her mother caught wind of it and threatened to take Dad to court.

    Eureka noted her new therapist’s taupe leather slip-ons. She’d sat on the couch across from many similar pairs of shoes. Female doctors did this little trick: they slipped off their flats at the beginning of a session, slid their feet back into them to signal the end. They all must have read the same dull article about the Shoe Method being gentler on the patient than simply saying time was up.

    The office was purposefully calming: a long maroon leather couch against the shuttered window, two upholstered chairs opposite a coffee table with a bowl of those coffee gold-wrapped candies, a rug stitched with different-colored footprints. A plug-in air freshener made everything smell like cinnamon, which Eureka did not mind. Landry sat in one of the chairs. Eureka tossed her bag on the floor with a loud thump—honors textbooks were bricks—then slid down low on the couch.

    “Nice place,” she said. “You should get one of those swinging pendulums with the silver balls. My last doctor had one. Maybe a water cooler with the hot and cold taps.”

    “If you’d like some water, there’s a pitcher by the sink. I’d be happy to—”

    “Never mind.” Eureka had already let slip more words than she’d intended to speak the whole hour. She was nervous. She took a breath and reerected her walls. She reminded herself she was a Stoic.

    One of Landry’s feet freed itself from its taupe flat, then used its stockinged toe to loosen the other shoe’s heel, revealing maroon toenails. With both feet tucked under her thighs, Landry propped her chin in her palm. “What brings you here today?”

    When Eureka was trapped in a bad situation, her mind fled to wild destinations she didn’t try to avoid. She imagined a motorcade cruising through a ticker tape parade in the center of New Iberia, stylishly escorting her to therapy.

    But Landry looked sensible, interested in the reality from which Eureka yearned to escape. Eureka’s red Jeep had brought her here. The seventeen-mile stretch of road between this office and her high school had brought her here—and every...

About the Author-

  • LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the TEARDROP series, the FALLEN series, and The Orphan's Song. 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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  • DOGO Books borntoplay - Just finished this book today, and I have to say, it was pretty good. It has a few curse words, and a detailed description of a murdered woman, so I would not recommend for younger readers. But I will be anticipating the next book!
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 2, 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.

  • Kirkus

    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) COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2013

    Gr 8 Up-A freak wave drowns 17-year-old Eureka Boudreaux's mother and nearly ends her life as well. Inexplicably saved, and irrevocably changed, she attempts suicide and drifts angrily through a world she's unable to fully rejoin. But the wave was no accident, and Eureka's life and the lives of others in her small bayou town remain in serious danger. Through the investigation of some ancient heirlooms and the cryptic intervention of a mysterious boy named Ander, Eureka begins to understand that she is the descendant of an Atlantean princess, the fulfillment of a witches' prophecy of the one whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent. Ander and his family, the Seedbearers, have spent generations committed to making sure that she and those like her die before they use that power. This strong mythic premise has promise, but the book suffers from clunky and cliched characters and heavy-handed exposition. The plot twists are often unintentionally funny, as Kate tries to be most dramatic (for instance, there are not one but two escapes by underwater bubble containing several people, and a medium named Madame Blavatsky translates an ancient text into a succinct and tacky romance). Teardrop has its charming moments, but is mainly tiresome. It is the first of a series, and its chaotic ending doesn't bode well for what's to come. Fans of Kate's "Fallen" series (Delacorte) may swoon, but most others can probably pass.-Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2013
    Grades 8-12 Seventeen-year-old Eureka Boudreaux survived the car accident that killed her archaeologist mother, but she is left physically and emotionally battered. Once captain of the cross-country team, she has abandoned the sport she loves and now lives with her unsympathetic stepmother, her caring but ineffectual father, and her beloved four-year-old twin stepsiblings. Eureka is also torn between new, intense feelings for two young men: childhood best friend Brooks and Ander, an attractive stranger who seems to understand her better than anyone. Upon inheriting a pendant, a handwritten book in unidentifiable language, and a mysterious stone from her mother, Eureka and friends discover her true legacyas a descendant of Atlantis whose tears have the power to raise the lost city. In this series opener, Kate sows the seed for several more titles filled with magic, action, and romance. The Louisiana setting lends appropriately oppressive humidity to a story dominated by water in all its changing forms. Romance and mystery readers will enjoy the smooth predictability of the many plot twists, made fresh by a promising backstory and atmospheric setting. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Expect a multiplatform marketing and publicity campaign for the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fallen series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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