"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Friday, December 4, 2009

Review: The Tear Collector

Title: The Tear Collector
Author: Patrick Jones
Pages: 263
Rating: 3/5

Between hookups, makeups, and breakups, there isn't a day at Lapeer High School without drama turning to tears.

And tears are just as essential as air for Cassandra Gray. She and her family are vampires who thirst for human sorrow, and the energy that they soak in from a good crying jag can keep them fueled up for days.

Anytime a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, Cass is there. Anytime a boyfriend gets too secure, she breaks his heart. Cass's works as a school peer counselor and hospital volunteer also provides the perfect cover and access to her family's energy source. But she is getting tired of all the lies and manipulation - especially now that she's actually fallen in love with a human. Can she bear to betray her family for a chance at happiness and life lived with joy (Cover Blurb)?

This was one of my birthday buys and I was really excited about this book in particular. I had read a couple of positive reviews on a few other blogs and I thought the cover was really cool so I gave it a try.

While the book was good, it just wasn't great. As much as a tried, I could not connect with Cassandra the main character. Something about her remained very distant. At first I thought maybe it was the length of the book that kept me from making a connection. This book was not very long; however Wake and Fade, two of my most favorite YA books are shorter than this, and I felt an immediate connection with Janie, the main character in that series. The author has a strong writing style, I just don't think he developed any of the characters enough to really touch the reader.

Also, one of my favorite things about young adult fiction is the strong male characters. YA fiction has so much to offer...I mean there's Edward, and Cable, and Damon. Scott, the male lead in this book...not so much. He was rather pathetic and nerdy. I guess I like my teen heroes to be a bit more rough around the edges, or at least have a bit of a dark side.

So,all in all, this book was ok. If I could go back, I never would have bought this in hardcover. If you really want to read this, wait for the paperback.

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