Series: Teardrop #2
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Random House UK Children’s
Publishing date: May 7th, 2015
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk
Synopsis: Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth and now Atlantis is rising, along with its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him – but first she must learn how to fight.
I was very excited about reading Waterfall. Previously I’ve read Fallen by Lauren Kate and I did really like her style of writing. All though it is clearly stated in Waterfalls description that it is a second book in a series, I took a chance on reading it. And I did find it rather confusing. It was very hard to get a set picture of the environment they were in, they were swimming in one moment, climbing in the next and so on. It could have been made cleared when, how and why the environment around them were changing. Maybe a more descriptive language would have helped the reader through the transitions of different environments. The whole experience has some sort of Wonderlandish overtones, but in order for them to enthrall the reader they should have been clearer.
The name of the main character, Eureka, is very distracting. Her name pops out on the page, not in a good way. It is a sort of extravagant word/name that’s very eye-catching and creates an annoyance.
Another thing I didn’t care for was the love triangle, Eureka seemed to just shift between who she loved for no apparent reason at all. And as I am opposed to love triangles to begin with, I felt that this was something that could be cut as it did not give the story anything.
The story featured a lot of fantastic element, witches and prophecies among others, and they kind of flooded the story more than the water did. I wish it had been more focused on a few elements rather than bringing in so many.
It does feature quite a few quot worthy parts that are just beautiful and heart-achingly true:
“Letting go of someone you loved wasn’t hard. There was no word for what it was, because even if you didn’t let them go they were still gone.” pp.21
In the end, what kept me reading through this book was Lauren Kate’s simplistic writing style. Her style of writing is easy to read, which again makes her books very quick reads. In the future I will keep checking out Lauren Kate’s books, but I do not think I will venture into more books in the Teardrop-series.