Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Tear Collector: Patrick Jones

SUMMARY (courtesy of Borders.com):

Descended from an ancient line of creatures that gain their energy from human tears, Cassandra Gray depends on human sorrow to live. Only Cass has grown tired of living this life and wants to live like a human, especially now that she's met someone worth fighting for.


In a time of vampire obsessions, the idea behind this book was fantastic. I loved the idea of some other creature that is dependent on humans and feeds off them but needs something besides their blood. On that note, I also had a great appreciation for Samantha and her obsession with classical vampires.

Often times, it was hard to remember that Cass really was just a high school student and not someone that was essentially immortal and had been through this for decades rather than just a few years, given her voice and her view on things. Given that, there were times I felt like things didn’t really progress in a logical way to the character, including the changes Scott introduced in her- sometimes it seemed like it changed too quickly and without any real prodding but at the same time, if everything was for love it still would seem logical.

Overall, I did like the book as well as the shifts between typical, drama filled high school and the deeper going ons of Cass’ life and family. I also thought Scott was a very adorable character and the incorporation of religion into the book was also well done- even for nonreligious readers, the addition won’t detract from the story or put it in an ill light.

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