Book Review - The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones

Saturday October 10, 2009

The Tear Collector

by Patrick Jones
Available September 1, 2009

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. 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.

Cassandra Gray has always put her family first. With her family legacy at risk she really has no choice...or does she?

She's never had a problem getting boys, in fact she's an expert. Breaking up with them has always given her the tears Cassandra needs. Breaking up with her current boyfriend Cody is no different.

Things start to change after Cassandra's best friend Robyn dies and she meet's Scott, an odd but intriguing guy at her school. She begins to question her life and the choices being made for her by her family. When her feelings for Scott intensify Cassandra discovers there is a way to change her life...but at what price?

I thought this was a pretty good book and I enjoyed the premise of "emotional vampires". Cassandra is an interesting character who is torn between family commitment and the desire to be her own person. A dilemma that is probably familiar to many teens.

There is also a mystery that unfolds as you read newspaper articles at the beginning of each chapter that reveal mysterious attacks of people being terrorized in the local area. The climax builds until the attacks hit home and Cassandra must fight to save the people she loves. An untidy ending leaves me hoping for a sequel!

Appropriate for 8th grade and up!


Sara said...

There is a sequel, P. Jones talks about it in this interview:

Leslie said...

hmm interesting. I've seen mixed reviews for this one