I was impressed with the author's storytelling. Her ability to create unique characters and take them on a grand adventure was well done.
Book Title: The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg
Category: YA fiction, 324 pages
Genre: Fairytale / Fantasy
Publisher: Rockit Press
Release date: Dec 15, 2015
Tour dates: Oct 31 to Nov 25, 2016
Content Rating: G (This book is family friendly)
Eleanor, a timid orphan, has no clue to her real purpose, but she also has no desire to become a subservient old maid, like the miserable nuns she is forced to with. Eleanor believes Edward, whom she loves, will save her from being forced to take vows. She knows Mother Superior has no intention of letting her leave–her songs are the only thing keeping the grey mist at bay. Her devastation is complete when she discovers Edward is a prince and heir to the throne, but it is the impetus she needs to leave the safety of the abbey and go in search of her long lost father.
She doesn’t get far before discovering her true destiny. With only her instincts to protect her, she must match wits with a powerful being intent on the destruction of her world. If she does not find The Perfect Tear and release its healing power into the land, she will become an accomplice in the destruction of all she loves.
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I decided to read The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg. The fact that it was a fairytale/fantasy mix intrigued me. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I became immersed in the story and loved Eleanor and her family. The story begins with a science fiction setting as we are introduced to Tsera's world, a powerful other world that functions with music and sound and seems to be above the earth.
The story then shifts to a medieval setting and we come to know Eleanor as a child. She is a lovely little girl who is kind and loves animals, and she has inherited the gift of her mother who is a Singer. This gift allows Eleanor's singing to bring life to the vegetation and to make things grow. But tragedy strikes when her mother dies and her father must leave her with the nuns. Little does Eleanor know that the Earth is slowly being destroyed by Lerion, a being from Tsera's world who is intent on taking Tsera's place. When she turns sixteen Eleanor is the special Singer who is entrusted to find The Perfect Tear so that she can save her world.
When Eleanor embarks on her search there is yet another shift and this time the setting is like an adventure that made me think of Alice in Wonderland. From otherworld beings that travel in light orbs to princes and castles and finally to giant caterpillars, a dragon with copious tears and foul smelling rodents, Eleanor has quite the journey before she makes a beautiful discovery. I was touched by the ending that actually brought tears to my eyes!
I enjoyed the medieval setting the best because I love historical fiction. The shift in settings made it seem like I was reading different stories within the same book at times. I have to say that although I loved the musical theme in the story, I did not understand why Tsera considered it a game and allowed a being from her world to wreak havoc and destruction to Earth with little accountability. Lerion did learn a lesson but not before callously destroying whole villages in his quest to beat Tsera. I did not understand this, nor did I understand their world. It was too vague. The world building of Tsera's world was insufficient for me.
Despite this, I was impressed with the author's storytelling. Her ability to create unique characters and take them on a grand adventure was well done. This book held my attention throughout and I enjoyed it. For readers who like mixed genres and want to read something different, The Perfect Tear is it. The ending is good and opens the way for a possible sequel.
About the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter, scriptwriter and now author with the publication of her first book The Perfect Tear. Connie studied script writing at AFTR and has had songs placed in major Australian TV series. She has just complete an album of songs connected to the book and will be performing these live at her weekly jazz gig in Melbourne.
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