The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones
ISBN 13: 978-0-8027-8710-1
The Tear Collector YYY
The Tear Collector YYY
Patrick Jones steps into a new genre with a new urban fantasy 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. Her job as a grief counselor at the hospital provides the perfect cover to keep this secret safe, and any time a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, she’s there. Only Cass has grown tired of living a lie and wants to live like a human, especially now that she’s found someone worth fighting for
Cassandra Gray is a typical teenager: popular, pretty and a great listener.....especially if you need a shoulder to cry on and if you do, then Cassie is your girl. She and her family of women have settled in Lapeer and Cassie has done her part in the past few years by full filling her family duties. . .She does not want to end up like her cousin Siobhan, the outcast.
So Cassie does what she can as a volunteer at the hospital where she has gained the trust of the staff than allows her to interact with patients, because they know how very good she is at comforting people. She also has a reputation for being a heart breaker, making the boys fall in love with her and then breaking it off to induce the much needed sadness and tears, an act that has to be committed in person as part of her breakup rules. In between "boyfriend's" Cassie feeds the gossip mill in order to generate more tears and sorrow. Not to forget a best friend that is basically ignored at home because her little sister is dying of cancer.
All those situations feed her and her family the never ending, but never enough stream of tears until a tragic situation occurs and she realizes that although she did not directly cause it, she could have prevented it and she begins to question her existence. Along with her pondering she is faced with an a different situation, normally her boyfriends fall in love with her, not the other way around. Yet, this new relationship is beginning to change her. Cassie is drawn to Scott and she cannot stop thinking of him, cannot stop wanting to be with him, cannot stand to see him cry...
Meanwhile her family wants her to break it off with him, not only for the tears it will bring them but because Cassie is expected to mate with her evil cousin Alexis in order to continue the family line. A fact that Cassie has been trying to avoid for a long time because she believes Alexis has been terrorizing children that have gone missing. While it is okay for their kind to create situations of sorrow it is NOT okay to hurt them directly, it is a fact that Alexis does not care to follow.
As family obligations begin to overwhelm her and her love for Scott grows, Cassie knows what she has to do. Several situations arise and she receives help from those that you would not expect but when Cassie seeks answers to her existence and how she can stay with Scott, will she be willing to pay the price for love?
I could not wait to devour The Tear Collector, the concept of a Vampire that does not require blood but tears to survive intrigued me. In that fact alone I found this book original.
As I began reading The Tear Collector I was embroiled in Cassie's world. You come to understand her and why she acts as she does. Here you have someone with the great family obligation and she does everything that is expected of her, even if it means creating drama, break-ups and chaos.
I would have liked a better understanding of the origins of these creatures that somehow take on our human appearances because of the tears that they consume. I understand that they are a result of our tears and cannot exist without us, but I would have like to known more. Why is it that the male species are only around for mating purposes? Where did these creatures come from? How many of them exist? Did their existence influence greater outcomes, like war?
In the end I wanted Cassie to be happy. I was curious to see how she could achieve this elusive goal and when it was revealed I had an idea of what would happen, but I was totally wrong. The last line of the book totally surprised me with the chills that it sent down my back. Yowza!! In looking back on things I should have seen it, but was still left speechless by it.
The Tear Collector is a good read due to its original storyline and complex heroine Cassandra, and although it may leave you questioning a few things you can still enjoy the story for what it is. A love story against all odds.