So of course when I read the synopsis for Drip Drop Teardrop, I absolutely had to read it. If there's anything I like as much as romantic portrayals of beings who manipulate death (God that sounds creepy when I write it, but it's true!) its a fresh take that will introduce a new mythos for me to follow.
Here's what I can tell you: Drip Drop Teardrop isn't perfect, but it sucked me in and I really enjoyed it. Want all the details? Read on. :)
Even Death Can Fall in Love...
Avery hasn’t had it easy.
When she was ten years old her parents died in a car crash. Now nine years later her Aunt Caroline is the only family she has left. And Caroline is dying. So when Death comes knocking (quite literally) in the form of the damaged and dangerous, Brennus, Avery makes a deal with the reaper in order to save Caroline.
Brennus is an Ankou.
One of the many, once mortal men and women, who were given the choice to become an immortal in exchange for ferrying the dead over into their afterlife. Nine years ago Brennus took Avery’s parents and tried to take Avery, but she fought him and won. Amazed by her strength Brennus followed Avery and has watched over her. Now he knows Avery is the one to offer him freedom from his obligation to the dead.
And he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
On the whole, Drip Drop Teardrop was a pretty solid novella and I had a great time reading it. The writing style flowed nicely and didn't get into my way when connecting with the characters or learning about the mythology that Samantha Young's Ankou worked under. The majority of the story's events came along at a good clip so I wasn't bored. There was the right balance of description / action / dialogue so things felt real without being bogged down.
I geninely enjoyed both Avery and Brennus. Avery had enough spunk, despite the draw between her and Brennus, that I wasn't screaming "What's wrong with you?" over her attraction to him. (Her later determination to resist this, especially at one point where her reasoning wasn't clear enough for me, did induce a "What the hell are you doing?" moment, though.) This is a pretty quick paced connection, probably unsuitable for people who hate insta-love. It worked fine for me because the mythology and Avery and Brennus' history fit with it, and I'm fine with a story that uses stuff like that to move romance along.
So, what were my problems? Well, there's one chapter where half of it was a pierce of internal monologue that we later learn is Avery writing a journal entry. Um, no. Yuck. Bad way to get emotions across, under these circumstances, was bad. There was Brennus' wife from his mortal life, who had also wound up as an Ankou. She might have worked if this were a full novel and all these characters had more page-room for development, but that was not the case here and her inclusion made me want to head-desk. Lastly, there was the absolutely deus ex machina ending, which almost made me use my kindle as a frisbee. This was a problem for two reasons: (1) the aforementioned deus ex machina and (2( the fact that we never actually saw the heroine learning the knowledge she needed to make the thing actually make sense. (Which is why I ended up calling it deus ex machina.)
Despite any complaints, I had a good time with Drip Drop Teardrop and I can't wait to read Sarah's story in the sequel. Anyone who likes this kinda story as much as I do should definitely take a look, because this is a pretty enjoyable ride as long as you're willing to forgive its faults. I wish this had been a bit longer and more developed, because what was good here was great, and what was broken (in my opinion) was stuff that more time and development could have likely fixed.