Monday, July 21

Book Review: Drip Drop Teardrop

Author: Samantha Young
Title: Drip Drop Teardrop
Genre: Short story, Romance, YA, Fantasy
Pages: ebook
First Published: April 2011 
Where I Got It: On my shelf (Got from Amazon when it was a freebie. I think its still free.)

"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." was a rather long short story. It was about 115 pages, so it's in that weird spot between short story and novel. I think it technically falls into the category of a "novella", but they have it under "short story" on Goodreads, so we will just smile and nod. *shakes head 'no*


This was a random pick up for me, but I couldn't help but take it into my collection. was free. Two, the cover dragged me in. Three, I wanted to know how and why "death" falls in love. Intriguing if you ask me.

Now "death" is not your a-typical "angel of death". There are many, many of ankous around that help fairy the dead to their afterlife. These ankous are dead people themselves that decided to volunteer for some reason. Brennus is an ankou and he volunteered when he sacrificed himself for a different woman who he taught he loved and she loved him in return. It's pretty sad...she was betraying him the whole time in many ways but one. Poor guy...I can see why he was a wee bit bitter. 

HOWEVER, it does NOT give him an excuse to pretty much blackmail Avery into going on a week long date with him. I won't tell you what the deal was, but it wasn't very cool of him. It was rather rude and cold-hearted of him. Honestly, did he think he could win her over so quickly even though she was sexually attracted to him? Granted...he had no choice, because its not like he can take too long of a break from being an Angel of Death and Avery is kind of a snob. I still don't get why he loved her...she's rude, shallow, and bitchy. *shakes my head* That must be his type, because his first wife was a bitch too. Excuse my french. 0.0 

I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. It was done well, but it made me sad and a little upset. WHY? *SPOILER ALERT* Why does she have to erased from everyone's memories and lives, because she chooses to stay with Brennus and be immortal? Maybe it's simpler that way, but its so tragic that she pretty much gives up her existences to be with a man she only knew for a couple of months. Meh *END OF SPOILER* 

ANYWAYS! This was a quick read and it was really interesting and I'm actually excited to see what Samantha Young has to offer, perhaps I should read more of her things (yes, this was my first taste of her writing) in the the future. She's rather good and she had me hooked. 

In the end, this was a pretty good short story (*cough novella *cough*) and I'm excited to see what else the author has out there. I would recommend this to those that like romance and fantasy and YA (for older YA readers though). I will put a reminder on here that it is technically a short story, so things happen rather quickly. Well, I shall stamp this with 4 stars. 

Favorite Character(s): Aunt Caroline, Brennus (when you look past the blackmail bit), and Jemima (I hope she gets her own story).
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Sarah (she annoyed me for some reason) and Jason (idiot)


Blodeuedd said...

Ok sure maybe...and I read the spoiler. I had to!

Carole Rae said...

Haha I'm bad too...I always read the spoilers.