Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Blog Tour: The Perfect Tear



The Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg
Genre: YA Fantasy Release Date: November 11th 2015



Summary from Goodreads:
Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.


But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.

 

 Except:
The new soldiers, fresh off the ship, marched into the men’s camp. They looked
lean and mean, and carried with them several barrels of rum. The youngest was a skinny lad who’s ill-fitting uniform made him look like he was playing dress-up. He had a snarl on his lips, but his eyes betrayed him as they darted to and fro. Charles rested his hands on his hips and tried to ignore the knots in his stomach
. The original four, who had become slack over the years, had finally earned their passage home. What would they find when they returned? And why were he and these men still here, separated from their families and the home they loved?
He shifted his gaze to the small group of bedraggled conscripts. His chest felt tight and something inside him broke. These unfortunates would share this ongoing nightmare with him and it wasn’t fair. A flood of rage burned his throat and threatened to overwhelm him. He gritted his teeth. He must try something, anything to get these men back home, to find their families.
Charles forced himself to calm down. An idea flashed through his mind, not fully
formed, but he could work out the details later. Charles stepped forward and saluted the soldiers. The soldiers stuttered to a stop in front of him.
“Sir,” Charles said to the lieutenant,“I am charged with keeping your fires burning and the rum flowing. Do you wish for me to continue?”
He heard a murmur from the men behind him, for they knew the second half of this statement to be untrue. He hoped they wouldn’t give him away.
The soldiers looked at each other before the lieutenant barked at him.
“Yes. Continue. Now step back in line.” Charles obeyed, looking straight ahead. A young soldier approached the lieutenant with a question. Charles used the distraction to lean toward the man next to him. He lowered his voice to a whisper. “Back me up in all I say and do,” he said.“I have a plan.”
 
Review:
Characters - I liked most of the characters for the most part. I often felt confused when introduced to new characters, but soon figured out where they fit in the story. While I didn't 'love' any of them, I did enjoy reading about Eleanor and her friends. 

Plot - This is what I enjoyed the most about this book. I loved how unique and unusual the plot was! As an alternative creation story for humanity, it drew me in, and kept me wanting more! While much more sci-fi that I had expected going in, I still enjoyed it, and loved how it unfolded! 

Overall - While not what I expected from the blurb, I did enjoy this story, and plan to read the next one! It was a nice change of pace, and refreshingly different! My one ... well two complaints. First it did take me a while to get into this one. I reach about 20% before things started to pick up at all, before that a lot happened, but didn't really fit together, that was the point when things started making sense to me. Second, there are some errors that make reading difficult in places. While I understand they happen, the combination of the slow plot and the grammer error made it difficult to follow in a few places. Other than those two things, it was a great story, and I an interested to see what happens in the next book!




About the Author
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She's had her original songs placed in some of Australia's best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie's first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.
Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
"The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn't and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I'm not unique or different-I'm exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I'm trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same."
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2 comments:

  1. Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks so much for your review of The Perfect Tear.
    I have to say, the Publish date was an accident by Amazon . These are ARCS, the final draft is being proofed now. Amazon accidentally put the ARCS for sale. How that happened I dodn’t know! The real book is coming in 2017!
    cheers
    Connie

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  2. Hi Connie!
    I'm so glad I got the chance to read your book! It is so different from what I'm used to, so it was a great change. That makes sense, I thought it was likely an ARC copy, but mentioned it, since I wasn't sure.

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