Book Tour: The Perfect Tear by Connie Lansberg

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Eleanor is a talented young woman with a destiny her parents never could have dreamed of. She is a singer. The Singers are in tune with nature and the powers of life, able to help things grow and heal. When a Singer turns 16, the young woman is able to use her powers fully. Unfortunately, Eleanor’s mother died when she was a child and was unable to train her in the ways of the Singers. Though Eleanor is more than just a singer, she is the only one who can stop the evil that has come to destroy her world and save all of its people. Now she must trust her instincts and follow her heart to discover the Perfect Tear and the song she needs to save them all.

This is an interesting book. I was very surprised by the story after having read the synopsis. It is what it says it is, but is so much more. This is a story of two worlds. One, a world of light and sounds, whose inhabitants create all that is and ever will be. The other, a world created by the Main Creator Tsera. Given life with the gift of free will and the ability to understand the power of Song. A competition among the novice creators allows the winner to challenge the Main Creator for a chance to take their job. When Lerion, an ambitious novice, wins the contest he accepts the challenge to capture the 3 hidden vibrations and become the new Main Creator.

Tsera had hidden the second vibration inside the Singers  and when Lerion attempts to capture that vibration, the loss of the Singers ability forces the land into a famine. Elanor learns at the age of 6 that she will be a powerful Singer able to defeat Lerion. As she grows the memory of that knowledge fades. She knows of her abilities but her destiny is murky. As she turns 16 her powers come to her and reveal her to Lerion and she must learn to be the strong Singer her world needs her to be.

I love the originality of this story and the worlds the author created are vibrant and true. The first half of the book is long and slow though. There is so much introduced and it is sometimes vague and hard to follow. At times I am not sure why I am reading about certain people and events and at times it is easy to get confused about what is happening. Between the random unannounced time and location jumps it is at times hard to follow. Though once Eleanor turns 16 the story kicks into gear and the puzzles come together.

Eleanor is the high point of this book for me. She is a strong interesting character and it was easy to empathize with her plight. The romance was light and sweet and the conflict was at times hard to decide if the bad guys were bad only because I loved Eleanor or because they were actually bad. I was often surprised by the twists and would be willing to read more about these worlds.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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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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