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The Tear Collector

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  692 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
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. Only Cass has grown tired of living this life and wants to live like a human, especially now that she's met someone worth fighting fo ...more
Hardcover, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Walker Childrens
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Sep 06, 2009 Yan rated it it was ok
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Nov 27, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
This book 100% took me by suprise:
1. I thought the main character would be a boy from looking at the cover.
Wrong! It was a girl!!!
2. It was way more emotionally developed than i had thought from reading the back.
We deal with death, sickness, family devotion, bullying, abuse, suicide, etc., but it's entertaining.. not depressing
3.The actual "tear collecting" thing was interesting and complex.
Not cheesy or overdone.
4. The main character seems really selfish at first, but after a couple of chapters
Vicky N.
Feb 25, 2011 Vicky N. rated it did not like it
I wanted to love this book. It has all the makings of a true masterpiece. A cliché(vampires) + hot, unexpected twist. But I must admit it went down with a flop.

I don't like vampires, I mean I've read a few books about them and liked (some even love)them, but I was never obsess with the beings themselves.

Anyhow, this "vampire family" don't feed with blood, but the sorrow and sadness of people.

And although I expected to be mesmerize with this intriguing tale, it never did. It was cliché after cl
Jul 05, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, lib, read-2010

Despite the mixed reviews for this read, I wanted to give this one a go and I could see both sides to the good and bad.
This is definitely a very unique concept to Vampires, collecting the emotional tears instead of blood for energy's life force is something that is very different from the typical more traditional Vampire lore.
However, I think I'll have to stick with the blood in this case. That sounds strange, I know, but when it comes to this kind of paranormal? You kinda don't mess with it.
Sep 12, 2009 Arlene rated it really liked it
The Tear Collector, by Patrick Jones, is a creative spin on the vampire myth, were the main character Cassandra Gray doesn’t live off of the blood of humans, but rather the tears and sorrow of the people around her. The author did a good job of creating a paranormal creature that the reader was able to feel compassion for. The book is well written and structured in my opinion; however, I did find a couple of typos, but nothing major to distract me from the story line. I liked how the book immedi ...more
Mishel Zabala
Oct 07, 2009 Mishel Zabala rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
The premise of this story sounded so different and unique. A vampire that didn't need blood to survive, but rather lived off the tears of humans. I was pretty skeptical at first. I haven't read anything by Patrick Jones before, but could he really pull this off?

Cassandra was an interesting character but I had real trouble connecting with her. This "vampire" is up to her neck in school drama and family troubles. And while I can certainly relate to her actual problems, I found a lack of emotional
Feb 25, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Going into The Tear Collector I wasn't sure what to except exactly. Since there has been an abundance of negative reviews for it. Sadly enough I'm going to have to agree with those negative reviews; because while I did personally find the Tear Collector to be an interesting book with an even more intriguing premise, it feel flat for me in a big way.

Cassandra was someone who I found extremely hard to like and sympathize with, which is odd for me because I can usually find the good in almost anyo
Sara Grochowski
Oct 04, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
I really liked the idea of The Tear Collector. When I read that the main character was a girl who basically lived off human tears, I was intrigued. While I felt that the idea of the book was well conceived, I didn't think the novel was very well executed.

One aspect that I felt was a major negative of The Tear Collector was the characters. I think this is the aspect that caused the most distraction for me. I didn't feel like the dialogue between characters was well written and I didn't feel like
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Jul 28, 2009 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The vampire novels that are written now a days express the stereotypical blood sucking vampires. However, Patrick Jones totally took another approach to the definition of a vampire. At first I was a little skeptical since I have a fascination with the whole smooth, sexy approach of a vampire. But, once I got into the story with the main character Cassandra, I fell in love with the new type of urban fantasy. I loved the concept of vampires needing tears instead ...more
Feb 17, 2010 Jacki rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction, fantasy
Well, this book disappointed me. Even if I hadn't entertained high hopes based on the author's great work in the field of YA librarianship and the wonderful articles he writes, this book would STILL have disappointed me.

Positive: The different slant on vampires gave me my high hopes. Instead of drinking blood, these vampires live by soaking up human emotion via tears. The heroine is a tear vampire who attends a human high school, the perfect breeding ground for tear-producing drama. She falls in
Jan 25, 2010 Brooke rated it it was ok
Cassandra Gray is a vampire but not the blood drinking kind, her and her family live off of tears. She is also given the task of providing for her family. She must go out and feed off other people's pain, and take the tears back home. A huge problem for Cassandra is that she's been promised to a cousin for marriage, that way the family can continue their species and live on forever. But Cassandra is starting to have feelings of her own as a result of being so deeply involved in the human world. ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Jasmine rated it really liked it
I LOVED the idea of a type of species that lives off of the sorrow of humans, and I felt that the author did a great job weaving a story about it. At times it got slightly repetitive, because we were constantly reminded of how she wasn't human and wanted to be, but she had no idea how. I didn't really mind though, because the story line was so interesting. The characters really grew on me and I loveeddd Scott <3

One thing that confused me was that when easter break happened, apparently the re
Nov 18, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it
It might be "urban fantasy" but urban teens won't read it! I tried taking it to book club and the kids refused to discuss it - even to say why they disliked like it so much. One teen did say he appreciated the effort of the author's project but didn't care about the book. Better luck next time...
Judy Johnson
More teen-age angst from a supernatural falling in love with a human. In this case it's Cassy, a vampire-like creature who feeds off the tears and suffering of humans. In order to best position herself where the tears are, she volunteers at the hospital and in the school's peer counseling center where drama and tears are sure to erupt. She manipulates boys into falling in love with her, so she can breakup with them and collect their tears. Until one day she's the one who falls in love. Cassy beg ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it
In a time of vampire obsessions, the idea behind this book was fantastic. I loved the idea of some other creature that is dependent on humans and feeds off them but needs something besides their blood. On that note, I also had a great appreciation for Samantha and her obsession with classical vampires.

Often times, it was hard to remember that Cass really was just a high school student and not someone that was essentially immortal and had been through this for decades rather than just a few years
The Bookologist
Nov 14, 2009 The Bookologist rated it liked it
Cassandra Gray is a vampire-only she doesn't feast off blood, she thrives on human tears. Cass is always there when someone needs a shoulder to cry on and she'll be the one to listen and comfort. But Cassandra isn't happy with her manipulative life-she wants more and she wants to be human, especially since she's starting to fall in love with a human boy. Can she betray her family and the life she's always know?

The Tear Collector accumulated mixed reviews. The premise was seriously inte
Nov 25, 2009 Raina rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, realistic, creepyish
In his acknowledgements, Patrick Jones discusses the inspiration for this book: a girl at one of his author visits who refused to read any of his books because she only read[s:] vampire books. This is his answer to the vampire frenzy. Unfortunately, this is not a vampire book. The creature in this fantasy does not subsist on blood, but human tears, and the emotional impact of such a succubus does not have the same terror as creatures which bite you on the neck. Granted, this is another somewhat ...more
Michelle Rebar
Sep 09, 2009 Michelle Rebar rated it really liked it
THE TEAR COLLECTOR is a quick read and an interesting concept. No, it's not quite vampires, but it is about supernatural creatures that feed off of humans. Cassandra and her Family are a sort of emotional succubi. In order for their kind to survive, they must cause sorrow and collect and consume human tears. The Family has it's rules and traditions, and they cannot be broken. One rule is that Cass can never fall in love. She incapable of feeling it. This usually isn't a problem since she tends t ...more
Book Sp(l)ot
Nov 06, 2009 Book Sp(l)ot rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Think all the teen vampire novels are the same? Then you definitely need to check out The Tear Collector, in this new tale, Patrick Jones really does find a new approach to the 'vampire' novel.

Cassandra (Cass) Gray and her family and not human, they don't burn in the sunlight or cringe away in horror when presented with garlic but they do need something extra to survive: human tears. And tears of joy or happiness won't do either, they have to be tears or you can just imagine what sor
Sarah BT
Oct 05, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was ok
While the premise for this vampire book is unique, it failed to work for me. It's supposed to be a paranormal book, but I never really got the paranormal aspect. It read much more like any contemporary fiction novel about a girl trying to break away from her family mold. It seemed like the paranormal stuff got thrown in there at times it needed to be mentioned-and on yeah, she's a vampire.

Cassandra was a very unsympathetic narrator and I didn't care for her. I actually found her annoying and at
Nov 19, 2009 Sophie rated it it was ok
The Tear Collector turns vampire lore completely on it’s head, and I’m not sure that it really worked.

I felt that the lore and myth of Patrick Jones’ vampires was vague and undefined. For a large part of the book I was grasping every tendril of information I could find. And it just wasn’t enough. I understand that Cass’s own knowledge was sketchy and to explain every detail to the reader would require Cass’s narration to be undermined, but she still didn’t tell us all she knew and that really qu
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Jones introduces us to a new world where sorrow and grief is fed upon and celebrated like no other...

Cassandra Gray is a new breed of vampire that feeds off of human emotions through tears, she constantly finds herself questioning her true nature and the possibility of going against everything she’s ever known…

The Tear Collector is the first book I’ve read by Patrick Jones and I’m thrilled to say it won’t be the last. Jones introduced readers to a new kind of vampire and it’s always refreshing t
Jessie Chen
Dec 27, 2010 Jessie Chen rated it it was amazing
The novel is about a female vampire named Cassandra Gray collecting human tears to fulfill her duty to her family. She does peer counseling, volunteer work at the hospital, stirs drama at school to set off a release of emotions, and breaks boys' hearts to obtain enough tears to help her family of vampires survive. Cassandra starts to change and avoid her duty of indirectly causing people to suffer when she falls in love with a boy named Scott. Her duty is to also marry her evil cousin, Alexei, ...more
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, ya
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Alana Kelly
Jul 09, 2011 Alana Kelly rated it it was ok
Cassandra Gray comes from a vary special family. See, Cassandra is a vampire. A special kind of vampire that feeds on tears instead of blood. Forced to feed of other people's pain, Cassandra can never allow herself to get too close to any one person. To make matters worse, as her grandmother gets older and weaker Cassandra must almost help provide the energy they collect from tears to her grandmother. This added strain has Cassandra working overtime to try and reach her family's high expectation ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Vampires, zombies, and werewolves seem to be dominating young adult literature, but Patrick Jones has created another life form with enough similarities to make it popular, but enough uniqueness to possibly make it a far more disturbing read. Enter THE TEAR COLLECTOR.

News reports around Flint, Michigan, have been filled with reports of young boys disappearing, taken right off the street, from playgrounds and backyards. Even more mys
Jul 16, 2011 Ro rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural Romance Readers!
Expectations: I really didn't feel like this book would be too compelling. I read the reviews and I just didn't feel too excited about it.

Characters: I liked that the Family was a unique kind of vampires. Cassandra was a girl who was trying to find her purpose in the world besides sacrificing for her family. I admire her for that. Her, Scott and Samantha are amazing characters. Siobhan was another character that I wished was in the story more, along with Robyn and Becca.

Plot: This book I feel
Steph Su
Oct 10, 2009 Steph Su rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
THE TEAR COLLECTOR attempts to work an interesting spin on the well-established genre of vampire lit, but fails miserably at raising readers’ sympathies and holding their attention. The characters are flat and the interactions unbelievable.

Cassandra is an unlikable protagonist, and not because she’s a girl with questionable morals and intentions—there are many “mean girls” in YA lit whose faults and funky attitudes I embrace fully. However, Cassandra is often difficult to connect to emotionally:
Apr 14, 2010 Barbara rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-eval-book
Cassandra Gray and her family are like vampires but instead of living off blood, they live off people’s tears. So that means they have to somehow be involved wherever there is sorrow: hospitals, bereavement groups, high schools. Cass began a peer counseling group in her high school and she volunteers at the hospital, both abundant sources of tears. On top of that her best friend Robyn, whose little sister is dying of cancer, was just dumped by her boyfriend after she confronted him about rumors ...more
Jun 28, 2016 Tantor rated it did not like it
The story was initially interesting but Jones really dissapointed. He tried to write characters he didn't actually understand, so all of them, even the protagonist, seemed more like a stereotype than anything else.
He also kept mentioning the fact that Cassandra was a virgin, but still went on about how she satisfied men- very confusing. The only reason I finished it was because I don't like reading half a book. The writing was just cringe-worthy on every page.
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Patrick Jones is the author of five realistic teen novels, most recently Stolen Car((Walker / Bloomsbury, 2008). His first young adult novel Things Change (Walker & Company, 2004) was named by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a best book for reluctant readers, and was runner-up in the Teen Buckeye Book Award selected by Ohio teens. His second novel Nailed was published by Walker ...more
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