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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Pages: 260
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Rating: 5/5

After Steven died, Lexi realized she was cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim in her quiet lake as the siren she is. Lexi didn’t have any intention to kill Steven or anyone else; therefore she shut herself out from the world, vowing to protect her friends and family.

But suddenly, she’s caught between Cole, the new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

My Personal Thoughts

There’s something different about Ripple than anything else I’ve ever read, something about the way it’s written, the characters, the curse… It was a real current ride where I just didn’t know where I was going to end up next.

Mandy Hubbard lays it on thick that the protagonist, Lexi, is suffering deeply, drowning in sorrow, and treading water just to keep her friends safe and sound. Lexi isn’t exactly The Little Mermaid like most would expect, she’s a siren, a killer, forced to swim at night rather than sleep. I found myself rooting for Lexi to swim through those murky waters and find freedom. I wanted her to go back to her old life, her friends, to enjoy it. Yet, I love the dark brooding secret she harbors. It’s intriguing and I loved every word of it!

Anticipating, dark, and lovable, Ripple is short and to the point rather than annoyingly drawn out. It’s a book that girls would mainly enjoy, anyone in high school, and it’s not a challenging read, but it does make you think and wonder.