Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: Ripple - Mandy Hubbard

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (July 21, 2011)

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a 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 Thoughts...
This was not at all what I expected for some reason I was under the impression that this was a mermaid book.  While it is not a mermaid book I wasn't disappointed! This was a great story. Lexi was a fantastic character, she just wanted to be a normal teenager, but all that gets taken away the night Steven dies. Lexi isolates herself from all her friends, trys to blend into the background. After 2 years of people ignoring her, or being nasty, Cole starts talking to her. Lexi slowly starts rebuilding the life she use to have while trying to keep everyone around her safe. Lexi happens to be hiding a huge secret...  Just as Lexi and Cole seem to be getting closer, enters Erik, the new hot kid in school. From there it is an emotional roller coaster watching Lexi fight against her secret, take back the life she lost, and try to improve her future. I really enjoyed these characters. Lexi was pretty nifty she tried so hard to do what she needed to do to keep people safe. I was rooting for her from the start. I fell for Cole, he was just great in ways I can't describe.  Erik seemed to rub me the wrong way for a while, then I was hoping that things would work out for him, but in the end I ended up really really disliking him.  The ending really caught me off guard, nothing quite turned out the way I thought it would.  I flew through this book, I didn't want to put it down! I give this one 5 stars and glowing recommendations. 


  1. First vamps and werewolves. Then zombies. And now... mermaids. I might just have to check this one out. Great review!

  2. You know, I was under the impression that this one was about mermaids as well. I'm kind of disappointed that it's not. Still looking forward to reading it though, mostly because of Cole. I just love great guys. Is there a love triangle? Or is Erik there for some other purpose? (I'm not a fan of love triangles these days.)

    With your 'glowing recommendations,' I'll definitely be picking this one up.

    ~ Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  3. @Asher - I'm not quite sure it qualifies as a love triangle, there are some triangle dynamics but it isn't a typical triangle. I hope you enjoy this one it was really a great read.

  4. Thanks for the review! I'm really excited about this one and I'm glad the characters worked well for you.

  5. This isn't a mermaid book? I thought it was, too! *suddenly disappointed*

    I just extended Splash into Summer to celebrate the third mermaid release in three weeks, too...

  6. Don't be disappointed, even if it isn't a typical mermaid book it was still a great read and it did involove a water related myth =o)

  7. At least I'm not the only one who thought this was a mermaid book. :) It still sounds really good, though. I love it when there are good characters.


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