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Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

September 4th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: July 21, 2011

Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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?

This book was not quite what I expected but I still enjoyed it a lot.  Though Lexi is a siren and it’s the center most of the drama in her life the story doesn’t revolve much around the legend of sirens or really build any sort of world out of the pasts and lives of sirens as a whole.  All the reader is given is a very short glimpse into a diary written by those previously cursed to be sirens.  Still the romance was sweet and I was in love with Cole.  First off it’s one of my favorite names 🙂 and of course he’s both sexy and kind.  He’s not afraid to go against the opinion of his friends when he thinks he’s right.  That is pretty hard to do when they all despise Lexi as much as they do.  I felt horrible for Lexi.  I can only imagine what it must feel like to have to live with the fact that not only did she kills someone, but it was a guy she was falling in love with and who also was the brother of her best friend.  Then to learn that unless she is very careful she could kill again.  I did think it was overkill to have the death happen 2 years in the past and still have it be so raw with Lexi and her former friends.  Their behaviors all seem more appropriate if the death was more recent but it still broke my heart watching Lexi have to face the torment of those who were once her closest friends.

Lexi’s romantic relationship with Cole wasn’t the only relationship that grabbed me.  Her changing relationship with her former best friend also engrossed me.  I was surprised how angry and cruel Sienna was towards Lexi when to all outward appearances she wasn’t responsible for Steven’s death.  We later learn the true reason behind her anger and I loved watching the two of them trying to piece back their friendship with each other.

I have mixed feelings about the ending as I am a true lover of the happy ending for all and everything neatly tied off.  Not everything goes as I hoped in the end but that really makes the relationships feel so much more real because life isn’t always roses and happy endings.  I wouldn’t categorize this really as a paranormal book but more of an enjoyable young adult romance with a tiny bit of mythology thrown in.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Kailana

    Sirens are not something you see every day. I am not sure if I would like this, though. It is missing the elements that I would like to see in a book about Sirens.

  2. Bookworm1858

    Big fan of Cole-total swoon! However I wish there had been a bit more of a focus on the paranormal action instead of some of the long passages in the middle about ordinary life.

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Kailana-definitely light on the fantasy/paranormal aspect but a cute romance.
    Bookworm1858-yes, it would have been nice to see more about sirens. This seemed more like a contemporary romance book.

  4. kay

    What a great review! It’s been one my wishlist for so long, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. I love when authors explore not only the romance but the friendships too.

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