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Review: Ripple (Mandy Hubbard)

Product Details:
Reading Level: YA
pages: 260
Publisher: July 21, 2011 by Razorbill/Penguin
ISBN: 9781595144232
Source: library copy
Read it in one sitting!

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn't, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love-again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she's opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn't. But when she's offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

Sucked me in from the first page! Great hook! Anytime someone is murdered in the first chapter, my attention is caught. Hook, line, and sinker. (har har)

I have one small negative about this book, so I'll go ahead and get it out of the way first. The way things wrapped up with a certain character seemed a little rushed for me. It just happened too quickly and with a nice little bow. I need more than that.

With that being said, I can start listing all the things I loved. First, I loved that Lexie was a siren that didn't have a tail. How fresh! Now, don't get me wrong, I love a good mermaid tail in my merfolk story, but Ripple was so unique that it was only fitting not to include that detail. Yes, it's a story with a mermaid/siren (hence it's placement on my summer reading list), but that wasn't the focus of the story. There were so many different layers that made this story great and one-of-a-kind. It's like this coming of age, murder mystery, paranormal romance combo all rolled into one.

I also loved the characters. There were so many swoon worthy moments. I almost wrote them all down, but realized my hand would cramp before I listed them all. So, I just kept reading. The only character that didn't float my boat was the Nix. I never had a chance to connect with him like I did with the others. He felt a little flat (and with good reason). I even liked the crazy on-again/off-again best friend. She added the right amount of drama.

As for the author... love her. I didn't realize she wrote Prada and Prejudice (another fun read). Just like her other novel, Ripple had a light, airy feel about it. Heavy drama at times, but an easy read. I was quickly sucked into the story by the writing style. I couldn't stop reading! Long after my eyes started to blur and my head ache I found myself still reading. I had to know what would happen right then! A+ for that.

Simply put, this is another great mermaid book. It's different from the others and truly unique. If you're not a huge fans of mer-stories, I think you would still enjoy this one.


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