Book View: Ripple

Book View: RippleRipple by Mandy Hubbard
Published by Razorbill on July 21st 2011
Pages: 206

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 agian, 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 or her curse is giving him up.

Short and Sweet:
Ripple was an entertaining and (often times) fun book to read! Forget mermaids. Forget vampires. Sirens are where it is at. Or at least they would be if we could get more siren books. Although, Ripple features sirens, it was not the siren tale that I was expecting. Not really based on a myth, but rather a curse of sorts. Hubbard really surprised me with her lore. It's completely different.. in a good way.
The problem with Ripple lies mainly with the love triangle. But I am not completely sure I would call it one. Lexi was a fantastic character. Fun. Sassy. Flawed in all the right places. Cole… what a great male lead. And last but probably not least, Erik. Boy, I did not really care for him. While I could overlook some lingering questions I had about Hubbard's siren back story, I had a really hard time overlooking Erik. In a lot of ways, his character only seems to serve the purpose of causing the conflict. And conflict that boy definitely causes, but he also punched holes in the few siren back story parts that actually made sense to me.
Final Verdict:
I am really conflicted with this read. There are definitely parts that are moving… fun… entertaining, etc. But there, at times, are more holes than Swiss cheese in the plot. I loved that Hubbard did not give some cookie cutter Siren tale, but I just wish the back story had made more sense. And the conflict had come about a little differently than just trying to throw a love triangle in and hoping it would stick.
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