Title: Ripple
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Publisher: Razorbill – Penguin Group
Release Date: July 21, 2011

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 judgment, 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.

I loved this book. Like Angelfire, it had been on my TBR list for awhile, but it has taken an absurdly long time for me to find it and pick it up. However, the storyline was terrific, the characters fun, crazy, and definitely realistic (aside from the supernatural creatures thing), and the love interest combined with the action kept me reading until I finished in (in less than a day). This is probably the most original take on the myth of the siren that I’ve ever read or heard of. Originally, it was the cover that made me put the book on my TBR list, and I wasn’t sure about the plot, but reading the story made me realize that the description should have hooked me right away. I loved pretty much all of it, even though, of course, there were plenty of moments when I felt conflicted about Lexi’s decisions.

As for other characters, I’ll start with Cole, the original love interest. I kind of figured how the book would end, especially after Erik showed up into the story, but I loved Cole right away. I just loved him with Lexi, and they just felt right to read about. He was so cute and adorably sweet, and there were truly heart-wrenching moments involved with them. Erik, however, kind of ticked me off the entire time, even before Lexi began to feel off about him. And then at the end, what he did? I’m glad that what happened, happened, even though I feel bad for Lexi. (Sorry that I’m talking as though these are real people, but they really did feel like they were about to come in through my front door and play out the book right in front of me. Seriously, it was that well written. The writing was real, and I loved how it was written in the present tense so that every action took place while I was reading it. I can’t even imagine how difficult it was to write it, but reading it truly made me feel like a part of the action, like the book was unfolding as I was reading, or that it was all happening for the first time while I was reading it. It’s probably one of the best written books I’ve ever read.)

Steven, through Lexi’s memories, was sweet, and I hope that in an alternate universe, he and Lexi are happy together and Cole is with Nikki or someone, and happy, too. However, his sister Sienna is another matter altogether. I wish the end with her had turned out differently. Erik really ruined that one for Lexi, but Sienna could be more forgiving, too. It made me really sad to watch the life, death, rebirth, and ultimate demise of that relationship, but not-so-secretly I’m hoping for a sequel where that gets fixed. Even though the end of this one seemed like it was pretty final. But a girl can hope!

The siren lore was a different topic than has been written about lately, and I enjoyed Hubbard’s take on it. It was something new for me, since I haven’t really read any siren books, or at least not for a very long time or that stick out in my mind. The details and descriptions really made the book come alive, too. Plus, having good cover art for a book always stays with me. This is one of my favorite covers of all time.

Basically, Mandy Hubbard is amazing, I wish I was her intern, and I can’t wait to read another one of her books!

~Yours Truly

**Note: I would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 13 due to some sexual references, violence, and some obscene language.


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