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Monday, September 12, 2011

Review: Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Released: July 21, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Rated: YA
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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?

What I thought

I loved this book for a lot of reasons. One, is that I think Mandy Hubbard is an absolute genius. Two, it's not in a series. I really love coming across these novels where I can read the whole book and not have to wait for the next one to come out. While I have my favorite series out there and tons of people are putting out trilogies, I really look forward to the books, like Ripple.

I loved the story. I am really getting into these more unusual paranormal young adult novels. Lexi is a siren. I haven't read a whole lot with sirens, and I loved how this was different and stood out. The book was very gripping, I couldn't put it down for anything! Obviously I couldn't imagine the pain and loneliness that Lexi has lived with, but I was able to connect with her and from the very beginning.

Lexi's such a strong character, who is able to take torment from her peers and even from herself and still manage to keep her head up high. At least when anyone is looking. My heart ached for Lexi as I saw how far she's fallen. I don't know how many times I found myself on the verge of tears because of her story. Brilliantly done. And Cole, well, he's just the icing on the cake. I really loved how he reached out, took a risk (and it was) to befriend Lexi. Very well done.

We learn so much in this book and it keeps you guessing. I didn't see the ending coming. At all. I was completely broadsided and loved it. I was glued to the pages, anxious to see how it all would turn out. It was excellent writing right up to the very last word. Again, Mandy Hubbard = Genius. I must insist that everyone pick this up. Because it's amazing. Incredible.

My Rating

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9 comments:

Kristina said...

I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the great review

Candace said...

I agree that it's nice sometimes to not have to wait for another book for the answers. Mandy said this is a stand alone but if it sells well she *might* write more. Nice to know that it still wraps up though. And YAY that you liked it so much!

Jules said...

I really want to read this one and your review has made me want to even more! :D

Mimi Valentine said...

This book was so adorable! I absolutely ADORED Lexi, and Cole is just pure awesome. And I'm really happy that this one is a standalone, too! :)

Awesome review Aimee!

Aimee said...

Thanks guys! That's excited that there might be more! The characters certainly are interesting!

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