Review: Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

7912474Title: Ripple
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 21, 2011
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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.


Lexi is an eighteen-year-old siren who’s isolated herself after the death of her boyfriend two years prior. She has resigned herself to being an outcast, tormented by her old clique, taking care of her grandmother, and deciding where to apply for college. As a means of coping, Lexi has closed off her heart to caring about others because she’s afraid she’ll hurt them. When Cole, Steven’s best friend, begins to show interest in her, Lexi continues to run away.

Off the bat, it’s clear it’s a romance– and I don’t think it’s a bad thing. While I love myself a good kickbutt plot, going back to the basics of relationships is comforting. I enjoyed how it was going until a love triangle propped its head. Now, love triangles suck. You have three great people, one of whom will not have a happy ending.

I never thought I’d say this but… I kind of enjoyed the love triangle? It did something that other triangles normally don’t do, and for that, I was grateful. There’s not much else I can say without spoilers but I thoroughly enjoyed how this love triangle resolved.

One of the things I liked most about Ripple is that the siren mythology is quite different from the standard one. There’s not that much that distinguishes Lexi from a human, other than her ability to lure men to the sea, inability to sleep, and resting only when being in the water. (Okay, maybe there’s a few differences. But they don’t make it impossible to blend in.) Ripple had a unique origin story for sirens that I found particularly interesting.

Unfortunately despite eagerly devouring this book till the middle of the night, the end killed it for me. It felt anti-climatic. In an attempt to make the story grander, it felt flat at a too-quick resolution.

Ripple is as much a story of redemption, guilty, moving, and moving on, as it is about love and second chances. It is a fairly standard YA romance, but nonetheless, a fun read!

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