Ripple | Mandy Hubbard
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?Brent’s opinion of the novel:
As a Hubbard-virgin, last spring break I picked up RIPPLE with great interest. It had a great cover, a great premise, and—from what I’ve heard from my blogger friends—a great author. FORTUNATELY, as soon as I started I couldn’t stop, and I find cursed myself for not getting a taste a Ms. Hubbard’s previous Razorbill titles. (Actually, I cursed my friends for not forcing me to check them out. WTF, GUYS?)
RIPPLE is the story of Lexi, who has been cursed to kill anyone around her—when she’s in the water, in her true form, as a siren, that is. When she kills her first love, she vows to never swim in the ocean again. In her eyes, what she did is unforgivable, and she must pay for it by settling for a small lake in the middle of the woods—a siren must swim somewhere.
Lexi isolates herself from the kids at school, and even her relationship with her grandmother is becoming strained. When the charming Cole starts to het an eye for Lexi, she’s one-third thrilled, one-third annoyed, and one-third terrified. Lexi fights to keep a distance from Cole, but when she realizes that their attraction is too strong and their romance unstoppable, she tries to figure out a way to keep herself from killing him. But then another temptation comes into the story, and his name is Erik…
These days, I tend to shy away from paranormal romance (YA is so diluted with it, that’s a fact), but RIPPLE is absolutely an exception. Let me tell you: Mandy Hubbard writes a new twist on mermaids, and her tension-building ability is phenomenal. If you want to read a book that has all the elements of a perfect story, read RIPPLE.
I also really like the fact that it’s a standalone. Do you REALIZE how many trilogies we have going on in the YA genre right now? I’m not saying anything against series, or cliffhangers, (trust me, I love them too) but one of the reasons I loved RIPPLE so much is the fact that it actually has an ending. You read that last chapter, and you’re shocked and thrilled and on the edge of your seat, but there’s a definite ending and when you finish you’re not left wondering what the heck is going to happen next and WHAT THE #$%^ HOW COULD THE AUTHOR DO THIS TO ME???????!!!!!
Mandy Hubbard is a wonderful writer, and if you haven’t already, I recommend you get one of her books RIGHT THIS SECOND. If you can’t get your hands on RIPPLE, she wrote this one book that’s pretty damn awesome, too.