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About the Author

Mandy Hubbard grew up on a dairy farm outside Seattle, where she refused to wear high heels until homecoming--and hated them so much she didn't wear another pair for five years. A cowgirl at heart, she likes riding horses and four-wheelers and singing horribly to the latest country tune.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0730 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Reprint edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595145079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595145079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and FOOL ME TWICE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). She lives in Enumclaw Washington, with her husband and daughter.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Figment Review on July 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard is an exceptional read with a haunting storyline. Lexi is cursed. The jinx has been passed down from mother to daughter for hundreds of years and has been told and retold in many legends. The water calls to Lexi, forcing her to do unfathomable things. And she can't help it; the curse of being a siren is in her blood.

What she has done in the past torments her, and the prospect of what she could do in the future tortures her beyond imagination. So when Lexi starts to slip out of her shell for a boy that would risk anything for her, she knows that there can be no happy ending for her fairy tale.

Ripple is set in modern times in a small coastal town by the Pacific Ocean. On the outside, Lexi is an average teenage girl; she attends school, gets good grades, and has a happy life with her grandmother. But on the inside, Lexi is a web of deceit and lies, tangled beyond recognition.

The plot is well-timed to keep the reader interested and is not at all predictable. The intricate romance fascinated me. Fortunately, the romantic moments are nowhere near sappy; instead they are realistic and sweet.

The characters are genuine and lifelike, which makes the tender moments even more believable. A few of the characters are lacking depth, and I wish that Mandy Hubbard had delved more into their personalities. For example, the main antagonist does not seem to have enough convincing motivation to keep all of the scenes plausible.

The first person point of view makes each development in the plot seem exciting. Lexi experiences both internal and external conflicts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CoLiamPet on August 4, 2011
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It seems that in recent times, the love triangle thing has become a staple in Y/A lit. Most of the time I find it a completely unnecessary ploy employed by those authors lacking enough substance to keep the story moving of its own volition. Other times I blame the publishers - Bella + Edward + Jacob = pay dirt, so let's all do that. But regardless of who's at fault, I wind up being the one to pay the price. So, in case you haven't already figured it out (or read the synopsis), Ripple not only has a love triangle, but it's also a focal point of the novel. But that's okay, because in this instance, it actually works beautifully.

So Lexi's a pretty average teen, she's got close friends, a boy named Steven whom she's totally crushing on and life is good. Finally, after pining forever, it seems that Steven is reciprocating Lexi's feelings. Life is awesome. Only the fairytale ends instantly and dramatically in one tragic event. On the night of Lexi's sixteenth birthday a familial curse transforms her into a siren and she unwittingly kills her beloved. To make matters worse, Steven is her best friend, Sienna's, big brother. Yikes. And it's not like Lexi can tell Sienna the truth. So begins her two years of torture. Resigned now to being an outcast, hated by everyone, Lexi has decided that her fall from grace is all for the best. No friends, no love interest, no danger of anyone getting hurt. Lexi becomes the Ice Queen of Cedar Cove High and that's pretty much where the story picks up.

It's two years after the tragic death of Steven and all is status quo for Lexi. Still hated and filled with guilt, she navigates her world the best way she knows how, spending time with her beloved grandma and swimming everyone night to sate her hunger for the water.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle @ The Passionate Bookworms on January 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm honestly having a hard time deciding how much I liked this book. It was a very interesting concept to me, as Sirens are not a topic that frequent the YA market. So I went in with high hopes.

The story starts out 2 years after Lexi deals with a terrible tragedy. The death of a boy she loved, and it was her fault. Lexi becomes withdrawn. Her friends disown her, blaming her for their other friends death, and she lets them because she knows it is true.

Lexi must swim every night, she cannot control it, the water and her siren song call to her. She finds "her lake" far away from anyone she could harm, and she feels safe. Until Cole shows up one night while she is swimming, pulling her out of her comfort zone.

Cole starts to break down the walls that Lexi has built, which is very dangerous. The more Lexi relaxes and lets people into her life, the more likely she is to lure them to their watery grave.

She tries to begin her life again, friends and dating. It all starts to fall back into place...

The plot of this book was fast paced and kept me wanting more, it is easy to empathize with Lexi, and swoon after Cole. I have been enjoying books lately that are not the typical ( as of late ) vampire/werewolf theme, and this is one that is definitely straying away from the norm.

While fast paced and enjoyable, it did leave me wanting. The ending... not as I would have wanted, though I don't want to give it away. Let me just say.. I felt it wasn't the most believe-able. At times the author fills you with information and back story, and then there are moments where you think.. "Wait, what? Where did that come from, and why won't you tell me more?"

All in all if you like the concept of Mermaid/sirens, and want something out of the norm, it's a fast read that is enjoyable, but be prepared it may not be your book of the year.
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