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Ripple: First Edition Paperback – June 14, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On her sixteenth birthday, Lexi became a nightmare that she never dreamed about and as a result, she killed Steven. It was an accident and before she knew what she'd become. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Krista M.
Love legends of sirens and mermaids and this did not disappoint!Published 6 months ago by Rachael A.
Such an amazing book. You think you know what is going to happen at the end and the Hubbard smacks the crap out of you and everything changes. Love, Love, Love this book.Published 6 months ago by Michelle Carrell
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. A predictable and boring storyline. In one scene there is actually tedious details about adding individual items to a soup... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sonia
On the night of her sixteenth birthday everything changed for Lexi . The guy she liked was killed and it's her fault he's dead and on that day she decided to up and leave her... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Paula L. Phillips
Ripple was an amazing book! The ending was so unpredictable! You didn't see it coming and it was great. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Anna
awesome concept i felt every emotion imaginable while reading this book highly recommended . I like her writing style too.Published on September 12, 2013 by Kayla
I was reading a few lines of the book and just couldn't get into the book. When I started skimming through the book, I just stopped reading after a few pages, because of lack in... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer