Published: July 21, 2011
Rating: 3.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I liked it
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.
Ok, so Ripple is the story of Lexi – a siren. She has no idea why she feels the need to swim and sing at night, but she does, and it’s already claimed one life. For two years, Lexi has backed away from everyone she knows and cares about, terrified that it will happen again – that she will kill again. Throughout the course of the story, Lexi comes to understand why she is a siren and starts to realize that she can have friends, and even a boyfriend, without tragedy striking. Of course, tragedy nearly does strike.
Lexi is a pretty tough cookie. After her sixteenth birthday when her curse kicked in and she drowned a teen, she doesn’t let it overwhelm or break her. She takes hold of her curse and finds away to avoid killing, and backs away from any friends she had, hoping that way to keep her secret under wraps a little bit longer. But she also realizes that she doesn’t have to stay alone forever, and her shell begins to crack and she lets people back in. She grows up quite a bit throughout the story and comes into her own.
Of course, nothing can go smoothly for Lexi, and the new guy Erik throws a wrench into her re-found life very quickly. I really liked how Mandy Hubbard handled the mythology behind Lexi being a siren, and the ending of the book was intense. I was so nervous for Lexi and Cole, the love interest, and didn’t mind the happy ending one bit! Sometimes I’m a sucker for a good happily-ever-after.
I did feel that the love-interest portion of the story between Lexi and Cole was a little rushed and easy (I didn’t really get a good feel for Cole, I would have liked a bit more to him), and then the whole thing with Erik was kind of rushed feeling as well. I did enjoy the interactions between Lexi and ex-best friend Sienna a lot, Sienna’s character was very well done. Overall, Ripple is a book I enjoyed and is definitely recommended if you like the mermaid/siren trend right now and what a nice beach read about growing up and overcoming obstacles.
ARC received from Penguin Canada in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!