Ripple

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A siren must choose between the curse that defines her and a chance at love

Lexi is cursed. Following in the footsteps of every woman on her mother's side of the family, she's a siren whose song lures unsuspecting victims to their watery deaths. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim to stay alive. Lexi wants desperately to be a normal girl, but she cuts herself off, becoming an ice queen to keep from hurting the people she cares about. ...

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Overview

A siren must choose between the curse that defines her and a chance at love

Lexi is cursed. Following in the footsteps of every woman on her mother's side of the family, she's a siren whose song lures unsuspecting victims to their watery deaths. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim to stay alive. Lexi wants desperately to be a normal girl, but she cuts herself off, becoming an ice queen to keep from hurting the people she cares about. Then she 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 of her life. Will she learn that love finds a way to overcome even the strongest of curses?

Ripple is a sea-ravaged tale of melancholy beauty, and the choices one girl makes between land and waves, love and freedom, her future—and her heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two years ago, 16-year-old Lexi killed Steven, the first boy she ever loved. While everyone believes his drowning was an accident, Lexi can't risk letting anyone get close again, for fear the same thing could happen: every night, Lexi is compelled to go swimming and produce a spellbinding song that lures men to their deaths. Alienated from her former friends ever since Steven's death, Lexi starts her senior year aching for the life she used to know, with only her grandmother for companionship. When Steven's best friend Cole breaks through Lexi's "ice-queen" facade, she decides to take a risk and carefully grasp at the chance of romance. But a mysterious new student with knowledge about Lexi is about to cause some major complications. Hubbard (You Wish) sticks to a familiar formula, quickly establishing her paranormal hook, as well as the prospect of a love triangle for Lexi, but she nicely conveys the heartache, confusion, and conflicts of high school, while providing readers with insights into self-determination and finding the difference between what you are and who you are. Ages 12–up. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Lexi, 18, is responsible for the death of Steven, her friend Siena's brother and the only boy she ever loved. That was two years ago, right before discovering that she is a siren, cursed to swim each night and sing out haunting melodies that will lure men to their deaths in the water. She has been protecting herself and those around her by keeping everyone at a distance and swimming in an isolated lake where no one will hear her song. But as the new school year begins, Lexi finds herself pursued by two boys whom she can't ignore: Cole, who was Steven's best friend, and Erik, a mysterious new boy who not only knows that she's a siren, but also promises her an escape from her curse. In this new twist on a supernatural romance, Hubbard expands the genre by including both a siren and a nix in among the high school drama. Although some of the characters' relationships are given only cursory explanation, especially Lexi and her grandmother's, fans of girl dramas, mysteries, and fantasy romance will devour the story.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595145079
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 737,709
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet 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.

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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog

    Ripple is a beautifully crafted story with lots of surprises and an awesome paranormal aspect.
    Lexi's journey is very emotional, and I really cared about her and was rooting for her. Even when she made decisions that others viewed as bad, I could totally understand where she was coming from, especially since I was in on her secret. I totally wonder how I would handle her situation, having to swim, and trying to protect all the people in my life.
    Cole is hot, and sweet, though I guess the only thing I don't understand is: why all of the sudden after two years does he finally speak to her and act like the man that he is? But I don't mind it's a very sweet relationship, and I love how it happens.
    Some of the stuff in here really broke my heart, and that speaks wonderfully for the writing.
    When Erik comes in the picture, something just never sat right with me. I kept wanting to cheer for him because of what it would mean for Lexi's life, but yeah... I can't really say a whole lot about that, except for he's written wonderfully and I never quite know what to feel.
    The paranormal part with the sirens and the nixes were well thought out and believable in this world. The constricts and the pluses were somewhat balanced out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Hmm

    I've read my fair share of books, had that one book that i can read at any point in time. However, never has there come a time where I could not think of the right words to describe the book. Now that time has come, and I am left with a sense of wonder. This is one of the ony two books I have ever decided that even deserved five stars. For those lookin to read this book and are searching for a reason, I highly doubt you will be disappointed. While it starts off somewhat melancholy and almost in a dream, it's end packs powerful punch with just the right amount of sugar to soften such a blow

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

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    Ripple

    Boring. Just boring.

    The siren mythology is very underused. All the paranormal stuff is secondary to the teen romance, and the teen romance is just another love triangle. Basically, the main character (didn't even remember her name as I read the book because I couldn't care for her) has to choose between two boys. Boy #1 likes her just because and boy #2 claims that he is a nix and is able to break her curse if they fall love. The romance part isn't even that good, because it's oh so predictable.

    I didn't like the main character herself that much either. She's suppose to be this smart straight A student, but she doesn't really think about things. For instance, she doesn't give much thought to her mom's diary, the source which reveals that she and her mom are sirens. She only reads some entries from it and never again mentions the diary from that point on. She also barely questions boy #2's claims about breaking the curse. She just takes his word for it. I also hated how she breaks up with boy #1, but as soon as she sees that boy #1 is on a date with another girl, she gets super upset like he just committed a crime against her.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Amazing

    This was a great book i read it in 2 hours and im only twelve! Its amazing and i totally loved it!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Duncan to sam

    Give her to me. Shes my daughter and i know how to help. I am a doctor. And a healer. And a shapeshifter.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    cool

    This book is really good a must read!!!!!!! Bye.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    <3

    Loved

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Good book

    Overall this book was pretty good. I wish that some things wouldnt be so cliche but i am very happy that i made this purchase. I encourage others to read this book. I wish there were more books about mythical things such as this one. Enjoy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Must Read! Highly Recommended! Love Story!

    Ripple is a wonderful book about true love and secrets. There are lots of heartbreaks in the story and lots of romantic stimulation in the book. Reading Ripple is like watching a movie, because its so descriptive and good(I almost cried during the heartbreaks in the book. Ripple is the best book I've read out of all books I've read. Although there were some curse words in Ripple it was still a very delighted charming book to read. If you do read Ripple(just a clue) there is a suprising twist at the end so have fun reading!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    This book is really awesome!!!!!!!But the summary has one mistake.The water spirit is the new guy. She new Cole already bevore the schoolyear started.

    I really liked the story and the style. I've never read anything like that and I read quite a lot!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Buy it!

    Must read!!! Love the twist ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Jaysoar

    Hello?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    Highly Recommended

    I loved every last bit of this book, it started a bit slow, but wow i loved it so much. Cole is so hot, and Erik got what he deserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Chi

    Look, im sorry for telling you this, with your dying clan and all,which i thought was sad. But some cats are just mean and tired and wore out and stuff so maybe you should try joining a clan, or merging clans or something. Im sorry but im already a part of BlazeClan and i cannot retain two personas.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Apprentice's den-Oceanclan

    The den for all of Oceanclan's apprentices. Warm and quite roomy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    What I Liked: 1) Lexi was a personable character, very easy to g

    What I Liked: 1) Lexi was a personable character, very easy to get to know and understand. It was not hard to follow the story from her point of view. And I definitely felt for her back story. After the events of her 16th birthday, she has isolated herself from everyone that she cares about and has been living her life basically in solitude, other than her Grandmother. I definitely felt for her. 2) The Siren. I liked Miz Hubbard's version of this mythological creature. The typical aspects of sirens were there, with the water, and the singing, but there were unique things going on too. I'm always excited to see how authors can put their own spin on myths. 3) Happy ending. Not so much ending, but there are at times where you can see Lexi's life getting back to at least a shadow of what it once was, and she is feeling happy again. It always good to see the main character happy, especially when she has spent a lot of her time seemingly miserable.

    What I Didn't Like: 1) While it was easy to get to know Lexi, and to feel sympathy for her, I just didn't like her very much. She was kind of whiny, of course I guess you can be whiny when you are always alone and there isn't anyone to call you on it. 2) The ending was too....easy. It was a lot of build up and then I was like, that was it? That was the answer all along? It's kind of like the ending of The Wizard of Oz, where she's had the ruby slippers the whole time. Well, why didn't you tell me that in the first place?

    Overall Thoughts: As far as Siren stories go, this one was good. It was a simple story to follow and added some unique aspects to a mythological creature that seems to be getting a little more attention. The ending was a little too easy for me, kind of like the answer was right in front of her all along, but I did appreciate the creativity and the lightness to the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    ENTICING!

    Couldnt put it down! Finished in a day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Samuel

    Britt u here?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    A girl

    She stands in a dark area clad in black fabric, in her pail hand she holds a long, blood red rose bud.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Sarani

    Is happy.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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