Ripple

Ripple

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by Mandy Hubbard
     
 

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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

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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. 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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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:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
939,828
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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