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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


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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Penguin Young Readers Group
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)
730L (what's this?)
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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Ripple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book i read it in 2 hours and im only twelve! Its amazing and i totally loved it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
MyndiL 3 months ago
I chose to read this book as part of my "Mermaid" reading challenge this year. This is actually not quite a mermaid tale though. It's actually a tale about sirens. I am still glad I chose to read it. This story was so different than any of the other siren/mermaid stories I've read. Instead of a whole world of sea creatures, Lexi seems alone in her curse. This extends into her personal life and makes it hard for her to have relationships with other people. Automatically, I felt drawn to her and felt sympathy for her. The author has created such an in depth character that you find yourself wanting to make things better for her. The surrounding characters are well written too. Cole is passionate and caring and I found myself rooting for him in all things. I felt similarly strongly for other characters as well...Erik and Sienna especially. The only negatives I have, is that I wish we'd gotten to explore the Grandmother more. Why was she seemingly oblivious to the curse and Lexi's plight. Why didn't Lexi go to her Grandmother when she found out what was going on to get more answers? I also wish that things had gone differently between certain female characters. I wanted things smoother than they ended, but I also understand why the author chose to leave things as they were. If you're a fan of paranormal romance, especially involving curses or sirens, you'll really enjoy this story.
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Bio at 'frozen water' resukt 1
Jeliyah More than 1 year ago
I like your book a lot , I would love to read many more of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name~Ashstream <p> Age~21 moons <p> Appearance~Light gray with blue eyes and darker flecks <p> Crush~Nope <p> Mate/Kits~Wants/Wants <p> Favorite Song~Black Widow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name- Fogfur <p> Age- *25-32* <p> Gender &male <p> Looks- light-dark grey with blue-grey paws and gold tail tip and blue eyes <p> Mate- old mate, dead <p> Crush- Ripplestar <p> Kits- one alive Smokepelt rest dead. <p> BYE BYE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name :: DrizzleTail <br> Age :: 20 Moons <br> Gender :: &male <br> Rank :: Warrior <br> Appearance :: A gray tabby tom with white paws and underbelly. A blak lock of fur stands out on his chet and forehead, as well as his black tail tip. His eyes are a stormy blue. <br> Crush :: Nah. <br> Mate :: Nada <br> Kits :: See above. ^^
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!!! Love the twist ending.
Oxymoron_23 More than 1 year ago
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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FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down! Finished in a day!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good a must read!!!!!!! Bye.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story and the style. I've never read anything like that and I read quite a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this book took flight. When I started to read it I didnt want to put it down. I recomend this book to anyone who likes romance and suspence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed th love and twists and turns of this book. It's a great if you lov to read romance and like quick read. I recomend it to anyone who likes the book Juliet Imortal, or just any romance at all. <3