Ripple

Ripple

by Mandy Hubbard

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Overview

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon 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 she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595144232
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About 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. She is the author of the teen novels Prada & Prejudice and You Wish.

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Ripple 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 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!!
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am not a major fan of Prada & Prejudice or you wish ¿ they were cute and bubbly, but nothing great ¿ and you may wonder why I continue to look out for the next Mandy Hubbard book. It is because of her blog, specifically her ¿road to publication¿ entries, and I appreciate her honesty and hard work ¿ and it is truly inspirational to see where the wind will blow her because it seems to be everywhere! But back on topic¿THE GOOD BITS{The story was deliciously darker than previous works!} I may not have been knocked over by her first 2 books, but RIPPLE finally gives me something that I can sink my teeth into! The main character felt more serious, more relatable, and more believable ¿ well, as believable for a girl who has been cursed to swim every night or suffer the consequences the next morning. I could feel Lexi¿s turmoils ¿ her desire to have a normal life, her longing to feel safe to love someone, her inability to resist the need to swim every day.{A depth-defying storyline.} Hook, line, and sinker ¿ Mandy Hubbard delivers quite a story that blends past, present, and possible future in perfect, tantalizing proportions. It reminds me a little of some girls are or Twenty Boy Summer where the past bleeds into the present as the present tries to move into a survivable future. Beautifully crafted to take your breath away, Lexi¿s plight definitely will tug at your heartstrings as she tries to figure out which boy can save her.THE BAD BITS{Cole.} I wished, however, that we had known more about Cole and why he suddenly wanted to draw Lexi back into the high school crowd she has avoided since Steven¿s death. Especially considering he had been Steven¿s best friend with a history of going through girls like a box of chocolates. He was present, but I did not feel that he came alive enough for me to care about him ¿ or have a secret crush on him as other fictional boys.THE OVERALLRIPPLE shows that Mandy Hubbard can definitely dish out the dark as expertly as she can the sparkle. I am more than excited to see what new direction this author will take us because it seems that her next ideas are always better, bolder, and on the cutting edge of creative!
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lexi is cursed to kill anyone near her when she's swimming in her true form as a siren. Oh yea, did you think this was a mermaid book too? Nope, and I promise you'll figure that out a few pages into the book so I'm not giving anything away. After accidentally killing her first love, Lexi refuses to swim in the ocean, instead she's exiled herself to swim every night in a tiny lake far away from home and from anyone finding her - causing their accidental murder. Not only has she exiled herself to swim so far from home but she has also alienated herself from her friends and even her grandmother. As an outcast, she's found a daily routine - she goes to school, spends the day ignoring her old friends or being ignored or mocked by them, after school she goes home to her grandmother, then when everyone is asleep, she makes her way to her lake where she either swims the night away, or not, and instead wakes up the next morning suffering the consequences. Everything is uneventful, until the day that Cole makes ripples in her life with promises of renewed friendships and love. But how can someone cursed find happiness?Ripple was not what I expected it to be... and that's a good thing. Ms. Hubbard's tale was much darker than I thought it would be. As crazy as it may sound, Lexi was a relateable character (you know, aside from the whole siren thing). Her struggles and turmoils were believable and her need to just be normal was strongly felt. Cole comes across as a sweet young man - one, with no ulterior motive in befriending Lexi other than to be nice. I wish we would've gotten to know him a little better. He didn't feel as fleshed out as Lexi did... nor, for that matter, did any other character in the novel. I wish I would've fallen for him as I do for other characters but, nonetheless, their love story was a sweet one. I'm really enjoying these different sides of paranormal - for sirens aren't part of the normal stories I tend to read about. All in all, a simple and quick read, with some suspense and a light romance.
MesaSagacityQuest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading about Mermaids¿who wouldn¿t? They are pretty _well at least they are on TV_ and they are interesting to read about. However, the main character, Lexi, doesn¿t have the physical appearance as mermaids. She doesn¿t have a fish tail and doesn¿t live in the water except Lexi had to swim every day at night. Lexis thought her senior year would be just like the last two years of her high school year. Isolating herself from everyone and letting them torture/punish her, thinking that was what she deserved. I loved the love triangle in this book; it¿s not like another love triangle I¿ve read; Lexi having to choose between love and being normal. This book will keep you on your toes. I really enjoy reading it and I recommend it to everyone.
mimi-vee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this novel (because I've hardly read any books that are about sirens), but I ended up adoring Ripple! Mandy Hubbard takes what little I know about these supernatural creatures and twists it into something beautiful and romantic and utterly compelling.Lexi is such a heartbreaking character. Having a deceased mother and no father, she only finds out that she's a siren on her sixteenth birthday when she accidentally kills the boy she loves. It's so easy to connect with her feelings because the prose is so beautiful and, well, she's just a super sweet girl!Then there's Cole (insert lots of swooning), who somehow manages to break through her shield to keep everyone out. And Erik, the new boy at school who comes with a way to break the curse... at the price of something Lexi can't bear to give up. It's not like most love triangles out there because there's a huge twist thrown right in the middle that makes you want kick a box!Hopefully an empty box so it can go farther when you hit it.Brilliantly written and executed, Ripple is a siren novel that I can bet isn't like any other siren novel out there! I'm glad that this is a standalone novel (since we're in the age of trilogies and hair-pulling cliffhangers), but I wouldn't mind if Mandy Hubbard wrote a sequel! *wink wink nudge nudge*BUY or BORROW?: Definitely a buy! Especially if you love novels about sirens, or want to start your collection right now! :)
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly sweet, though at times harsh, retelling of the siren story/myth. I don't know much about sirens as I do another myths, but that didn't seem necessary or important toward the enjoyment of the story. I felt that Lexi's character was likable and because she doesn't understand her abilities, her need to push everyone away was understandable. I liked that she found it impossible to keep people at bay and that even though she knew she was potentially dooming them, she couldn't stand to be alone again. I liked the character development between Leix and her best friend, as well as between Lexi and Cole. Hubbard took a chance in wrapping the novel up without making everything rainbows and puppies -- and I liked that, as well as the resolution at the end (as cliche as it was, it worked).
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
RIPPLE, by Mandy Hubbard, is a bittersweet story of a cursed girl just trying to make it in the human world. Lexi lives with her grandmother after her father left and mother passed away. Every night she swims and sings far away from humans so that she will not repeat her mistake of killing her first love. Hubbard created a character that I absolutely felt for. With her parents gone, Lexi has to live with a curse that she knows nothing about. On her seventeenth birthday she is given a journal from her mother that explains what she is. I felt bad for Lexi because she closed herself off from everyone so that she wouldn't be tempted to kill again. Her best friend closes her off as well and makes her school-life almost unbarable. I rooted for Lexi to figure out how to balance her human/siren sides so that she could live her teen life.Goodness me were there two delectable boys in this book! Cole (love that name!) is in the popular crowd but he sees through Lexi's barrier and tries to break it down. He pushes her out of her shell and shows her how to move on with her life after her previous boyfriend's death. Then there is Erik, a nix, who tells Lexi he can break both their curses. He is mysterious and gorgeous and I couldn't help but feel as torn between the two as Lexi was. I liked the folklore about the sirens that Hubbard created. I thought it was unique and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if Lexi could break out of it. Also, I liked how the sirens in this book kept their human form while swimming. Lexi didn't form a fin but her skin turned scaley which I thought was just enough to make her different than others. Overall, a great book. Anyone who is a fan of sirens and teen romance will be sure to love this one.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not quite what I expected but I still enjoyed it a lot. Though Lexi is a siren and it's the center most of the drama in her life the story doesn't revolve much around the legend of sirens or really build any sort of world out of the pasts and lives of sirens as a whole. All the reader is given is a very short glimpse into a diary written by those previously cursed to be sirens. Still the romance was sweet and I was in love with Cole. First off it's one of my favorite names :) and of course he's both sexy and kind. He's not afraid to go against the opinion of his friends when he thinks he's right. That is pretty hard to do when they all despise Lexi as much as they do. I felt horrible for Lexi. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have to live with the fact that not only did she kills someone, but it was a guy she was falling in love with and who also was the brother of her best friend. Then to learn that unless she is very careful she could kill again. I did think it was overkill to have the death happen 2 years in the past and still have it be so raw with Lexi and her former friends. Their behaviors all seem more appropriate if the death was more recent but it still broke my heart watching Lexi have to face the torment of those who were once her closest friends. Lexi's romantic relationship with Cole wasn't the only relationship that grabbed me. Her changing relationship with her former best friend also engrossed me. I was surprised how angry and cruel Sienna was towards Lexi when to all outward appearances she wasn't responsible for Steven's death. We later learn the true reason behind her anger and I loved watching the two of them trying to piece back their friendship with each other.I have mixed feelings about the ending as I am a true lover of the happy ending for all and everything neatly tied off. Not everything goes as I hoped in the end but that really makes the relationships feel so much more real because life isn't always roses and happy endings. I wouldn't categorize this really as a paranormal book but more of an enjoyable young adult romance with a tiny bit of mythology thrown in.
Liyanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked it! It started out sad but got better. Interesting twist at the end. Finally a book with a real ending again as opposed to all those trilogies and sagas lately.
MyndiL More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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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.