Author: Mandy Hubbard
Date of Publication: June 14, 2012
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
Synopsis: Every night Lexi is compelled to swim, forcing her to sing, drawing in unsuspecting victims. If Lexi gives in to the desire she kills them, and she hasn't killed in two years. To keep everyone she loves and cares about safe she distances herself from everyone that cared about her, making her former friends hate her and refusing to ever fall in love. The last time she fell in love he ended up dead, forcing her to carry the guilt of his death for the rest of her life. When Cole starts to penetrate the barrier she has set up around herself Lexi is torn between keeping him safe and the growing attraction she feels for him. However, when she finally has the chance to live a normal life, and never kill again, she knows that she has to give Cole up. As Lexi discovers more about herself and the curse she has suffered she learns that love may just be the secret to freeing herself from her horrific fate.
I debated for a long time about reading this book, while the plot seemed interesting enough I wasn't particularly excited to start this novel. However as I started to read more about Lexi and her terrible curse as a siren I became completely engrossed in the story. Hubbard did a beautiful job of creating a devastating tale of true love and sacrifice.
I really related to Lexi in the beginning of the novel, as she was bullied by her former friends and carried the guilt of Steven's death her emotions felt very real and I found myself liking her more with every page. The idea of being a siren was a very interesting one, not a lot of books are written about these lesser known figures of mythology and Hubbard pulled it off perfectly.
Cole was another great character, sweet and understanding he was what every girl dreams of. I'm not a big fan of love triangles but the love triangle between Cole, Lexi, and Erik was necessary and thankfully short lived. Erik was a really interesting character, being a nix I was delighted that even more unusual creatures were included.
Despite being a short book Ripple was the perfect length for the story. The dramatic and exciting ending tied everything together perfectly. As Lexi constantly pushes people away and searches for the cure to her curse she discovers more about herself and her dead mother. I wasn't a big fan of the flashbacks but they weren't a major part of the story, all in all I really enjoyed Ripple.
I would definitely recommend Ripple to people entirely sick of the vampire and werewolf genres looking for something with unusual creatures and an interesting and romantic plot line. A great novel I will be looking forward to more by Hubbard!