Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn’t, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love — again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi meets Cole. Against her better judgment, she finds herself opening up again, falling in love when she knows she shouldn’t. But when she’s offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.
In Ripple, Mandy Hubbard spins 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.
Ripple reminded me of what I like to call “classic YA”: the books that first got me hooked on the genre and led me to blog about my reading. They were the kind of books that weren’t easy to read, per say, but seemed to flow effortlessly along – the perfect books to unwind with on a lazy summer afternoon or weekend.
That’s exactly what Ripple was.
From the get go Lexi’s character caught my attention. She had such a great heart and, despite her past mistakes, there was a certain innocence about her. It broke my heart to see how fall she’d fallen since becoming a siren and the difficult choices she’d had to make in order to protect those she loved.
Though Lexi’s being a siren may classify Ripple as a paranormal romance, it easily could pass as chick lit. Romance and friendship both play a large role in the story. In fact, Hubbard never really put intense focus on Lexi being a siren. Her midnight swims were very rarely described in detail. They’re alluded to, of course, but most of the time the novel stayed firmly planted in Lexi’s day-to-day life: high school, friends, dates, and dances.
I loved reading a paranormal romance that wasn’t all paranormal. So often the paranormal elements take over the story, making it feel heavy. It was a refreshing change to read a novel that was light and airy, while still including a paranormal twist.
It was also fun to read about a romance that wasn’t about immediate attraction or love at first sight. Lexi and Cole’s relationship was never overly intense. It was full of all the confusion and awkwardness of a blooming high school romance. It was this simplicity that made it so enjoyable to read about.
All in all, Ripple was a treat to read. Refreshing and unique – it is the perfect poolside read.