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Book Review: Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

RippleRipple by Mandy Hubbard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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?

Great Story.
      It’s such a shift reading a Mermaid book without really dealing with mermaids with tails but just plain Siren. Mandy Hubbard did so well in modifying myths and legends about Sirens and turned it into something more real. Here, Sirens are “semi-mermaids”, for the lack of better word, no tails, just iridescent scaly skin (legs), the luring wordless songs enticing men to their death (by drowning) concept is still there. However, some add-ons include the need to sleep is gone and is replaced the must to swim and that sirens are cursed and there’s an actual simple solution to it and that there are not that many sirens(which is kinda more realistic). It really brought a different and unique image to the story that made it distinct from other mermaid books. Plus, the main character Lexi is not your usual protagonist. She started off as an aloof, cold and distant person who became what she is because of what she did in her past (which is really an accident). I love how independent she is (Independent woman song playing in my head-literally), she actually faced this problem ALONE. I was imagining myself put in her place with no mentor, no letter, no anything to guide me…I’m dead. But she made her own rules, did her own research and decided if they were applicable to her or not, she has no one, her Grams didn’t know… Not like other protagonist in other paranormal novels where they actually anticipate the curse/their future of what they really are, and they have mentors,etc. Here, Lexi is on her own. The love triangle surprised me like a bomb because I really did not anticipate it. Erik’s character was inserted right after Cole & Lexi developed, which I like because Lexi & Cole’s love was based on a deeper foundation. The ending was not super perfect but as I mentioned, the novel is proving to be closer to reality.
    I like the story, how it followed the normal pacing of a perfect novel. I even thought this was going to be a series but was happy to know it isn’t.


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Hi there! My name is Jenna. I write and speak to encourage and empower women, equality, freedom, sustainability, and the plant-based lifestyle. For the Kingdom of Jesus. <3

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