What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

I dug back to the back of the bookshelf for this one. So many times I'll get several books at once, and then get more, and sometimes a book will end up languishing on my bookshelf for a long time. Ripple was released in June of 2011, so it's been up there for a while. I'm glad I found some time to go back and dig into it.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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 finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she's opening up again, falling in love with someone new 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.

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.

My Rating: 3 shots


  1. I have seen this book around, but I think this is the first review I have read of it. The synopsis is interesting, but it doesn't sound like it was done all that great. I also can't really stand whiny characters. Fab review!!

  2. Haha, thanks. I know. I wasn't very complimentary. I just couldn't get past her whininess.



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