Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review of Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Well, I figured I'd kick off the New Year with one of my resolutions: revamp the blog and include book reviews. Here is my very first review and I will follow a 1-5 scale rating. 1 being the worst and 5 being *sqee* utterly amazing OMG I'm in love. Simple, no?

Review of Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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 agian, 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 or her curse is giving him up.

My Take:

Honestly, this is the first book I've read about a Siren. It's also one of the first that intrigued me enough to pick it up. An interesting tale on how a teenage Siren has murdered the boy she loved and two years later is paying for it through her self-inflicted outcast status. Mandy Hubbard's style reminds me so much of chic-lit, similar to Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella's styles. It's light, although this work is one of her darker novels. It still holds true to the teenage voice.

One issue with the novel was the fact that her love interest wasn't as fleshed out as I would have hoped, while some of Lexi's decisions just didn't ring true. The story was entertaining. I finished it in two days on a trip to Disney World, but will I remember this novel this time next year? Probably not. The characters just didn't make me fall in love with them, like I would for a great series like Tamora Pierce's The Lioness Quartet. Sometimes it felt as though the pacing was a little too fast and the reader could have done with a little slowing down to flesh out the other characters that had entered Lexi's life. I wanted more to matter and it just didn't. That is not to say that this isn't a fun and entertaining read. The fast pace does keep and hold one's attention, so there is no dying halfway through wondering where the plot has gone. Hubbard throws you in head first and hopes you can swim. All in all, not a bad read.

My rating:



Kelly Hashway said...

I've been wondering about this book and this is the first review I've read of it. I appreciate your honestly. I haven't read anything else by Mandy Hubbard, mostly because I don't really like chic lit. But this one does seem darker, so it peeked my interest. I'll probably give it a try sooner or later.

Elizabeth Prats said...

Well, I'm glad the review proved helpful :) I was in between on this one as well, but the concept seemed interesting so I went for it. Plus she doesn't have a tale like most Sirens/mermaids. So I wondered what else might be different..

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Thanks for the review. I've read her other YA books (include But I Love Him), but the blurb for this one didn't grab me. Love the other ones though. I'm especially drawn to her darker books under the name of Amanda Grace.

Elizabeth Prats said...

Oh I should check out the ones under Amanda Grace then.. :)

Beth said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. I'd love to get a guest post or interview with you and your friend.