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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blake Reviews: Ripple

Author: Mandy Hubbard
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Release Date: 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Series: None
Source: Purchased
Pages: 260
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.
I love all things mermaid related! Sirens, mermen, Syrena (I think that's what they are referred to in Of Poseidon.), so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book when it was released. However, due to there always being a million trillion books that I want to read next, this one was pushed back a bit. I finally got around to it... and I was so disappointed. I wanted to love it, really, but the main character is annoyingly repetitive with her thoughts. I think she says, "I can be myself around him--" twenty times within ten pages.

Examples:
"It's still a little strange to me that I can be myself around him--that he knows what I am and doesn't care." Page 176

"It's amazing, to think that he knows my biggest secret, and yet he doesn't care." Page 169

"I just like being around him, not having to hide this side of me. Having someone who gets it for the first time. I don't have secrets like I do with everyone else." Page 171

"He knows what I am and he still wants me." Page 160

"How can he know what I am and not hate me for it?" Page 160
She also tells you how beautiful she is every other chapter... I don't need to be reminded every time she sees her reflection.

Lexi is super wishy-washy. Her friends have treated her like crap for the past TWO YEARS, and suddenly she wants to pretend like none of that ever happened. She's also all over this one guy, Cole (and apparently super in love with him), but then treats him like leftover lasagna left in the fridge for too long. She just tosses him aside and bats her eyelashes at the pretty new thing, Erik. I get it why she felt the need to do certain things, but she could have gone about them differently.

I love the idea behind the story, but not the way the information was presented. Especially since the MC is so unlikable. I can't even feel bad for her anymore. I used to pity her because of how the book started--the girl had a lot to be sad about. However, when life gave her lemons, she tried to make freaking orange juice. It just didn't work.

I find it hard to fall head-over-heels for a book when I don't like the main character. I just couldn't relate to her on any level. Ripple just wasn't a book for me.



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1 comment:

  1. "However, when life gave her lemons, she tried to make freaking orange juice." -- This line nearly gave me a heart attack from so much laughing. Great review!

    Christie @ The Shadower's Shelf

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