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Ripple - Mandy Hubbard Oh "Ripple", you had such potential. If you read the blurb for this book, you think this book is going to be a dark tale about a mermaid that just cannot keep from killing harmless people, particularly those she lets herself love. I should have known better than to think the emphasis would be on the killing, on examining the nature of the mermaid and her curse. The book was, of course, basically a contemporary romance. Most of the time we spend with Lexi is spent watching her swoon over boys and deal with the hardships of being in high school. Except, you know, she is a mermaid in secret. But that doesn't really matter right because she is a teenager. And that is harder. Sure.

I think if Hubbard had shifted priorities and at least attempted to work more of the mermaid mythology and the implications of Lexi's curse into the heart of the plot and the story, this book would have been significantly better.

"Ripple" does have one thing going for it though--it showcases the difficulties of finding someone who will love and accept you for who you truly are, and how precious that person is once you find them. Other than that, I really felt like the book was just not at all for me in any way, shape, or form. I'd recommend this to fans of contemporary romance, pretty much nobody else. Don't be fooled by the fact Lexi is a mermaid, this is a romance book, I promise you. If you're looking for a book about mermaids and sirens, look elsewhere.