Title: Ripple
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Published: Juuly 21st 2011 by Razorbill/Penguin

Hmmm… I think I pick the wrong book. But wait! Hold those thoughts, I didn’t mean this was a horrible book. It wasn’t good enough for me to change my mind about siren/mermaid stuff. Like zombies before (which thanks to Die for Me, I change my mind *coughs*Jules*coughs*) I wasn’t into this stuff. The idea of half human and half fish literally kinda turned me off. No offense to the mermaids, lol. But I learned that sirens are different from mermaids, or so this book says. Either ways I wasn’t really engrossed by it. That said, I might still look to some related stuff in the future but I was a tad disappointed because I was kinda hoping that this book would blow me away. So much I’ll try to immediately hop in to books with the same theme. But I guess it’s not a wish granted case.

It also wasn’t my fancy that the book was way descriptive for me. Lots of flashbacks, tons of internal monologues, and some pointless, filler-ish events. Moreover, I didn’t like the pace of the story it was dragging at first, like nothing important going on. The first quarter of the book was just Lexi moping. So she accidentally drowns her boyfriend because she was a siren, that’s what they do—they drown people. And she blames herself for his death, so she secluded herself, shutting everyone. I get the guilt part but it was really… depressing thing to read (and no, I wasn’t sympathetic to her, if not it was kinda pathetic—LOL, it rhymes). So I kinda skipped some parts because I think the story can move on without her internal speech figuratively drowning my mind.

But the thing is, it was just only the beginning. She still craves for her old self so when she had the opportunity to return to her old lifestyle she just jumped into it without even a transition. Like things never happened, what’s up with that? I know she have to break the wall she build because of her secret and the guilt of Steven’s death, but for me it was still quite sudden. I know, I know, I’m already complaining about events dragging, but there’s a better way to move things without rushing things, or without holding back. Some thing called, “perfect timing.” Which honestly and IHMO this book seriously lack. I wish Erik’s character was introduced tad earlier so that ending didn’t felt so rushed. He’s—one minute this person and next thing you’re surprised that he’s saying, revealing things that exactly opposite what you know about him. Like where did it came from? I prefer character transition have subtle clues throughout the books. Making readers think. But in this, it was just laid there—plain and simple. It was unexpected; it was not a clever plot twist. Not at all. It was there for the sake of shaking things in the book, because without it, this one is dull as dishwater.

I hope Cole and Lexi’s relationship had groundwork to work with, and develop a bit rather than… it was. I like Cole and Lexy mind you, while I didn’t particularly like the ending, I was still rooting for them in the end. I just didn’t like how it happened; it was way too quick and obscure. It was unsettling.

Was it something I’ll recommend? Maybe not. BUT it wasn’t that bad. See, I still gave it 2.5-stars that’s not awful, isn’t it?