I had very high expectations for Ripple, the cover is gorgeous and it's a great storyline, and I am very happy to say it did not let me down :)
Last Ye...moreI had very high expectations for Ripple, the cover is gorgeous and it's a great storyline, and I am very happy to say it did not let me down :)
Last Year - or at least I think it was last year... - I read You Wish also by Mandy Hubbard, the story was great. The only problem? I didn't like the main character. yeah, not so good. Luckily this was not the case with Ripple, I liked Lexi a lot.
Lexi is cursed, she's draw to water and she sings, and her singing kills. She falls in Love, but then she figures out a way to get rid of her curse. the price? give up her Love. so what will she choose?
I have no idea if I'm just naive but, wow, I was shocked so many times during the book! her decisions, what everything turned out to be, what a certain someone turned out to be, and the ending. wow, the ending. didn't saw that one coming. Not. At. All.
and aside from the shocking part in the ending it was also realistic. I really liked the last chapter [thirty-three] I think it was the perfect finale for the book.
Ripple is the first mermaid book I read and It most definitely won't be my last. Mandy Hubbard created an original storyline with intriguing characters and with lots of surprises around the corner. If you haven't read a book by Mandy Hubbard before, you must. It won't disappoint. (less)
The book tells the story of these four teenager, its divided in four parts for and told by the voices of each one of them, in the next order:
Jenna: Really low self-esteem. Dakota: Stupid Jerk. Skye: Spoiled Brat. Owen: Loser with a laptop.
Rough first impressions right? Through the first chapter, this is all I could take from the characters, that’s who they were and how they lived, as the story progresses – like any good and complex character – there’s always more than meets the eye.
Skye did seem completely spoiled, she was gorgeous, rich, and teenage actress, but she was not happy, as you depend into the story, you sympathize with her, and you see she’s not really spoiled, just depressed and hurt. And you learn to love her.
Dakota is a total jerk, but he, too, has his reasons. Through his part of the story you see how he changes (and the hard way) and you see that he’s a good guy, and that people change.
Owen, Dakotas brother, seems like a loser and a wimpy kid, after years of being bullied by his own brother and being compared with him – whom is muscular and athletic – by his father, Owen simply, shuts down, and spends his time on his laptop, working on his blog, where he can be who he really is, and remain anonymous. In his part of the story you learn how to break free and that there’s a world outside, and you can’t live it if you’re always inside your shell.
And Jenna, who was my favorite, easy to relate too, in every aspect, from her shyness and her low self-esteem issues, to the moment she truly sees how beautiful she is and she learns to forgive, and with it, to find love.
Mackler delivered us a great work, where she showed us that people can change, the importance of forgiveness and that we are all different, In many ways, and that its ok. A flawless piece, the perfect ending, a few love stories, and characters that jump of the page.
Oh, and, as for last impressions:
Owen: Fearless. Skye: Opens her eyes. Dakota: People do change. Jenna: Stronger than ever.