Waiting on Wednesday: Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

The best part of turning this blog into one focused mostly on books instead of the “anything that comes to mind” focus of my original blogging attempt is that I’ve found so great fellow bloggers who alert me to new books that I might not otherwise stumble across.  This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is one of those.

 

Ripple
Mandy Hubbard

Razorbill/Penguin – releases on July 21
272 pages
Buy it here from Amazon

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she's ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

 

First of all, is that not a gorgeous cover?  I don’t know what it is with all the gorgeous YA covers that have been coming out recently, but I hope the trends continue.  The different shades of blues and greens really make it stand out.  Granted the tag line “Water has cursed her soul – can he save her heart?” is super YA cheese from beginning to end, but we’ll forgive it.  This looks to be a romance novel with the watery twist of the protagonist being a siren.

A siren!  That’s one of the few remaining mythological character types I haven’t seen oversaturating the market, so that alone makes this a potentially exciting read.  It admits in the description to being a story based around a teenage love triangle, but hopefully the author is able to transcend the cliché and create something much more interesting.

 

Description from Goodreads.com