Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Ripple

Title Ripple
By Mandy Hubbard
For Fun
Source I actually bought the damn thing!!!

First sentence The first boy I ever loved, Steven Goode, was really into cars.

Um, I'm concluding this was about a bipolar siren who falls in love with a nineties wannabe guy named Cole.

General thoughts 
Oh. My. Gosh! I want those precious hours of my life back! Before I even begin to really rant I want to start by saying: I bought this book, I pre-ordered it, spent a hefty five dollars to have it delivered on the day it was released, didn't just let it sit on my shelf but actually dove right in as soon as I finished the last book I was reading, and this badly paced, ill-edited, book was what I got?! Now before I go on you should know I'm really not THAT picky about bad editing jobs. Most of the time I just don't notice or care. If the story is good who cares if there are a few mistakes. I mean, I don't completely understand how they weren't caught before the final publication, but, whatever. But when bad editing litters a story that is this unbelievable, I tend to get a little mad! The whole story was one big eye roll followed by anger, lots and lots of anger! I truly felt like Lexi, the main character was bipolar. At the beginning she's "the ice queen", then suddenly, she makes up with her friends, is all bubbly and happy again, falls for, not one, but TWO guys, in a matter of weeks, and then loses her friends again. All within 260 pages?! I don't freaking think so! I wanted to like this one sooooo bad! I have been waiting for it for over a year! What a horribly sad let-down. :'(  If it had just been drawn out a little longer so that everything wasn't so ridiculously rushed it might have been more believable. If the characters had been more carefully thought out, relationships grown at a better pace, this would have been a much better book.  Seriously, I can't even go on. I wanted to at least try to make you laugh at the ridiculousness of it all but I can't even be bothered.

I won't single them out. I'll just tell you there was a lot of description about what they wore and it sounded a great deal like this book was written in the nineties. I don't claim to be stylish AT ALL, but what was with the clothes these TEENAGERS wore? Cashmere? Pearls? Ruffled skirts? One-sleeved dresses? Just sayin'.

Would I recommend it? 
No, oh good heavens, no!


  1. Wow. I'm so glad I took a friend's recommendation and put this one back!

    Btw, I would wait till Spell Bound came out to read Hex Hall and Demonglass. Unless you like cliffhangers that is. Demonglass ends in a big one!

    Happy reading, friend!

    Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

  2. Nikki, Oh, if only someone had warned me! Good to know about Hex Hall. I'll have to pace myself.

  3. What in the World enticed you to special order, put at the top to read, and make you think you'd like it so much? just curious.

  4. Okay, so my questions are exactly the same as Grandma's. Please let us know... why did you want it to begin with? Did you see rave reviews or something?

  5. This is the first review that I've read where someone didn't like it, but I'm glad because I like to have it balanced out. I almost purchased it, but now I'll just wait awhile and try it if I see it at the library.

    It really stinks when a book you've been waiting for is a disappointment. :(

  6. Such a shame you didn't like it! I almost want to check it out just to see how bad it really is. But then my pile of 200+ books I actually want to read is beckoning to me...

  7. What a have gone to the expense, and then be so bitterly disappointed :(

    Here's hoping your next read is a better one.

  8. Techno and Suey, I stumbled on the synopsis over a year ago and it was one of the first "mermaid" books I'd heard of. It sounded so good. I've just been waiting so long and had high expectations.

    Kaye, Definitely wait till it comes to the library. Don't waste the money. If you want it you can have mine. ;)

    Belle, It's a wait-till-it-comes to-the-library book for sure!

    TheBookGirl, It happens. It is a shame, though.

  9. I am so sorry Jenny! People who read as much as we do are bound to come across a book that we are disappointed in, its just horribly unfortunate that it happens to be a book you were so looking forward to reading. I really hope the next book you read goes in a better direction!

  10. Darn, that stinks. I just put it on hold at the library too. At least my expectations are low now :)

  11. Ang, Yeah, it's bound to happen. Such is life.

    Melissa, Well, as long as your expectations are low...;)