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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont UK (June 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405249617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405249614
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Ebony McKenna for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 5/5

Ondine de Groot is a normal girl, residing in Brugel. She has adopted a ferret named Shambles, and is surprised to learn that he talks. She is further surprised when she learns that he was once a young man, and that a witch, related to her, had cursed him to spend his life as a ferret. She sets out to break the spell on him, but can she do it, or is he doomed to spend eternity as a ferret?
I absolutely loved this book. I found both Ondine and Shambles engaging, I loved their banter, and found myself immersed fully in their world. Shambles is a cheeky ferret, and it's quite easy to see how he got into trouble in the first place. His Scottish accent makes him all the more endearing, and his phrases will have you giggling in no time. I absolutely loved, and have never seen before in a fiction novel, the footnotes. They explained certain phrases, so we could follow along easily. Most of the time, the footnotes were tongue in cheek, and the explanations were just as funny as the original phrasing.
Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with the characters; and enjoyed getting to know Ondine's full family, as well as Shambles, and Ondine herself. Her parents, and siblings, as well as their respective partners kick up the action, and they keep Ondine on her toes. Things are quite lively, and I found the book refreshing. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I'm rooting for Shambles/Hamish and Ondine, and can't wait to see where McKenna takes them next. If this book is any indication, we are in for a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Funny, Ferret-y Book! June 22 2014
By Aditi@AThousandWordsAMillionBooks - Published on
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A fairy tale retelling- that makes you feel like you’re riding with Cinderella in the carriage to the ball or singing with the animals like Snow White- with a modernized, hilariously unique twist- The Summer of Shambles is one book you CANNOT miss!

Ondine is your perfect teenager- craving romance, freedom a little bit of drama and more that a bit of magic all while searching for her individuality. She has fights with her mother, sisters, arguments that finally land up in her winning with her father- and now, a talking ferret that she can’t stop thinking about!

Shambles was simply brilliant- a Scottish ragamuffin with a conscious and so, SO delightful! He comes off as a rouge in the beginning but not too much after you see what an absolute darling he can be! When he does turn temporarily into a man, all of this gets even better!- I LOVED every minute of the romance between Ondine and Hamish!

An assassination plot, a gorgeous, sneaky prince, a ferret that can’t remain a man, a fun loving, all around crazy family, a whole boatload of romance!- READ IT!

My Verdict:

If you’ve ever read a fairy tale, this is the perfect YA book to make you feel the same way!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
good May 21 2014
By admiration - Published on
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It is full of laughter and happiness in the characters and the story is interesting as always. A good read for all ages.
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Tingly & Sparky! Jan. 17 2014
By Carol C - Published on
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This is a delightful read! The Summer of Shambles is a sweet story of love, kingdoms and ferrets with the mischievous Ondine challenged with saving the Duke from a devious plot.

This is also the start of Ondine and Hamish's romance. Who knew ferrets could be so good looking in their human form. Can wicked magic be undone?

The writing style is just right for that wonderful age when the world of romance and love is just beginning. All tingly and sparky! :-)

The setting is superb! I want to book my next holiday in Brugel blending the best of European quirky destinations into one. What's not to like about castles and excellent scenery plus great food. Of course, I'm expecting them to score much higher at Eurovison next year though!

And footnotes! What a brilliant way to introduce backstory without disturbing the flow of the main story. And so quirky too!

With the fast moving story, footnotes and feisty characters, The Summer of Shambles will appeal to the intelligent reader who wishes an escape into a world where anything is possible.

Even good looking ferrets ...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting story, I liked it very much Aug. 31 2013
By Ceri - Published on
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The book was very interesting, I liked the sense of humour and the slight romantic feeling. Although I think this is a book more for young children I read it at the age of 13. I couldn't get my nose out of it and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
light hearted fun Aug. 26 2013
By Halli Lilburn - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This story has a great voice and fits comfortably in the fantasy adventure for teen girls. Even in the magical world, among royal assassinations, cursed princes and talking beasts, teens still have to deal with stereotypical, family problems. This book is clean, lighthearted fun that I would let my daughter read.

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