- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Egmont UK (June 10 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405249617
- ISBN-13: 978-1405249614
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,590,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ondine Paperback – Jun 10 2010
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About the Author
The decision to leave a career in journalism was a logical choice for Ebony. There wasn't enough time in the day to write the fictional stories she wanted to tell, against the factual that she had to tell. She followed her heart towards writing science fiction, romance and young adult adventures. Ebony now writes full time and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and young son.
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The Summer of Shambles is the first book in the Ondine series. It is an entertaining young adult romance, and the world Ebony McKenna has created is believable and interesting. Throughout the book, the author uses fun, tongue-in-cheek footnotes that add to the story. I especially liked Hamish’s character with his playful repartee and mischievous personality. However, I thought that his vices seemed to disappear all too easily when he became human again. In the end, this book will appeal to teenage girls in search of adventure and romance with a sprinkle of magic. They will certainly want to read the 3 other books in the series, one book for each season.
The Summer of Shambles was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
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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.
All in all, McKenna's humour adds another dimension to the book, and leaves us begging for more. An excellent debut novel; one, that I think we should all read. It is a lighthearted, and vibrant read that will burrow itself into your heart. This is one book that I know I will be re-reading in the future. It is a feel-good tale that kept me involved, and guessing what would happen next. The next book isn't out until February 2011. February cannot come soon enough.
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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 ...
Being a fan of fairy tales in general i liked the sound of one that focuses on a scottish ferret and a young girl who gets sent to 'Psychic Summercamp' and falls in love with previously mentiones ferret, who is in fact a rather gorgeous man.
Honesty, if your a sceptic person with no imagination please put your reservations aside and give this a go.
Every other line will have you laughing, especially Hamish (the ferret), and his growing relationship with Ondine is wonderful to read about, it really captures the emotions (and embarrasments) of first love.
I also loved the Scottish language that was used, was absolutely brilliant, and it had me almost crying with laughter.
So really, don't be a bampot, give this absolutely fantastic book a read, you won't regret it.
(By the way, Bampot is scottish for a silly person lol)