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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Review: Ondine: The Summer of Shambles

Author: Ebony McKenna
Release date: April 2010
Genre: Fairytale Fantasy
Target audience: 12+

Amazon says:
This is a brilliantly witty fairy tale with a mystery that is as surreal as it is sinister. One girl. One boy. One spell to be broken. Ondine de Groot is a normal fifteen-year-old who lives with her family in the European country of Brugel. She has a pet ferret called Shambles. But Shambles is no ordinary ferret...He's Hamish McPhee, a boy cursed by a witch. A witch who happens to be related to Ondine. When Shambles turns back into Hamish temporarily, Ondine knows that she has to help him break the spell. He is the most gorgeous boy she has ever met and her one true love! He just can't remain a ferret forever. Can he?

Review:
Ondine: The Summer of Shambles is a humourous and quirky spin on a traditional fairytale. Ondine is the youngest of three sisters and she has been sent to Psychic summercamp. The story begins with Ondine's decision to run away home and take the ferret she has befriended at camp with her.

In the first chapter, I found Ondine's voice quite stilted and a little prim for a teenage character. However, by the second chapter her voice became more believeable and her character highly likeable. Her relationship with her parents and sisters was both realistic and endearing. 

Shambles, the ferret, is a cheeky yet charming character. His voice gave the novel its humour and his actions helped the plot to speed along. The scottish accent was well communicated and at times frankly hilarious. I couldn't stop myself laughing out loud at some of his kooky expressions. Every scene that he appeared in was a joy to read.

Of course, this is a fairytale and no such story would be complete without a sweet and passionate love developing between the girl and the ferret. We must not also forget the winning ingredient of the witch that cursed poor Shambles in the first place. Vincent was perhaps a little too cliched but as he played a minor role, I can forgive this.

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed reading Ondine. I surprised myself! Shambles sold the whole story with his wit and charm. This is by no means a serious book but it is a great fun and quirky read which will have you laughing out loud.

14 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds adorable. I love your review!

The Book Bug said...

Hmmmm, looks interesting...Great review. Looks quirky anf funny. Your review makes me want to read it. Plus the cover is really pretty. And I really like the name Ondine. Glad you enjoyed it, looks like I really missed out on reading this. Damn, the release date is really far away.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Interesting tale. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Kirthi said...

It looks unique! Thanks for the review

nicoliolipoli said...

I think I'll out it on my wishlist:)

brizmus said...

Wow! I will DEFINITELY read this book! Sounds fantastic!!

prophecygirl said...

I just got a copy of this today! Can't wait to read it - it sounds great!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Hm, quite a contrast to your students. Glad you liked it though, sounds cute! This one isn't going to top my list, but it sounds like a fun read that I might want to check out sometime. Awesome review as always! :)

Charlotte (The Book on the Hill) said...

Looks fun ! But why isn't there a ferret on the cover (I mean, one bigger than the little silhouette...!)? Ferrets are always underestimated, aren't they ? :)

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Just commenting again to tell you I gave you an award here!

I Want To Read That said...

I'm looking forward to reading this - I got my copy this morning so thank you again for sending it:) Also thank you for the christmas card - I love the butterfly on the envelope:)

Lauren said...

This sounds incredibly cute and fun! Excellent review - I hadn't heard of this one before but I'll definitely be looking out for it.

IanIan said...

Wow. This book seems nice. Would definitely get it when I bump into it somewhere :))
Nice review, too :D

Violet said...

Love books that make me laugh out loud! I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.