Dive into this wonderfully witty young adult series from author Ebony McKenna, set in the far off European country of Brugel.
15-year-old Ondine is struggling to fit in at Psychic Summercamp and doubts she possesses any of her family’s magical abilities. She resolves to leave, determined to follow her own path and be a normal teenager. Whatever normal is in a place like Brugel.
On the way home Ondine is shocked when her pet ferret Shambles starts talking – in a cheeky Scottish accent no less! He is in fact a young man trapped in a witch’s curse. When he briefly transforms into his human self, Ondine is smitten. If only she can break the spell for good, Shambles can be handsomely human on a full-time basis.
During the summer, these two misfits uncover a plot to assassinate a member of the royal family and discover a secret treasure that has remained hidden for decades. This attracts the attention of the arrogant Lord Vincent, and Ondine can’t help being drawn in by his bad-boy charm.
With so many demands on Ondine’s attentions – and affections – normal has never seemed so far away.
The Summer of Shambles is the first in the four-part ONDINE series. Fans of The Princess Bride or the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series will love this delightfully quirky fairytale.
Thank you to Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this book and allowing me to join the blog tour!
Have you ever read a book that was simply average? That was my overall impression of this book. From the very beginning, I could tell that it was going to be difficult to immerse myself into the story . The Summer of Shambles started with Ondine, a 15 year old girl, who briefly talked about being at a psychic summer camp. A couple of pages later, Ondine decided that she was bored and wanted to go home, so that is exactly what she did. She simply left the camp with her belongings plus a ferret and somehow managed to return back to her house. There was barely any description about the summer camp and her journey home.
I was hoping that as the novel continued, more details would be added, but to my disappointment, none were. This book seemed to ‘tell, not show’ the reader what happened. There were many parts of the story that I found interesting and would have liked to know more about, but the author did not provide me with any other information. In addition, the main character, Ondine, never left a big impression on me. I never truly related to her, and being as such, it was hard for me to get deeper into the book.
There was one part of this book that was its saving grace, meaning there was a character whose existence made me give the book a 3 instead of a 1 or 2. His name was Shambles, a talking ferret, well actually a man-turned-talking-ferret. It reminded me of the princess and the frog, except it was the witch and the ferret! Whenever Shambles opened his mouth to talk, I knew that I was in for a treat. He was very cheeky and seemed to attract trouble, but he was also very loyal and smart. I don’t want to give anything else away, so I’ll stop there.
I liked the idea of the book, and there were some great scenes including stolen jewelry, murder plots, witches, scottish accents, and marriages! Even so, I never felt truly connected to the story and the book seemed average at best.
I give it 3 stars.
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