Author: Ebony Mckenna
Published: April 5th, 2010
Rating: 4 flowers
This is a brilliantly witty story with a furry tail ending. 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?
ONDINE is a quick, humorous read that makes for a fabulous debut book.
I'm not one to read middle grade books, but I'm glad I read this one! It was just a fun little fairytale set in the fictional country of Brugel that mixes talking ferretts, dukes, witches and Physic Summercamp.
The book is full of humor and wit, it had me laughing all the way. On some of the pages there are little footnotes which I thought were absolutely funny. Although the characters weren't that fleshed out for me, Shambles was my favorite. He is such a 'cheeky' character with a little mouth on him but he is so loveable. I kept imagining a scottish-talking ferrett throught the book and it had me laughing. I loved getting to know more about Ondine's family (who I certainly would not put up with), as well as Ondine and Shambles.
It was kind of hard to get into the writing in the begining but after a few chapters, ONDINE grew on me. The storyline flowed pretty easily. I was able to finish it in one sitting, which is good!
The cover is absolutely gorgeous and shiny! The girl doesn't really resemble Ondine but she is still a good fit for the cover. The second book in the series has a gorgeous cover also!
Over, I would definetly recommend ONDINE to all young readers out there because it such a fun, fairtytale-esque story. Ebony Mckenna knows how to make her readers laugh out loud with her witty characters. I can't wait to find out more about Ondine and Hamish (Shambles in human form) in her second book, THE AUTUMN PALACE, coming out February 2011!
*Received from Ebony Mckenna as part of a blog tour for an honest review.*