Thursday, 20 May 2010

Ondine by Ebony McKenna

From Goodreads: 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?

I really enjoyed this one. It was really easy to get into and really funny. I really liked the writing style and loved the footnotes - they really added to my enjoyment of the story.

It didn't take me long to get into the story - it basically had me hooked the moment Shambles spoke! I loved all the characters, especially Shambles! Is it wrong that I really want my own talking ferret now? Ondine was really sweet and I like the way she progress through the story - it felt as if Shambles/Hamish has a good affect on her. I also enjoyed the stories involving the secondary characters and the whole world McKenna created.

Although I liked the ending and how everything plays out I did find myself coming to the last page and feeling disappointed that it had ended. I wanted more! Now I know there is a sequel (and third book) in the works I'm happy and am looking forward to the rest of the story.


A big thanks to Becky @ The Bookette for sending me a copy to review:)

7 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I absolutely love the sound of Shambles! Thanks for this great review.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love when books leaving me wanting more :)

celi.a said...

I'm definitely going to be reading this. I know myself, and I know how much I love anything with a fairy tale element. And plus, it sounds uber-cute.

prophecygirl said...

A talking ferret sounds great. I need to get around to reading this! :)

Glad you enjoyed it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Ooh, footnotes! They're rare in YA; I better get around to this soon! Great review, Sammee!

Sasha said...

Halfway through this and I think it's really cute! Not as good as I was expecting but I still love Brugel and all of the characters :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I loved Shambles and Hamish :) This book was soo good and I'm so happy there's a sequel!

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