Ondine: The Summer of Shambles


Author: Ebony McKenna

Publisher: Egmont Books (2010)

Pages: 336

Synopsis: 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?


Oh this book…SO. MUCH. FUN. 😀

Really it is. I pretty much laughed my way through it, only pausing for a brief period of time almost at the end when it looked like a line of people had formed itself to slap Ondine straight in the face – not cool, you bastards. So, as I was saying, I laughed so hard with this book that the laughing itself was the main reason for me not to finish it in the same night I started it, because my neighborhood was so quiet, rested, self asleep…and then there was me, laughing-out-loud like a mad hatter. I was positive that if I didn’t put the book down, I was going to awake someone up.

And why this book is so hilarious, you ask? Well, it is the tale of a spitfire teenage girl, a Scottish ferret-boy, and of a normal (meaning: a lovely, crazy and sometimes embarrassing) family, so of course it is hilarious. Plus, they all live in Brugel. A fictitious European country that never once won the Eurovision Song Contest and always gives 12 points to Slovakia. (Hang in there people of Brugel, my country has never won it either, but our turn will come!) And if this story takes place in the contemporary era, one barely notices because Brugel is stuck in time. Proof number one: there’s no internet, which gives the story yet more of that fairy tale tone I appreciate so much.

Please note that this is one of those lighthearted, warm and fuzzy, to-read-in-a-couple-of-hours book, which was just what I needed when I picked it up. Ebony has one of the most amusing, clever, altogether entertaining voices I’ve ever came across, which is precisely why I’m not even telling more about the plot of the story in the review – because, despite the fact that it is a delightful tale, full of creative scenarios and great advice –especially for the youngsters–, I also feel like it doesn’t even matter, for I’m sure I’d have enjoyed reading the phonebook this much if only Ebony had written it.

Rating: 8,5/10


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4 Responses to “Ondine: The Summer of Shambles”

  1. 1 quigui

    I have to say that when I saw the cover of this book on your sidebar I wasn’t remotely interested in it. It just didn’t draw me in (e o nome lembra-me de uma mistura entre os Onda Choc e os Popline :s Lembraste deles?).

    But reading your review made me curious. And it really sounds like the right book for you, after all there is the Eurovision Contest and a ferret-boy in it 😀

    • I’m not shocked the cover didn’t make an impression on you, just look at it, it’s pink, it’s blue, it’s purple, it’s shiny, and it has little hearts. Probably the absolute opposite of a cover that would appeal to you, dear quigui xD

      Yeah, like me, the author loves the Eurovision Song Contest, so she had to put it somehow in the book.

      (não me lembro dos Popline… :o)

  2. Parece um livro divertido, mas por acaso desconhecia-o completamente, assim como à autora.
    Mas vejo que gostaste por isso talvez lhe dê uma espreitadela. Afinal adoro contos-de-fadas contados sob uma nova perspectiva.

    • Sim, é normal, a autora é nova nestas andanças, e o livro é recente, eu já me lembro como é que tropecei nele…

      É muito engraçado, dá para passar um bom bocado na risota 😉

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