The Summer of Shambles (Ondine Book #1)
The Summer of Shambles (Ondine Book #1)
The Summer of Shambles (Ondine Book #1)
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.

Book Details


  • Fantasy
  • Humor
  • Paranormal
  • Romance
  • Series

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This book caught my eye because it seemed to be very lighthearted. I chose the book because I thought it would make me laugh, or maybe just enjoy a slightly whimsical story. While it was lighthearted and I believe intended to make me laugh, it really wasn't intriguing as a story I wanted to finish. So because of this, I did not finish the whole book. I would be grateful if all my opinions would be taken with a grain of salt because I haven't read the whole piece. The story begins with a rebellious girl taking her chance to leave school.

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Spunky young Ondine ran away from psychic summer camp, feeling the lack of her supernatural abilities greatly. Ondine soon finds she herself is in fact quite powerful. First she hears a talking ferret, then discovers a man under a curse and a heritage she thought was merely folklore. Things happen in a whirlwind for Ondine. She continues to develop her powers, but other things also develop — like feelings for her ferret friend. Ondine also attracts the attention of the dashing son of the duke.  Read The Summer of Shambles to see how it all plays out. 

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