Book & Author details:
The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna
Publication date: June 21 2013
Genres: Comedy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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.
Review by Jessica
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book is the story of Ondine and her adventures with a certain ferret who is not really a ferret at all. Ondine comes across Shambles at her school where she is trying to see if she has any magical ability. After much frustration, Ondine leaves school and travels back home with Shambles in tow.
And that’s when things get crazy!
Shambles is actually Hamish, a human boy cursed into ferret form many years ago. First love is hard enough when both parties are human! This story was so fun to read. Ondine was relatable and likeable, Shambles/Hamish was the perfect love interest (aside from the whole, you know, ferret thing…), and Ondine’s family was marvelous. I especially loved the footnotes. They were sometimes very educational, and always hilarious. I would have LOVED this book when I was in middle school, and I enjoyed it very much as an adult. I give Summer of Shambles 4 books
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Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and son.
She has worked as a journalist, market researcher, website editor, and company director.
As a teenager, she lived in a family-run restaurant. This provided the inspiration for Ondine’s family, as Ebony has also waitressed, prepared food and yep, she washed dishes. So many dishes.
Now she writes novels for a living, so her hands are dry. Except for when her characters are making her laugh too much and she has to wipe tears away so she can see the keyboard.
She’s always loved trivia nights and the Eurovision Song Contest, and wishes she’d put money on Conchita Wurst winning this year.