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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Emma Raveling
- Audible.com Release Date: April 12, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E45MCR0
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Whirl: Ondine Quartet, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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What is NOT unique however is the plot. For anyone that has read Richelle Mead's outstanding YA series "Vampire Academy", it becomes apparent almost immediately that this plot line could have been lifted straight from the pages of those books with the writer simply swapping out vampires for water elementals.
Spoilers for both below, check out the similarities though:
Whirl: main character a girl of mytical origins (water elemental) living among humans rather than her kind
VA: main character a girl of mythical origins (dhampir, part vampire)living among humans rather than her kind
W: a tall, sexy, bad-ass "guardinal" is sent to retrieve her and return her to her kind/boarding school
VA: a tall, sexy, bad-ass "guardian" is sent to retrieve her and return her to her kind/boarding school
W: Guardinal character named "Tristan Belicoux"
VA: Guardian character named "Demitri Belikov"
W: Under aged main character falls for forbidden, older, guardinal
VA: under aged main character falls for forbidden, older guardian
W: Forbidden, older guardinal character seems to return feelings and shares a scorching kiss with underaged main character, only to draw back and say they can't see each other
VA: see above
W: Forbidden, older, sexy bad-ass guardinal is always watching and protecting the main character, carrying her when she gets hurts, bringing sweet gifts to the infirmary
VA: see above, substitute "guardian" for "guardinal"
W: Within the mythical community, their exists a snobby, elitist governing faction/royalty who get special protection.
VA: see above
W: Main character releases stress through physical encounters with boys
VA: see above
W: happy go lucky, devoted male friend falls for the main character and she flirts with him to make herself feel better, he ultimately makes a stupid decision trying to fight off the bad guys to impress her, and he dies.
VA: see above
W: Speaking of bad guys...they are humans/elementals who have either chosen or forcibly been turned by having their souls/blood/humanity removed and being filled with a black goo that makes them evil, can only kill them by decapitation or by piercing their "origin" mark on their throat.
VA: humans/dhampirs who have either chosen or forcibly been turned by having their souls/blood/humanity removed and being turned "Strigoi" that makes them pure evil, can only be killed by decapitation or by piercing their heart.
W: sexy, spoiled man from ruling class takes a special interest in the main character for no apparent reason other than she's different and doesn't put up with his crap.
VA: this is actually from subsequent books in the VA series, but they might as well be the same character as far as I'm concerned.
W: a friend's mom is found to be a traitor and responsible for pursuit of the main character by the bad guys
VA: a friend's uncle is found to be a traitor and responsible for pursuit of the main character/best friend by the bad guys
I could go on and on, but, honestly, I'm bored. I kept reading the book mostly to see just how many "similarities" would crop up, and because the writing wasn't bad. If the plot hadn't seemed lifted straight from the pages of VA I would have enjoyed the book for it's writing.
So, if you've read VA, skip this one. Richelle Mead did it first, and infinitely better. If you haven't read VA, you might enjoy this book, but once you read it, go read VA and see what you've really been missing. It's a shame that someone who obviously has writing talent, and a unique concept (the water elementals) couldn't see how painfully similar her plot was to a mass market, highly acclaimed YA author's series. I'm not saying this author sat down and copied this plot line, I'm saying it feels like she read VA and then couldn't distance herself enough to see where it crept (jumped, slammed, overtook)into her writing. I'm sure the author or a friend will get on here and maintain she's never read the VA series, and maybe she hasn't, I don't know. I just know that for someone like me who reads HUNDREDS of YA and adult books a year, I've never in my life come across something so similar in plot. Maybe it's just a coincidence, who knows. Either way, it ruined what could have been a good book in my opinion.
Kendra was raised outside of her people's community because her parents escaped with her when she was a baby and went"rogue". Her father died, but her mother trained her to be a fierce warrior to fight against demons that attack their kind. When her mother was killed, Kendra was brought back to her village by the gorgeous Tristan, a Warrior Prince. While there, Kendra learns she is "royalty" and in danger because she is the Sondaleur, the prophesized savoir of their people. Kendra has to learn all the rules her people are ruled by and is attacked several times by the demons trying to kidnap her and take her to the legendary "Shadow". Every time she is saved by Tristan, but she wants the right to be trained to defend herself. She buck heads with her grandmother, the governor of the people and has to learn which battles to take on and which ones she can't win all while learning to use her newly acquired powers and falling in love with the unattainable Tristan.
I loved, loved, loved this story and highly recommend it to anyone who likes Samantha Young,Moon Spell (The Tale of Lunarmorte #1) Rachel Higginson Reckless Magic (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 1)or Shelly Crane's Significance (A Significance Novel) stories. I will DEFINITELY be purchasing the next one in this series called Billow. It can't be published soon enough!
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (.99)
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
Kendra is an amazing heroine; bad-ass, independent and willing to fight for what she believes in.
The book starts with her going to Lumiére, the school for ondines where she has to attend. (And yes, the accent mark is wrong on purpose). This school is pretty old-school, doesn’t let ondines fight, because of their magic, and the selkies and demillirs are supposed to protect them. Kendra is so not okay with that. She was raised differently and refuses to let anyone else protect her. She wants to be able to defend herself, and she has to fight to even get to practise fighting. She’s also really protective of the people she cares about, although she is afraid of being too close to someone. Her mother taught her that love was a weakness, so she tries not to care about others, but she does, and she’s willing to do anything to protect those she cares about.
But, she has flaws. Like the whole thing about not wanting to care about people. Often, she does things without thinking it through, and she can be a little reckless. But I loved seeing how she worked with her problems, how she grew throughout the book. That’s what made her such an amazing character.
Tristan and Julian.
I’m not going to talk about them a lot, because I haven’t really decided about them yet. There is a love triangle, and usually I don’t like those, but the focus is more on the plot and on Kendra, so it works. There is obviously chemistry with both, and I liked how the author wrote about it. Not love at first sight, thankfully. And she’s not really in love with both of them, either.
The plot was a bit slow, but enjoyable.
It took a while for things to start happening, and it was a bit hard to get into it, but I still really liked it. But what I really loved was the world. It was so much fun to read about something new, to read about creatures that you don’t see a lot of in YA literature. And Raveling’s created such an amazing world, with the ondines and selkies and everything. I can’t wait to learn more!
To sum it up, while the plot had some problems, the characters and this new, interesting world kept it interesting and kept me reading. I would definitely recommend it!
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