- Audible Audio Edition
- 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 Audiobook – Unabridged
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I LOVED the idea of this world of elementals!! We got a close look at the water elementals and their various roles and just scratched the surface of their abilities. Ummm first time seeing Selkies in a book, and how sweet is that?! I can't wait to see more of them!! This was clearly the start of a series, and a fantastical one at that, so Whirl ended up being more of an introduction to a very complex, imaginative world. I loved it and I can't wait to get more!!
I liked Kendra for the most part, she's kind of a bada*s, but like a baby bada*s in the elemental world. I like that she's still got a lot to learn, it makes it fun for the reader to learn right along with her. She's used to being mostly on her own and she doesn't exactly play well with others, but she's also that kind of heroine everyone likes because she has a penchant for befriending, and defending the underdogs, and who doesn't like a good underdog? She can be a little brash but I'm cool with that, I think that will even out as her character grows throughout the series. Totally random, and really childish, but I also love that there's cuss words in this book. I don't know many 17 year olds that talk like granny church mums, so I'm glad when that comes through in a story.
I’m not going to tell you that the storyline breaks the boundaries of YA fiction. There are similarities between this book and others. But Emma put a spin on her world and her characters that made the storyline fresh and captivating.
Whirl was a great start to the Ondine Series. It was fast paced, and the characters were relatable. The romance is there, but not the main focus, which allowed me to care for more than two people in the story. The audiobook is a great addition and the narrator was a perfect Kendra. Providing just enough feeling and sass to the character to make you feel like Kendra herself is speaking to you.
I started out in a book rut, but I quickly devoured the first three books within a week, and then waited on pins and needles for breaker to come out. Give Whirl a try. I guarantee it will quickly end up on your favorites list.
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
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