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Emma Raveling writes a wide variety of fiction for teens and adults. She is the author of the young adult urban / contemporary fantasy series, the Ondine Quartet, and Lost Blood, the first installment of the forthcoming young adult urban fantasy series, Chancer. She's also working on the first book in her new Steel Magic series for adults.
An avid traveler hopelessly addicted to diet coke and coffee, she currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband and German shepherd.
on Nov. 07, 2011 :
After processing through my different thoughts on Whirl by Emma Raveling, I decided to repost my review with greater detail to what I liked and disliked.
I actually went into this without any idea of what this story was about other than it was about the Ondine, a creature that in my mind seemed to be connected to mermaids. It was after reading that I realized that the Ondine and their world was so much more than just another tale about a mermaid.
This debut novel by Emma Raveling is an addicting read once you get into it and comes with an intriguing plot to match. This novel got off to a slow start filling my mind with terms/creatures that I was not familiar with and Kendra was hard for me to connect with right away. After the prologue, this story and it's intriguing plot swept me into a place I never knew could exist.
Kendra, the main character, is an ondine and a chosen one for her people with a destiny to free her people from their only enemy. Her sarcasm, her dialog, and her actions matched what I can see myself doing in her situation. In fact, I can see a lot of myself and my friends in the things she says and does. She is one of my favorite lead female characters of all time. But Kendra alone wouldn't be as great as Kendra with all of her handy dandy sidekicks and love interests.
Needless to say, I love the characters both big and small.
The storyline, although it is overused in YA fiction, Emma Raveling's take on it was refreshing and I believe you'll enjoy it just as much as I did.
A definite re-read on my list and I am pleased that it is now a part of my personal collection. I have no doubts that you will be pleased too!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)