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Whirl (Ondine Quartet Book 1) by [Raveling, Emma]
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Kendra Irisavie has always played by her own rules.

She's an ondine, a water elemental gifted with the powerful magic of Empath Virtue and trained to be a fighter. Pursued by Aquidae demons, she and her mother remain Rogue, hiding among humans to avoid becoming casualties in an ancient war.

Everything changes when violence erupts on Kendra's seventeenth birthday. A dark stranger appears, promising answers to her mysterious past and stirring unexpected feelings in her fiercely guarded heart.

But as Kendra uncovers the truth about her heritage and future, she realizes just how deep the lies and deception run.

Now, in the face of unthinkable odds, she will need all her wits, skills, and magic to fulfill an extraordinary prophecy.

The first in a sweeping contemporary fantasy series, Whirl is the beginning of a young woman's exhilarating journey for survival, love, and hope as she fights for her place in a world where she doesn't belong.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984022546
  • Publisher: Mandorla Publishing (16 September 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic beginning to a wonderful series! 20 April 2016
By TBalla04 - Published on
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I typically prefer print versions of books, but this audio edition definitely packs a punch! Firstly, Jamie Lamchick's Naida Irisavie gave me chills!! So spot on! This narrator did a great job distinguishing each character's voice and emotions.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a fantastic series 6 May 2016
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I remember buying this book on a whim one night. I was looking for something/anything that could hold my attention for longer than two or three chapters (I was going through a book rut). I started reading, and before I knew it, I was 100 pages in. There was something different about this book, and the world and the characters just sucked me into the 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters, action and romance. Perfect! 18 November 2011
By The Book Runner - Published on
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This book was so much fun to read. Besides the cool title, this story reminds me of Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh #2)by Samantha Young, with all the martial arts training and the powerful girl who is destined to save the society.

****Some Spoilers****
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun! 10 March 2014
By A Book Vacation - Published on
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If you're a fan of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, or Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, then I think you might really like Whirl. They are all very similar in style and even story line, yet each have their own flares and originality based on the author’s strengths.

Now, to be fair. Whirl actually came out at the same time Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Half-Blood did, give or take a month depending on the publication site you peruse, but due to different marketing and publishing houses, Half-Blood took off as Whirl remained lesser known. However, they are virtually one in the same, which makes me believe both were modeled off of Vampire Academy, which came out in 2007. But in the end, does it really matter? If the characters have different abilities, personalities, and issues, does it matter if the plotline is similar to other novels? Some are going to say “yes, definitely,” but I’ve found that, for me, it all depends on the author and how they spin their story. Personally, I enjoyed Half-Blood just as much as I enjoyed Whirl, but I distinctly disliked Vampire Academy, which I read a very long time ago (and probably need to re-read). And the reason for this is that they’re all different in their own rights, with different elements, be they vampire, deamon, or ondine, and the mythology surrounding them all is what gives the books their own originality (along with author flare and the ability to write).

Whirl focuses on the ondine—water elementals and selkies—a group I’ve never read about until now, and it was really interesting to learn all about this group of people. And I love novels about elementals, so it is no surprise that I really enjoyed this novel, regardless of it’s similarities to others I have read. Raveling gives her story life through her own words, and I really liked both Kendra and Tristan, especially as their worlds collided and the tensions mounted. Filled with intense scenes and non-stop action, Whirl grabbed my attention from the very beginning and I found myself wrapped up in Kendra’s life. The characterization was realistic and, though Kendra can definitely be a bit annoying at times, I see a little of myself in her, and so I was able to bond with her and her antics right away. She’s a free spirit set on fighting for those she loves, and I loved that she didn’t back down from a fight, regardless of danger.

Reader beware, there are tons of terms and names in this novel that you’ve most likely never heard of before. Luckily, the text explains it fairly well, but there’s also a glossary in the back for those of us who need it (like me) to keep everyone and everything straight, because there are a lot to remember.

Overall, I personally enjoyed this novel. But if you’re adverse to similar plotlines and you’ve read either Vampire Academy or Half-Blood, then you may want to skip this one. On the reverse, if you haven’t read either of those other novels, then pick up Whirl novel stat and check out the awesomeness that is the ondine.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap.. it's THAT good. 5 January 2012
By C. Read - Published on
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I know, I know. I've exclaimed once before in a review that I was on strike from all paranormal books.

The saying, "Read one, read all." Is that a saying? I don't know. Maybe I just made that up... Was really starting to make headway in my mind with a lot of these paranormal books.

But I'm glad that I conceded defeat and read this book. Relief is more like it! I would have been a tornado of anger, if I discovered this later on in the year.....

And for the price of .99 cents you're getting one kick ass book. No, literally, Kendra is a complete bad ass.

Everything that I expect in a book, and characters was all checked off.
I expect A LOT. It's like Emma Raveling stole my check list, and made my dreams come true!

The list is really quite simple, but it's much harder than you think to find books that have it all:
-Outstanding characters.
-Strong heroine
-Riveting Plot
-Amazing romance AND tension
-Believable climatic scene <------ You know that scene, that is built up during the whole book, and when it occurs you're either let down, or so amped up that it was just right.

This author got it right.

So...5 things.. thats all I REALLY ask. (okay, there may be more.)

Kendra is seventeen, living with her foster parents and doing basically anything she wants. But she then receives a letter that is supposedly from her mother. Claiming that she needed to go back to Haverleau, and that someone would be there to take her back. Kendra is skeptical, and thinks its a joke.
But enter Tristan, the first of many fight scenes, and she arrives in Haverleau.
Immediately, when she arrives, she shakes things up for these people that have lived their lives close to the rules. Never once, have they doubted them.
Kendra will push the boundaries, and in the process also finds out news about her family and herself that she never knew.....

I completely LOVED Kendra. She puts up with nothing.
And who doesn't love it when a heroine can take care of herself, and doesn't shy away from a fight???
She was great!
But she wasn't that ever so annoying girl. The one that walks around and thinks she can take on everyone, and has the most bitter attitude.
Our heroine has insecurities, and feelings that she deals with. It makes her real, and shows us that we need more girls like this in "Bookland". You can understand why she is intriguing to everyone in Haverleau. You'll nod her head in understanding, when she captures a guys attention.
And even though she's a fighter, in every sense of the word. She has to work hard to become what she wants to truly be. Many times she becomes frustrated, and angry that it doesn't come as natural to her as the others. But I liked that! Everyone has had to work hard for something they want.

Deep breath, deep breath out....
No! I'm not in labor. But erratic breathing tends to happen when this character pops into my brain.
So if you already have blood pressure issues. I suggest you get yo' self on some pills, otherwise..... you're screwed when it comes to this gardinel...
(And for extra safety precautions, I suggest that you check your heart rate every 5 minutes or so...)
He was so completely intriguing. Seriously. One minute he is taking on a handful Aquidae(demons) and the next moment he is kindly speaking to Kendra, in his normal, patient voice.
Oh yea, one other thing, he's flippin' Prince....

Tristan and Kendra have such great chemistry. I loved that even though Tristan was a very prominent gardinel, he seemed to be unsure when it came to Kendra. He wanted something he couldn't have, and his obvious distress was clear. Your heart will give a lurch when you read about how he looks at her. You can just SEE the need, and it makes the romance in this book all the better!

And the club scene...Seriously.. don't even get me started....

I'm not going to mention the other characters. Because this review would then turn into a short novella... But they were all so great. Chloe, Audrey, Cam, Ryder, and JULIAN.

And the ending. It was probably the best action scene I've read in such a long time.

There are actually so many parts in the book that I could gush about. But then that would lead to spoilers, and then I would be guilt ridden for weeks over ruining such a great book for you guys'!

I did have to read this book at a slower pace. The terms (Which are so freakin' unique) are thrown in there frequently, and you have to focus as to not miss something important. But sometimes you need books like this, they keep you on your toes.
I have to say that I was very impressed by the meanings. Ms. Raveling clearly put a lot of time and effort into this novel.

So I give this a five star rating, (Disclaimer: I did NOT include the 20 stars that I mentally added in mind for Tristan....) and it is also my FIRST top read of 2012.

If you enjoyed Vampire Academy you'll devour this book. Just at a quicker pace, because it's even better.....

That's saying a lot, I was in a Dimitri coma last year for a good six months.

Now.. most important question. How many more months do I have to wait for Billow (Book 2) to be released?!!?

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