Author: Tanya Huff
Series: It's a stand-alone, so far.
Genre: Urban fantasy.
Reason for Reading: I really like Tanya Huff.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A store front near dusk. A woman is walking out the front door, looking up at a looming shape. A dragon shadow lies across the building, suggesting what she sees. The gold letters over the shop say "The Enchantment Emporium."
First line: "Shoot the moon was considered to be one of the more dangerous yoyo tricks."
Best part: This was the book that I wanted when I read Fall of Light.
Worst part: A lot of things about the family are never explained.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Dragon" by Tori Amos
Recommended for: Fans of Alice Hoffman and other writers of romantic magical realism. This book has a few more supernatural elements but a very similar feel.
Related Reads: Smoke and Shadows by the same author, The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.
Alysha Catherine Gale is still trying to find her way. The only man she's ever loved is happily partnered - with another man. She just lost the only job she really enjoyed. And now, to make matters worse, she's living back at home, at the beck and call of a whole matriarchy worth of bossy female relations who always seem to know just a bit too much. But then a letter changes everything. Her grandmother, estranged from the rest of the family, has left her a store a long, satisfying plane-ride away from interfering aunties. Far from being a simple store, however, Allie must contend with fae mailboxes, mysterious yoyos, and a truly annoying trick mirror - and that's not even counting the dragons! Even if this is the opportunity she's sought, she won't make it through alone...
This book is a really fun and light read. I enjoyed Allie's adventure a great deal and I'd love to see a sequel.