Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Enchantment Emporium by, Tanya Huff

To a Gale girl, family is everything. But when Alysha takes over her Gran's old store, can she stand the strain of family members who want to "help"? As if a barrage of phone calls every hour isn't enough, Alysha discovers moving to Calgary may have more than a few consequences. Why are there dragons flying over the store? Is there really a wizard living in the area? And, who is that handsome newspaper man? In the race to find out what's happening before it's too late, readers, along with Alysha, will discover the strength of family ties, the wickedness of a wizard, and the strong emotions that sweep us along the path of life.

One of my favorite things about this book is Gran's store. It's a little hole-in-the-wall shop with just about everything inside. And just like the store, this novel has a little bit of everything thrown into the plot. Readers who love mythical creatures will love the sections about Alysha's special visitors and Dragon Lords. Readers who love romance will find it sprinkled throughout the pages. For me, I was drawn in by how strong the family ties between characters were. Everything---every choice, action, and flavor of pie----was determined by how other family members would react to it. While this isn't my favorite book (I was a little turned off by how the Aunties seemed to "breed" their descendants), other readers interested in fantasy books will have their hands on an entertaining novel if they choose to give it a try.

Reviewer Age:16
Reviewer City, State and Country: Mineola, TX U.S.A.