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The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
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Mar 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: light-reading

The Enchantment Emporium, sort of a cross between The Godfather and the TV show Charmed, is the story of a young Canadian witch from a family of witches who enters a new territory and finds herself in the midst of a gangland war involving other members of the magical world. Fortunately for Allie, our young heroine, she's got the family behind her. In this case, family protection means the dreaded aunties, cackling old cronies who nimbly cross the lines between Oz's Wicked Witch of the West and Martha Stewart on vacation.

Everyone is scared of "the aunties," mortal and magic folk alike; but when you get to know them, they're just good old fashioned bake sale-loving grandmas.

With the exception of Graham, the love interest, the characters in this book are lively, unique, and fun to watch. Graham comes across as flat and predictable; but Allie, Charlie, Michael--Allie's gay ex, the aunties, and Joe the Leprechaun are very entertaining and manage to drag poor old Graham along for the ride.

The storyline gets a bit muddled at times and interesting threads get dropped. At one point, a leprechaun accountant makes threatens Allie and then simply drops out of the story entirely. The storyline behind the dragons is muddled, too; but look, if you are reading for entertainment, this book is fully entertaining despite a few flaws.

Parents, be warned. The Gale family's magic is largely sex-based. The book NEVER actually describes the sex, but the "Gale Girls" are constantly thinking of humping this guy or jumping that guy. All truly PG-rated stuff. On the other hand, Joe, the Leprechaun, and a few other characters have truly foul mouths. I found the language annoying after a while--there was way too much F___ this and F____ that.

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