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Storm in a Teacup

(Ayala Storme #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  627 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Mediator Ayala Storme handles PR by day and kills demons by night. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster in human hosts, Ayala ...more
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Anam-Charaid
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I had a lot of fun reading this. Ayala Storme is a sarcastic, independent, cynical and badass character with a sense of humor.

Having violet eyes marking her as a Mediator, a demon hunter, she's taken from her mother and trained to slay demons from the day she was born. Now, as a twenty-something adult, Ayala keeps a normal day job during daylight hours, but slays demons each nightfall reporting back to the Mediator home office of her kills. When Ayala comes across a powerful new crop of demon sp
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Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“It used to be easy. Me Mediator. Here sword. Mediator stick sword in bad guy.
Ugh.” – Ayala Storme, Storm in a Teacup (Ayala Storme Series, Book One)

Snork. Yeah. “Mediator.” What a sweet word for such a brutal excuse for a life. Ayala has been a ‘Mediator’ literally since birth, when she popped out of her mother’s womb and the nurses caught a look at her violet eyes. No more mamma for Ayala. Instead, she gets swords and training, blood and death, from the time she is old enough to hold her firs
From the outset, Ayala Storme seems like an average 20-something working a day job in PR, complete with a horrible boss, just to afford the finer things in life. As the story progresses, it's quite apparent that Ayala isn't so average after all. Born a Mediator, she also has a second job working for the Summit to eradicate the demons and Hellkin that wreak havoc in Nashville. Being a Mediator is more her primary job, although the Summit doesn't pay enough for Ayala to afford the things she favor ...more
Brand new Urban Fantasy series? Gimme! I hadn’t heard the first thing about this book until the other day. I read the synopsis, immediately bought it, and had it read by the next day. I could hardly put it down.

Ayala Storme is a mediator, otherwise known as a demon hunter, with a wicked side of snark, and a love of bunnies(there’s a story there-I promise). In this author’s vision of the world, and America in particular, demons, witches, and psychics are real, and are known about by all humans. D
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Another solid effort from author Emmie Mears, Storm in a Teacup is fast-paced, action-packed, entertaining and brimming with heart. The compelling main character, Ayala Storme is a demon slayer with a busy work schedule, a mysterious past, a complicated love life and a soft spot for bunnies. Investigating a young woman's disappearance, leads to gruesome discoveries and more for Ayala. Fans of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, J.R. Ward and the early Laurell K. Hamilton Anita ...more
Raeven Hawkes
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book....hope it is the start of a long and prosperous series!
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this first in a new series (at least I think it's a series). It starts off a bit slow and hesitant for the first 30% or so and I thought it was going to be a bit of an average ho-hum kind of an UF story with the Mediators being the designated badass good guys and the demons being your typical stupid and irredeemable evil. That all changes around the half way mark when the events in the synopsis start to really kick in quite noticably. Suddenly the very orderly world an
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I don't really know how she did it, but Emmie Mears somehow managed to read my mind and write just exactly the book I have been craving lately. As soon as I picked it up, I was sucked right in and had a terrible time putting it down for silly reasons like needing sleep.

Ayala Storme is a badass, a bit of a misfit, and really easy to relate to. By day she works in an office. By night she fights demons as a Mediator. It's her job, and the job of all Mediators, to keep the balance between the demon
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, favorites
This book is a very special book. The world needs more badass female leads.

Emmie Mears has crafted a world not too dissimilar to our own. But instead of just plain boring humans, there are witches, morphs and mediators. And demons. The job of mediators is to kill demons. And they excel at this job, keeping the world in balance.

This story stars mediator Ayala Storme. She's a strong female a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but we are also allowed to see that she is not always strong in every way. S
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Different. Reminded me of Crushed in some ways. Elements of the story that I didn't like / did not make sense / were confused about in this book were resolved in later books, often in really cool reveals.

The series is rather dark UF. Not in the sense of a morally ambiguous MC, which I often dislike, but in the moral quandry of what is the right thing to do / what is the wrong thing to do / what the hell is really going on here, where the consequences are high stakes, which I find much more in
A.J. Richmond
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! In fact I love it so much I read it twice and each time I was on the edge of my seat. Ayala is a kick-ass, demon-killing hunter with a sense of humor to-boot. This novel was EXACTLY what I needed after a long string of non-fiction books. Emmie Mears has a way of getting me hooked on her characters. ;) Go read it...NOW!
Bill Parker
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, dark but easily digestible and not without humor, satisfyingly updates (or, better, ignores) a lot of fiction's traditional roles and archetypes. Recommended to all except the very squeamish. ...more
Cassandra Page
I got the ebook of Storm in a Teacup last year, and it kicked around on my Kindle for a while, until I began to crave a fresh new urban fantasy. And boy, does this series deliver.

Despite a couple of somewhat cheesy elements (the main character's surname being one, and the fact she and the other Mediators all have violet eyes being the other), Storm in a Teacup gave a fresh face to the idea of a society of demon hunters in an alternate USA.

The violet eyes indicate that a person is destined to be
Ayala is a mediator so when a demon pops up it’s for her to eliminate the threat it poses to normal humans. Being a mediator isn’t her only job either she also spends her days working for a PR firm but if it was up to her boss with all the days she misses she would be gone. Ayala was raised with the mediators so she doesn’t know her birth mother because the moment she was born her purple eyes set her future. However she hasn’t given up hope that she’s out there somewhere but when a lead takes a ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love when a book grabs me from the start and makes me not want to put it down. The only reason I didn't finish this book more quickly is because I started it right before I went away on a vacation where I had absolutely no time at all to read. I finished it the day after I got home, staying up to 1 a.m. to do so because I just couldn't put it down. I borrowed it from Amazon Prime's free library and rather than wait a month to be eligible to borrow book two, I bought it. And isn't that the goal ...more
Kate Swed
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What can I say about a book that kept me so riveted that I tried to keep reading while cooking dinner (Ayala Storme could probably multitask with sharp objects, but I can’t) and also made me dream that my cat was spending his nights fighting demons?

This one really took over my head.

Storm in a Teacup’s badass heroine, Ayala Storme, narrates with a razor-sharp voice. She spends the bulk of her time covered in demon blood, but she also appreciates silk robes, bubble baths, and bunnies. Ayala’s wi
Kevin Hammond
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one is slightly futuristic, urban, pleasantly weird and paranormal. In this vivid world we have mediators who are around to kick demons asses, and the people are aware of what they do and how much it matters. What I love about it is the "norms" seem to look at the whole thing like its very normalized. We have witches in this story and their qualities further the plot, the kind of story and a wicked plan they are involved in. its really very complex once you get into it. I wont say too much ...more
Sam (EvaNadine)
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll start out by saying that Urban Fantasy is not really my genre -- I'm only recently discovering and growing into my sci-fi nerdiness.

That said, Storm in a Teacup is a fun frolic into another world, similar to ours but definitely not the same.
Emmie Mears writes in a way that assumes her reader knows certain things yet shows them to you anyway. It's just an accepted fact of life that there are witches in our midst and that Mediators were born to fight demons and are marked by their violet eyes
Jenny Koch
I started this book thinking it was going to be a Kate Daniels knock off and was hyping myself up to hate it. It proved to be surprisingly entertaining though. I liked the heroine and her sass - although I thought she was managing to kill the super-demon things waaayyy too easily despite everyone, including herself, claiming it was so difficult. But besides that implausible weirdness, I enjoyed this book. There is a friendship/romance although this is not a romance novel - in fact do not enter t ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh
DNF @ 30%.

I tried starting this book twice. It started slow and never hooked me. World-building? What's that? Repeated sentences such as "Everyone knows you're a mediator from Birth. We're all born with violet eyes. Everybody knows what mediators do." ORLY?!

I was easily bored & distracted. The accents (narrator for that one, but the way they talked wasn't right either) were awful. The plot points were also confusing. I think I'm up to 0 for 3 this week? :(
Naomi Parrish
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found Storm in a Teacup difficult to put down. Ayala Storme is a wonderfully written character. She's tough without being invincible. She's flawed and admits it. The world she inhabits is very familiar to this reader, but with a some very important differences. The supporting cast are all well written with very human foibles. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
New and Amazing

The characters are original, intelligent, rich, full of depth and well written. The story line is uniquely designed. A world that's believable and combines the best and worst of humanity's 'cultural ignorance.' The language speaks to truths often overlooked. How nearsighted humanity can be. I hope there's another book in the works.
S.E. Doster
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great urban fantasy read!

Ayala Storme juggles writing PR statements by day and killing demons by night as a Mediator. After investigating the disappearance of a young girl, she finds the demons in Tennessee have cooked up a new breed of monsters. Things aren't always black and white, and when one of the new monsters saves her life, Ayala discovers a grey area in her job as a demon slayer.
I am a fan of snarky heroines especially when they have smart internal dialogue. Also a story where a person questions everything they have ever known and gone against the grain to do the right thing. This book got me with a good intro scene that established her competence and compassion. The book got progressively better as it went.
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ayala Storme is like a female John Taylor (from the night side series). This first book by Emmie Mears has the potential to become just as successful as a series. The world she has created is close to the one we live In but different enough to have potential for many more surprising stories.
Sharp Edge
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, but a week later I cant remember what it was about. lost among the rest of urban fantasy, but wasn't a waste of money ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun fast read, the dilemma with the shades sucked me in - looking forward to more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First things first: The title of this book all by it's lonesome probably deserves five stars.
Secondly, I do not usually like first person present tense narratives. There is nothing wrong with them, I just usually can't get over the awkwardness of them, even when they are done well. This book is the first time I have not had that problem - in fact, it didn't actually dawn on me that was how the book was written till a few chapters in. This was a pleasant surprise.
Third, this book held loads of
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm going to be honest: I almost put it down when it revealed that Mediators are Mediators because they're born with violet eyes. And I probably should have.

I like urban fantasy when it's done well, but done well is kind of the key part of that. And for the most part this book is pretty much generic extruded urban fantasy product. Not terribly incompetent generic extruded fantasy product, and it managed to get me at least mildly interested when it finally hit the central conflict about halfway t
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Emmie Mears writes the books they always needed to read about characters they wish they could be. Emmie is multilingual, autistic, agender, and a bad pescetarian.

Emmie makes their home with two cats in Glasgow, Scotland and hopes to keep it that way.

Emmie is represented by Sara Megibow of kt literary.

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