Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Corner Store Witch Book Tour Review
AUTHOR: H.D. Lynn
PUBLISHER: Throw This Book At Me
PUBLISHING DATE: September 20, 2016
FROM GOODREADS: The Chronicles of Narnia but with more swearing, more katanas, and less allegory. It's nerdy, anime inspired fun for the whole family.
Leone owns Pulp Magic (Comics, Books, Games, & More). Angry customers are her biggest concern-until a man from another world literally drops into her shop. And oni have followed him. Leone defends herself with a magical staff, which marks her with powerful runes. Her supernatural tattoo sleeves make her desperately thirsty, yet practically allergic to water-and oh, they foretell the fate of the realms of demons, gods, and men.
With her four friends and inter-dimensional guide, Leone travels to the realm of the gods, searching for magical cosmetic surgery. She doesn't want to carry the fate of the world literally on her arms. But the truth she finds-of a war raging between worlds-changes her, challenges her.
What's a nerd to do with the fate of all worlds at stake? Ah yes, kick some demon ass.
Corner Store Witch is a really quick, really fun urban fantasy read. Leone owns a nerdy comic book store and has a zany group of friends and one really uptight twin name Lakeisha. While at work one day, a man dressed on cosplay gear crashes through Leone's work ceiling. Considering there was no physical damage to the ceiling meaning he materialized out of nowhere, the reader knows the story is not going to get any simpler. Leone quickly discovers Abinar comes from another land, bearing a stolen staff, which eventually triggers powers Leone didn't know she possessed and creates mystic burning tattoos on both her arms.
As I mentioned, this book was a lot of fun. There is a lot of diversity, including an Asperger character, and the story really plays on Japanese culture. It also mentions a lot of pop culture such as Tamora Pierce, Dr. Who and Harry Dresden, which I feel always makes a book a lot of fun. There is lots of action in the book and no real romantic elements which I know appeals to many. My only real complaint is the book is really short. I don't feel the shortness harmed the story overall, but at times, it felt really rushed. Also, huge cliffhanger at the end. Well, not really a cliffhanger, it just basically stops, leaving the reader immediately wanting the rest of the tale.
If you like urban fantasy and diversity, then definitely consider "The Corner Store Witch." I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and as part of Xpresso Book Tours.
RATING: 4 Paws