Storm in a Teacup – Release Day Review

A week or so ago, I won a little contest to get an ARC of Emmie Mears’ new book, “Storm in a Teacup.” I don’t recall promising to write a review, but whether I did or didn’t, I’m more than happy to. As a disclaimer, I’m friends with Emmie on Facebook and Twitter, even though we’ve never met, and I’d been looking forward to reading her work for a while.

This is a book that is simultaneously familiar and unique, which is part of what made it so fun to read. There are plenty of series of books where a quirky detective/PI/private citizen solves crimes, meets interesting people, and survives all manner of danger that for anyone who’s read any of them, it’s easy to slip into Ayala Storme’s world. On the other hand, there is a matter-of-factness about the supernatural elements – the mediators, the morphs, the witches, the demons – that you learn quickly you’re in for something different. This is a world different than the one we inhabit – imps don’t run around wearing human hair all that often around me – but still recognizable.

There were two things in particular which drew me into this book so much – the first is that I was genuinely surprised more than a few times by the story development. Emmie does a great job of setting up what might be standard tropes in other hands and finds a twist on them – but not a M. Night Shyamalan wacky twist – a new perspective, a new way to build the story. To avoid spoilers, I’m not going to share any of them – go find them on your own.

The second was that this was very much a feminist book, and I mean that in the most positive way. You can tell that Ayala is written by a woman and is a fully realized character. She’s not A Strong Female Character. She’s a woman who happens to be strong. She’s not waiting for a man to rescue her, but she’s not a caricature. She knows who she is, knows why she makes the choices she does, and if she doesn’t explain herself to you, it’s because she doesn’t need to. I don’t think it’s especially written as a YA novel, and some readers might find it violent (Ayala fights demons!), with one love scene, but if those things aren’t turnoffs, I think this would be a great story for teens of any gender.

Storm in a Teacup wraps itself up by the end, so while it is clearly the first of a series, there’s no cliffhanger, or sense of incompleteness. That’s not to say I’m not looking forward to the next book, however.

On the standard 5 star scale that most sites use, I’d rate Storm in a Teacup as 4 stars. It’s interesting, well-written, and makes me want to read the next one.

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