Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Mamachari Matchmaker by S J Pajonas #FreeBook

Mamachari Matchmaker (Kami No Sekai, #3) by S J Pajonas
Self published in America in March 2015.

M for my 2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge

How I got this book:
Downloaded a free copy to celebrate the author's birthday. Happy Birthday Stephanie! (Get your free copy Through This Link until Feb 1st)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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This bike longs to be owned by a family with kids but is bought by a quiet, cosplaying, young woman instead. 

How will Mamachari help Eriko to find true love? 


Shhh… Listen To The Gods. 

The Japanese believe the gods live in all things. Trees, appliances, animals, buildings — they all have a spirit living within them. Maybe, if you listen carefully, you can hear them too.

Mamachari Matchmaker is a sweet short story set in Tokyo and partially narrated by a bicycle - well, the god living inside this particular bicycle anyway. Mamacharis are an everyday family bicycle in Japan (Mama Chariot?) frequently to be seen on errands loaded up with small children and groceries. So  it makes perfect sense that Eriko's new Mamachari bicycle would be pushing her towards finding romance. However, unlike some of Eriko's friends, the Mamachari doesn't want her to pretend to be someone she isn't just in order to snag a man.

I really liked shy Eriko. In her own world of manga and cosplay she is perfectly at home, but when confronted by other social situations she panics, blushing and believing everything she says is ridiculous. I can certainly empathise with that! The Mamachari is a fun character with a refreshingly dry sense of humour. Having spent ages in the bicycle shop before Eriko arrived, this god knows feeling unwanted is like. It can understand why Eriko doesn't put herself forward and can whisper advice from the sidelines - unheard by anyone else. I didn't have any problem believing in the reality of Eriko and her talking Mamachari bicycle and was swiftly drawn in to their quest, rooting for Eriko to find her happily ever after.

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  1. I love the idea of even a bike having the spirit of a god within it. Thanks for sharing I downloaded it. Pajonas is a sweetheart!

  2. Love the idea of the lonely god wanting to help Eriko. SJ tells such a sweet story. Thanks Stephanie! ❤️❤️

    1. I hadn't read her work before, but the rest of the series is now on my TBR

  3. Eriko sounds like my kind of character. Cosplaying and quiet - so sweet. It's really unique that the story is told from the narrative of the bike? So different!

    1. I don't think I'd heard of gods inhabiting common objects before, but apparently it's quite a common idea in Japanese literature