Where I Got It: Review copy.
Publisher: Sacred Oaks (2015)
Length: 2 hours 18 minutes
Series: Book 1.5 Ivy Granger
Note: Even though this is Book 1.5 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone.
Ivy Granger is a private detective working in Harborsmouth. And her demon associate, Forneus, requires her talents to solve a series of murders. With her psychic abilities and help from her friends, such as Jinx who runs the office, she attempts to make it through the holidays and save fae lives.
Even though this is short, plenty of awesomesauce is packed into it. Ivy herself is a lot of fun and has plenty of insightful, and sometimes snarky, remarks throughout the book. Forneus is a layer demon who I was intrigued by, but also wanted to smack upside the head on occasion. Jinx is curvaceous and clever with knives. I want to do shots with her. There is just a touch of romance – Ivy has a beau. However, her psychic abilities are triggered whenever she touches another person, so their relationship has been strictly celibate.
Then we have the plot, which is a series of fae murders Now, not all the dead fae came from the same house, so it was a bit tricky to figure out who the murderer was. But the murderer being the clever person they think they are left a sprig of mistletoe at each crime scene. Luckily for the fae community, our detective is more clever. Plus I love all her little comments about the holidays.
I was pretty amused and sometimes surprised by this little book. I will definitely be continuing my Ivy Granger adventures with the other books in the series.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author via her audiobook tour in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).
Narration: Our narrators, Melanie Mason and David Brown, were both excellent. Mason was a perfect fit for Ivy Granger. I also loved her near-purring voice for luscious Jinx. Brown was an excellent near-evil demon attorney (Forneus). He also had some great voices for the other baddies we come upon.
What I Liked: Great mix of snark, action, and quiet reflection; Jinx and her blades; the cover art; Forneus and his kept-in-check violence; the murder mystery; the ending was good.
What I Disliked: Nothing! I really enjoyed this book!
What Others Think:
Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are bloodsucking vampires or monstrous fae, the combination may prove deadly.
Ivy Granger, psychic private investigator, returns to the streets of Harborsmouth in this addition to the bestselling urban fantasy series.
Holidays are Hell, a point driven home when a certain demon attorney returns with information regarding a series of bloody murders. Five Harborsmouth residents have been killed and every victim has one thing in common—they are fae. Whoever is killing faeries must be stopped, but they only leave one clue behind—a piece of mistletoe floating in a pool of the victim’s blood.
The holidays just got interesting. Too bad this case may drive Ivy mad before the New Year. Heck, she’ll be lucky to survive Christmas.
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Length: 2.6 hours
About the Ivy Granger Series:
The Ivy Granger series is an urban fantasy series written by E.J. Stevens. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Ivy Granger, a psychic detective with ties to the paranormal underworld of Harborsmouth—ties that ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city’s teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries.
About the Author:
E.J. Stevens is the author of the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult paranormal romance series, the HUNTERS’ GUILD urban fantasy series, and the award-winning IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.
When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.
About the Narrators:
Melanie A. Mason: There has never been a moment when Melanie Mason wasn’t interested in telling a story, either one of hers or someone else’s. She is an accomplished Actor, Director, Audiobook Narrator and Voice-Over Artist. Her voice work includes Web Spokesperson, anime, commercial and film. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MS in Information Science, with a focus on Storytelling. She has been a University faculty member for over a decade teaching Communication Studies and Broadcast Communication.
David Wilson-Brown: Actor, director, and audiobook narrator David Wilson-Brown has been a storyteller since he can remember. His numerous credits range from stage, to film, to voice-over work for numerous anime and live action projects. He received his B.F.A. in performance and his M.F.A. in acting.
*Please note that the narrator for the Ivy Granger audiobooks Shadow Sight, Ghost Light, and Club Nexus is Traci Odom.
The author is giving away a BLOOD AND MISTLETOE audiobook download, signed postcard, and button to one lucky winner. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. Audiobook available to anyone who can download books from Audible.com. Giveaway ends June 30th.