Some things are best left unseen...
Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans...except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.
Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills - most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client - until a demon walks through their door. Demons are never a good sign...
A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.
There's blood in the water...kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.
The lesser of two evils...
Shadow Sight is the first novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.
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"I enjoyed it even more than my beloved Hollows series by Kim Harrison." (The Keeper Shelf)
"Readers will love E.J.'s signature humorous writing, her kick-butt protagonist, and one heck of an unpredictable story." (A Cupcake and a Latte)
"I absolutely love the creepies in this book. If you like strange creatures and quirky-oddball descriptions this is for you." (Dizzy Izzy Book Reviews)
Yes. This is such an enjoyable read and a great introduction to the Ivy Granger series.
The plot was sufficiently fast paced to keep me hooked and it really picked up the pace towards the end.
Yes. She is such an awesome Ivy and knows how to grab the readers.
Ivy is so snarky that it's impossible not to snicker during the book, so yes, I had a good few laugh out loud moments.
Shadow sight introduces us to the snarky and kick ass heroine Ivy Granger. When she touches an object she can "read" that object. She doesn't know why or how she has the gift but she learns to deal with it. She opens her own Detective Agency and has the name to investigate the weird.
Ivy is such an awesome character and I loved her wit and sass. I can't wait to read more in this awesome world and look forward to the next book.
Set in a northeastern port city, Harborsmouth, Ivy Granger, psychic detective, tackles the supernatural. Ivy has this little twitch – she can’t touch anything or anyone without having a vision, which entails reliving the strongest memories imprinted on that item or person. Along with her best friend Jinx, they set up a private eye business sometime ago. Now, the two are hired by a demon, Forneus, to solve the mystery of the many human livers found floating around the harbor.
This was a fast-paced and fun urban fantasy steeped in mythology. Ivy is in her mid-20s and has worked hard to do the best with what she has. She can see the fae in their numerous forms due to her fairy sight and she can use her psychometry to relive past events when she touches items or people (though she doesn’t really enjoy doing this). In fact, one of my few quibbles with the book is that it is beaten into the reader for perhaps half the book that Ivy does not like to touch people or things and we’re told why again and again. I was quite glad once the repetition on this point was over. Other than that, Ivy is a fun character to follow around on this adventure.
The plot itself involves tons of beings from myth, which is way cool. We have a Red Cap, a kitchen brownie, a witch or two, some trolls, vampires, several water folk (like the Kelpies), and plenty more. In this particular story, one set of baddies are the each uisge, which I had never heard of. So, there was entertainment and education going on, which is never a bad combination.
While Ivy and Jinx are figuring out the mystery, and then the solution to the mystery, Ivy keeps bumping into little hints about her past and her own nature. Now, here is my second tiny quibble – Ivy was so dense about these hints concerning herself that I kind of wanted to give her a little shake and spell it out on a big white board for her. While I can appreciate she was distracted with the big bad mystery, there were also decent periods of quiet and reflection and she didn’t connect the dots. I thought this was a little out of place for her personality, one that is skeptical and always questioning.
We have a lot of great characters populating the story. Marvin is a young troll that took a beating sometime in the past and Ivy makes sure he has a safe place to sleep. He also does some work for Kaye O’Shaye, a witch and Hunter that Ivy spends time with. I especially liked Hob, the witch’s kitchen brownie. He has a thing for shiny objects. Jinx, Ivy’s best friend and chief side kick, was OK. I think I need more time to bond with her. She is into shoes and hairstyles and flirting, which aren’t my things, but she makes an interesting counterpoint to Ivy.
The last hour of the book was pretty darn intense. The mystery started off with a missing Kelpie king (Ceffyr) and that comes full circle at the end. Ivy has to face some fears and do some trusting. Lots of different types of folks come together to face the main threat and many of them have different reasons to do so. It was a neatly woven web there at the end.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review (thanks!).
Narration: Traci Odom once again was a good voice for Ivy. She sounds like a woman who hides knives and fights for troll rights while staring down vampires. I like her girly voice for Jinx (I can picture the makeup and curls whenever she uses Jinx’s voice). She also has distinct and believable voices for all the male characters. I especially liked her supremely distressed voice for Ceffyr. She did mispronounce the word ‘chitin’ and its derivatives a handful of times, though I won’t hold this against her.
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I rather enjoyed the story that author E. J. Stevens has written but I did have a few problems with this story. I felt it was somewhat like Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking. The names of the character, Ivy's best friend and the main characters job, demons, the name of the smell. Its just a bit like listening to Kim's story. Other than that, I felt it was a great story just names and details were too much like another great series I love. It held my imagination engaged and I enjoyed the quirky things throughout this story. I don't think in anyway that the author has done anything wrong with having the same names and some details. Once you listen/read this story it takes on its on perfect story.
I've never heard of this narrator before but Traci Odam did a great job with her narration of this story. She kept me on the edge of my seat and fully engaged from start to finish. I received this audio free from the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.
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As much as I love the UF genre, I got into it for the mysteries with supernatural elements but I've felt like a lot of them devolve into sex-fests. Not that there's anything wrong with romantic and intimate relationships, I just really hate when those become the core of an UF series. I was so thrilled to get a listen to SHADOW SIGHT and find that wasn't at all an issue.
It's not often you get to enjoy a story where water fae are used and I've always loved kelpies so the plot was fantastic. Ivy and Jinx are a quirky team and I really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Marvin. (I also have a soft spot for trolls). It reminded me of early Anita Blake or Allie Beckstrom. If you've been looking for an enjoyable urban fantasy I would definitely recommend checking it out.
I quite enjoyed Traci Odom's narration, I thought she suited Ivy very well. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series soon.
Notes: Review copy received via author.
This is the first book that I’ve read or listened to by this author. I’ve seen several reviews that really peaked my interest, but never got around to picking them up. Then I hear that they were available on audio, which I can get through much faster than reading, as I can listen while working, so this worked perfectly for me. I’m so glad I was finally able to get to this series. Shadow Sight was a great start to the series.
Ivy Granger is a psychic detective. She also has some special powers. She can see things when she touches things. Some people might call this a gift. Ivy calls it a curse. She tends to see horrible things that happen to people who’ve touched an object. It makes things really hard for her. She doesn’t like to go out where she might touch someone else. She always wears long gloves to prevent skin contact. She also has the ability to see through glamour.
Ivy is surrounded by some pretty great friends. Jinx is Ivy’s roommate and business partner. She has the nickname because she is a clutz. She has bad luck wherever she goes. She is more of the people person and organizer of the business. Kaye is an elderly witch who helps to mentor Ivy. Ivy goes to her with supernatural questions and advice. There is also Hob, Kaye’s kitchen brownie and Marvin, a young troll who has a hard time in the story, but has a really big heart.
Ivy is hired by a demon to help find the kelpie king’s bridle. A kelpie’s bridle holds all their control. Steal a kelpie’s bridle and you have complete control over them. She works with a priest to help with the demon. She does a ton of leg work on the case while the priest and Jinx workout the contract, because demon contracts are from Hell.
I enjoyed the story. I thought the worldbuilding was phenomenal. There are several different kinds of fae. Some of which I was familiar with from other stories, others were new to me. I felt that they author gave enough information about each kind that I was never lost, even if I wasn’t aware of the mythology behind them. Some had very small parts in this story, I hope that I’ll be able to see more of them in future books. All in all, the book was a great read. There is a very light romance that might build going into future books, but not really anything to speak of in this one. There is enough action to keep you from being bored at any time.
This was the second time I listened to Traci Odom (first was Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley). I really enjoyed her narration of this book. I thought she did a great job with the vast array of characters. I really felt like she handle the many different types of creature voices really well. I always felt like I knew which character was talking. I liked her tone and pace. I listened to this at normal speed, but that is my preference in general.
Yes. Where I felt the story was slower moving as we are being introduced to a new world, the audio didn't stop so I kept moving forward with the story rather than stopping.
Things picked up and we learned a few things about Ivy. All the characters fall into a place with Ivy.
Young, solid sounding,
This is a vast world created. There are creatures from Brownies, Demons, Trolls, and Witches (or hunters) to much more. Vampires, Kelpie, Selkie, and rare fey of the ocean and land.
This book could have been good but needs a more thorough editor. It was filled with descriptions of Fey characters and constant reminders that the lead character had the ability of psychometry. There are constant hints that Ivy is more than human, and, to make it worse the author threw in an unrealistic romance at the end of the book. It made no sense. The book seemed to go around in circles getting nowhere. I won't be reading the next one.
I gave up on this. After multiple chapters nothing happened. The author spent time developing interesting characters but nothing on plot. Sime people might ind this charming but After the first 5 chapters I stopped as there was just no reason to continue. There is no drama, no threat, nothing.
I would probably not listen to this author again.
Goodness no. Traci Odon made all the secondary female characters sound like they were either bimbos or ten years old.
Totally addicted! It's possible I might need Audible rehab.
I feel like I'm being read a story by a well intentioned volunteer at the children's section of the library. I'm always on board for a psychic detective and really wanted to like this one but I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the end. Outside of some verbiage this story seems to be more appropriate for middle schoolers.
Reading/Listening is FUNdamental!
I liked GHOST LIGHT much better. I'm glad I listened out of order. For me, as I'm familiar with the characters, I had a hard time paying attention due to the narration style. I even went as far as listen to a few samples of Traci Odom's other work and not sure what happened here. I feel the over dramatization wasn't necessary and was distracting. So it comes down to preference. If this is a favorite genre then I'd recommend.
Audiobook received in exchange for honest review.
"One fae book too many"
I LIVE for urban fantasy but this book was meh compared to similar books that are available & truly poor compared to someone like Seanan McGuire.
I loved the story line, it was funny and entertaining.
going to download the next installment to see how the story line progresses
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