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1.0 out of 5 starsOMG
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
What an absolute train wreck of a book! I almost do not even know where to start. Let's start with the cover. When the cover picture is of a dominatrix you know that the publisher had serous concerns about whether the story was good enough to sell books. The time table in the book was wrong. They skipped from early morning to end of day to the middle of the night with absolutely no disregard for time passage. The crudeness of attempted emotional manipulation by the writer was insulting and the characters themselves were written in such a way that they were rendered not interesting even though they could have been quite fun. Also, the whole story felt as if motivations for the characters were tacked on as an after thought. I read a lot. I also adore occult detectives and have read them in all there incarnations for years. Do not waste yout time with this one.
I have heard about this series for a long time and I am not sure why I kept putting it off. it's a great series from what I have read so far.
Ivy Granger lives in Harboursmouth where all sorts of supernatural creatures roam around unseen by anyone who doesn't have second sight. Ivy has this ability to see these creatures and doesn't know a lot about her past, but she is soon to find out.
She has the ability to have visions by physically touching things, so that really puts a damper on her getting close to anyone. She avoids contact with people and things as much as possible. This ability though helps her become a detective of sorts and she deals with both humans and supernatural beings.
She hates dealing with demons but a demon has come to ask her to help the kelpies. Kelpies eat humans but this time they are the ones in need of help, something or someone is holding their king hostage and they are even worse than kelpies.
This was such a fun read and I can't believe I have had this on my list since 2015 and just now reading it. Anyone who loves paranormal type reads will probably enjoy this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsIncredibly fun and entertaining...
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2019
What a thrilling joyride into the realm of urban fantasy! E. J. Stevens provides her readers with the most imaginative and amazing stories and characters. In this first full-length book of the Ivy Granger series (there is a fun prequel novella), we are introduced to Ivy, the lead character, who is an amusingly snarky young woman in possession of the rare gift of psychometry (the ability to receive visions/impressions from objects she touches). She and her best friend (and roommate), Jinx, run Private Eye, a psychic detective agency in the fictional town of Harborsmouth. When contacted by a lawyer representing the Kelpie race of sea fae, Ivy and her friends are set on a path which pits them against a ruthless enemy in an epic battle which will determine the fate of their town. To have any hope of victory, alliances must be forged with a diverse array of supernatural beings and Ivy finds herself in the center of it all. This is fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy at its finest.
For those preferring the audio format, I can unequivocally recommend this title. The narrator, Traci Odom, provides an outstanding performance. The characters are given distinct vocalizations and their emotions are superbly conveyed. The author and the narrator are a stellar combination of talent that yield a truly delightful experience for enthusiasts of urban fantasy.
A fun, yet at times, a completely disturbing book. I think most people wouldn't describe it like that, but I found it funny at times. The sayings that the Author comes up with, and the way she describes things, I found quite funny. The Ivy Granger books are in a class all there own. I've only read two so far, but they've both been excellent, definitely worth reading. Paranormal, mystery, comedy, combined with disgusting and terrifying creatures.
Ivy and her few friends Jinx (her business partner/roommate/best friend, a human) Madame Kaye (friend/helps Ivy with magic, she's a witch) Hob (became friends over the years, with the grouchy little brownie, a type of fae). These are her main friends from the beginning. Then she also becomes friends with Marvin (a young, albeit very stinky, sweet, Troll). Who is homeless and lost his father, but Kaye is helping him.
Ivy and her friends are close, help each other with anything and reliable to each other. Ivy having always been the odd ball growing up, because of her power (psychometry, the supernatural ability to see events, usually traumatic, in an objects history, or skin too skin contact. She can also see through glamour, something the supernatural beings use to make themselves, or things look different). Ivy always wears gloves to prevent getting, horrific visions. She has seen way to many horrible things in her life. Now she only uses that gift if she absolutely has to, for solving a case. Ivy suffers terrible nightmares, because of all the things she's witnessed.
This book was very good. The characters are endearing, relatable, real people (except the monsters). I was completely engrossed in this book once I started it. I mean no sleep, don't talk to me, dam it I have to pee again engrossed. Their is always something happening, or something they are preparing for. Something that is going to happen. There's no chance, for your mind to wonder, there's to much going on.
Ivy is much braver than she thinks, and does a lot of scary things, in the name of saving the little seaside community, where she lives. Ivy and her friends, along with some unsuspected others, go along way to try to save the community and humans in it.
In the end Ivy finds herself with more friends, and finds out a huge secret about herself. She also learns things about her parents, that she would have never guessed. Of course a lot more happens in the book, but I don't want to give anything away.
Oh, definitely worth reading. Fast paced, something is always happening. It's fun yet has scary creatures, along with the old favorite creatures. Has it's share of blood/Gore, but the blood and Gore is not constant. Also, shows the great easy flowing friendships, between Ivy and her friends. At one point, something happened with Ivy and one of her friends. Ivy was out of it, and starting to use a lot of different sayings and this friend did something (I know that is vague, but again I don't want to give anything away). I'm curious to see if anything comes of that. Heck, I'm curious about a lot of things, that's why I'm going to start the next book.
I was given a copy of this book to read, I left a review on my own.
4.0 out of 5 starsPacked full of mythical and interesting creatures - would recommend this book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2016
I don't often give 4 stars and hardly ever give 5 stars - perhaps I am fussier than most people! However, I thought this was a 4 star book. It was packed full of paranormal and mythical beasts including kelpies, vampires, pixies, brownies, witches, a troll, a unicorn, a demon and several other creatures I'd never heard of. In fact, so many of these beings fed off human flesh that I am surprised any humans still lived in the town!
Ivy Granger has a gift (or a curse?) of psychometry. By touching an object or a person she can experience what happened to the owner of the object. This causes her physical and mental pain, so she uses her powers sparingly. She is obsessed with wearing gloves and not coming into contact with people or things. She and her friend Jinx share a home and a private eye business. Ivy also has the ability to see all the fae people, who look human to those without her special powers.
Ivy is hired to find the bridle taken from the kidnapped Kelpie King, but before she finds it she uncovers a plot by evil water fae to attack the town and humans living there. Can she unite the other fae people, some of whom have standing feuds with each other, so that they can all fight the evil invaders?
There was a lot of action and descriptions of the various weird creatures, which I enjoyed. Perhaps the final ending and "disclosure" was a bit rushed, as others have said, and a bit OTT, but hey, this IS a fantasy book! I would read another in this series. There was no sex or swearing in the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsIvy granger is a psychic detective and owns a detective agency (Private Eye) with her best friend Jinx
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2017
This was my first E.J. Stevens novel and is definitely not my last (I have already finished the next 4 Ivy Granger books).
Welcome to Harborsmouth! Ivy granger is a psychic detective and owns a detective agency (Private Eye) with her best friend Jinx. She has the power of Psychometry which means that she receives visions of past events when she touches a person or item. In the book she is hired by a client, Forneus (a demon) to find the king of the kelpies ceffyl’s bridle as he is missing. Has he been kidnapped by the each uisge? Human livers are washing up on the shore as the each uisge are now living in the bay. The water fae and kelpies will not stand up to the each uisge without Ceffyl.
The book follows a nice place and leaves you wanting to learn more about each character that you are introduced to along the way – Ivy, Marvin, Jinx and Ceffyl. P.S a Unicorn appears.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 18, 2016
For the first time I was really torn about how many stars to give a story, but this really is a book of two halves. I definitely struggled with the first half, well actually I'd say the first three quarters of this book, largely due to the fact I had to do so much mental editing. It just felt sluggish and bogged down by pages and pages of descriptions of characters and what they were doing, instead of plot driven narrative.
The story itself is sound and felt like it had a lot of promise so I stuck with the premise regarding Ivy Granger our psychic heroine who runs a private investigations agency in a city full of supernatural beings living alongside their human counterparts somewhat precariously it seems. Ivy is hired by a dodgy devil, who is representing another being, who needs something returned and this leads our psychometrically endowed PI into a web of intrigue, that will mean meeting many more of the towns stranger beings.
I started to really enjoy this when Ivy was able make head way with her snooping and leave the comfort of her friend Kaye's kitchen. The final confrontation was genuinely thrilling and if the whole book had been written in this style I would have read it in half the time.
Overall what I am trying to say is this starts slowly and is heavy on the detail, but it is definitely worth wading through it because the payoff is gratifying enough for you to want more.The central protagonists are very likeable as long as you able to suspend all attempts at reality. I thought this was a sweet and easy going fantasy and will probably give the sequel a go too.
5.0 out of 5 starsIvy Granger may just be a human private eye, but she has a monster ability to fight for the rights of others.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2021
Ivy Granger is known to her customers as a person who will take on the smallest investigation jobs, but when her home town and her friends are threatened by a cruel race of sea monsters, she doesn't hesitate to enrol the help of all the supernaturals she can, from the local vampire hoard to the King of the Kelpie's himself, after she rescues him from the monsters of course! A great start to an even greater series I hope, I can't wait to read book two.
I was 50/50 about this book the positives are plenty of other worldly creatures in this book and the author take time to explain all of them in detail this is what I really enjoyed the different types of thing that go bump in the night , ivy granger is a psychic detective she touches any thing and sees raiment's of past of that items with her site the story line is a brilliant one and keep me reading, Ivy however the main character is always feeling sick or wants to go bed so she can sleep or moaning very nervous all the time, on most of the pages through out the hole book yes we get that she hates most life forms of the other world and also being touched mabs bones I hope she stops in the next book as I say I enjoyed everything else and not ready to give up yet on to the next book :-)