Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger)

Series: Ivy Granger, Book 1.5
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are undead 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 best-selling 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 leave only 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.

©2012 E.J. Stevens (P)2015 E.J. Stevens

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I loved everything about this story, look forward

to more in this series.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger) isn't your average detective or even your average psychic detective. She's an awesome character whose part Fae. The story takes place in Harborsmouth, where all types of interesting and fun beings dwell. Some aren't so fun such as the pixies. I loved what she said about the pixies. Her friend Jinx is cool too.

It's Christmastime and it's her first Christmas with a boyfriend who's a Kelpie King who was needed elsewhere and had to cancel their date for the tree lighting ceremony. The Kelpie and Selkie tribes were fighting over fishing rights and he had to go and keep the peace and prevent a Fae war.

Meanwhile Ivy had agreed to take Forneas' case and Jinx also had her overbooked on other cases. The Fae needed her help and this kept her hopping 24/7 with emergency cases.

This was an amazingly good audiobook. E.J. STEVENS did a terrific job writing this. I loved the duel narration with Ivy and Ceff. With him being a water spirit, it was neat to hear when his voice came in. I'm looking forward to listening to more in this series. This one is up there amongst my favorite fantasy audiobooks if not my new favorite.

Melanie A. Mason and David Wilson Brown did an exceptional job narrating this audiobook. I loved their characters. They made this a really nice audio experience. I would definitely recommend checking this one out.

Audiobook received as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Watch out Artemis Fowl, Ivy Granger is in town!

What did you love best about Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger)?

i love being brought in to a world filled with believable characters, well written, well thought out, fun, full of mythical creatures that I really do hope exist

What did you like best about this story?

Playing with different species of Faerie, that interact with each other the way that they ought to.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene? I was received the triple listen award, for the three times in a row that I listened to this story!

Any additional comments?

The only thing that knocked the book for me, and it is very minor,was I found the switching of narrators odd and distracting. I wish that Melanie Mason had read the whole thing.

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Psychic detective vs. psycho

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.

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Creepy Fairies & Christmas. What else do you need?

Would you listen to Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger) again? Why?

Yes, it was a lot of fun and a quick listen.

Which character – as performed by Melanie A. Mason and David Wilson Brown – was your favorite?

Jinx and Ivy were my favorites, but they're very vibrant characters.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't read Shadow Sight, don't worry. There's just enough information to catch you up on book one and additional info about Ivy and her gang to make the story interesting.

This time around there were two voices in the audio book. I admit, I listened to Shadow Sight & Blood and Mistletoe back to back and Traci's voice was etched into my brain as Ivy Granger, but Melanie A. Mason does a wonderful job and I thought inviting another voice to speak for the male characters, done by David Wilson Brown, was a neat add on.

Like any good mystery, it begins with a series of deaths in the fairy world and the best detective for the case is, of course, a psychic one. Ivy has to push a few new boundaries when it comes to her relationships and her ability. Somehow, I liked that Jinx seemed more involved instead of talked about.

Action, adventure, a strong female character and a background love story are the elements that made this a great read for me. Ivy had a way of getting carried away with her sarcasm and monologues in Shadow Sight, but in this novella, it's reeled in and I was given the same vibrant, and sometimes vulnerable, Ivy Granger without losing any of the sass.

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Christmas time Murder mystery in a fey setting

If you could sum up Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger) in three words, what would they be?

Fey, magic, murder mystery

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger)?

The 'bad' person dancing with a skeleton.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the two narrators. The female voice, Melanie, is not over the top with sweetness for the characters. She voices feelings as she reads with the right amount of emotions. The male voices, David, does all the male characters as needed and narrations like the Introduction. Also, when David has to do the sexy sound of Ceff, he does it well. I liked the addition of two voices to the story, it keeps my attention.

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Great short story

Ivy and Jinx are adorable. It’s the holidays and they are hunting down a fae killer. The book is fast moving. Each character is well developed. The story flows well. I recommend this book to anyone who likes magical characters and investigative stories. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading , listening to more in the Ivy Granger series.

The narrator was great. She is enthusiastic and a joy to listen to.

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Love this author

I just love this author. She always has the most unique take. I really like how she mixes paranormal with mystery.

The narrator was wonderful. I can’t wait to see what comes next from either of these two.

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Great book

As always E.J. Stevens has written another great book and even better book to listen to.

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not your typical holiday story

This is not your typical holiday story as Ivy is told of fae being murdered, which of course she must help stop. Once again EJ Stevens creates a great story bridging the gap between book 1 and 2. Great development of Jinx, Ivy, and the other minor characters as well as telling a very interesting story. The narration is great and having 2 narrators allows for more diversity in voices allowing for more variation for the various characters. Ivy is a strong brave heroine in these books and is very loyal to her friends sometimes to a fault.
I received a free copy of the audiobook and am voluntarily leaving my honest review of the production of this book.

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An entertaining short supernatural mystery

Blood and Mistletoe is an entertaining supernatural mystery and adventure in which Ivy Granger attempts to find a serial killer of Fae during the holiday season. This is a quick read (or listen) that fans of the series should enjoy, and it’s sublimely narrated by both a male and a female narrator, like the longer books. A bit twisted and scary for younger readers- Is say teens and above.

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  • Mac
  • 12-24-19

Awesome

I love this series. Awesome characters and brilliant storyline.
I highly recommend this book. The narrator is amazing too.
❤️😻🤪

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  • Amy
  • 07-02-17

Blood and Mistletoe ,Ivy Granger,Psychic Detective

Waaw this book just got real old school with the fae myth and legend!The research that must have gone in to this in mind boggling .This book is short but I its one of my favorites in this series because we see so much of Jenna from the Hunters Guild!I really wish those books were available in audio format.Jenna joined my personal squad of favorite heroines . She's a feisty, fierce,Smart,kick butt heroine...the best kind. I adored her demeanor, her passionate heart and her cunning, sharp mind. And her personality was truly a joy. Strong-willed, stubborn (but endearingly so) and clever, she was a refreshing main character. Loved her to bits. She and Ivy go up against a foe that had me leaving the nightlight on for a few nights ( yes ,yes I'm a big wuss )Amazing story, not to be missed.Loved the dual narration too!talented narrators.