I enjoy mixing up my reads, and Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Urban Fantasy series from E.J. Stevens is one that I’ve read from the beginning. Now available in audio, please read on for my review of the audio version of the title. To celebrate the Birthright audiobook release and Audiobook Month, enter to win a button, pen, custom earbuds, and a Birthright mini poster signed by the author to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open Internationally. Giveaway begins June 14, 2016 and ends June 29, 2019.
Firstly – you should start this series from the beginning – each new book builds on the last, and you would be wondering just where this or that element came from. For those who have read the earlier books in the series, this picks up after the events in book three, Burning Bright, and poor Ivy is right in the mix.
By this point, we know that Ivy is able to ‘feel’ others, and is determined to ferret out the abnormal events happening in Harborsmouth. To that end, she has, with her best friend Jinx, opened a detective agency. With multiple issues happening here, there and everywhere, Ivy is constantly struggling to find a balance between her life, her newly discovered genetics, her boyfriend and her best friend.
Now with one answer to her many questions, Ivy needs to rely on Ceff (her boyfriend – a Kelpie King) and Torn (a cat shifter) as she wants to discover more about her father. She’s only just discovered her half-fairy heritage, and with someone still seeking to do her harm, she’s got to make these discoveries without sharing her ‘back from the dead’ status. But, as it always is, nothing is easy for Ivy – and with a new demon to defeat, an uncle who just may be plotting against the kingdom and a plot that is far more dangerous than she ever expected – the action just keeps on coming.
Ivy and her friends are well developed and likable, and with each book they seem to grow more distinct and confident as they accept their own powers and find confidence in successes. Even if those successes are often more a result of luck than actual skill. World building for the series is solid and intriguing, and with each new dimension that opens up, the world is unique and fresh. This book is full of action, angst and several moments for sadness –but fits solidly into the collection and will have readers panting for the next book.
Narration for this story is provided by Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling, and they both presented and enhanced the story. With subtle differentiation in tone, delivery and pitch, the characters were presented as distinct individuals while subtle pauses, pacing changes and emotional overtones added to the story giving readers additional audible input to increases in action, danger or emotion. The narration allowed me to get lost in the story and moments, seeing and experiencing events as Ivy did, although without the mortal danger.
Overall: Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Author: E.J. Stevens
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Anthony Bowling, Melanie A. Mason
Published by: Sacred Oaks Press
Published on: 12 May, 2016
Source: AudioBook Jukebox, Author
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 4 minutes
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Being a faerie princess isn't what it's cracked up to be...
Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn--Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.
Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father--and possible salvation.
Maybe hiding away and dodging sidhe assassins isn't so bad after all...
A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox, Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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