Friday, June 12, 2015

*Book Review* Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Ivy Granger # 1
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Released: July 1, 2012
Source: Author
Format: E-Galley, 240 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy


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.

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.

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.

Welcome to Harborsmouth boys and girls! Harborsmouth is a place where dozens of Otherworlders like fae, trolls, vampires, and kelpies call home. It is also the home to Psychic Investigator Ivy Granger who has the ability to see visions through psychometry. Sometimes it's a real pain in the ass having to wear gloves all the time. Especially since any object she touches may have experienced something traumatic. Ivy is also able to see past Otherworlders glamour through what she calls her second sight.

Ivy and her bestie Jess aka Jinx (named because she is the unluckiest girl on planet Earth) operate Private Eye Detective Agency. They're not exactly rolling in the dough, or can suddenly retire overnight, but they do try to have fun at what they do, and they do have a good reputation at finding lost things. Ivy's go to expert in all things supernatural is hunter/witch Kaye O'Shaye who is a wealth of information and experience. 

When Ivy/Jinx are hired by a Demon attorney to find something that has been stolen from the Kelpies, little does she or Jinx know that they will end up in the middle of a major threat to humans. Ivy sets out to fight the threat by using any means at her disposal. That means collecting favors from a variety of Otherworlders like vampires, merrow, pookas, and the Green Lady to save the humans in her city. But, at what cost will Ivy's favors to others come back to haunt her?

A minor disappoint with Shadow Sight. Ivy isn't necessarily a strong or kickass heroine because of her psychometry. Unlike Gwen Frost from Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy who learns how to wield a sword through her connection to the object, Ivy mostly runs from supernatural to supernatural collecting a powerful team to defeat the nasties. The overall fight with the nasties finds Ivy mostly acting as a support mechanism, or messenger between Hunters, Vampires, and Fae. I would like to see this change in the next installment. 

I accepted the authors request to read this book because I had previously read her young adult series called Spirit Guide. Stevens has a unique style of writing. You have an off cut lead character who has a bit of snark to back up her bite. You have a slew of mysteries surrounding her abilities, and her heritage. Shadow Sight is filled with so many different fae, that I found myself trying to look up what they actually were. Apparently, there is an index in the next installment which I should be reading shortly.

**I received this book for free from author E.J. Stevens in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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