Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#Review - Burning Bright by E.J. Stevens (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Ivy Granger # 3
Format: E-Galley, 282 pages
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Source: E.J. Stevens
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady—with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.

Burning Bright is the third installment in the Ivy Granger series by author E.J. Stevens. EJ was kind enough to send me books #1 thru #3 plus (2) novellas in return for an honest review. Mission Accomplished. If you haven't yet read this series, let me summarize for you quickly. The Ivy Granger series is an urban fantasy series set in Harborsmouth. The series is told in the first-person point-of-view by Ivy Granger, a psychic detective who is half-fae (Father is the Willem of the Wisps). Ivy and her bestie, Jinx own and operate Private Eye Detective Agency and they have dealt with a whole lot of troubles since the first book.

They've saved the city several times, found love in the most unlikely places, and collected their very own Scooby Gang (Ceff, Father Michael, Forneus, Kaye, Arachne, Sparky & Torn). Ivy has been trying to deal with her second sight and her Psychometry which allows her to see raw emotions from objects that she touches. Along the way, Ivy has collected debts to various supernatural entities which comes calling in this installment. But, she's also accepted that sometimes a hero needs to get their hands bloody in order to save those she loves.

Burning Bright starts out with Jinx having a bad, bad experience which I correlated to having been unwillingly raped and drained of her energy. If that weren't enough, Ivy's debts to the Green Lady and the Vampire Master come home to roost, while fire imps burn down the city. This book could be called Ivy's MISTAKES come calling. Never let be it said that making too many bargains is a good thing! Especially when it come to the Fae, and Vampires. Last book readers were introduced to Torn, this time around we are introduced to Sparky, the demon who Ivy adopts as her own. Adopting a demon you say? Yep!

All three books so far have had a standalone story line, but you definitely need to read the books in order. Ivy is on a mission. I won't say a mission from God because that would be too Blue's Brothers like. Anyway. Her fae side is really causing problems to the point where, well, let's just say that things are extremely dangerous for her. Thankfully for Ivy, she has Ceff alongside as her sex partner and protector. He's also the sort of person who would walk into hell and back with her without constantly complaining. I like that in a character.

I am a pretty simplistic reader/reviewer. I like to be kept entertained. If I am not entertained, I have a habit of looking else where, like boring ass TV, because my brain is always on the go. Stevens keeps readers entertained with action, suspense, danger, romance, and an eclectic collection of characters that Ivy has found friendship with since saving the day in Shadow Sight. I am looking forward to reading Birthright to see just how much more Ivy can grow as a character and become a kick ass heroine that I expect her to be.

**I received this book for free from author EJ 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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