Some things are best left unseen...
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. Demons are never a good sign...
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.
There's blood in the water...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.
The lesser of two evils...
Shadow Sight is the first novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.
©2012 E. J. Stephens (P)2013 E. J. Stephens
"I enjoyed it even more than my beloved Hollows series by Kim Harrison." (The Keeper Shelf)
"Readers will love E.J.'s signature humorous writing, her kick-butt protagonist, and one heck of an unpredictable story." (A Cupcake and a Latte)
"I absolutely love the creepies in this book. If you like strange creatures and quirky-oddball descriptions this is for you." (Dizzy Izzy Book Reviews)
I LIVE for urban fantasy but this book was meh compared to similar books that are available & truly poor compared to someone like Seanan McGuire.
"A solid start."
Yes. This is such an enjoyable read and a great introduction to the Ivy Granger series.
The plot was sufficiently fast paced to keep me hooked and it really picked up the pace towards the end.
Yes. She is such an awesome Ivy and knows how to grab the readers.
Ivy is so snarky that it's impossible not to snicker during the book, so yes, I had a good few laugh out loud moments.
Shadow sight introduces us to the snarky and kick ass heroine Ivy Granger. When she touches an object she can "read" that object. She doesn't know why or how she has the gift but she learns to deal with it. She opens her own Detective Agency and has the name to investigate the weird.
Ivy is such an awesome character and I loved her wit and sass. I can't wait to read more in this awesome world and look forward to the next book.
Good 1st book in a series.I enjoy Ivy's exploits as told by Traci Odom. She does a nice narration.Ivy is a psychic detective.Se works and lives in a city full of monsters,Fae,all otherworldly beings.She is called in when they need assistance.her side kick 'jinx' is a kick ass kind of girl.A fun read.This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review.
"Nice start to a new series!"
Ivy Granger is a Private Investigator for Second Sight with her best friend Jinx. Ivy has the gift of Psychometry (creating visions by touching objects), which is a very helpful tool for her when on a case. Ivy is hired by a Demon to help a clan of Kelpies in desperate need. In order to begin, she seeks the help of her long time friend and most powerful witch, Kay. Can the two of them together win the battle of a lifetime?
The world that Ivy lives in is very complex. I appreciate the detail in the world building with all the various species involved. The "magic system" (as my good book clubbin' friends like to call it) used in this story seems to be the standard I've seen in other magic-based stories. The characters that took a bigger role in the story were hilarious at times, and a very unexpected humor at that! As I followed Ivy through the case, building her army of misfits, I started to figure out, "Oh shit, this is going to be huge!" When the final scene starts to unfold, I was glued to my spot, listening intently as the battle began! Shadow Sight was a great start to a new series that I look forward to reading, or shall I say listening to!
Traci Odom did a great job telling Ivy's story! I am familiar with Traci from Blood Destiny Series by Connie Suttle. Traci is an excellent story teller, giving you the correct inflection at the right time! I truly enjoy her voice and love that she is the narrator for this new series I plan on following. I rate Traci with 4 stars, good job Traci!
"Great start to a new series."
This is the first book that I’ve read or listened to by this author. I’ve seen several reviews that really peaked my interest, but never got around to picking them up. Then I hear that they were available on audio, which I can get through much faster than reading, as I can listen while working, so this worked perfectly for me. I’m so glad I was finally able to get to this series. Shadow Sight was a great start to the series.
Ivy Granger is a psychic detective. She also has some special powers. She can see things when she touches things. Some people might call this a gift. Ivy calls it a curse. She tends to see horrible things that happen to people who’ve touched an object. It makes things really hard for her. She doesn’t like to go out where she might touch someone else. She always wears long gloves to prevent skin contact. She also has the ability to see through glamour.
Ivy is surrounded by some pretty great friends. Jinx is Ivy’s roommate and business partner. She has the nickname because she is a clutz. She has bad luck wherever she goes. She is more of the people person and organizer of the business. Kaye is an elderly witch who helps to mentor Ivy. Ivy goes to her with supernatural questions and advice. There is also Hob, Kaye’s kitchen brownie and Marvin, a young troll who has a hard time in the story, but has a really big heart.
Ivy is hired by a demon to help find the kelpie king’s bridle. A kelpie’s bridle holds all their control. Steal a kelpie’s bridle and you have complete control over them. She works with a priest to help with the demon. She does a ton of leg work on the case while the priest and Jinx workout the contract, because demon contracts are from Hell.
I enjoyed the story. I thought the worldbuilding was phenomenal. There are several different kinds of fae. Some of which I was familiar with from other stories, others were new to me. I felt that they author gave enough information about each kind that I was never lost, even if I wasn’t aware of the mythology behind them. Some had very small parts in this story, I hope that I’ll be able to see more of them in future books. All in all, the book was a great read. There is a very light romance that might build going into future books, but not really anything to speak of in this one. There is enough action to keep you from being bored at any time.
This was the second time I listened to Traci Odom (first was Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley). I really enjoyed her narration of this book. I thought she did a great job with the vast array of characters. I really felt like she handle the many different types of creature voices really well. I always felt like I knew which character was talking. I liked her tone and pace. I listened to this at normal speed, but that is my preference in general.
"Fun to listen too!"
I loved all the fun characters.
This was my first time listening to this narrator and I thought she did a fantastic job.
Why did I wait so long to try this series! It sucked me in and I just couldn't quit listening. If I could have I would have listened in one setting.
Ivy has this ability to have visions when she touches things, because of this she avoids physical contact as much as possible. It also helps her become a detective of sorts to help humans as well as fae. Kelpies pray on humans but this time they are the ones being preyed upon as they king as been kidnapped. She find out there is something much more dangers than kelpies in the waters of Harborsmouth.
I like Ivy she is a great character though a bit flawed. She has some fun and interesting friends. My favorite is the young troll.
"Enjoyable to the end!"
The story drew me in from the first sentence and kept me riveted. It combines masterful storytelling, wonderful narration and thrilling adventure. Who could ask for more? I highly recommend this book!
I rather enjoyed the story that author E. J. Stevens has written but I did have a few problems with this story. I felt it was somewhat like Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking. The names of the character, Ivy's best friend and the main characters job, demons, the name of the smell. Its just a bit like listening to Kim's story. Other than that, I felt it was a great story just names and details were too much like another great series I love. It held my imagination engaged and I enjoyed the quirky things throughout this story. I don't think in anyway that the author has done anything wrong with having the same names and some details. Once you listen/read this story it takes on its on perfect story.
I've never heard of this narrator before but Traci Odam did a great job with her narration of this story. She kept me on the edge of my seat and fully engaged from start to finish. I received this audio free from the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.
"A light fey read to relax with"
Yes. Where I felt the story was slower moving as we are being introduced to a new world, the audio didn't stop so I kept moving forward with the story rather than stopping.
Things picked up and we learned a few things about Ivy. All the characters fall into a place with Ivy.
Young, solid sounding,
This is a vast world created. There are creatures from Brownies, Demons, Trolls, and Witches (or hunters) to much more. Vampires, Kelpie, Selkie, and rare fey of the ocean and land.
"I am probably not the target audience"
I gave up on this. After multiple chapters nothing happened. The author spent time developing interesting characters but nothing on plot. Sime people might ind this charming but After the first 5 chapters I stopped as there was just no reason to continue. There is no drama, no threat, nothing.
I would probably not listen to this author again.
Goodness no. Traci Odon made all the secondary female characters sound like they were either bimbos or ten years old.
"Worked hard to like it"
I feel like I'm being read a story by a well intentioned volunteer at the children's section of the library. I'm always on board for a psychic detective and really wanted to like this one but I'm not sure I'm going to make it to the end. Outside of some verbiage this story seems to be more appropriate for middle schoolers.
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