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.
"Watch out Artemis Fowl, Ivy Granger is in town!"
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
Playing with different species of Faerie, that interact with each other the way that they ought to.
My favorite scene? I was received the triple listen award, for the three times in a row that I listened to this story!
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.
"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.
"Creepy Fairies & Christmas. What else do you need?"
Yes, it was a lot of fun and a quick listen.
Jinx and Ivy were my favorites, but they're very vibrant characters.
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.
"Christmas time Murder mystery in a fey setting"
Fey, magic, murder mystery
The 'bad' person dancing with a skeleton.
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.
"Blood and Mistletoe"
Ivy Granger is a psychic detective. She gets help from friends fae or other and sometimes enemies.This holiday season there are 5 bodies found. One for each different fae. Will she get her 'man'? Will she survive to live another tale?
Melanie Mason and David Wilson Brown do a nice job narrating ,though,I DO find more than one narrator distracting.
This audiobook was provided to me at no cost for a fair and honest review
I have really come to enjoy town of Harboursmouth and what better time to go back to it than Christmas. It's too bad for Ivy and Jinks they will be spending part of that time solving a mystery. As I said in my review of the previous book in this series I love Ivy and Jinks. They are such awesome characters and they work so well together. They also have such a bond that can't be broken by anyone. Ivy is asked to try to solve this mystery by Forneas of course and she decides to take him up on it since Ceff has to go out of town. I loved seeing Ivy work out this story and try to solve who was behind it and who wouldn't like the creep factor of knowing the killer was using the Fae to create their own mistletoe tree. I mean this is Harboursmouth and creepy comes with the territory.
As the story continues and Ivy gets deeper into solving things she finds out that Marvin is missing too. I had full confidence that even with what all she had going on Ivy would be able to handle it all with a little help from her friends and once again she pulls it off. I think listeners of this one will once again enjoy the narrators as they did a fantastic job and brought the characters to life. They managed to pull them off and make them sound like just what I would expect from them. I highly recommend this one and can't wait to listen to the next one. This series is such a fun and engaging series to listen to.
"Holidays are Hell!"
I really enjoyed this story. I actually messed up and ended up listening to this story first before listening to Shadow Sight, which is book #1. Once I realized what I had done I went back to listen to the first story. In all honesty I think this story was better than the first one. I think author E. J. Stevens has created a great series. I loved the characters in this series and they all have important parts to play in each story. This story is packed with excitement, action, mystery, and a unique twist. This story has folklore and Stevens uses different and various reference to mythology. The creatures and myths are perfectly written in this story. I recommend if you've read/listened to Shadow Sight, then make sure you get this novella book #1.5. and it's well worth the purchase.
Melanie A. Mason and David Wilson Brown did a great job as they team up to tell this story. They made a great duo as they bring this story to life.
I received this audio at no charge from the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review through Audiobook Blast.
"Great short story. Well worth it"
This is a cute short story that is set during Christmas, but isn’t really a Christmas story. Yes, it takes place during the holidays. Yes, there are gifts exchanged. That is pretty much where the holidays end.
Our demon lawyer friend (that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it, it kinda is), Forneus returns with another case for Ivy and Jinx. Something is killing fae. The only thing that is in common, is that the victims are fae. Ivy needs to figure out who and why these deaths are happening. Ivy takes on the case as she doesn’t want people killing a bunch of fae in her town.
This is a short story, at a little over two hours, but it is a full story. We get to spend some time with some of my favorite characters in Kaye the witch, Marvin the teenage bridge troll and Hob the Brownie. There is even some appearances by Ceff, the Kelpie king and Ivy’s boyfriend. It was a great listen to fit in between some of my other listens. I do think you can go on to book two if you aren’t a fan of novellas, but this is a fun read that adds some depth to the secondary characters.
Blood and Mistletoe is the first book that I’ve listened to with different narrators the way this one was done. I have listened to different narrators that changed with chapters, but this one changed with sentences. That was a little jarring to me. The narrators were great, but everytime a male characters spoke, we went from a female to a male narrating. This was completely new to me and I don’t think it is something I would search out for. I did eventually get used to it, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan. I would be willing to listen to either narrator if they read the entire book. I would also mention that I like the narrator who does the full length books better for this series. This is a case of just not my style of narration.
"Story great!......Audio not so great."
Ivy the most popular private investigator right now is swamped with cases! After her successful battle with the big nasty in Shadow Sight, her phone has been non-stop ringing! That devil of a demon, Forneus, returns to let Ivy know that there have been fae murders happening in town that no one seems to be paying much attention to. Five fae to be exact and they all have nothing in common. Boy does Ivy have her work cut out for her!
While Ivy is contemplating how to go about her investigation, she begins to experience the downside to dating the Kelpie King Ceff, and is totally bummed out for the holidays, (which is the first holiday in a long time she has actually had a boyfriend :(
I totally felt bad for Ivy for multiple reasons in this book. First off her Psychometry gift. The ability puts her in the servitude of others because she can't touch anything! How do you shop, make food when you're hungry, wipe your own ass because the toilet seat or paper may have had contact with someone when they had horrible diarrhea! I mean WTH! It does seem more like a curse than a gift to me, just like it does to Ivy! Secondly, she has a boyfriend now, how the hell are they going to do the bump and grind?! They've been dating for months now and not even a toe curling kiss from him! This good deed stuff she's doing with her "gift" better get her Sainthood!
Blood and Mistletoe is a great addition to the Ivy Granger Series! I enjoyed how the characters' relationships are coming together for me, and their development. However, I will highly recommend you read the book rather than listen to the audiobook. I rate this book with 4 Stars. Read the narrators review to see my explanation.
This novella was narrated by two people, neither one the narrator for book one, two or three. Melanie Mason and David Wilson-Brown narrated Blood and Mistletoe. I'm not sure how the book was produced but it sounded as though they didn't record together in the same studio. The quality of the recording was not professional! Melanie narrated and David belted out loudly for side characters throughout the book. Although I should say David did an excellent job with the introduction, and has a very nice voice, that wasn't my problem with David. David's recorded parts were way off kilter with Melanie's, so when he speaks he is much louder than Melanie. Plus, when David did speak his line, the tone and emotion in his voice doesn't match the mood for the scene he is reading for. If David were to have been in the studio with Melanie, the flow of conversation would have been nicer and at least at the same volume level for Pete's sake!
Melanie's role in the audio fiasco was a different story. Her sound quality was fine but it was obvious when stopped/started recording. During a scene her voice clearly sounded different, and the tone as well, so you can hear when the recording is cobbled together. Also, although Melanie has a nice voice, she wasn't a good fit for Ivy Granger. I'm not sure if it's biased because I already heard Traci Odom as Ivy and really connected with her as Ivy, or if I felt like I met Ivy she just wouldn't sound like that. Personal preference I guess, and doesn't mean Melanie has a bad voice.
I give the narration 1 Star. The poor quality took away from my listening pleasure, which is why my overall rating is 3 Stars.
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