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Hound's Bite: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Volume 5

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Publisher's Summary

PRG Reviewer's Choice Award finalist for Best Urban Fantasy series.

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force - The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the award-winning, best-selling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series and Hunters' Guild series, is filled with action, mystery, magic, dark humor, quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, flirtatious demons, sarcastic gargoyles, sexy shifters, temperamental witches, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.

©2016 E.J. Stevens (P)2017 E.J. Stevens

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    Amy 02/07/2017
    Amy 02/07/2017 Member Since 2017

    I am an Urban Fantasy addict !I love the supernatural especially set in a modern world.Ilona Andrews, Kim Harrison and Patricia Brigs <3

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    ".Hound's Bite: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective"

    What did you like most about Hound's Bite?
    Eeeek! I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book to come out .I have been a HUGE E.J Stevens fan since the first book Shadow sight came to Audible UK in 2013!After the revelation in the previous book,Birthright,that Ivy ,our Ivy was Queen Mab's daughter. The queen of air and darkness' daughter !Lets just say I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released.So what did I like most?the continuation of this amazing fae filled,realm jumping Myth to reality series.It was amazing!Its hard in reviews not to let any spoilers slip so that and hold on to your seats, grab some tissues and you may need a baby monitor at some time ;) Outstanding Urban fantasy.
    What other book might you compare Hound's Bite to, and why?
    Hmm if i were to compare this series to anything it would be October Daye series by Seanan McGuire .
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
    Absolutely and I did. Infact I went back and listened to all of the books again to get the full experience.Writing like this is worth it,you see and pick up things that the writer has planted in the ground work from the beginning and throughout the books that come to a head and make a glorious , magical sense.
    Any additional comments?
    Melanie A. Mason , Anthony A. Bowlin were very good and held me spellbound.This book was on my “ Pounce on it as soon as it comes out list” however I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review,as always , is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Layla 19/05/2017
    Layla 19/05/2017
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    "It's not what you would expect."
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    I have to admit that I have not read or listened to the previous books in this series. However, as the story progressed the author explained somethings. I didn't feel that I was missing anything from not reading the others in the series.
    I liked the main character Ivy, I thought she was mature and lead her team like a true leader. I have to say my favorite character has to be Torn. I found him to be really interesting. I didn't get much from Ceff, Ivy's boyfriend. I didn't see any emotional connection between him and ivy. I am surprised that they are in love because I did not feel it. I thought he would have been more involved but we don't get to see him a lot and sometimes I forget he is even there. It is a shame I would have loved to have gotten to know him as I got to know the other characters.

    There are two narrators in this audio book. They worked really well together and gave the characters a more 3D effect. I also liked the sound effects, which I wasn't expecting and it gave the book something more.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator

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  • donnie collins
    12/05/17
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    "Does it again!!!!"

    Loved everything about it! This series leads me around like a....well like a Will-o- wisp!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • moorj
    Indiana
    24/05/17
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    "Fast paced urban fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a quick paced story with likeable characters that bring the urban fantasy to life. suitable for YA and up. No major warnings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ivy's self revelations and personal growth make the story relatable for all of us who have ever wondered why life has to be complicated and chose to just blunder on and figure it out as we take the journey.


    What does Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    IMason and Bowlin were and unbeatable duo narrating the story and bringing every page to life. Listening was a great experience. IThey made the story a great listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ivy's realization that she has become a true mom to the baby demon was a tender turning point.


    Any additional comments?


    Hound’s Bite: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Vol. 5
    Written by E. J. Stevens
    Narrated by Melanie A. Matson
    Ivy Granger, daughter of notorious Mab has escaped Fairie, but not without an unexpected cost. The Wild Hunt’s hounds are in furious pursuit. Ivey and her groups of unlikely friends must reach deep within themselves if any are to survive. The fast paced story includes gargoyle, witches, demons and a host of para normals plus best human friend Jinx. The story quick and witty dialogs bring the reader through this urban fantasy and leave you waiting for the next story in the series.
    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MSEreads
    Marianna, FL
    30/06/17
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    "Fast paced action brings friends to Ivy's side!"

    Ivy escaped from the land of Faerie with her fiancé, Ceffyl, and a testy friend, king of the Cat Sidhe, Sir Torn. But as they return, they discover that an evil force followed them into Ivy’s home town, Harborsmouth. The Huntsman and his powerful Barguest are bringing the Wild Hunt to Ivy and her community. The Huntsman will blow his horn at sundown to loose the dark hounds on the city. Any bite from the hounds turns the victim into a new black hound.

    Ivy would normally call on her witch friend, Kaye, to help prepare a defense but Kaye has gone off the deep end on a power trip and may be as dangerous as the Huntsman. Ivy has to deal with Kaye before she can gather allies to face the Wild Hunt.

    I enjoyed the action and the usual characters, plus extra creatures, brought in to help in each of the crisis that Ivy faces. I was a little distracted by some repetition of Ivy sort of whining. Still, she is growing and those around her recognize her special ability to bring adversaries together to face a common foe. She’s done it before and hopes to do it again to protect the city from the Wild Hunt. She tries to protect those she loves but can she save all her friends, including Ceff when he gets caught by the hounds? There are threads from prior books, and a few surprises, that get tied in nicely here. I liked how the friends come together in this good adventure.

    Audio Notes: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin do a nice job with the character voices. Their back and forth combination works well to make this a fun and entertaining listen.

    I received this audiobook from the author as part of release tour. My rating 4.25.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pam Richmond
    23/06/17
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    "Great Story"


    I truly enjoyed listening to this book, E.J. Stevens, Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin did a great job keeping my focus throughout the entire story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DabOfDarkness
    Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
    18/06/17
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    "A great continuation to the series!"

    Note: While this is Book 5 in the series, I feel that one could enjoy it as a stand alone.

    Ivy Granger has returned from the Unseelie Faerie Court after learning some earth-shattering news about her parentage. But there’s no time to rest and deal with that because the Lord of the Hunt is about to hit Harborsmouth. She must call upon her allies, her latest training, and her friends to combat the Wild Hunt or suffer the loss of her beloved city.

    This was a gripping read! I really enjoyed this installment in the series. First, there’s the great characters and they’re all written so well in this book, with great lines and actions that give them depth. Then there’s more than one crisis Ivy has to deal with, so it’s not just one long meandering battle with the Wild Hunt. Lastly, there are consequences and some of them are a bit rough. I like it when my urban fantasy drags talons across some of the major characters.

    Jinx is still a big part of Ivy’s life and I’m very glad these two friends were able to deal with their recent falling out. And, yes, Jinx still has her crossbow. She and Forneus (who is a demon and a lawyer) are still together. Then there’s Torn, the cat sidhe, who flirts with both Ivy and Jinx, which really irritates both Forneus and Ceff (Ivy’s kelpie lord boyfriend). Then toss in Sparky, Ivy’s adopted demon child. Father Michael gets called in to babysit while the heroes work on a game plan to deal with Hearn, Lord of the Hunt.

    Yet before they get too far along, Sparky goes missing. Now a powerful witch, Kaye, has a plan to save Harborsmouth from the Wild Hunt but things are going disastrously wrong there. Ivy and her friends will need the help of the mysterious Circle before they can regroup and get back to dealing with Hearn. I loved this part of the book. It was a bit of a detour from the big event but I really enjoyed how it added to several of the characters. Ariadne, a witchling who is in training to Kaye, really gets to be in the spotlight for part of it. Then there’s Ivy’s new Faerie and Wisp powers to put on display. Also the beetles! The next time I get something stuck in my throat, I will be looking for beetles.

    So then we get past that and allies must be gathered for the big fight. Now the thing about the Wild Hunt is that if a hound of the Wild Hunt bites you, you turn into a hound yourself and you’re bound to serve the Lord of the Hunt. Armor! Bring me my armor! Obviously, things don’t go well for everyone involved and Ivy faces the very real danger of losing people she loves to the Wild Hunt.

    I was very satisfied with the ending. Not everyone got everything they wanted but there’s still enough good stuff that people can pick up the pieces and move on with their lives. I especially like how far the Pooka came in this series, despite their choice of condom hats.

    I received a free copy of this book.

    The Narration: Once again, Melanie Mason narrates the bulk of this story, being the perfect voice for Ivy. I also love her Jinx voice. Anthony Bowling has all the male character lines and he does a great job with Torn (a flirtatious snot) and Father Michael (a sincere man). Most of the time, Bowling’s lines are inserted smoothly into the recording but other times it definitely felt like these two narrators weren’t in the same room during the recording. There were a few sound effects mixed in, and for the most part they worked. There were a few that I wasn’t sure what they were until the story told me what they were.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormaly Yours
    NC
    15/06/17
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    "Ivy is taking charge!"

    Ivy Granger has returned from the journey of a lifetime only to be faced with a battle that will test her skills and her new found magical abilities. With her boyfriend Kef and best friend Jinx by her side, will Ivy win the fight over evil or will evil take its toll?

    Ivy and the gang have come full circle now with fighting battles, winning in love, friendship and respect but they have also gained more to lose. When Ivy returns after discovering who she really is, she now faces the challenge of controlling that power yet still keeping her loved ones safe. When the hounds come howling, Ivy gathers the troops and prepares for an epic battle, and in the process everything goes wrong, very wrong. Ivy is a born leader, she knows just how to call the shots when the chips are down like a true leader. The story, the battle only strengthens the bonds and seals an emotional attachment for the reader. How could you not love Sparky, the demon she has adopted, or Kef, the Kelpie King boyfriend who never judges her but just loves her and Sparky. It has been my pure pleasure to read as Ivy comes into a wonderful and powerful leader as well as a strong, brave woman. The ending left me with questions, but ones that show how fascinated I am with Ivy’s life and where it will go from here.

    Narrators Review

    Narrated by Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin. Both Mason and Bowlin have done a wonderful job with their narration. The sound quality was excellent, the tone was pleasant to my ears, and the emotion/acting was most entertaining! I can honestly say that listening to this duo was a treat, and made the story come alive. Thank you for a job well done.
    **Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    NJ United States
    11/06/17
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    "Crazy Faerie Princess Takes on the Wild Hunt"

    (excuse the spelling of names...I heard the audio)

    Summary: Ivy Granger's a snarky faerie princess. The main plot can be summed up in a quest to save harboursmouth from Herne the Hunter and his hounds.

    Additional Comments:
    - Not sure where the psychic detective part comes in since this is my first experience with the series. I'm assuming the detective bit had more to do with earlier stories. This story just has her running around the city trying to forge alliances and save the human population from a few crazy plots. There's some mystery but very little detective work.
    - The character voice Ivy has is awesome, but you gotta like snark.
    - Content warnings: quite a few references to adult content (lots of innuendo); quite a few curses (and a few hexes thrown in too); definite references to the occult - can't really escape that with a book stuffed full of mythological creatures (kelpies, faeries, vampires, etc).
    - Side characters are well-developed, but I think that's to be expected in a book 5 of a series. There are references to events that happened in previous volumes, but the work feels complete enough that you can jump in here without feeling too lost. There's an opening for more without sounding like a blatant "buy my next book" plea.
    - Narrator was well-picked.

    Conclusion: If you like your heroine's strong and weird, Ivy Granger's the faerie princess for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mlsimmons
    Ohio
    07/06/17
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    "Another Fast-paced and Fun Story with Ivy Granger"

    I was very excited to back in the world of Ivy Granger. This is a series that I’ve really enjoyed and this book was no exception. Ivy is back from her trip to Faerie. Her powers are growing. After spending a year in Faerie (which was only a week in Harborsmouth, since time travels differently between the two), Ivy finds herself not able to slow down a bit.

    The Wild Hunt has followed Ivy back from Faerie and they only have until sundown to defeat them or they will tear through Harborsmouth and kill many innocent (and naive) humans. Ivy goes to her friend and mentor, the witch Kaye. Kaye has helped Ivy several times, but this time, she seems to be different. She seems a little power hungry. Ivy learns that Kaye has been up to no good while she was gone.

    So, Ivy has to figure out how to defeat The Wild Hunt and help get Kaye under control without killing her friend. Luckily, now that Ivy is back in Harborsmouth, she has her full cast of friends to help her. Ceff and Torn have come back with her from Faerie. Even though they were treated very poorly by Ivy’s family, they stand by her side and do what is needed to help her. She also has Jinx and her man, Forneus the demonic lawyer, to help too.

    Again, there are other, smaller characters, that make an appearance and I loved seeing them again. Humphrey (the gargoyle), Sparky (Ivy’s adopted full demon child), Hob (Kaye’s kitchen brownie) and Marvin (a young troll), Father Michael and Kaye’s apprentice, Arachne.
    This story gives new meaning to “fast-paced”. Ivy and her friends don’t have a chance to catch their breath. The whole story takes place in about a single day (since they have to fight The Wild Hunt before the end of the next sundown).

    I really enjoy this world that Ms. Stevens has created. I think the characters are a lot of fun. I think the world is very creative and interesting. I love the action (and boy is there a lot of action). There is snark. I just can’t say enough about this ragtag group. They all fit perfectly together. I’m very interested to see where this series goes next.

    Narration
    I really like both Melanie A Mason and Anthony Bowling. I think they both have nice voices and do a good job voicing the characters. This duet style of narration, where the female voices all female characters and the male narrates all the male characters is something that I’m getting more accustomed to. I will say that the sound effects that are included were a turnoff for me. With some, it was hard to hear the voices. The one example that stood out to me the most was when they were fighting with a wall of fire, the sounds of the fire overtook the voices. My personal opinion would be to just let the narrators use their great voices to make the story without the sound effects.

    **I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    06/06/17
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    "A fun urban fantasy/story with odd sound effects"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was my first introduction to the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story completely because I didn't know the background from the first four novels. As this was a free, review copy for me, I expected as much so took this into consideration.

    The narrators did a good job on the voices and I felt they gave the characters "life" by being unique for each. My one, and for me, big detraction was the sound effects. I've found that I really don't care for it when the production companies do this for audio books. Perhaps its because I haven't found one where the execution was right, or perhaps I just don't like it... either way, it was highly distracting from the experience.

    I was interested enough in the story that I'm tempted to go back and listen to the first 4 books in the series, but will read the reviews first to see if the sound effects thing is unique to this book or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    America
    01/06/17
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    "An amazing series!"

    I love this series more with every book; the world that E.J. Stevens has created is amazing, detailed and so vividly conveyed. I don’t want to give away what happens; there will be no spoilers here. But I’m continually amazed by the situations that Ivy Granger is put through and the emotional response it creates in me as I listen to the story unfold. Stevens is incredibly creative and there is never a dull moment.

    The narration was good but I don’t like the background sounds that are added at times especially when they don’t totally match what’s happening. At one point the book says, the horn sounds three times and we hear a horn but only twice, if you’re going to add sounds, at least get it right. There are also strange sound shifts used to show things that are remembered and I really didn’t like this, I found it jarring. At times the dual narration is jarring as well and while Melanie and Anthony do a decent job, I want Traci Odom back!

    This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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