Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, #1.5) by E.J. Stevens

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 bestselling 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 only leave 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.

Blood and Mistletoe is an Ivy Granger series novella.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 273 KB
Print Length: 87 pages
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press (November 5, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

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This is your first and only warning ~ This review will contain Book 1, Shadow Site (review link) spoilers.
This review will also not be very lengthy since the novella isn't lengthy.

Our half-fae / half-human psychic detective, Ivy Granger, is back and boy is she grumpy!

*It's Christmastime (not her favorite), 
*Her boyfriend, the Kelpie King, broke their date to see the tree lighting in Fountain Square,
*Someone is killing Seelie and Unseelie fae in Harborsmouth.

Ivy is made aware of the gruesome murders by none other than our favorite Jinx-flirting demon, Forneus.  In exchange for details about all of the murders, the only bargain that is struck between them is that when Ivy does indeed prove Forneus' words true, then "he gets full credit for bringing the information to Ivy" (Stevens, E.J., 2012, pg. 13).

The investigation into these murders does prove true and Ivy begins investigating who and why.  The information she discovers is both terrifying and disturbing.  There is a very old fae in the city, unbeknownst to Kaye, the resident witch.  This is unsettling to say the least.  The most powerful witch protecting the city isn't  as strong as she once was.  

"Leanansídhe was most definitely unhinged. As Hob once explained to me, the very, very old fae tended to go through an unhealthy stage of boredom that was often followed by a period of “goin’ doololly.” Some fae manage to retrieve their sanity again over time, but most remained damaged"  (Stevens, E.J., 2012, pg. 41).

There is huge significance to the cover that E.J. Stevens chose for this novella.  It is spot on once you finish the story and reflect on what you learn.  Mental illness isn't just something that humans have to deal with.

Ivy is still crowd-weary; however, since the events in Book 1, Ivy is now a highly prized investigator in Harborsmouth.  Between her detective skills, and Jinx's management skills, they make a great team.  The plot is strong and all of our favorite characters are back, contributing to the novella in their own individual ways.  Marvin the troll is a great character and I really enjoy the part he plays.

This is another great addition to the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series.

Review Copy Courtesy Of:  E.J. Stevens, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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