Friday, September 25, 2015

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

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.

About the Story:

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

Audiobook Details:

Written by: E. J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, David Wilson Brown
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Unabridged Audiobook

My Review:

I've now had the pleasure of reading the book and listening to the audiobook.  My original review of the eBook of Blood and Mistletoe was in 2013.  I will repost it below, along with the link:

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.

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.

eBook Rating: 

~~~Now I will review the audiobook in regards to the narrators~~

The narrators, Melanie A. Mason and David Wilson Brown really bring this 87 page (2 hour and 18 minute novella to life.  None of the other audiobooks I've listened and reviewed (which isn't very many, actually) have had both a man and a woman narrator.  I found it a nice change of pace.  One thing I have noticed, however, is that Books 1, 2, and novella Club Nexus are narrated by a different person and there is only one narrator, so we'll see how that goes.  Yes, I'm listening to the series out of order but I've already read the books so it doesn't matter to me.  I love them all regardless.

Both Melanie and David give all of the characters they voice definite emotion.  Each character is read in the right tone, voice, volume, and trait.  There isn't any question when the character is sad, upset, snarky, whispers, or yells.

One issue I had with the recording is the differences in some of these scenes - certain sections sound like Melanie was talking into a tin can at first, then would straighten out and be of normal volume and tone.  I went back and listened to one of the first occurrences of tin-can narration thinking is was how I had my phone lying in my vehicle's console.  David's scenes didn't ever seem to have that type of problem. His narrations were pretty smooth and sounded consistent.

One of best parts about listening to audiobooks is the ability to learn exactly how certain names are pronounced.  I learned the correct pronunciation of several names and titles in Blood and Mistletoe, including Ivy's boyfriend, Ceff.  Yep, I was totally pronouncing his name wrong - that won't be happening anymore.

Audiobook Rating: 

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