Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review & #Giveaway: Hound's Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book #5) by E.J. Stevens @EJStevensAuthor

Welcome to my review of HOUND'S BITE, the fifth full-length novel in the bestselling, award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens! 

Keep reading for a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card and signed swag!

Hound's Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #5) urban fantasy by E.J. Stevens

About Hound's Bite:

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 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.

Release Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural Suspense, Urban Fantasy

I have read and reviewed each and every book/novella available in this series, as well as the Hunters' Guild series.

Here are links to my reviews of all the previous books in the series, including Hunting in Bruges, which is set in the world of Ivy Granger:

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book #1)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-shadow-sight-ivy-granger-psychic.html

Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, book #1.5)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-blood-and-mistletoe-ivy-granger.html

Ghost Light (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book #2)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/release-day-party-review-and-giveaway.html

Club Nexus (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book #2.5)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/5-star-arc-review-club-nexus-ivy.html

Burning Bright (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book 3)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/review-burning-bright-ivy-granger-3-by.html

Birthright (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book 4)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-birthright-ivy-granger-book-4-by.html

Hunting in Bruges (Hunter's Guild, Book 1)
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/release-day-review-giveaway-hunting-in.html

My Review:

Ivy, Ceff, and Torn are back from their jaunt to Faerie.  Unbeknownst to them, they weren't the only ones that slipped through the portal.  Apparently their re-entry into Harborsmouth unleashed The Wild Hunt lead by Herne the Hunted.  Herne is only interested in causing as much bloodshed as possible and now Ivy must figure out a way to end The Hunt.  As the evening draws near, and The Hunt is soon to begin, so many things happen in Harborsmouth.  Ivy must face Jinx after disappearing into Fairie without telling her and then inform her of the impending doom.  There are also issue with Kaye, the local witch that Ivy finds she must take care of before Herne signals for the start of the bloodshed.

I devoured this novel.  I couldn't help it...really!  I told myself to read slowly and enjoy the story but there was just no way to do that.  As soon as I started reading chapter one I was all in and that didn't bode well for the whole "reading it slow" thing.  After having been part of the series for as long as I have, I feel like Ivy, Ceff, Torn, and Jinx are my friends.  I've grown to care about their characters and the author did a great job reuniting me with them.

As noted in the reviews I've posted for other books in the series, Ivy is written in a way that she is still brand new; never becoming stagnant, dull, or predictable. She continues to kick butt in the name of protecting her family, friends, and townsfolk. Ivy does all of this while maintaining safe distances since she has the ability of touching objects or people and being able to discern history of said objects/people.

Many things are revealed in Hound's Bite; things that have been plaguing Ivy for a long time.  The revelations are not all good or bad, either.  There is a fine mix of joy and dread woven into the pages of book 5.

I have enjoyed the world of Ivy Granger since Book 1. The series is easy to read, understand, and follow. The characters are a hoot - Torn is absolutely hilarious at times. He is written with just the right amount of inappropriateness. The good guys and gals are likable and you definitely find yourself rooting for them. The baddies are also well written and sometimes give the reader the shivers ~ which means the author did her job! :) 

Please make sure to read the books in order since the world and character building, plotlines, subjects, and themes build off of the previous books.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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World of Ivy Granger

The world of Ivy Granger includes the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and the Hunters' Guild series.

Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series: 

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1) 
Blood and Mistletoe: Novella (Ivy Granger #1.5) 
Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2) 
Club Nexus: Novella (Ivy Granger #2.5) 
Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) 
Birthright (Ivy Granger #4) 
Hound's Bite (Ivy Granger #5) 
Blood Rite (Ivy Granger #6) coming soon. 

Hunters' Guild Series: 

Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1) 
Hunting in Paris (Hunters' Guild #2) coming soon.
Amazon Link to E.J. Stevens' Author Page:  http://amzn.to/29tQ1PR

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.  The series is available in multiple formats (Ebook, Trade Paperback, Audiobook) and languages (English, Italian, German).  New formats and languages becoming available monthly.  Sign up for E.J. Stevens' monthly newsletter and never miss a release.

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3 comments:

James Robert said...

Honestly, I am not the reader. It is my two sisters who I search for books for and one of them likes it.

Dianne Casey said...

I have never read urban fantasy and would be interested in reading.

Dianne Casey said...

I have never read urban fantasy and would be interested in reading.