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Posted June 11, 2013
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
The Ivy Granger series just keeps getting better! While I enjoyed book 1, Shadow Sight, it had a couple of rough edges that were smoothed out in Blood and Mistletoe. And nice bonus...there was a pronunciation guide/dictionary for all those tricky Gaelic/fae names!
Blood and Mistletoe resumes Ivy's story a few months after book 1 ends and Ivy is already showing personal, professional and romantic growth which bodes well for the series overall. Not only is Ivy growing, but other characters as well like Jinx and Marvin are becoming more well rounded.
This is a quick Christmastime novella, but never fear, it does tell a complete story and gives a further glimpse into Ivy's world. It's a compact, fast-paced mystery with a touch of snark (you know I love snark).
All in all, Blood and Mistletoe is an excellent addition to the Ivy Granger series and I'm looking forward to continuing Ivy's adventure with Ghost Light in July 2013.
Posted May 17, 2013
This is a shorter version of an Ivy mystery. It’s no less relevant, as I about had a heart attack in this one! Dude, the bad guy in here is seriously scary! Like, I am thinking about hiding in my closet for a little while when I think about it. *shivers* I actually think this one is even better than the first one. Only because this one was a little more emotional for me. When Ivy realizes that there’s a crazy out and about killing Fae, she is seriously worried for her friends, as almost everyone is a supernatural of some sort, except for Jinx. I was really impressed with how this one played out. Plus, you get to see more of a character that had a very small role in the first book, but now I have a feeling will be a big part of this series in the future.
Jinx also plays a more hands on role, not only as business partner but for field work. I feel really bad when she goes to help Ivy and has to experience first hand some of the horrors of how Ivy’s “gift” works. Marvin also becomes a major player. He’s become the cutest thing ever. Even the Demon Forneus is growing on me, though I am still waiting for Jinx to skewer him! HA! I also think I will forever be staying away from Mistletoe! FOREVER! Jeez. I also think Ivy is growing, not only as a character, but she is embracing her “other” self, and she is trying. She’s also getting a little more brave. I absolutely cannot wait for Ghost Light to come out soon! Everyone needs to be checking this cool new series out! AND…. I seriously hope that the ending… “it” happens! I know that’s so vague, but just read it
5 Emotionally, mistletoe-loving, creeptastic PAWS!
Posted March 3, 2013
Originally published on my blog, My Urban Fantasies.
Our favorite snarky psychic detective is back! Blood and Mistletoe takes place a few months after Shadow Sight. Yes, before you even ask Ivy and Ceff are still dating. Yay! Their relationship does not play a huge role in this novella, but it's something I just cannot get enough of. I like seeing Ivy's squishy side.
The holiday season is not slowing down business at Private Eye detective agency. Ivy is finishing with a client, a bugbear, when Forneus comes strolling into the office. Forneus stops flirting with Jinx long enough to tell Ivy some disturbing news. There is a serial killer in Harborsmouth and they are targeting the fae. Five fae have been found murdered, the only thing linking the victims is a piece of mistletoe left at each crime scene.
The length of this book does not take away from the story at all. Blood and Mistletoe is fast paced, full of action and mystery. I love how E.J. Stevens combined Christmas elements into the murders.
My favorite part of the story was the end. Let's just say it was the perfect Christmas gift. *wink*
Posted January 13, 2013
I really enjoyed this prequel. It was a very nice addition to the Ivy Granger series. I loved how cohesive all of the characters personalities stayed and absolutely loved Ivy as always. I really do hope that something ends up forming between Jinx and Forneus, but who knows if Ivy will even let that happen. I think the story was extremely fitting especially for the season and I absolutely loved how grotesque it was. I cannot wait to see what book two has in store for us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2013
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