Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review ~ Tales from Harborsmouth (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, #5.5) by E.J. Stevens @EJStevensAuthor

Tales from Harborsmouth 
Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective
4 Short Stories Set in the World of Ivy Granger
E.J. Stevens

Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

About the Book:

In Tales from Harborsmouth, readers get a chance to delve deeper into the exciting world of Ivy Granger. 

Ivy Granger is a psychic detective with ties to Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld. Too bad those ties tend to ensnare Ivy and her friend Jinx in the Machiavellian schemes of the city's teeming population of bloodsucking vampires and psychotic faeries. 

FROSTBITE (Ivy Granger #0.5)

In this Ivy Granger prequel, join Ivy and Jinx on a disturbing case that leads down a dead end alley to a house ravaged by time and circumstance.

Everyone knows that there's no such thing as ghosts, but when a client claims that her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it's that you're better off arming yourself for the unexpected. Anything is possible in Harborsmouth.

BLOOD AND MISTLETOE (Ivy Granger #1.5)

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.

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.

CLUB NEXUS (Ivy Granger #2.5)

A demon, a human, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar...

These four intertwining short stories are set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld.

Iced: A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.

Dusted: Being a highly skilled predator doesn't necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.

Demonized: The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she's brought a crossbow loaded with holy water dipped bolts for this night on the town.

Jinxed: Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl's night out with Ivy, a smoking hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.

THRILL ON JOYSEN HILL (Ivy Granger #5.5)

Few places are as rife with opportunity or as fraught with danger as Harborsmouth's notorious Joysen Hill. Vampires own the real estate, and even the most ruthless human thugs won't venture there after dark, but when Torn gets stuck babysitting, he can only think of one place in Harborsmouth interesting enough to take a demon toddler, a teenage bridge troll, and a grouchy hearth brownie. What happens next substantiates the city's advertising slogan. No matter who or what you are, no matter how young or old, you can find your thrill on Joysen Hill.

Tales from Harborsmouth is a wonderful collection of novellas within the world of Ivy Granger.  If this is your first experience in Ivy's world - welcome!  I hope you enjoyed all of the stories in the collection and they have piqued your interest in the urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  You won't be disappointed.  If you're familiar with the series - isn't this series great!?  I've read everything in the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and love how they just keep evolving.  

My favorite story in Tales from Harborsmouth is Club Nexus.  Told from four different points of view, the reader sees everyone's take on the same situation.  The author succeeds in bringing a uniqueness to the short stories that I've never encountered before.  I really enjoyed the different aspects of the same basic scenes/events.  

I have enjoyed the world of Ivy Granger since Book 1. The series is easy to read, understand, and follow. The characters are written so well.  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.

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.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Tales from Harborsmouth.

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