Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Blood and Mistletoe

Blood and Mistletoe by E.J. Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Book Available: November 20, 2012
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy, those who enjoy tales of the fae that treats them realistically
Disclosure: I received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: 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. Six 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.

My Thoughts: I read the first book in the Ivy Granger series, Shadow Sight, in July of this year and really loved it (review can be seen here on sites that allow links). This novella helps bridge the gap leading up to the next full novel in this series, Ghost Light, which is scheduled for release in 2013. This book is a novella, but Stevens puts in a lot of action, keeping the plot moving at a brisk pace.
Hob has told Ivy that, “...the very, very old fae tended to go through an unhealthy stage of boredom that was often followed by a period of ‘goin’ doololly.’” As it turns out, the fae that Ivy is up against in this story is very, very old indeed, and describing her as “goin’ doololly,” is probably a kind way of putting it. Fans of the Dresden Files will recognize the name Leanansidhe, but I think Stevens has a more realistic idea of what Leanansidhe is like – very, very old fae: very, very “doololly”.
Of course I’m not going to tell you what Leanansidhe has to do with the story – that would be telling, wouldn’t it? But if you like urban fantasy, especially with very realistic depictions of the fae, you really need to read E.J. Stevens’ Ivy Granger, Psychic Eye series – it’s really wonderful stuff!

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