February 11, 2016

Review: Shadow Sight

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, book 1) by E.J. Stevens

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Shadow Sight (1)

Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets
unseen by humans…except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.

Some things are best left unseen...

Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills—most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client—until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...


Positives first. I've been wanting another read with a lead for psychometry. Ivy is pretty cool and as a character I enjoyed her. She had an interesting voice and I chuckled at quite a few lines of her internal banter. The cast of characters are fun and the magical creatures are in abundance. The Unicorn lore and THE unicorn was awesome. My unicorn obsession hit full force, and was a factor for me pushing through. I'm a sucker for magical creatures. Especially the horned one. (That would sound really bad out of context. It actually sounds kind of bad in context.)

It helps that the writing isn't the worst I've read, and spelling isn't an issue. Though the writing is rough. Sometimes I felt like there were too many commas. I do it to.

The killing factor for me was the information dumps. It's all very convoluted. It took 5 pages to walk to a church, because of the needless information that was being dumped. Don't get me wrong I adore it when an author has a place so well developed and the characters have rich back stories. When it's taking away from the present story it's not a good thing. Pacing and information come hand in hand. It needs to be told, but not in away that it bogs down the story. The back stories didn't even follow a linear story. They jumped around tossing random bits out.

The excess of information was bad. Quite a bit of it could have been cut out, or at least not repeated so much. Making this a much longer read then it needed to be, and quite honestly I no longer cared about the story it was trying to tell. Ivy ended up suffering as a character due to everything else being delved into. Actually I felt like Steve enjoyed all her other characters more. It was very strange.

In the end the convoluted nature of this book killed it's own story. Not even using the time to flesh out Ivy, who is actually an interesting character. From the little about her in the book. Psychometry we miss each other again. Maybe another lead in a better book. I'm out. There are better series. More importantly better written books. It's a shame, it had so much promise.

Sexual Content: Pretty clean. Nothing shocking.

1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't.

Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)
Shadow Sight (1)
Ghost Light (2)
Burning Bright (3)
Birthright (4)

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