Review: Blood and Mistletoe by E.J. Stevens

Review: Blood and Mistletoe by E.J. StevensBlood and Mistletoe by E.J. Stevens

Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Sacred Oaks Press on November 6, 2012
Pages: 87
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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Holidays are worse than a full moon for making people crazy. In Harborsmouth, where many of the residents are bloodsucking 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. 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. Too bad this case may drive Ivy mad before the New Year. Heck, she'll be lucky to survive Christmas.

The Delight

Winter Solstice and the Holiday Season ala fae-style can get brutal and bloody, but it’s all in a day’s work for Psychic Detective, Ivy Granger.  I’ve been wanting to try this series for a while since I saw Lorna and Melanie’s fab reviews.  And, I was totally in after barely reading a page.

Review

Blood and Mistletoe is a novella that falls after the first book in the series.  It probably would have been better to read it in order since I probably got a few spoilers as a result.  However, the story worked well as a standalone too, the way the author introduced things in the beginning.

Ivy’s latest case right before the holidays is a doozy.  There’s a serial killer of fae on the loose and the killings are all rather grim.  Ivy has to use her cursed gift to touch  something at the murder scene that took her right back to when it happened.  Then she makes a precarious deal with a fae, and will Ceff be able to wrap up things with the Selkies in time to escort her to the witch winter solstice party?

I found Ivy an engaging heroine and enjoyed her detecting work.  But I think what blew me away was the worldbuilding.  Ivy’s world is amazing.  I am definitely going back for more.  I recommend this series to those who enjoy some grit and darkness and mystery to their urban fantasy.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh yep, I’ve got book one and I’m ready to go. 🙂 Hey, that’s great that all are wonderful.

  • I love this series too. I agree with the worldbuilding. It is so well done. I love the characters too.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I really look forward to starting these. You and Lorna got me interested and now I’m excited. 🙂

  • Wow that is a seriously wonky cover! Definitely eye-catching, which does the job. I love detective stories! I’m glad you enjoyed this novella. Wonderful review, Sophia!

    Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Oh yeah, that cover is totally eye-catching. It’s actually a scene in the story which makes it so cool when you realize what you’re seeing. I can’t wait to keep going with the series.

      You have a good one, too, Alyssa!

  • It sounds fun there. I haven’t read any of the author but I heard a lot about the books

    • It was a bit of macabre fun, for sure, Melliane. I was glad it lived up to my expectation after hearing about the series. Can’t wait to keep going. Hope you get the chance to read these. They seem like a good fit for you. 🙂

  • Haven’t read an Urban Fantasy before with a holiday scene and I think this one sounds really good for a novella. And that cover sure gives me a Halloween vibe 😉

    • They aren’t very common, but it is fun to come across a holiday UF. Oh yes, that is quite the gothic cover, but it totally fits the story when you read the scene its in.

  • RO

    That cover is certainly eye catching! With all the action going on, how can I not want to grab this one! Hugs…RO

    • Oh, I know. It caught my eye on Amazon and I had to snag it when it was on sale. I’d already been meaning to try the series.

      Happy Monday, Ro!

  • I still need to read book one *hangs head*

    • Same here. I’ve got it and just need to get around to reading it. 😉

  • Oh that sounds very curious, Sophia. I’ve not seen this one that I can remember. It’s always exciting when you get a really well developed world like that.

    • I was so excited (and chagrined) to discover when I raced off to snag book one that, it’s already on my Kindle. The author definitely hooked me in with her cool paranormal world.