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Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  660 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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 bo
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Sacred Oaks Press (first published July 1st 2012)
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Jul 27, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, those interested in the fae
Recommended to Katy by: E.J. Stevens
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review and to post in conjunction with her blog tour. There will be a giveaway on my blog starting Monday, 7/30/12.

Synopsis: 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 w
Bob Milne
Well, consider me pleasantly surprised. Given the cover of Shadow Sight, with the thigh-top leather boots, perilously high stiletto heels, and apparent lack of miniskirt, I was all set for another urban fantasy full of a heroine looking hot, kicking ass, and falling all over the hunky bad boy. I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but I likely would have passed this one by if the cover and book blurb for its sequel hadn't been what caught my eye.

E.J. Stevens hasn't quite tu
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
**I received this book for free from author E.J. Stevens in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Welcome to Harborsmouth boys and girls! Harborsmouth is a place where dozens of Otherworlders like fae, trolls, vampires, and kelpies call home. It is also the home to Psychic Investigator Ivy Granger who has the ability to see visions through psychometry. Sometimes it's a real pain in th
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
When I accepted an ARC of Shadow Sight, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it would be good because the author’s Spirit Guide series has received such high reviews. I also wasn’t fully certain what an “urban fantasy” would be exactly. My brain has a strange way of classifying genres, and urban fantasy is not currently in my vocabulary. All of that aside though, I can safely say that I had a lot of fun reading this book.
The main character is a little quirky (along with her roommate named Jinx)
Ivy Granger is a character I liked from the very beginning. She is a psychic detective operating out of the port town of Harborsmouth. Harborsmouth is teaming with a whole myriad of unusual supernatural characters. They cloak themselves in glamour and thus exist unknown, for the most part, among the “normals”. Ivy sees beneath the glamour to the real persona. She also has a gift of seeing past events when she touches something. Sometimes, unexpectedly, those visions can be debilitating; striking ...more
This review can also be read on-
The Dark, Delicious and Dreamtastic.

Somewhere along a 2.5 stars and 2.7 stars for me.

An okay-okay sorta book, I can't say I am too happy with it, which is in itself quite depressing since I had quite a few hopes sub-consciously bookmarked to this novel even before it's release.


Sorely lacking in the butt-kicking, badass section. *grim face*

Note: The heroine had a spine of steel and didn't shy away from defending herself and anyone she loved- make no mistake of tha
I happened to stumble upon this book while browsing on Goodreads, as a new release for July 2012, and I must say this book was probably the most unexpectedly enjoyable read I've found in a while. My tastes tend to run in the direction of Urban Fantasy, and a series similiar to this one, The October Daye Series of books, is a favorite of mine. Simply put, I wish there were more novels out like this, the urban fantasy books that lean more towards the Fae/Faery end of the spectrum. SO after reading ...more
[Originally read 09-10th September 2013. Re-read: 14th May 2015]

On a re-read I think this is more a 2.5 stars for me rather than 3.

It shows glimmers of interesting world building and the potential to be as intriguing as, say, Seanan McGuire's October Daye series (my "you must be this awesome" bar for modern UF involving the fae), but it's severely let down by rather amateurish writing (how many times did the author remind us it was the Each Uisge? That's pronounced "a-aCH oosh-kuh" BTW, since y
Always looking for new things to read I bought this book on the recommendation from amazon, which sometimes they get right, sometimes not so much.

Ivy Granger fears all touch due to her gift of psychometry. Using her ability in her job as a private detective is her way of making a good thing out of the bad. Something her bad luck plagued friend Jinx suggested.
Her life gets more complicated when she makes a deal with a Demon - worse a Demon lawyer- to find the Kelpie king’s bridle.

Ivy is an inter
An interesting story. There were sections that managed to surprise me, which, when you've read as many books of this genre and type that I have is a hard thing to do but I enjoyed it immensely. The book has a slightly different premise to the type that I normally read, I'm a Witch and Vampire lover normally (give me Rachel Morgan and Ivy Tamwood anytime and I'll be happy) but I found myself entranced by the various types of fae in this book, I know that they are not uncommon in fiction but I tho ...more
2 1/2

A nice read, simply to bland for me (I read it yesterday and I can't say I remember much of it).

This book has a very good story, dragged down by the plot :D. It starts all right, but then it circle on itself. She's supposed to save (her) world, but the reader (this reader) can't feel the tension, the fear.

I appreciate she's not the usual warrior, but simply a PI who uses her skills to find her target. But most of the story is a set up for a battle in which she's a side kick.

On the other s
Jennifer at BookShelfery
This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.

Shadow Sight is a fun, quirky paranormal read that just leaves you wanting more (which is good, since there’s more coming!).

Ivy Granger isn’t an ordinary human; she’s been gifted (cursed?) with a second sight. When she touches people and objects, she sees pieces of their past, although usually with grand mal seizure-like episodes. She thinks that part sucks. Why can’t she just be normal?

But that doesn’t stop her from capitalizing on her gift/cur
Well when I was approached by the author E.J. Stevens to review her newest novel I jumped at the bait. As I am already a huge fan of E.J.’s YA paranormal series I decided to give Shadow Sight a try, and boy am I happy that I did. I quickly found myself enjoying this novel and being caught up in the story. This story is like nothing that E.J. has ever written before and I am so happy that she decided to venture out of her comfort zone.

The plot was wonderfully entertaining. I loved the character I
My Urban Fantasies
Review originally posted on My Urban Fantasies

This was my first E.J. Stevens novel and... WOW. She is the perfect combination of Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher, which is huge considering they are two of my favorite authors. Harborsmouth is filled with a plethora of supernatural characters. There is a psychic, demon, witch, kelpies, pixies, merrow, ghouls, and mermaids to name a few. I was amazed how she managed to squeeze in a unicorn, not typically found in a city, simply brilliant! E.J. Stevens
Sofia Wren
vy Granger isn't a character from Harry Potter, she is a specially skilled detective in a town brimming with unusual creatures. Others may see an old man collecting bottles or a rasta smoking a joint, but she sees the monsters hidden behind the glamor. More importantly, Ivy has the gift of psychometry, the ability to sense visions from touching an object. As soon as her skin touches people or objects, she may be victim to seeing horrible happenings from the past. These talents are what gives an ...more
Mandy Sickle
First sentence-

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

I received this book in return for a honest review from the author from a giveaway on Librarything. I was drawn to this book by the synopsis it sounds so interesting I love anything paranormal. The book is about Ivy Granger a Psychic Detective who co-owns Private Eye with her roommate and best friend Jinx. Ivy is special she has the second sight, that means she can see
I enjoyed this book as I like the fantasy world of faerie and mythology. Unfortunately there are not many books based in this fantasy world aimed at adults as most seem to be for young adults.

Anyway, this was an enjoyable read that reminded me of how much I also like Seanan McGuire October Daye series. Although Ivy does not have many friends due to her psychometric abilities she does have Jinx her best friend to support her and Kaye with her knowledge. A lot of creatures mentioned throughout and
Trista Siegel
Overall this was a fairly decent book. Did I love it? Not exactly. Did I hate it? Definitely not. The only real issue I had was with the writing itself. The story is great. I love the action and Ivy is a very interesting character. It would suck not being able to touch things or people because you could have a vision that makes people think you are crazy. At least she turned that crazy situation into a good decision. Helping people. That's a great way to use your gift.
The problem I had with thi
This was a fun book. Ivy Granger is a quirky, snarky person and I loved that about her.. She had a unique gift (curse) of Psychometry which leaves her unable to touch things.

E.J. Stevens made the world of the Fae a little more believable. Not all things in the Faerie verse are beautiful and she made sure you new that. This was a nice break from the usual fluff I've read in the past about the Fae Folk..

All in all it was a good quick read. And I will be picking up the new book Ghost Light when i
Kim Bishop
**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

Ivy Granger is a Private Investigator for Second Sight with her best friend Jinx. Ivy has the gift of Psychometry (creating visions by touching objects), which is a very helpful tool for her when on a case. Ivy is hired by a Demon to help a clan of Kelpies in desperate need. In order to begin, she seeks the help of her long time friend and most powerful witch, Kay. Can the two of them together win the battle of a lifetime?

The world that Iv
Isabella [Bottom Shelf Book Reviews]
Ivy Granger is far from average. At a young age, she learned that through her touch she could learn about the person, or people, who have been in contact with that item. These aren't idle visions - these are visceral, bone wrenching visions. To outsiders, it would seem that her ability would be a gift. To Ivy, a life with the 'gift' of psychometry has been torture.

Read the full review Here!
Reader's Hollow
**The Reader's Hollow received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
4.5 x 5 !

The intricate descriptions of the fae was something I enjoyed. It painted a picture and one that stayed in the reader's mind throughout the story. There's also several different types of fairies and I have a feeling we'll only learn more as the series progresses.

Psychometry is what Ivy Granger dabbles in, without much of a choice. It's hard not to like Ivy. She has a dry sense of humor and witty tone th
I met this awesome writer at ARC-NOLA and her books are right down my alley. My favorite genre is Urban Fantasy and the supes that she has in the Ivy Granger series are Fae which is one of my favorites.

First of all, I loved this book. It drew me in quite quickly. Psychometry is one gift you don't see written very often. Ivy is a bit mellow at the start, I prefer to see a little more kick ass heroine but I think this is mainly the fleshing of her character. The twist of romance was a welcome addi
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

This is the first book that I’ve read or listened to by this author. I’ve seen several reviews that really peaked my interest, but never got around to picking them up. Then I hear that they were available on audio, which I can get through much faster than reading, as I can listen while working, so this worked perfectly for me. I’m so glad I was finally able to get to this series. Shadow Sight was a great start to the
One word. Fascinating. That describes this book to a tee. Other descriptions? World building that doesn’t quit. Wonderful heroine. And so much more. I first read, Hunting in Bruges, by this author, and loved it. I bought this book as soon as I finished that one and was just now able to get around to reading it. I found it worth the wait.

Ivy Granger is a private detective of the supernatural sort. She is able to touch an object, and learn things. Like where an object is, or who has the object. Sh
Sep 15, 2012 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
When you are looking for a new series, no matter what the summaries and book reviews state, there is always a risk. So, you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that "Shadow Sight(Ivy Granger, #1)" was such a surprising good read.

E.J. Stevens is a very descriptive writer. She has a wonderful command of wrold building, characterizations as well as a flourish with vocabulary. Yet, I will admit straight off the bat, I was extremely irritated with her repetitious use of the exclaim by the main
Shannon (Twilight Sleep)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when E.J. announced that she would be branching out from YA to write an adult urban fantasy series. Of course, at the time I'd only read the first book in her popular YA series so I couldn't have formed a very good expectation in any case - but I was excited nonetheless. I decided to get caught up on the Spirit Guide series so I could really get a feel for her writing style and have something to compare Shadow Sight to.

E.J. did not disappoint.

While the Spirit G
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 6/25/12:

I was so excited to see that E.J. Stevens was branching out from her YA writing to try out a new series for adults. She has become one of my favorite Indie authors and I have come to expect creativity and intriguing characters from her work. She didn't let me down with Shadow Sight. This novel is the first in Stevens' new Urban Fantasy series for adults. The plot is pretty PG - the worst thing is some cursing here and
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens gets a gigantic thumbs up from me, not only is it exactly the kind of urban fantasy I adore with a fast paced story, mystery, action and fantastic world building but it also gave me that blissful moment early on when I just get a vibe that a book is going to be that extra bit special.

Ivy Granger has the gift of Psychometry she only has to touch an item to immediately see visions or events in the object's history, her gift however is more of a curse as the visions ten
Ivy Granger, and her best friend Jess (better known as Jinx) own Private Eye detective agency.

Ivy has the power of visions that are brought on just by touching objects. This is known as psychometry - "the supernatural ability to see events, usually traumatic, in an object's history" (Stevens, EJ, 2012, pg. 8). Ivy also has the ability to detect paranormal creatures and is also able to see through the glamour of the fae.

When a disguised demon come to Private Eye, Ivy knows that something sinister
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“Walking out into the night with a water fey was all kinds of stupid. Heck, Kelpies eat people. They may not play with their food as creatively as the Each Uisge, but dead is dead.” 4 likes
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