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Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  477 ratings  ·  76 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 b...more
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...more
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...more
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)...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Isabella [Dizzy Izzy 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.

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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Maghon Thomas
Holy crap, I’ve found a new series to obsess over!! It’s got the same old paranormal characters but this is a wholly unique take. I LOVED that. It’s so much fun and it’s got such a real element feel to it. There’s so many things to make it part of so many genres as well. It’s got the mystery for sure, as you are trying to figure out who to rescues, and how to rescue them, and who to go to for help and who the real bad guy is. It’s also ubran fantasy as there’s definitely got some really cool sup...more
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...more
I already knew E.J Steven's writing from the funny and sweet Spirit Guide series, and this new series has the same wonderful fast paced plotline and fun quirky characters. I really enjoyed this book- packed with magic, secrets, and a dramatic action-packed battle against good and evil, all told with an undercurrent of wry humour.

Ivy is a great tough-as-nails heroine, who has had to cut herself off from people because of her abilty to get visions of traumatic experiences just from touching a pers...more
Loves To Dive
The town of Harborsmouth has a lot going for it; it’s a small picturesque seaside town that the tourists love. What the tourists don’t know is it is teeming with things that go bump in the night. What a perfect town for the small Seeing Eye detective agency, run by co-founder Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective. Ivy fits right in since her specialty is finding what’s lost using her ability to receive visions by touching an object. Ivy’s roommate and the other co-founder of Seeing Eye is Jess, known a...more
Jason Crawford
Overall Rating: 4.75/5. Here is my breakdown:

Characters: 5/5. Stevens has created a very diverse cast of characters, each with unique strengths and flaws that compel the reader to follow them wherever they go. Psychometry may sound like an amazing talent, but the effects it has on the main character are realistic and believable. Ivy Granger is a heroine that I can trust to make sense, and that is one of the most important things.

Plot/Storyline: 5/5. A mystery blended with a paranormal fantasy no...more
The introduction to this series was cleverly plotted and conceived, with a main character in Ivy who is so full of contradictions and often in over her head, but she continues to do what she feels is right. I like Ivy, and I think many will: she’s smart and sarcastic, with a good heart and a willingness to ignore her own safety to protect those she cares about. Her reliance on those who know more about the dangers she encounters, while a clever way of introducing some background on the supernatu...more
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I loved this book! The main character Ivy is interesting and snarky. Every one of the sub-charaters are likeable in their own way. The baddies are scary and well described. But my favorite thing about this book is all the equines! As an equestrian I was so excited to read about all the different horsies! And Im in love with Galliel! I kept thinking he was going to pop up in more places throughout the book, and after he didnt I was sad, but thanks to the little peek at the second book I got to se...more
Stephanie Patrick
As the title probably foretells, I loved this book. Ivy Granger, the main character is so engaging that I wanted to know more from the first minute. Can you imagine seeing visions by touching random objects or people? How do you get along in the world? It's an awesome premise for a story.

One warning - the fairies and vampires in the story are mostly bad guys and there are some gruesome descriptions of their attacks on humans, but these definitely make the story more compelling. They are clearly...more
I really liked Shadow Sight. It is a very interesting novel, because you learn about so many different paranormal creatures that you may or may not have ever even heard of before. I loved Ivy's character and I wouldn't have changed a thing about her. Another character I really loved was a certain mythical horse, but that is all I will say about that. It only played a very small part in the novel, but I loved it! I recommend this novel for anyone interested in the paranormal or the fantasy realm....more
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...more
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E.J. Stevens writes poetry, urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal novels. E.J. is the author of the young adult paranormal SPIRIT GUIDE series (SHE SMELLS THE DEAD, SPIRIT STORM, LEGEND OF WITCHTROT ROAD, BRUSH WITH DEATH, THE PIRATE CURSE), the IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series (SHADOW SIGHT, BLOOD AND MISTLETOE, GHOST LIGHT, CLUB NEXUS, BURNING BRIGHT), and the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy se...more
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