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Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  1,271 Ratings  ·  168 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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Apr 22, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2013 Bob Milne rated it liked it
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
Shera (Book Whispers)
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 r ...more
**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)
Jul 06, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
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
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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
My Urban Fantasies
Feb 12, 2013 My Urban Fantasies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ivy-granger
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
Oct 05, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 30, 2013 Wyrdness rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
[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
Jennifer at BookShelfery
Jun 27, 2012 Jennifer at BookShelfery rated it really liked it
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
Sofia Wren
Jul 08, 2012 Sofia Wren rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2013 Simone rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2012 Erica rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 09, 2012 Catie rated it really liked it
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
Trista Siegel
May 07, 2012 Trista Siegel rated it liked it
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
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.

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I slogged through on my second try and wish I didn't. This was written in a way that just irritated the hell out of me. She info dumps and describes scenes, leading to... average. We have big build ups, over and over, and then the meeting and important plot points are rushed, or glossed over. We never get a sense of anything for ourselves instead we get Ivy's info dumps and movement description. In my 2nd try below, I describe how she talks about entering the church and having a bad feeling, she ...more
E.G. Manetti
I like Ivy. She struggles with debilitating visions that are cause by touch. Even in super hot weather, gloves are a must. She doesn't hide, she has a job as a 'visionary' private eye. No spoilers, it's all in the blurb. She is also bold, facing down demons, vampires (the gruesome version not the sparkly version), and other horrid of the supernatural world. She's loyal to her friends and has a compassionate heart.

She is also far too intelligent not to understand her nature. I knew it well befor
Reader's Hollow
Jun 16, 2015 Reader's Hollow rated it really liked it
**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
Jan 10, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shadow Sight is the first in what looks to be a fantastic series. Ivy Granger has a gift although she isn’t sure it isn’t more of a curse. She is a Psychometrist - a touch sensitive. She can ‘read’ information contained in the energy of objects and learn information from the past, the present or details of the personality of the owner of an object and the epoch in which he/she lived by reading the energy that got stuck to this object. She and her best friend Jess (more commonly called Jinx due t ...more
Jan 14, 2016 A.N. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Fans, Anyone Who Likes Fairies, or Psychic Stories
This is the first book by E.J. Stevens that I have read. It’s the first in the Ivy Granger series, and is a winner of the PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award in it’s category of YA Fantasy. Right off the bat, I loved the writing style. E.J. Stevens has a wonderful sense of humor, and it comes through in her writing. This was a very fast paced read for me. I didn’t have any of the negative feelings like some others about too much detail. It read similar to the Spiderwick books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Hol ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Mar 24, 2013 Archer rated it liked it
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
Luke Polden
Mar 02, 2016 Luke Polden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I literally could not put this down once I started. Really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald
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Sadie Forsythe

Gotta say, it wasn't bad, but I wasn't impressed. Here's the thing, if you read an Urban Fantasy, you expect the main character to be central to the action. Ivy was not. She was hired to do a job and then went around and recruited the people who performed the action. She herself did nothing. In fact, it didn't even make sense that it was here that was hired, instead of, say, the hunters or any magical creature more able to repel an attack.

The enemy is a shadow throughout the whole book. She's
Jan 25, 2017 Richard rated it it was amazing
A line in the book says: "She was a ruby in a room filled with rocks." and I think it applies to this book.

A fun, quirky fantasy story. I found it reminiscent in style to Robert Asprin's "Myth" series.

The story is told in first person and (unlike so many other books I have recently read), E.J. Stevens knows how to write in first person narrative.

Ivy Granger has the unenviable talent of "pyschometry" in which she gets psychic impressions when she touches object that have been previously touched b
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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
“Demons were all about ego, which meant that most demons had some kind of title. I think it made them feel better about their tiny…pitchforks.” 1 likes
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