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Shadow Sight

(Ivy Granger #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,657 ratings  ·  236 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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Auria Coachman Ivy Tamwood is the character from Kim Harrison's books, and Jenks was one of the partners in their small detective agency. I noticed the similarities…moreIvy Tamwood is the character from Kim Harrison's books, and Jenks was one of the partners in their small detective agency. I noticed the similarities immediately. (less)

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Montzalee Wittmann
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shadow Sight
Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series
By: E. J. Stevens
Narrated by: Traci Odom
I found this a cute psychic detective series and will certainly read more books by this author. Lots of fun creatures, adventure, characters and even a unicorn! It was a fun story with a good mystery.
The narrator was great and was the glue that held things together. Great voices, emotions, and sounds. Wonderful job!
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
Apr 22, 2012 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 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
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivy Granger psychic Detective, Shadow sight: by E.J. Stevens

A funny, yet at times, a completely disturbing book. I think most people wouldn't describe it like that, but I found it funny at times. The sayings that the Author comes up with, and the way she describes things, I found quite funny. The Ivy Granger books are in a class all there own. I've only read two so far, but they've both been excellent, definitely worth reading. Paranormal, mystery, comedy, combined with disgusting and terrifyin
**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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmmm .... I don't know how I totally feel about this book.

The premise of a psychic detective with psychometry (seeing things by touch) had me on board, and the fact that she had little to no people skills and a snarky attitude left me with a smile on my face. Where the author lost me however was when she decided to stuff every kind of fae and myth imaginable into the storyline in the first book, devolving completely into fantasy fluffiness!
The tale has quite a backbone with Ivy taking on her f
Aug 30, 2013 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
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 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
Trista Siegel
May 07, 2012 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
Ivy has psychometry, something she discovered in a horrible horrible way as a child. Now she will never touch anything or anyone unless she has gloves on or it is needed to a case. She uses this second sight as a detective.

A lot of shit goes down in this book, it's full of happening things and the plot is rather good, it's the presentation that has left me not in hurry to read book 2. It took me over a month to read this small little book (that should tell you something). The author is a tad bi
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens is a good start to a new series. It is really descriptive and makes it easy to follow. There are a lot of characters (and creatures) but the mains are really solid. It is really well done, but slips a bit from the original stated premise.
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
My Urban Fantasies
Feb 12, 2013 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
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
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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
Jun 27, 2012 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 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 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 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
It's been a while since I've read a book like this one. Here we have a strong female protagonist, Ivy Granger, using her paranormal powers for good… A bit like, and yet very unlike, Buffy, the vampire slayer. This is a book you can dive right into, suspend your disbelief, and get caught up in the story. I have to say that the fictitious Harborsmouth does, in some ways, remind me of New Orleans.

E. J. Stevens has a way with words. Her descriptions, while not flowery, are all spot on. As you read,
Jul 09, 2012 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
Isabella [The Book Snark]
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
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. I thought the story was interesting and different. I liked the main character. I thought she was fun and interesting. I think the story was really engaging because of the creatures and it being a detective type story. The ending was great. I can’t wait to see what happens in the rest of the series. Overall, a great read.
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
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great introduction to Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective and her world of magical and fae creatures. Ivy is careful what she touches as she gets images of the history and location of objects or people related to them. Unlike most humans in Harborsmouth, Ivy knows there are monsters and other magical creatures living among us. Ivy has second sight and, with the help of her roommate and first-rate assistant, Jinx, they have opened a psychic detective agency that specializes in finding lost o ...more
Judi Easley
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: "Cozy" fantasy readers
Recommended to Judi by: Author
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: ✰✰✰✰⭒

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book ever since I saw its cover. I’m a cover person and this one really appealed to me. I loved the choice of the old font for the title!

This was fast-paced, sometimes downright frantic! And that was so appropriate for this poor littl
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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.” 5 likes
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