ARC Review + GIVEAWAY: Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2) by E.J. Stevens

ARC Review + GIVEAWAY: Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2) by E.J. StevensGhost Light by E.J. Stevens
Series: Ivy Granger #2
Published by Sacred Oaks Press on July 9, 2013
Genres: new adult, paranormal, urban fantasy
Source: ARC from author
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With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.

Note: I was provided a free eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:

It’s always so hard to write my reviews for this series because the books are just SO. GOOD. WHY MUST YOU MAKE IT SO HARD, E.J.??? She’s probably cackling away in her writing lair right now, soaking in my tears. But no matter. I’ll find a way! *plays Eye of the Tiger*

“She better hope she had a leprechaun somewhere in her family tree, because that bitch was going to pay…”

Ivy Granger is back and better than ever in the second full-length installment of this amazing urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. Ghost Light picks up shortly after the holiday novella, Blood and Mistletoe, with Ivy doing her best to protect the innocents of Harborsmouth from all the things that go bump in the night while trying to have a life that’s as normal as possible when you can see things no one else can, have to constantly be aware of what you touch and what (or who) touches you lest you have a vision of something that will haunt you for the rest of your life, are dating a mythological sea creature – oh, and suddenly discover that you are the princess of an entire race of fae. Needless to say, Ivy’s gloved hands are a little full.

So when she starts seeing glimpses of her boyfriend Ceffyl’s ex-wife in the streets of Harborsmouth, it’s not a far leap that she wonders if maybe she’s losing it. But she has little time to ponder if she’s truly seeing Melusine or why the lamia would be in Harborsmouth, because someone or something is causing fae children to disappear from their beds and who’s the first person the fae call, in utter distress, to help them solve this mystery? Ivy Granger: Psychic Detective.

This book was amazing. There was so much going on but not once did I feel like the story was cluttered or hard to follow. I did feel a little sorry for Ivy, though. The poor girl was run a bit ragged between her last adventure, dealing with some daddy issues that have come up, and trying to have a relationship with the man she loves when she can’t touch him. There were seriously times when I could have cried for her. But, being the loveable badass she is, she pulls through in style and comes out better on the other side.

We get so much more backstory in this book, and I loved it. Ivy is doing some physical training with Jenna (who is probably my favorite character after Ivy and Marvin) to get her body up to par with her mind – this was so important for the development of the story and Stevens was genius for thinking of it, although I would have loved to have Jenna more involved in the story rather than just a mention (but, I’ve been assured that my wish is coming true and Jenna will have her own spinoff so WE’RE GOOD). We also get to know Jinx, Ivy’s best friend and business partner, a lot better. Whereas before she’s just kind of been the person behind the desk of Private Eye Investigations, or the person behind the kitchen counter when Ivy needs to talk but doesn’t know what to say, in this book she takes a more active role – actually accompanying Ivy on missions and getting down and dirty with the fae world in Harborsmouth. She proves she’s a badass in her own right – which we’ve always kind of known but never really got to see.

One of the new characters we’re introduced to is Torn, king of the cat sidhe. His Cheshire cat-likeness (DON’T JUDGE ME) was such a cool aspect of his character and though I had some misgivings at first, I ended up absolutely loving him. His banter with Ivy was such a nice segue from the serious tones of the book and I actually found myself thinking…well…THATMAYBEIVYDEVLOPINGROMANTICFEELINGSFORHIMWOULDBEANICETWIST.

WHAAAAT??

Sadly, I don’t think it’s gonna happen…but a girl can dream.

Speaking of dreams, there’s quite a few of them coming true in this book. Marvin is another character we don’t see very much of (although more than Jenna) but it’s partially because he has moved out of Kaye’s shop and under a bridge of his own. This is HUGE, as it signifies that he’s recovered from the trauma he suffered in book one enough to feel comfortable branching back out into the UNsafety of the world of Harborsmouth. I was right there with Ivy, close to tears, feeling like my little baby had grown up way too fast. But at the same time I was so happy for him because it really is a good thing. He’s resilient and loveable and smarter than most would give him credit for, as becomes very clear during the crux of the story.

Ivy also finds out that maybe things haven’t been what they seemed when it comes to her dad, King of the Will-o-the-Wisps. I can’t wait to find out more about how this part of her story unfolds.

The other dream? Well that hunk of a kelpie, Ceff, is one all on his own, but the way his and Ivy’s relationship develops will leave you sighing, giggling, and maybe even blushing as you read. I’ll just say that Ivy and Ceff both get something they’ve waited a long time for…and I don’t mean sex, although you’ll just have to read for yourself to find out if there’s that too. ;]

Stevens continues to impress me with her ability to make each book better than the last. With Ghost Light, she takes new risks and they pay off in a big way. It’s an exceptional story and I loved every second of it. Now I need to go harass her about how long I’ll have to wait for book three because after that ending…

I NEEDS IT.

You can follow the links to see my reviews for book one, Shadow Sight, and the holiday novella, Blood and Mistletoe. Be sure to check back here next week because I will be participating in the Ghost Light blog tour AND THERE WILL BE PRIZES! Join us on Twitter on July 9th for 24 hours of release day fun using the hashtag #GhostLightParty!

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