Book Review: Ghost Light
By: E.J. Stevens
Published By: Sacred Oaks Press
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Page Count: 248
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Author
Audience: Adult - Urban Fantasy
E.J. Stevens has always written stories that suck me into them, but she truly has outdone herself with the Ivy Granger Series. It's deliciously addicting reading and the moment I finish one installment, I start to salivate waiting for the next. Stevens is one of those writers I wish could write faster. Sadly, I almost want her to put her YA series (which I love) on hold to focus on Ivy. Harborsmouth and its inhabitants are so compelling, I polished this one off largely in one afternoon.
This installment has Ivy dealing with her wisp heritage. She doesn't know how to control her fey side and its starting to become a problem - a glowing in public kinda problem. Fey are forbidden to show themselves to humans so Ivy has a huge issue on her hands. She must find her father - quickly - before another trait manifests and she can't keep it under wraps.
To make matters worse, Ivy also is struggling to find missing fey children. Dozens of children all over the city have gone missing in the dead of night. Ivy must track the clues and crack the case before she has the blood of innocents on her hands. As if this wasn't enough to keep a girl busy, Ivy is also dealing with Ceff's deranged ex, Melusine. That woman is seriously twisted.
In addition to the setting and plot, I love the relationship between Ivy and Ceff. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite paranormal couples. Their relationship changes in some interesting ways in Ghost Light, but I'll let you discover exactly what changes for yourself. I do love that Stevens knows exactly how much to write and how much to leave to the reader's imagination.
Ghost Light was a fun read with humor, suspense, and romance. I can't wait for Ivy's story to continue.
One Last Gripe: I found the mystery - while intriguing - to be a little predictable.
My Favorite Thing About This Book: I adore this world and its inhabitants.
First Sentence: What do names ghost light, friar's lantern, corpse candle, aleya, hobby lantern, chir batti, faerie fire, min min light, luz mala, spook light, ignus fatuus, orbs, boitata, and hinkypink have in common?
Favorite Character: Ivy
Least Favorite Character: Hans
Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.
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.