mlsimmons

I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

#FitReaders Check-in Week through July 31

 

#FitReaders hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog  and That’s What I’m Talking About.

 

I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat July 25: 5,742 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility 1 for 27 minutes 436 cals

Sun July 26: 9,993 steps + Horseback riding for 50 minutes 461 cals

Mon July 27: 3,734 steps (rest day, didn't feel well)

Tue July 28: 17,407 steps - Walked at zoo with friend after work

Wed July 29: 11,705 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility for 26 minutes 471 cals + Crunchless Abs for 10 minutes 126 cals

Thu July 30: 21,996 steps rode horses, but forgot to turn on the app to track my progress.

Fri July 31: 14,656 steps + DailyBurn Core + 31 minutes 398 cals

 

I continue to work and track my calories. Last week I lost some weight, this week I gained. I'm not sure exactly why, there was no increase in my caloric intake. I'm thinking it might be time to go see a dietitian. What I'm doing is obviously not working.

Dirty (Chicago Underground #5) by Skye Warren

Dirty: A Bad Boy Romance (Chicago Underground Book 5) - Skye Warren

Shelly is a very tough heroine. She doesn't want your pity. Yes, she is a hooker and she has done something things she isn't proud of, but Shelly is a survivor. In Dirty, she learns a lot about her past and that she might not have ended up in her position by accident. Shelly teams up with Luke to go undercover to to track down Henri. Shelly wants him dead and gone. She knows that this is the only way she will ever be free of him. Many of Luke's secrets are revealed in this part of their story. We also learn more about Luke's background and why he became a cop.


If you are a fan of Skye Warren, this is a book that you will enjoy. This is a different type of dark romance. This story's darkness comes from the lives of the two main characters in Shelly and Luke. They both have had a tough life and are still living the lives that those pasts have given them. The sex, while not as dark as some of her other work, is still written very well and with a lot of passion.  This series is written as a group of serials, with this being the middle part of the second story. I'm very excited to share the details of the final story of Shelly and Luke.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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#FitReader Check-in Week through July 24

 

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I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat July 18: 6,431 steps +DailyBurn Stability and Mobility for 27 minutes burning 436 calories

Sun July 19: 4,366 steps (rest day)

Mon July 20: 17,133 steps + Horseback riding for 18 minutes, 161 calories

Tue July 21: 20,347 steps + Horseback riding for 55 minutes 515 calories

Wed July 22: 18,280 steps + Horseback riding for 62 minutes 582 calories

Thu July 23: 15,887 steps + Horseback riding for 34 minutes 327 calories

Fri July 24: 12,353 steps + Horseback riding for 56 minutes 531 calories

 

I'm loving the treadmill desk at work. I'm usually on it for an hour a day. I was really excited to get to do so much riding this week. I gave the horses off today. I'll be back at it tomorrow. I'm also really excited that I've lost 0.6 pounds. I've been having issues not losing, even with the extra exercise and tracking calories. Glad to see it finally coming off, even in small doses. :-)

Wild (Chicago Underground #4) by Skye Warren

Wild: A Bad Boy Romance (Chicago Underground Book 4) - Skye Warren

Wild starts the story of Shelly. It takes place a little while after the end of Fierce. Shelly is recovering from the showdown that happened in the previous book. She has also been out of the life of prostitution that has been the only life that she's ever know. Shelly started down this road to help her friend Allie with her child.  She made a lot of money at it.  She even became the live-in mistress of Philip, Colin's crime boss brother.

 

Here we see how even though Shelly has been putting on a brave face for everyone about her career choice, it is not something that she enjoys. The truth of the life comes out when she tries to apply for a job at a local bookstore, only to find out that the manager is a former client.  The horror that she faces in that she will never be able to find a "normal" job.  She spends time finding very young girls who are just starting out in the life and taking them to a shelter to help them.

 

Then her pimp comes to her "secured" apartment and makes her an offer that she can't refuse to work a party. When things go wrong at the party, Shelly escapes with another young girl who really didn't want to be there. They run to Luke, a detective that Shelly helped during Allie's story.


This is a great start to Shelly's story. I'm very intrigued to see how things work out between her and Luke. You can really see how much they want to be together, but how difficult it would be for both of them.  Plus, you add in Philip with this new girl Ella. That adds a whole new level of creepy to the story. It will be interesting to see where that storyline goes. Ms. Warren knows how to keep you on your toes, that is for sure.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 428 out of 1204 minutes.

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) - Laurell K. Hamilton

DNF

 

I'm done with this series. I get that poly relationships are more complicated than those of us that are in monogamous relationships. I don't want to read a book about nothing but trying to sort through those fine lines between each of the different pairings, etc. It started off so good with some great police work, but then nothing but relationship issues for more than an hour. NOPE. I'm done.

Review: Fierce (Chicago Underground #3) by Skye Warren

Fierce (Chicago Underground Book 3) - Skye Warren

This is the final part to Allie's story.

 

The best part about the wrapping up of this series is seeing how Allie has grown as a character. When we first meet her in Rough, she is barely coping to survive in the world with her daughter. In Hard, we watched her grow some, but still very vulnerable to Colin and his deceptions and manipulations. By the end of this Fierce, she has truly become a woman of her own. She has learned to be her own person.


While this is the end of Allie's love story, it is not the last we will see of her.  The next three books in the series will focus on on Allie's best friend Shelly.

 

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

 

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 304 out of 1204 minutes.

Dead Ice (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) - Laurell K. Hamilton

I've been up in the air about even starting this book. The explanations about poly relationships and therapy speak make me feel like I'm in couples therapy when I listen to this series lately. So far, it hasn't been horrible, but every time we start to go down this rabbit hole, it degrades from the rest of the story. Weren't we supposed to be figuring out the zombie sex slave case?

Audiobook Review: Hunted Warrior (Dragon Kings, #3) by Lindsey Piper

Hunted Warrior - Lindsey Piper

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I've been a huge fan of the Dragon King series since I picked up book one back in 2013. I will admit that I was surprised when I first started to read this series. With a series title called "Dragon Kings", I was expecting dragons, and there were none. At first, I was disappointed and was trying to figure out when the dragons would appear. Then I got so engrossed in the story of the characters, that I completely forgot about the lack of dragons.

 

The world that Ms Piper has built here is fabulous. It is also dark and gritty. Dragons are a deity that is worshiped. Dragon Kings are their worshipers that are in one of five factions. Each faction has a different superhuman ability. Some have super speed and strength, others have mind powers, etc. In Hunted Warrior, we have Malnefoley, who is the leader of the all five factions, a king if you will. He is charged with finding out why the Dragon Kings are having such difficulty reproducing.

 

There is also a woman known only as The Pet. She has been the plaything of a sadistic doctor. She is a psychic and able to see the future. She was used to help in reproduction of the Dragon Kings.

 

There is a lot of excitement and suspense as Mal and The Pet are on a mission to stop the cage fighting that are killing off Dragon Kings. Mal is not a fan of many of the traditions of his past and of his people. The sex is well written, if not always timely.  This book reads like the end of the series (though there is another novella coming out). While I thought this Hunted Warrior was slow to start, it does end with a bang. I was very happy with how it all ended.

 

Narration

This book was narrated by Jim Frangione, which is a change of narrator for this series. I don't know why the change in narrator. I've never listened to the previous narrator. This is the first one that I've listened to. I had always read the previous books and didn't even know that these were available on audio until I saw this on the list for review. I'm a big fan of Jim Frangione, from listening to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. He does just as good of a job with this series. It is everything you would expect from him, if you've listened before. His men's voices are very alpha and sexy. His women's voices are a little overly feminine, but that has never bothered me. I think is his fight scenes and sex scenes are very passionate. I've always liked his pacing. He is a narrator that I'm always willing to listen to.

 

I like to thank Recorded Books for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/hunted-warrior-audiobook-by-lindsey-piper-review

Review: Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack #3) by Shelly Laurenston

Here kitty, kitty - Shelly Laurenston

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Smart & Funny Snarky Library Book

 

This is the third and final book in the Magnus Pack series. In this book, we have Angelina getting kidnapped/rescued by a family of tigers from North Carolina. Angelina is a human, but is very close (almost like a sister) to the crazy alpha female of the Magnus Pack.

 

Nikolai Vorislav is the oldest of his three brothers and sister. His family is very different from most tiger families. All of his brothers and sisters share not only a mother, but a father too. This is very strange in tiger society. Tigers are rarely monogamous, but his father insisted upon it, no matter how much much it irritated his mother. Nik is determined not to walk in his father’s shoes. He has no intention of being with just one girl.

 

Angie pushes against being held in North Carolina. She takes to spending Nik’s vast fortune. She also has a lot of fun teasing the “hillbilly”. She wants nothing more than to get away from Nik, because he makes her feel things she doesn’t want to feel. However, when she learns that some hyenas are out to get her, she feels that she is safer keeping them from her pregnant friend, Miki.

 

This book is as funny as you would expect a book from Shelly Laurenston to be, if you’ve ever read anything from her. There are some great one liners. With characters like One Eyed Grandma and cousin Cleatus, what’s not to love. It is truly the characters that pull me into this story. They are all so much fun. Very loyal to their families, even if they aren’t blood relatives, they’re still family. If you haven’t tried the Magnus Pack or Pride series by Shelly Laurenston, I highly recommend to give them a try. They are a fun and light reads that are guaranteed to get me in a good mood.

Southerners always did tell the best stories. Of course, they were also the ones with relatives named Big Earl and Jackie Ray.

She still sighed out her answer, though. “Fine. I’ll go.”

“Now, darlin’. I know I’m pulling you away from playing grab ass with my oldest boy on
his nice hardwood floor…” Angie barely stopped herself from spitting out her mouthful
of coffee. “But if he’s anything like his daddy, trust me, he’ll still be here when you get
back.”

What started off as a nice little birthday party, turned into a full-blown hootenanny. Especially when some Pack from Tennessee showed up up. The Smiths or something. Their name may have been plain but these people really knew how to party.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/07/review-here-kitty-kitty-by-shelly-laurenston.html

#FItReaders Week of July 11th

 

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I track my steps using a FitBit. If you have a FitBit and want to be friends, here is my profile: https://www.fitbit.com/user/28YSVY. I also track calories via MyFitnessPal. If you want to be my friend there, http://www.myfitnesspal.com/profile/mlsimmons1977

 

Sat July 11: 16,531 steps + horseback riding for 56 minutes burning 522 calories

Sun July 12: 5,200 steps (rest day)

Mon July 13: 15,066 steps + DailyBurn Stability and Mobility 27 minutes, 434 calories

Tue July 14: 11,083 steps + DailyBurn Core 20 minutes 274 calories + Stability and Mobility 26 minutes 474 calories

Wed July 15: 14,704 steps + DailyBurn Strength and Cardio 26 minutes 462 calories.

Thu July 16: 17,135 steps

Fri July 17: 10,582 steps + DailyBurn Strength and Cardio 26 minutes 462 calories.

 

I'm really bummed out that I didn't get to ride my horses today. I've been looking forward to riding all week, but then the rain came. Now my fields are a muddy mess again. I need at least a full day of full sun to dry it out before I can ride again. :-(

Review: Hard (Chicago Underground #2) by Skye Warren

Hard (Chicago Underground Book 2) - Skye Warren

This was another great book in the series. I was grateful that I didn't have to wait long to start this story after finishing the first one. In this story, Allie has moved in with Collin. Things seem to be moving up for her. She finally has a safe place for her daughter, Bailey. Collin is willing to do anything to keep the two of them safe. The issue is that Collin isn't legal.

When Bailey's biological father shows back up, Collin is prepared to do whatever is necessary to keep Bailey with her mother. We also learn more about the events of Allie's past. Collin is still a large mystery. Between Allie's difficult past and Collin's secretive nature, it is easy to see why there are some trust issues.

Collin is also the subject of an investigation with the police department. When the police show up and start questioning Allie, she is in a tough spot. Between some information she receives from the police and Allie wanting to protect Collin. Her trust issues aren't just with Collin, but with pretty much everyone, including the police.

The love scenes between Allie and Collin are wonder. They are well written and passionate. The battle between meeting Allie's need for pain and Collin's need to pleasure wars throughout the scenes. You can really see how he wants to be tender, but also wants to give her what she needs.

I'm really loving this series. I will say that this reads more like a serial than a book of novellas. So you will want to be ready to read the first three books pretty close together. I haven't start the four, fifth and sixth books in the series yet. I'm betting they will read the same way with the story of Shelly.

**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.

Book One, ROUGH, is a FREE ebook at most major retailers at time of posting.

 

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Audiobook Review: A Blood Seduction (Vamp City #1) by Pamela Palmer

A Blood Seduction - Pamela Palmer

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

A Blood Seduction is another novel that I’ve already read, but was extremely excited to revisit in audio. I remember when I first picked up the first book in the Vamp City series. Now that The Vamp City novels are on audio, I jumped at the chance to revisit the series on audio before the third book comes out later this year.

 

Even though this was a revisit for me, I still was very impressed with this story. I had remember that this was a very dark story, but it was darker than I remember. Quinn Lennox is a scientist in the Washington DC area. She lives with her brother who is still in college. Quinn has always had weird things happen to her, but they have been getting worse. Weird things like her clothing changing colors, and more dramatic things when she was a child. She was able to shove her stepmother without ever touching her, but not since she was very young. Now, there are several people from the DC area who’ve gone missing. When Quinn’s brother’s friend goes missing things turn really dark.

 

Vamp City is an alternate world that is kinda like a parallel universe to DC. When Quinn and her brother slip through the cracks between the two worlds that learn that while the structures are very similar, the world is completely different. Vamp City is a copy of DC from 1800’s, so there are differences with current DC. There is also the vampires. These vamps are nothing like vampires that you’ve read about in other books. Not only do the feed on blood, but they also feed on emotions, which will vary from vamp to vamp. Most that we see feed on pain or fear, but there are also pleasure feeders. So these vamps take humans and deliberately scare the crap out of them to feed of their fear or they will burn them, slash wounds and worse to cause pain.

 

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you know that I’m no stranger to dark stories and that I really enjoy them. If you read my reviews of Ms. Palmer’s Feral Warriors series, you know that I thought those books were very dark, especially for PNR. These books are even darker than those. There is rape and torture that is pretty graphic, so be warned. If you like dark stories, I highly recommend this series. I have book two and will be starting it soon.

 

Narration

This is the first book that I’ve listened to with Rebecca Estrella as the narrator. I don’t think she did a bad job. I was not disappointed for the most part. I thought her pacing and tone were pretty good. The different character voices were done well. My only issue was that this story is so dark, I didn’t think this narrator’s voice brought out that darkness.

 

I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/a-blood-seduction-audiobook-by-pamela-palmer-review

Review: Final Protocol by J.C. Daniels

Final Protocol - J.C. Daniels

Review originally posted at RabidReads.com.

 

Well Written Unique Page Turner Science Fiction 

 

I’ve been a huge fan of J.C. Daniels since I read the first Kit Colbana book. I was even a fan when I was reading books from her other pen name, Shiloh Walker. I was really excited to hear that she had a science fiction novel coming out and jumped at a chance to review it. I’m really glad that I did. I flew through this book and found it to be a dark and wonderful story.

 

Silence is a slave is all sense of the word. She has no memory of her life prior to 10 years ago when she was sold to her current owner. He uses her as an assassin and as a sex slave (so take that disclaimer seriously). Silence is pushed to her limit that she is even considering taking her own life to escape the rule of her owner. Gold, her owner, offers her one last job and he will set her free. Little does she know that she has a history with the man she is set out to kill.

 

I’m no stranger to dark stories, they are some of my favorites. This one is right up there with some of the darkest stories I’ve read. I completely felt Silence’s despair and her willingness to die instead of living out the life under Gold. The worldbuilding is phenomenal, as I would expect from reading the other books by this author.

 

The story drew me in. While it didn’t take me long to read it, I felt like it was a full story. I was quite surprised when I was pulling data for this post and saw that it was only 109 pages. The story felt longer to me when I was reading it. That being said, I do wish there was more in the ending. It felt a little unfinished, but really makes me want more. I don’t know if this book is planned to be part of a series, but I would love to see more of this world and of Silence.

 

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**Book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway.

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/07/review-final-protocol-by-j-c-daniels.html

Audiobook Review: The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin

The Dragon Conspiracy - Lisa Shearin, Johanna Parker

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I found Lisa Shearin and the SPI Files series in the Night Shift Anthology that I reviewed late last year. I instantly fell in love with Mackenna Frazier and the team at SPI. I found that I really enjoyed the world of supernaturals in New York City. Mak is a great character who continues to prove that she is one of the great heroines of the urban fantasy worlds, even if she still has a lot to learn.

 

In The Dragon Conspiracy, we are in New York a few months after the end of the previous book. Mak and her partner, Ian, are stalking out the Met as they keep an eye on some very power and cursed gemstones called Dragon Eggs. Each of these Eggs are very powerful on their own, put them in a collection, like we have here, and the power is almost limitless. Their job is to make sure no one steals these dangerous items. Of course, they are stolen anyway. We also get to meet a new type of supernatural in this book, Gorgons.

 

The mystery about who steals the eggs is great. There are tons of twists and turns. Plus, we continue to learn more about the eggs as the story progresses. I enjoyed watching Mak and Ian progress through the case and continue to become even better partners. As per the previous stories in this series, it is filled with a lot of humor. The characters are very well developed and continue to get more so with each book.

 

This is a series that I really feel you should read/listen to in order. I found that starting with the prequel in the Night Shift Anthology really helped me to get some background on Mak and SPI as an organization. That’s not to say you would be completely lost if you didn’t read them, but there is some backstory on the characters that you would miss, plus I think they are all great books and worth the read anyway. I’m very excited to get to the next book in this series.

 

Narration

Once again, I think Johanna Parker has done a great job with series. She is one of my favorite narrators for a series with humor. She has a great ability to make a funny story even funnier in her telling of it. I like her use of different voices. I’m always able to tell who is speaking. She does a great job with all the voices, include the males.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/the-dragon-conspiracy-audiobook-by-lisa-shearin-review

Sign-Up — Her Sinful Angel by Felicity Heaton Blog Barrage (August 1-9)

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I’m organizing a blog barrage from August 1st to 9th, 2015 for the eighth installment in Felicity Heaton’s HER ANGEL series, HER SINFUL ANGEL. Each post will feature an intro piece, blurb and cover, excerpt, author bio and links, plus information on a huge giveaway Felicity will be hosting that week on her website to celebrate the release of HSA. Individual international giveaways will also be available to each tour participant, just so long as they use Rafflecopter, and are willing to include some of the author’s social media as extra entries. Advanced copies are available for review as well.

The book is scheduled to release on August 1st, 2015. It’s a Paranormal Romance, 64,000 words in length, and contains detailed love scenes and fight scenes. It can be read as a stand-alone.

Every participating blog in this barrage will be entered into a giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card (or UK equivalent). The giveaway is international, and the prize will be drawn at the end of the barrage at random from a list of all blogs who posted as scheduled during the event, and the winner will be notified via email.

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Her Sinful Angel

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Cast out of Heaven and now the king of Hell, Lucifer is a powerful fallen angel warrior with a heart as cold as ice and soul as black as the bottomless pit. For millennia, he has ruled his realm with an iron fist as he plots the demise of his ancient enemies. When one of those enemies dumps an unconscious mortal female in the courtyard of his fortress and leaves her there, Lucifer finds himself entranced by the beguiling beauty and tempted beyond all reason. But is the enchanting Nina an innocent pawn in the eternal game or part of a plot against him?


Her Sinful Angel Series
Her Dark Angel Her Fallen Angel Her Warrior Angel Her Guardian Angel
Her Demonic Angel Her Wicked Angel Her Avenging Angel Her Sinful Angel

 


 
Author Bio

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

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Audiobook Review: Shadow Sight by E. J. Stevens

Shadow Sight - E.J. Stevens

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

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 series.

 

Ivy Granger is a psychic detective. She also has some special powers. She can see things when she touches things. Some people might call this a gift. Ivy calls it a curse. She tends to see horrible things that happen to people who’ve touched an object. It makes things really hard for her. She doesn’t like to go out where she might touch someone else. She always wears long gloves to prevent skin contact. She also has the ability to see through glamour.

 

Ivy is surrounded by some pretty great friends. Jinx is Ivy’s roommate and business partner. She has the nickname because she is a clutz. She has bad luck wherever she goes. She is more of the people person and organizer of the business. Kaye is an elderly witch who helps to mentor Ivy. Ivy goes to her with supernatural questions and advice. There is also Hob, Kaye’s kitchen brownie and Marvin, a young troll who has a hard time in the story, but has a really big heart.

 

Ivy is hired by a demon to help find the kelpie king’s bridle. A kelpie’s bridle holds all their control. Steal a kelpie’s bridle and you have complete control over them. She works with a priest to help with the demon. She does a ton of leg work on the case while the priest and Jinx workout the contract, because demon contracts are from Hell.

 

I enjoyed the story. I thought the worldbuilding was phenomenal. There are several different kinds of fae. Some of which I was familiar with from other stories, others were new to me. I felt that they author gave enough information about each kind that I was never lost, even if I wasn’t aware of the mythology behind them. Some had very small parts in this story, I hope that I’ll be able to see more of them in future books. All in all, the book was a great read. There is a very light romance that might build going into future books, but not really anything to speak of in this one. There is enough action to keep you from being bored at any time.

 

Narration

This was the second time I listened to Traci Odom (first was Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley). I really enjoyed her narration of this book. I thought she did a great job with the vast array of characters. I really felt like she handle the many different types of creature voices really well. I always felt like I knew which character was talking. I liked her tone and pace. I listened to this at normal speed, but that is my preference in general.

Source: http://www.hotlistens.com/shadow-sight-audiobook-by-e-j-stevens-review

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