My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.
E.J. Stevens continues to pull us in with this wonderful world she has built in Harborsmouth. Ivy Granger is deep in the thick of things as she does her best to save the city and her friends while she proves that she is a great friend and a wonderful girlfriend.
The story starts off with Ivy’s best friend, Jinx, getting herself into a bit of trouble at the fae bar, Club Nexus. She wakes up the next morning with glowing lips all over her. Not only are these freaky, but they also seem to be draining her. Add to this issue, there are fire imps terrorizing the city.
Ivy calls in her lover Ceff, the king of the local Kelpies, to help with the fire imps, while Ivy tries to help Jinx. She has to go deal with the Green Lady who wants to call in a favor. Oh, then the vamps want to call in their favor too. Ivy’s witch friend, Kaye, seems to have disappeared, and she is desperately needed. Oh and Forneus, the demonic lawyer (which seems like an oxymoron to me, LOL), who also has a romantic interest in Jinx is trying to help solve the issue with Jinx.
In Burning Bright we got to see a lot of Ceff and Forneus. We also get to see a side of Forneus that we aren’t used to seeing. He was very caring and protective for Jinx. Jinx was out of it for most of the book, so we didn’t get to see much of her. I enjoyed the addition of Arachne, Kaye’s student witch to the story. I loved the addition of Sparky, a young demon even more. I can’t wait to see where the story goes with young Sparky. I thought he was adorable.
Poor, Ivy, she is put into some pretty tight situations in this story. Not only is she struggling with her powers, she also puts a lot on her shoulders. She pretty much tries to protect the city and takes that responsibility entirely on herself. Ivy has proven once again how great of character she is with how she continues to put the city and her friends in front of herself. If you’re looking for a urban fantasy series that is high action with a kick ass heroine, Ivy Granger is a great choice.
I haven’t listened to a lot of stories with dual narrators. The ones that I have, it featured a different narrator for each chapter. This one the male narrator speaks anytime a male is voiced or thinks. The female narrator does the rest of the narration. It took me a while to get used to this type of narration. Both narrators were good, it was just a different style that I’m not used to. By the end of the book, I was pretty used to the back and forth between the two of them without issue. I’m not sure that it is something that I prefer, but I don’t think I would say that I dislike it either. I think with these two narrators, it is something that I could become accustom to.