Friday, 16 October 2015

Book Review: Shadow Sight by EJ Stevens

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 boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client—until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...

Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices

My Review:
Ivy can touch an object and get a reading of its history which is bad for normal people but great for a psychic detective agency which she runs with accident prone friend Jinx. I was expecting great things from the book but for me it just never delivered.

It was sooo slow! It's a pet hate of mine when the book starts with never ending descriptions of everyone and everything, and yet the plot never seems to move forward. Ivy needs help, asking a priest to sit in with her on a meeting with a demon client to discuss his case. So we get descriptions of Ivy and Jinx and their history. We meet a demon but don't know what he wants as he arranges to come back and Ivy needs anti-demon supplies. The trip to her friend for magical supplies results in full descriptions of the witch and her shop, her demon killing exploits, the life history of her brownie house guest, her troll house guest, her staff etc. So she suggests a trip to see the priest so we go on a journey through the bad part of town, describing every beast we see at the market she goes through and the evil history of this part of town. Then we describe the church and the priest...

It's 64 pages in before Ivy agrees to take the demon as her client! So how long will it take to investigate the case? I seriously dread to think. This was sending me to sleep as I waited in vain for something interesting to happen.

The characters were a bit bland as well. Jinx comes across as a bit of an airhead that Ivy has to watch over like a toddler. Michael the priest is the annoying overgrown overeager schoolboy on speed who I found to be really annoying and I wouldn't be trusting him to keep me safe. The most interesting character I thought was the brownie. The characters just didn't excite me or have me connecting to them or rooting for them, which is what I want in my MCs.

It's not a bad book and there is nothing wrong with the way the author writes. It was just too slow for me. 
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