Published by Sacred Oaks Press on July 24, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
The lesser of two evils...
Harborsmouth is a pretty scary place. There are all manner of monsters hiding in plain sight behind their glamour. In this first book of the Ivy Granger series, Ivy is taken out of her sheltered, “hide from the monsters” life and is forced to work with those very same monsters. Ivy’s own special ability can be the very thing to help the demon lawyer, and his Kelpie clients find out where the Kelpie king’s bridle went.
I felt like Shadow Sight was a lot of world building. This is normal for a first book though, so I powered through. I am a pretty simple reader, and I found that I really need to read a dictionary. There was a lot of use of more complicated words and with the book being paranormal, I spent a lot of time looking up words to see if they were actual words or if they were part of the paranormal, fantasy world. The good side on that was that I did learn some things along the way. I also found that Ivy’s internal thoughts sometimes went around in circles and she repeated a lot of narrative that probably didn’t need to be rehashed.
The monsters in Shadow Sight are bad. Ivy’s fear of them is well-deserved, and she works through it, getting stronger and braver as the book goes on. She allows herself to see that some of the monsters do have some good in them. The descriptions of some of these baddies was pretty terrifying. Their names are pretty complicated, but I do see the next book includes pronunciations and glossary of monsters, which would have been very helpful in this book. I’m also interested in listening to one of the books in this series in audio to see if my brain “heard” things the way they are actually pronounced.
Shadow Sight was a take on monsters I hadn’t read in a while and it was good to see a perspective where they are not all hot, sexy gods. I do mean “not all”, but still most. 😉 I am interested to see the progression of Ivy’s life as her Private Eye business takes off and she allows more monsters into her life.
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