Still a Bit Much for Me: Birthright | Review

Birthright: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book 4 - Anthony Bowling, Sacred Oaks, Melanie A. Mason, Robert E. Stevens

I appreciated that the language wasn't as strong as the last one in this adult Urban Fantasy series.


Being a faerie princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. Ivy must go to Faerie, but the gateway to the Wisp Court is through Tech Duinn, the house of Donn - Celtic god of the dead. Just her luck.


Unable to share her secret with Jinx, and with Jenna called away on Hunters' Guild business, Ivy must rely on Ceff and Torn to lead her to Death's door, literally, and back again. As if that wasn't dangerous enough, there's no saying what horrors lay in store within the Faerie realm. Too bad the Wisp Court is the one lead Ivy has in the search for her father - and possible salvation.


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Birthright by EJ Stevens, read by Melanie A Mason & Anthony Bowling, published 2016 / Length: 7 hrs 4 min



This is Book #4 of 5 in "The Ivy Granger" series. Book #5 is out, but not yet available on audio.


**This review may contain spoilers for the previous book(s).**



This book felt very much like a middle book in which nearly everything that happens is set up for later. There was at least one significant development in Ivy's life though.


I'm not sure what the cover has to do with anything in this book.



Ivy went through a lot in this one (as always). / Ceff continues to be a bit too perfect. / Marvin & Sparky are still favorites. / I liked meeting Jinx's dad, he seems interesting. / Skilly was a great addition. / I am not a fan of Torn, so I wasn't best pleased to have him along for some of the adventures. / I really like what we have learned about Ivy's dad.



A large chunk of this one is spent in Faerie, but only a small part of it is explored. Ivy is trying to learn to access/control her abilities, so we learn a bit more about them.



I liked the beginning and all the stuff with the junkyard. It did a good job of introducing the characters and their situation.


I felt like the middle dragged a lot, I was really ready for it to be over.


Although the endings in these books aren't necessarily cliffhangers, there isn't much resolution to the over all arc.



  • How maternal and protective Ivy is with Sparky - nobody hurts her kid
  • Irish accents
  • The story of Ivy's dad (although it is sad)


I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: The swearing / the gory violence / comments about the gatekeeper's junk & playing with his food / all the talk about the two couples' sex lives (and their being unmarried).



Notes: This is the type of dual narration where she does all the women's voices and he does all the men's / There were a few minor sound quality issues / Speed = listened on 1.25, my usual / The sound effects were fine but I really disliked whenever they tried to laugh.


MELANIE: Her narration was on par with what she has done previously in the series.


ANTHONY: He is new and I have very mixed feelings. I liked some of what he did, Skilly was especially nice; and disliked others, Ceff sounds more goofy than sexy to me.



Birthright (The Ivy Granger #4) by EJ Stevens, read by Melanie A Mason & Anthony Bowling, published 2016 / Length: 7 hrs 4 min Buy Now | +Goodreads

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