Birthright Audiobook by E.J. Stevens (REVIEW)

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Review of: Birthright Audiobook
E.J. Stevens

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On May 25, 2016
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Birthright Audiobook

By: E.J. Stevens

Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling

Published by: Sacred Oaks 5/12/2016

Birthright Audiobook by E.J. Stevens

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Ivy Granger #4

7 hrs and 4 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

Birthright Audiobook Sample

Birthright Audiobook

4 Hearts

I was really excited to finally get to revisit the world of Ivy Granger. I was hoping that it would come out on audio, and I was glad that I waited and was able to get a chance to review it. I’ve been a huge fan of Ivy Granger since I met her in the first book, Shadow Sight. I just love her, all of her friends and the world built around her.

In this book, most of the story takes place outside of Harborsmouth and in the world of Faerie. Ceff, the king of the Kelpies and her lover, and Torn, lord of the Cat Sidhe, join her on this trip to Faerie to try to clear her name and try to control her powers. She has to travel to deal with the God of the Dead, but first they have to kill the Baphomet, the demon that is pictured on the cover. Oh, and let’s not forget The Morrigan, the Goddess of War, who appears in a lot of stories, but Stevens has made her own character in this story. While there, they pick up a new travel companion in a hearth brownie, Skillywedden or “Skilly” for short.

Then they are on to the Wisp court where Ivy meets her Uncle Kade. He does a lot to teach her about her powers. She spends a lot of time in the Wisp court, a lot longer than she intended. Things there don’t go as she intends. Her uncle also drops some pretty big bombs about Ivy’s past. I don’t want to tell any more, because spoilers. Let’s just say that there are things that happened that I didn’t see coming.

I really enjoyed this story, even as I missed many of the character that I normally love in this series. I’m a huge lover of secondary characters and I missed them in this story. I missed Jinx, the clutzy human best friend, Marvin the bridge troll, Hob the hearth brownie, Humphrey the gargoyle, Kay the witch, Sparky the soon to ever powerful demon lord, but now is the silly demon child. I even missed Forneus, the demon lawyer who is wooing Jinx. I did enjoy meeting Skilly and my time with him. I also enjoyed time with Ceff and Torn. This is a series that is full of some really fun characters. Even Donn, The God of the Dead, who first appears as a Santa Claus like person is really neat. Every character that Stevens has created is so much fun. Even the ones she creates that are even are great characters to read about. As a character driven reader, I can’t ask for any more. I’m ready for Hound’s Bite.

Birthright Narration

3 Hearts

Melanie A. Mason continues to do a great job with the narration. She has become the voice of Ivy Granger to me. The more I listen to her narrate, the more I enjoy her narration. I’ve even starting to get used to male narrator doing the male voices (something I’ve only had with this series). There is a change to the male narrator. I’m not sure why the change, but he did a great job. I liked his voices for Ceff, Torn and even Sparky and Skilly. The male narrator has the harder voices here than the female voices. In this book, the female narrator mostly just had to do Ivy and a few other minor characters.

E.J. Stevens is the author of the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult paranormal romance series, the HUNTERS’ GUILD urban fantasy series, and the award-winning IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

When E.J. isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

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Narrator: Melanie A. Mason

There has never been a moment when Melanie Mason wasn’t interested in telling a story, either one of hers or someone else’s. She is an accomplished Actor, Director, Audiobook Narrator and Voice-Over Artist. Her voice work includes Web Spokesperson, anime, commercial and film. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MS in Information Science, with a focus on Storytelling. She has been a University faculty member for over a decade teaching Communication Studies and Broadcast Communication.

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Narrator: Anthony Bowling

Anthony Bowling is known for his work on Summer Wars (2009), Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005) and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011).

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. 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. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I finally bought book one in this series. All of yall are tempting me haha The covers mix me up though since they all look so different.

    • The covers to get better as the series goes on. This one is my favorite so far.

      • I’d have to agree, I’m liking them more as they keep going!

  2. I just got book one and two for .99 each and then went and put audio on them for 1.99 each so I can’t wait to try this series. 🙂

    • I love getting deals like that. I’ve found so many great new authors this way. 🙂

  3. Why haven’t I ever heard of this series?! Dang it! Another series is getting added to my reading list. Very informative review!

    • I just started this series last year. It is such a fun series. 🙂

  4. Gah! I really need to read this series. I enjoyed #1 in the Hunter’s Guild series and have wanted to start Ivy…just haven’t yet. I’m glad you enjoyed this installment, Melanie, even if you missed a lot of the side characters. I’m actually so happy to know the secondary characters are so well done – that’s something I love in a series. 🙂

    • I still need to try Hunter’s Guild. I believe that series is set in Harborsmouth too.

  5. I like it when stories are built around a good crowd of curious characters. And the fae element here isn’t the usual one so that’s neat. And secret reveals, umm.

    Glad it was a good one.

    • I really loved this book and the series. I’m really excited for the next book. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the audio.

  6. It seems like this series just keeps getting better but it’s kind of bummer that it took a trip to faerie for the big reveals – who wants to miss the side characters that have been there the entire time?!?! I hope Ivy and the guys are back with everyone in the next book!

    I like this cover, too! I think it’s best one yet 🙂

    • I agree, this series continues to get better and better. I think everyone is back for the next book, since the ending of this one takes her back to Harborsmouth. I also agree that this is the best cover yet. 🙂

  7. I’m very much a character driven reader, so this sounds good to me. I actually have a couple of her books from a different series that I need to read, too.

    • This is the only series I’ve read by her so far. I think it is only one on audio. I do plan to try other series by her, it just takes me longer on books that aren’t on audio. This series has some great characters though. I hope you get a chance to try it. 🙂

  8. Oh this sounds really good. I like a lot of the different elements of this story so it sounds very intriguing to me now. And I always like when there are things I don’t see coming. I like to be surprised. Thanks for the review.

    • This series has been full of fun surprises. I hope you get a chance to try it. 🙂

  9. ok wow I must have been living under a bridge I’ve never heard of her or this series. Thanks for your great review, and I agree i love co-stars and really miss them if they’re for some reason left out of a book and thanks for putting it on my radar!

    • I just started it last year, so don’t feel too bad. I’ve also felt the same way about other series. There are just too many fun authors out there. Not so good for the authors who get lost in the shuffle, great for us readers who are never without something good to read. 🙂

  10. I think this was my favorite of the series. I missed some of my other favorite characters, but I felt like this was just so packed with great things it was ok. I read the ebooks so I can’t comment on the narration. I was wondering if she was going to put them out in audio.

    • Agreed, this series gets better with every book. While I missed the side characters I loved, I still really enjoyed the story. I can’t wait for the next book. I hope it doesn’t take too long for the audio to come out after the book is released. 🙂

  11. I keep meaning to pick this series up and I still haven’t. I need to make time for it.
    Great review!

    • It is a fun series. I just love the characters. Tons of action and snark.

  12. This sounds really good and is totally new to me Mel. I will add to my wishlist.

    • I hope you enjoy it Kimberly. I think it is a really fun series.

  13. Hmmmm… that cover scares me. Not sure if this series is for me.

    • This is a fun series. I think you would enjoy it. The fight scenes are no more violent than Kate Daniels or SPI Files. The fight scene with the Baphomet was actually a short part to the story. There was also an encounter with Santa Claus looking guy too. LOL There is some great humor in this series.

  14. That’s nice you were able to get this book in audio. I don’t remember seeing this series before. You make it sounds like a fun fantasy series with well done world building. Great review!

    • I love the world building in this series. That and the characters are a ton of fun. I’m so glad that more and more books are coming out on audio. I can listen to so many more than I can read.

  15. I now see why you love to read Paranormal so much! Every time I come to your blog and read your reviews, ALL of this books have soooo much going on and the characters in this book seem to be EPICAL! From this book I would like to meet… was he a Hearth Brownie? Or was his name Hearth Brownie? They all sound super cool!

    Epic review and I’m glad you loved it! <3

    • Thanks so much, Keionda. There are two different hearth brownies in this story. They are a species. They tend hearths. They are also very funny if you don’t bring them a gift. I love all the different fae creatures and all the rules you have to follow with them.

      I think all the different nuisance about different supernatural creatures is one reason why like paranormal so much. That, and I also enjoy seeing how different authors take these mythical beings and put their own spin on them and make them their own.

  16. This sounds like a great read Melanie, despite missing the original characters. Ivy sounds like my kind of girl!

    • Ivy is a great character. I like Torn and Ceff too. Just goes to show that this is a great series that the author was able to remove more than half of the cast and still have an amazing story.

  17. I’m going to have to check these out. I love secondary characters too so can get missing them even if it was a good read still.

    • I’m a huge fan of secondary characters. There are still fun secondary characters and some new ones. But, I missed Jinx, the best friend.

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