Blood and Mistletoe Audiobook by E.J. Stevens (REVIEW)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Reviews | 12 comments

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Blood and Mistletoe Audiobook

By: E.J. Stevens

Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason and David Wilson Brown

Published by: Sacred Oaks 06/04/2015

Blood adn Mistletoe Audiobook


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Ivy Granger #1.5

2 hrs and 18 mins

Genre: Urban fantasy

Blood and Mistletoe Audiobook Sample

Blood and Mistletoe Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

Blood and Mistletoe audiobook is a cute short story that is set during Christmas, but isn’t really a Christmas story. Yes, it takes place during the holidays. Yes, there are gifts exchanged.  That is pretty much where the holidays end.

Our demon lawyer friend (that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it, it kinda is), Forneus returns with another case for Ivy and Jinx.  Something is killing fae.  The only thing that is in common, is that the victims are fae. Ivy needs to figure out who and why these deaths are happening. Ivy takes on the case as she doesn’t want people killing a bunch of fae in her town.
This is a short story, at a little over two hours, but it is a full story. We get to spend some time with some of my favorite characters in Kaye the witch, Marvin the teenage bridge troll and Hob the Brownie.  There is even some appearances by Ceff, the Kelpie king and Ivy’s boyfriend. It was a great listen to fit in between some of my other listens. I do think you can go on to book two if you aren’t a fan of novellas, but this is a fun read that adds some depth to the secondary characters.


3 Hearts

Blood and Mistletoe is the first book that I’ve listened to with different narrators the way this one was done. I have listened to different narrators that changed with chapters, but this one changed with sentences. That was a little jarring to me. The narrators were great, but everytime a male characters spoke, we went from a female to a male narrating. This was completely new to me and I don’t think it is something I would search out for. I did eventually get used to it, but I wouldn’t say that I’m a fan. I would be willing to listen to either narrator if they read the entire book. I would also mention that I like the narrator who does the full length books better for this series. This is a case of just not my style of narration.

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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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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Actor, director, and audiobook narrator David Wilson-Brown has been a storyteller since he can remember. His numerous credits range from stage, to film, to voice-over work for numerous anime and live action projects. He received his B.F.A. in performance and his M.F.A. in acting.

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I like to thanks E.J. Stevens for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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 so want to try this series! I might start with this novella, I can’t squeeze a full length novel now but this i can make work

    • That would work. I really like Ivy, so I hope you enjoy. I love novellas for that reason sometimes. 🙂

  2. Demon lawyer sounds redundant. lol. It’s okay, some of the people I love the most are lawyers. 😉 I seriously want to read this author though. I’ve had a couple of her books for years.

    • This was an author I’ve been wanting to read for a long time too. I was so excited to find out that she had books available on audio. I can get through audiobooks so much quicker than actual books, which means that books don’t stay on my TBR for as long. 🙂

  3. One of these days I am going to try this series. 🙂 Great review.

    • Thanks, it is a fun series. I have one more novella to listen to (I’ve listened to book two, but still need to write review, I’m behind 🙁 ). I hope that book three and four will be available on audio soon.

  4. Having the actual narrator change between female and male characters would confuse me, I think! And there are some great narrators out there who are excellent at dong both, right?
    I’m glad you mostly enjoyed this despite that, though, Melanie 🙂 I have to check out this series a little more, as I’m not familiar with it at all.
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.

    • It is a great series. This is the first time I listened to a book done this way. I have had some where different chapters are told from different POV and they had different narrators. That didn’t bother me. But you’re right, there are narrators who are great at both (male and female narrators, who can do both sexes very well). I did think that both of these narrators did a good job with the parts that they had.

  5. The series sounds interesting! The narration would probably cause me to not like it. I’ll just get these in ebooks 🙂

    • This is the only book so far in the series that is narrated this way. The other three books that have been made on audio are all done by Traci Odom, who does a fabulous job. Either way, I hope you enjoy the series. I’ve really liked it.

  6. thanks for the review. That’s quite a cover!

    • I remember seeing the books around Christmas time and the covers always caught my eye. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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