Hound’s Bite Audiobook by E.J. Stevens (REVIEW)

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Review of: Hound's Bite Audiobook
E.J. Stevens

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On June 5, 2017
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Hound’s Bite Audiobook

By: E.J. Stevens

Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin

Published by: Sacred Oaks 05/04/2017

Hound's Bite Audiobook by E.J. Stevens

Hound’s Bite Audiobook Sample

Hound’s Bite Audiobook

4 Hearts

I was very excited to back in the world of Ivy Granger. This is a series that I’ve really enjoyed and this book was no exception. Ivy is back from her trip to Faerie. Her powers are growing. After spending a year in Faerie (which was only a week in Harborsmouth, since time travels differently between the two), Ivy finds herself not able to slow down a bit.

The Wild Hunt has followed Ivy back from Faerie and they only have until sundown to defeat them or they will tear through Harborsmouth and kill many innocent (and naive) humans. Ivy goes to her friend and mentor, the witch Kaye. Kaye has helped Ivy several times, but this time, she seems to be different. She seems a little power hungry. Ivy learns that Kaye has been up to no good while she was gone.

So, Ivy has to figure out how to defeat The Wild Hunt and help get Kaye under control without killing her friend. Luckily, now that Ivy is back in Harborsmouth, she has her full cast of friends to help her. Ceff and Torn have come back with her from Faerie. Even though they were treated very poorly by Ivy’s family, they stand by her side and do what is needed to help her. She also has Jinx and her man, Forneus the demonic lawyer, to help too.

Again, there are other, smaller characters, that make an appearance and I loved seeing them again. Humphrey (the gargoyle), Sparky (Ivy’s adopted full demon child), Hob (Kaye’s kitchen brownie) and Marvin (a young troll), Father Michael and Kaye’s apprentice, Arachne.

This story gives new meaning to “fast-paced”. Ivy and her friends don’t have a chance to catch their breath. The whole story takes place in about a single day (since they have to fight The Wild Hunt before the end of the next sundown).

I really enjoy this world that Ms. Stevens has created. I think the characters are a lot of fun. I think the world is very creative and interesting. I love the action (and boy is there a lot of action). There is snark. I just can’t say enough about this ragtag group. They all fit perfectly together. I’m very interested to see where this series goes next.

Hound’s Bite Narration

3 Hearts

I really like both Melanie A Mason and Anthony Bowling. I think they both have nice voices and do a good job voicing the characters. This duet style of narration, where the female voices all female characters and the male narrates all the male characters is something that I’m getting more accustomed to. I will say that the sound effects that are included were a turnoff for me. With some, it was hard to hear the voices. The one example that stood out to me the most was when they were fighting with a wall of fire, the sounds of the fire overtook the voices. My personal opinion would be to just let the narrators use their great voices to make the story without the sound effects.

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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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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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ML Simmons Reviewer

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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 have this series on my TBR 🙂 I think I’ll upgrade to the audiobook so I can hurry up and read it! 😀

  2. Mel, another Mel, loves her books 🙂 I do have book 1 in a series but it was drm protected even though I won it and I just never got around to it then

    Ohh tealblue is so pretty

    • Well that’s not fun. Maybe your library will have it. The first book is on sale for $0.99 in the US. I’m not sure about Finland. I do love the covers for this series.

  3. I read a book by this author years ago but I havent’ read anything by her since. I will have to consider this series. I do like the way they did the narration. I much prefer when females do all the female voices and males do all the male voices. I hate when they go back and forth and the female narrates all the voices in her chapter and the male does the same. It just doesn’t work as well.

    • I prefer a single narrator, personally. I don’t mind the dual narration, where each narrator does a full chapter. Everyone has their own preferences. I hope you get a chance to try this series.

  4. Great review, this sounds fab and thanks for the wonderful audio giveaways!!!

  5. I think I remember reading a review from an earlier book; it sounds familiar. It’s on my maybe list! thanks.

  6. Oh this sounds good. Looks like I need to check out the other series. I just may have to listen to them all.

    Love the giveaways!

    • Good luck with the giveaways. I do love this series. It has amazing characters.

  7. Wow! Lots going on in this one. I love it when The Wild Hunt is part of stories. Ivy sure has to juggle a lot.

    I actually haven’t heard an audio with sound effects yet. I’m curious now if I’ll like it or not.

    Great review, Melanie!

    • I’ve heard a few with sound effects. Some do more than others.

  8. Unless it is a full cast recording (aka a bit like a radio show) then sound effects are a big turn off for me in an audiobook. It is distracting along with that whole music in/music out at the end of chapters!

    • I don’t like the in/out music either. I’ve only listened to one full cast recording, Audible’s version of Dracula. I have also listened to The War of the Worlds with Orson Welles, but that actually was a radio show.

  9. This definitely was fast paced! It kind of reminds me of the pace of the action in EXILED by Amanda Carlson. I don’t think I would like sound effects in my audiobooks. So far I have not come across that, or if I have they were subtle enough that I didn’t notice.

    • That is a good comparison. I don’t listen to a lot of books with special effects. Not many have them. More have music at the beginning or ending of a chapter (or sometimes a CD). I don’t like those either.

  10. I definitely need to try this one, I’ve liked her other books and this sounds right up my alley. 😉

    • I’ve only tried this series from this author, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I will have to see what else she has. I hope you enjoy it.

  11. I haven’t listened to many audios with sound effects. Done right I think it would be cool, but if you had trouble hearing the dialogue I can see where that would annoy you.

    • I’ve only listened to a few that have had sound effects. I personally don’t like them, but then my personal preference is a single narrator for the entire book. That is always my favorite.

  12. I haven’t read this author before but this sounds quite good to me.

  13. Gah! Another series I’m behind in, Melanie, and this one wasn’t on my list! I won’t even tell you what number I’m up to now. LOL I’m glad this was a worthy installment in the series. As for the narration, I haven’t heard any dual narration done this way but I think it’d take some getting used to for me. And sound effects? I don’t think I’ve encountered those in an audiobook yet either. Interesting though…

    • I’m always behind on this series because the print and ebooks come out a while before the audiobooks. I always wait for the audiobooks. This is the duet narration, similar to the panel we sat on at RT where the woman does all the women’s voices and the male does all the male voices. They didn’t cover sound effects on the panel, though.

  14. It’s nice to see you always have a nice time with this series!

  15. Interesting. I really want to try the dual narration. The sound effects. That…I have not encountered. Too bad it was a bit over done. It could really add something nice, I’d think, if subtle.

    • This is the only series that I currently listen to where the man does all the male stuff and the woman does all the female stuff. I have had a few others series that have done sound effects.

  16. I’ve really become burned out on fairie stories, with the exception of a few authors and stories, but this actually looks interesting and for the fact that you’re on book 5 gives me good feels about this series.

    • I haven’t done a ton of fae books, but I know exactly what you mean about getting burnt out on a supernatural species. I’ve had that with both vampires and demons. I think shifters are the only thing I’ve never burnt out on, at least so far.

  17. I really enjoyed the first in this series but haven’t managed to get back to it. I read it so I haven’t tried the audio. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Anne

    • I really love this series. The characters are my favorite part. I just love them all.

  18. This sounds like a good series with a lot going on and fun group of characters. I an enjoy a good fast paced book when I am in the mood for that. It sure sounds like there’s a lot going on in this one! Too bad the sound effects didn’t really work for you, that does sound annoying if you can’t hear the voices as well. Great review!

    • Thanks Lola. I like fast paced books. Sometimes they can be too fast, but I don’t think that is the case here.

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