Grave Witch - Alex Craft, Bk 1 Author:Kalayna Price Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn't mean she likes what they have to say... — As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she's on good terms with Death himself -- who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans -- nothing has p... more »repared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she's attacked by the 'shade' she's raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…
To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something -- though it's certainly not his dislike of Alex -- but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life... and her soul.« less
This was my first by Kalayna Price and it won't be the last. This story flowed well and kept me guessing all the way to the end. Can't wait to read Grave Dance. If you are interested in witch's and faes, this book is for you.
1st in series, and a really good start. The reader gets a pretty cool blend of mystery, paranormal, and romance all rolled into one.
Alex is a Grave Witch, and she can see the world through "grave sight" She's can also raise shades (memories from a dead body) so they can testify in court. Death is also her friend and looks hot in his jeans; he saves her from a spelled bullet with her name on it. She also fighting to solve a cryptic message that can free herself of a soul-sucking virus spell attached to her shoulder. All the while bodies are turning up left and right.
This book was a pretty hardcore paranormal. Mainly dealing with witches, faeries, Death himself, and ghosts. Its been a long while since ive read a paranomal that uses a large amount of descriptive writing. I will continue the series.
Can you say "Bad Anita Blake Knock-Off"????? I kept waiting for this book to stop reminding me of ALL THE OTHER great paranormal series I've read from Laurell Hamilton & J.R.Ward & Patricia Briggs & Kim Harrison....but it just never happened. Every page brought another "Oh, yeah, this other author used that idea last year" to mind.
Sure, it was a fast-paced story. Sure, there was so much happening it was hard to keep track. Unfortunately I was still BORED.
And frankly, I just didn't like Alex Craft, the main character. I'm sorry I bought the second book in the series--I won't be reading it!
Stick with better authors--Kalayna Price is just too weird to be good.
This is the first book in the Alex Craft series. The fourth book in this series, Grave Visions, is expected to release in August 2013. I have had this urban fantasy series on my shelf to read forever. It was a fun read; I enjoyed the humor and Alexs interesting Grave Magic.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent but not spectacular. The narrators voice sounds a little bit...mushy and wasnt like I pictured Alex being. The narrator also had a bit of trouble with differentiating some of the male voices. Still overall the narrator did a good job conveying character emotion, and it was a decent listen.
Alex Craft is a Grave Witch who is on the rocks with the rest of her family and struggling to make ends meet. When Alex is asked to investigate a high profile murder things start to get complicated. She is attacked by a Shade and then someone tries to murder her. Good thing she is on good terms with Death and that she has the tough cop, Falin Andrews, to back her up.
This was a very enjoyable urban fantasy, I liked it. There is humor in here, some great characters, an intriguing world and I enjoyed Alex's grave witch magic. The story is very much an investigative urban fantasy, there is a case of serial murders that must be solved and it involves black magic and fey.
Alex is a snarky character with a great sense of humor, some incredibly intriguing magic, and a problem with making ends meet. She also has a habit of taking guys home to ward off the grave chill, which has gotten her into trouble more than once.
Alex was a very fun character to read about, she is engaging and she knows how to ask for help when she needs to. Yeah, she does some kind of stupid things, but it is all highly entertaining.
The next wonderful thing about this book is the character Death. He loves wearing jeans, seems to have a soft spot for Alex, and turns up at the worst times to claim souls. Him and Alex have some wonderful banter and he is a delightfully mysterious. I cant wait to read more about him in future books.
Helping out Alex is investigator Falin Andrews. While I didnt like him as much as Death in the beginning of the book, he grew on me as a character. I enjoyed his interactions with Alex and all of the crazy secrets that were revealed around him.
I liked that the plot had multiple levels. The main story is resolved, but a lot of side storylines involving Alexs background and the surrounding characters remain unanswered.
Overall a solid urban fantasy read, I enjoyed it. I liked the humor throughout, the interesting magic, and all of the mysteries surrounding our characters backgrounds. There was a solid mystery that was solved and it had a number of interesting fey and magic elements involved. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy investigative urban fantasy. I plan on continuing the series and am looking forward to reading Grave Dance.