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review 2019-05-29 11:42
Grave Destiny (Alex Craft #6)
Grave Destiny - Kalayna Price

Probably one of the strongest entries in this series; it felt tightly plotted, well paced and clearly part of a larger series arc.  Not all the previous books, even when they were good, felt like they were part of a larger story.

 

Most of Grave Destiny takes place in Fairy, which truthfully, I don't find nearly as compelling as the mortal realm, where Alex is a grave witch (able to talk to the dead through their shades).  Alex's life is divided between her mortal witch existence, and her fae existence in Fairy, which she's only becoming reconciled to.  My personal preference is for the mortal side, where I find her relationships more interesting, but Price managed to keep me invested in this story anyway.

 

Major character development took place at the end; it will be interesting to see where Price goes with it, as it's clear she's got a plan for these characters.  Hopefully I won't have to wait as long for the next book to find out what that plan is.  

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review 2019-04-05 01:56
Good Story and Good Characters
Grave Destiny - Kalayna Price

The first time Alex had knowingly wove planes of existence was under the blood moon.  That was six months ago, and she been under the power of a madman.The ability burst from Alex like a magical hemorrhage. Alex needed training, the only two Plane Weavers anyone knew about resided in the high court. Which no one could tell Alex how to reach. Her housemate was Caleb and was born as independent fae and knew very little about about the inner workings of the high court. Mrs B was a brownie and appointed herself manager of Tongues For The Dead.  The only other fae she could ask was in hiding and was a prominent member in mortal government in a part called Human First party which was a hate group against fae and witches. He was also Alex’s father. Alex is a private investigator for Tongues for the dead. She runs it with fellow grave witch and her best friend Reanna. They specialize in raising shades of the dead so they can be questioned but they’d take about any case from missing persons to discussing causes on knickknacks. Business was dead as Alec had been accused of magical mass murder. Alex called her dad and asked him how to get to the high court. He said he knew but she would have to accept ac ase and he said she would know the case when it came to her. Than the bell on the door rang and than fear lodged in her sternum and melted down to her stomach . It was Prince Dugan of the Shadow court. There Faerie has seven courts She took Dugan into her office. Than her front door burst open and it was the Queen's knight Falin Andrews stormed into the lobby. Than he said to he we have to go, that the Prince of the shadow court was in Nekros. Falin also headed the local Fae Investigative Bureau. Alex’s one time only lover , housemates of sorts, and a friend it had shown he was worried when he entered the business. Than Alex said the prince was there and Dugan stepped out if her office. Than both the Prince and Falin drew their weapons. Prince Dugan claimed the right to open roads- that gives an outsider the right to pass through mortal realm territory where they don’t belong. It can be invoked once a year lasted twelve hours. Than Dugan invoked the Sanctuary Of Artidians. Alex didn’t know what that was as she hadn’t grown up in Faerie. Dugan also said he and Alex were betrothed and she said the had become betrothed when she was born. Alex doesn’t consider herself tied to the Shadow Prince.  Alex agreed to take Dugans case than the Winter Queen told her she needed to find out the truth of this case. A brownie from from the shadow court and a friend of Dugan’s was dead found with a dead fae form the Winter Court, and this happened in the Winter Court. This could lead to war between the two courts. The three became a team- Falin, dugan, and Alex- to find out what really happened. Alex needeall her skills to stay alive-as various courts either wanted Alex for themselves or wanted her dead- as they had to go through the fae courts while investigating the murders. Falin has feelings for Alex but his duty is to his queen.

I really enjoyed this book. It has: fae politics, deceit, seven different fae courts, fae plots, lies, glamour, magic, mystery, deaths, and of course fae and so much more. I advise you to read this series in order for a more knowledgeable and smoother read. I really liked the plot and pace.Thus was a fun, exciting read with a dash of romance. I would have liked to see Alex perform more of her grave magic. I love the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-04-01 14:50
Another Not-So Likable Protag and a Plot that I Did Like
Grave Witch - Kalayna Price

 

The world-building in this novel is good for a first novel. I also liked that the protagonist is a different kind of witch, i.e., she raises shades from dead bodies so she can solve murders. The whole part about raising one so it could give her testimony in court was fabulous and tastefully done.

 

What I don’t like is the main character. I don’t know I find her annoying. Again, I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I read it a few years ago.

A funny line.
9565574 Since there was a cliffhanger, I will try the next book in the series.
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text 2018-02-08 17:38
Audio Review: Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price (Narrator: Emily Durante)
Grave Witch - Kalayna Price
Grave Witch

Alex Craft #1
Kalayna Price (Narrator: Emily Durante)
Urban Fantasy
Tantor Audio
April 18, 2011
Audiobook
10 hours and 3 minutes
Library

 

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 prepared 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.

 

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** This review was originally featured on Books of My Heart. It was my pleasure to be part of her Friends on Friday series.

 

Mystery, surprises, tension, & edge of our seat moments.

 

Holly Cow, Grave Witch was more then I expected it to be. I was pulled in from the start and couldn’t stop until the very end. We get ghosts, a murder mystery, weird magic, and so much more. It was one thing after another that you never know what will happen next. 

 

Alex is a fun, unique, and powerful character. Everything we learn about her just leads us to wanting more. Her numerous and complex problems change the book into an entertaining and unpredictable read. Her grave sight is a pretty nifty ability, but it comes with a price. I liked how in this world their is a price to having magic. The more Alex is in contact with the dead the colder her body temperature gets and after being in contact with her power she has issues with her eyes. Alex does find ways to deal with the price. 

 

The secondary characters where wonderful. I had fun with all of Alex’s friends. She’s picked a great group of people to be with. 

 

The relationships Alex has with Death and Falin makes me wonder if their might be a love triangle looming in the future. I like the relationship between Alex and Death. As for Falin and Alex they where together to help with the backlash of her power this time around. I’m curious to see where things go on the man front. I will say the relationship comes second to the murder mysterious happen in this story. 

 

Narration: This is my first experience with narrator Emily Durante. I didn’t have any issues with the audio. I was sucked in that I couldn’t stop and when I had to I was a little sad and I wanted to jump back into the audio book. The story comes alive. Their are a lot of characters and Ms. Durante does a good job making them each unique. 

 

Grave Witch is a humorous suspenseful murder mystery Urban Fantasy that’s hard to put down. I can’t wait to dive into the next installment.

 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2018-01-16 23:12
Grave Witch - Kalayna Price

 

DNF at 82%

And it starts...
I really didn't want to start so soon DNFinishing books, but I'm really not into anything in this story, and if I keep this up, it will be 2017 all over again; with me wasting time on books I'm not enjoying.
The worst part about this, is that when I started reading it... I thought I had found another series to follow. The first paragraph is really good:

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.As far as impressions
went, I blew it, but I was five at the time, so he eventually forgave me. Some days I wished he hadn’t— particularly when we crossed paths on the job.


Thing is, when I'm reading an urban fantasy series I need to... you know, understand the world I'm reading, and why things are the way they are... and basically what makes the magic work for the characters?
For instance, Alex Craft taps some reservoir of power in a ring she uses; a ring that needs to be recharged and did I miss that? Did she connect an usb cable to the thing and to a power outlet?
o_O
Because I was left wondering how the hell the thing was charged!
Sorry peeps, but I need to know these things; otherwise my brain just disconnects.
Then the world building...
Eh... so magical beings came out of hiding seventy years ago because humans were start to forgetting about them, and their power was diminishing as a result of that...
Honestly when I read 'that', my first thought was, "what, no blaming tomatoes?" *see Rachel Morgan for answer to that*
Look, I still haven't read all my Rachel Morgan books mainly because some vampire gets on my fucking nerves with her stalking, but Kim Harrison's books are way better than this; they give the reader answers, and everything is perfectly detailed. This, as I have been saying over and over, is not.
Then there's this douche-bag character with long blond hair and Fae origins and I was like, two Trentons? -_- No
Fallon, unlike Trenton, reads as this one dimensional douche-bag, with the respective sports car and a tendency to boss Alex around.
As for Alex, it's like she doesn't know the world she's living in, so she's always making mistakes.
It was frustrating to read about.
As for another character, Death, he reads as a fluffy kitten.
I give up.

 

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