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Grave Memory: Urban Fantasy (Alex Craft) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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Praise for the Alex Craft series (-)
Yum. A rare treat, intriguing and original. Don't miss this one (Patricia Briggs, international No. 1 bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series)
Fascinating magic, a delicious heartthrob, and a fresh, inventive world (Chloe Neill New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires series)
Only a thin border separates the worlds of the living and the dead in Price's captivating series debut (Publisher's Weekly)
This series is more addictive than chocolate (Huntress Reviews)
Nonstop action that will keep you guessing (Night Owl Reviews)
A thoroughly enjoyable magical mystery (Locus Magazine)
About the Author
Kalayna Price is the USA Today bestselling author of the Alex Craft novels, including Grave Witch, Grave Dance, Grave Memory, Grave Visions and her latest novel, Grave Ransom.
She draws ideas from her surroundings, her studies into ancient mythologies and her readings of classic folklore. Her stories contain the mystical elements of fantasy, a healthy helping of action, a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, humour and a large serving of mystery.
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The plot is intricate and fairly complicated, which I found intriguing. Alex finds herself in a precarious position, her job in jeopardy, her friends are taking a step back, she has a Fae Queen harassing her and let's not forget the usual soul stealing or body snatching suspects she has to catch.
I find it interesting how Alex becomes quite an underdog as a human and yet when faced with a supernatural monster she fights like a warrior.
I think the author will have to be careful not to get overly comfortable with certain scenarios lest she be in danger of being repetitive.
I would like to see Price explore the untrustworthiness of Falin a little more, the revelation about her siblings or the relationship and bond she has with Death.
Personally I think Price did venture forth just a tad, perhaps not in a cliffhanger kind of way, but then again it is hard to let go of characters that have grown close to ones heart. Entertaining read.
Grave Memory is the third book in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and in my opinion this series just gets better and better with every instalment. I just wish I didn't have to wait for the next book to be published! This is one of the only series I can think of that has a love triangle that isn't driving me completely crazy, I can see why Alex is attracted to both Falin and Death so although I definitely know which team I'm on (Team Death of course!) I understand why Alex is finding it so hard to make a decision. I don't think Falin is a bad guy but the fact that he is tied to the Winter Queen makes it impossible to trust any of his actions, something that is really proved to Alex in this book. I would like to see him break his ties to the Winter Queen but to be honest I'm really hoping that Alex ends up with Death!
I have been crushing on Death since the first book but so far he had remained very much a mystery man and we didn't know very much about him so I was incredibly excited that he had a much larger role in this story. If I had a crush on him before I am completely 100% head over heels in love with him now - he is such a sexy guy and his actions in this book were completely swoonworthy. There is no doubt in my mind that he loves Alex and would do anything to keep her safe and he proves that time and time again no matter what it costs him. The only problem is that love between a human and a soul collector is forbidden so any future for them isn't going to be easy. There just has to be a way for them to make it work though - I refuse to accept any other alternative!
Although I love the romance in this series it is by no means the main focus of the story which is something I really appreciate. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the suicides and it was great to see Alex and Rianna reconnect after spending so many years apart. Rianna is having a hard time adjusting to having freedom again but I think Alex did a great job of helping her find her feet and start to experience life again. I also enjoyed learning more about the Fae and I don't envy Alex the choices that she is going to have to make when it comes to allying herself with one of the courts or declaring herself an independent. It seems like no matter which way she decides to go she is going to cause problems for herself of one kind or another. One of the things I like the most about this series is the way using magic has a price, that always makes it seem much more realistic to me but I have to admit that I don't envy Alex and Rianna their abilities. The cost of using her gift is becoming greater every time Alex accesses her grave magic and that is just going to make things even more complicated for her in the future. Kalayna Price has created a fantastic urban fantasy series that is fast becoming one of my favourites and I can't wait for the next instalment. If you aren't reading this series yet then I'd highly recommend starting with the first book Grave Witch but if you're already a fan then you're going to love this latest instalment!
In this book especially we see how powerful Alex really is but while still a kick ass witch Alex isn't infallible, she gets into heaps of bother and I like that she has stayed vulnerable throughout.
There's more Death (who is awesome, we finally get a few answers about his mysteriousness), we also see Falin but I hope the big old love triangle doesn't drag out in future books because it'll only be annoying.
Once again the full set of characters are all great, with their own real personalities and weird quirks. There are a few new ones too, with a ghoul kicking super biatch who makes Alex look like a meek kitten at times. Also I thought the ghosts were well portrayed, as usual, simple normal people caught up in magic, usually in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The plot was particularly gruesome this time around but very original. I loved this book, highly recommended :)
The central character is still as feisty as ever, if not a little blinder than before.. the land of faerie is vividly described and the interaction between Alexis and the resident ghost in her life are very funny.
I don't want to describe it any more because the official synopsis alone should make you want to run out and buy this book.
Ms Price has a very user friendly way of writing and is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors - right up there with Lisa Olsen (Pretty Witches All In A Row, Moonsong, Nine Steps to Sara) and J V Jones (Cavern of Black Ice series, The Barbed Coil, The Baker's Boy etc etc)
BUT - and it's an important but - the proofreading is diabolical. "You're" instead of "your"; "ridged" instead of "rigid"; lots of missing words, or repeated words ("look looking" was one), and times when you're not sure whether tense has changed or there's just "-ed" missing.
A story this good - heck, any story - deserves good proofreading. Please let the next book be better prepared!
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