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Grave Witch (Alex Craft) Paperback – 8 Dec 2011
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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)
Nonstop action that will keep you guessing (Night Owl Reviews)
This series is more addictive than chocolate (Huntress 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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Well written, funny and action packed, this has become one of my favourite current series.
I'm a big fan of the urban fantasy genre so it is always exciting to discover a new series - particularly one as engaging as Grave Witch was. This was the first book I've read by Kalayna Price but I can't wait to continue this series and I'm also planning on buying her Haven books ASAP. In the world the author has created the public have been aware of witches and the fae for about 70 years and although there is some prejudice between them and the humans in general they are accepted. With the Humans First political party gaining popularity this could change in the future though. I was really interested in finding out about all the different kinds of witches, they each have very different abilities and Alex's grave magic is one of the rarer forms. There are also all kinds of fae creatures to watch out for.
I found Alex a likeable heroine, her power has limitations meaning she doesn't come across as too perfect to be real and she has a lot of the same worries as normal people do which makes her easy to relate to. The after effects of using her grave sight were fascinating - especially the developments towards the end - and I thought Alex was brave to continue using the sight considering what happened to her afterwards. She isn't a perfect PI, in fact she missed quite a few clues along the way, but she is determined and once she sets her mind on something she will do whatever it takes to see it through - even it that does mean bending the rules a little.
Although the story focuses on the murders and the mystery of who is behind them there is also the start of a very promising love triangle. I have to confess I'd thought that I was sick to death with triangles and that I didn't want to read any more of them but Kalayna has me hooked on this one. Normally I find it very easy to pick a team and once I've chosen it is very rare for me to change my mind but in this case I still can't tell you who I want Alex to end up with - she has a choice between two very delectable specimens! First you have Death, a soul collector who she has known since she was a child and has built a friendship with. He is very much a mystery man and definitely left me wanting to know more but I liked him from the minute he stepped onto the page. Falin is a detective who also has his secrets that I think we have only just started to uncover. At first I was annoyed by his attitude but he quickly won me over as you get to see his more caring and protective side. I'll tell you now I swung back and forth between Death and Falin each time they appeared. At the moment we know a lot more about Falin but I'm hoping we'll see much more of Death in the next book and his confession at the end of the book left me desperate for more!
There is an interesting collection of side characters but I didn't feel I got to know any of them well enough, I'm confident that this will change as the series continues though. What was really nice is that Alex has some supportive female friends, I quite often find that other female characters are shown as jealous and petty so it is nice when there is genuine friendship there instead. I was a little freaked out by Alex's dog PC (although I laughed when we found out what his name stands for), but hairless dogs scare me and that is down to personal taste - if he'd been any other breed I would have been enchanted by him. I would absolutely love to have a gargoyle like Fred guarding my house though!
Overall I thought that Grave Witch was a great start to a new series and it had me so hooked that I will be picking up the second book as soon as this review is written - that's rare with me as I usually have a break between books in a series. I enjoyed the mystery, loved the romance and want to spend more time with these characters. Definitely a series I'll be recommending to urban fantasy fans - particularly if you like witches and the fae.
I did like this book but it took me a while to get into it. I was confused at the beginning because it just took you straight into the world where witches were accepted with no introduction to it etc so I was left trying to work out what was going on. It was a book that I kept getting distracted from in the beginning and reading without taking it in. It got better however and I like Alex as a character. I think if you like this you will definitely like the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones as she has a similar concept but I enjoyed it a lot more than this book. I will probably buy the next book but it will have to be really good for me to read the one after that.
Alex can be tough, unbending and yet very vulnerable to her feelings about her very complicated-that's an understatement if ever there was one- relationship with Falin who in my mind is a bit yummy. I keep thinking just get on with it and go with the flow!!
My only criticism if that's what it can be called, is that if you are a fan of LK Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, then at times you feel as though you've read this before. There are a lot of similarites BUT I would urge you to keep an open mind and read on.
In a nutshell: I loved the books, have a definite crush on Falin and cant wait for more especially as Falin's parting line in Grave Dance is "Dont you dare throw out my toothbrush"!!!Oh I'm in Love!!!
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