Review: Grave Memory (Alex Craft #3) by Kalayna Price

July 7, 2012 Review 5 ★★★★

Grave Memory (Alex Craft, #3)

Title

(Alex Craft, #3)
by Kalayna Price

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (July 3, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451464591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464590

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing. One sex scene

Description

When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…

Review

Urban fantasy series are becoming more and more diverse in terms of the paranormal elements that make up their worlds.  It’s not enough to just have vampires or werewolves, readers want it all.  And that’s exactly what Kalayna Price delivers in her increasingly gripping Alex Craft series.

Witches, fae, ghosts, and grim reapers are just a few of the supernatural creatures that populate Alex Craft’s Nekros City, a magical meets mundane world where humans can buy charms for just about anything, the dead can be raised to testify against their murderers, and the fae have their own branch of the FBI.  It’s an endlessly entertaining world that serves as a perfect setting for the story in GRAVE MEMORY.

Alex and her fellow Grave Witch friend (witches with the ability See and communicate with the dead) have recently opened Tongues For The Dead, a magical PI firm.  Their first case proves to be more than either of them expected. As the body count rises, and Alex discovers much more than she was ever supposed to, her debt to Death may have to be paid.  Death, as in the Grim Reaper, has always been my favorite character in this series. The flirtation he and Alex have always shared hints at so much more, and I loved getting to learn more about him and see him finally decide to risk it all for Alex.

Alex Craft is quickly becoming one of the heavy hitting protagonists in urban fantasy.  GRAVE MEMORY makes more than a few bold choices that will have lasting implications on Alex and those she cares about (especially the ending!  What an evil–but sooo good–way to end a book). The good news is that Kalayna has signed on with Roc for at least three more Alex Craft novels. Can’t wait.

5 Responses to “Review: Grave Memory (Alex Craft #3) by Kalayna Price”

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I just started listening to the audiobook version of this today. So far so good, but I expect nothing less from this series. I’m happy to hear that there’s going to be a new development where Death is concerned. He’s an awesome character, can’t wait to see what Kalayna has in store for us this time! Thanks for the review, it’s made me even more excited to read this book (if that’s even possible).

    • Abigail

      You are going to die when you read the end. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 4!

  2. Jo B

    I am so eager to read this. I have to wait for the library, but I’m number 1 in line so hopefully it’ll be soon. And I’m so excited to hear there will be more to. It is so depressing when a great series dies.

    • Abigail

      I was psyched when Kalayna announced there would be at least three more. I’m falling for these characters and this word more and more with each book :)

      • Jo B

        I finally read it, and I can’t wait for book 4! And the characters are fantastic.