Series: Alex Craft, #5
Published by Penguin on July 4, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: one mildly graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
In the thrilling fifth book in the USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series, Alex comes face to face with the walking dead.
Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.
Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time?
The Alex Craft series is one of my favorite urban fantasy book series. So much so that while the last book came out only last year, I felt like it was such a long wait for GRAVE RANSOM. The "wait" was worth it though! GRAVE RANSOM had a wonderfully twisty and unique plot that was pretty fun to work through along with Alex.
Alex, being a grave witch, has a unique way to work with the dead and I love reading the descriptions of just how she is able to see on a different plane of existence, raise shades, and talk to ghosts. What is really neat about Alex's case in GRAVE RANSOM is how a simple missing person mystery snowballs into some complex web involving dead bodies who were alive but not exactly zombies or ghouls of any sort.
Another aspect I love about this series is the use of Faerie and the fae. It would almost feel like too much detail to include a magical faerie castle in a pocket dimension, various magical realms, and fae rules along with everything else in this book. But it doesn't feel like too much. It actually fits neatly into the story and Alex's constant learning about her heritage actually helps her with this case.
GRAVE RANSOM possesses a wonderfully vivid story full of action and magical mayhem that will leave you wanting more. I love seeing how Alex has evolved over this series and after the events of GRAVE RANSOM, I am looking forward to seeing where she goes from here.Series Titles:
1. Grave Witch
2. Grave Dance
3. Grave Memory
4. Grave Visions
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