I never re-read a book. Never. Mostly because I can’t. I usually remember the story, the details, they’re lost to me, but what happened and why it happened stays with me. So I usually don’t have the desire to read the story again.
I’m telling y’all all this because I recently re-read a book. *Gasp*
I was searching for a good book to read (as though my to-read list is not overflowing) when I stumbled across The Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price. I had read the first book but not the rest. I don’t know why I didn’t follow up with the series since it seemed to be right up my alley. I thought and I thought and basically I thought a lot and decided to re-read the first book.
I borrowed the books from the neighborhood library only to realize I had left out the second book. I spent another day trudging through libraries to no avail. At last, I gave and bought it on the Kindle store.
The first book set a good base for the rest of the books to come. I realize that you don’t really have to read them in the order they were published. At this point in the series, it probably wouldn’t make a big difference if you read it out of order.
Our protagonist stumbled through the story with incomplete knowledge but enough to get her through. I guess if she knew everything, we wouldn’t have a story. She is quick on the uptake. She is aware of her strong points.
As the story progressed, I was;
- Worried about the repercussions of Alex Craft using her magic–she loses her eyesight if she uses her magic for an extended period of time. At a point I was so worried she was going to be permanently blind (she isn’t, yet). I liked this little touch though.
- Curious about Bradley. I am utterly convinced something happened here, a story waiting to be told.
- Curious about her mother. Like Bradley, her mother also seemed to have a story of her own.
As for the love interests Falin and Death, they both love and care for her but are honestly bad choices. One is bound to his queen and one is bound to his job. I’ve liked Falin through the series as much as I’ve shipped Death and Alex since the first book.
I absolutely love the third book where Death was in the picture a lot and this just made me want ship Alex and Death more. I have absolutely no idea who she’ll end up with, maybe someone new (although I don’t see that happening) or maybe no one at all.
With each book, I feel like the secrets are slowly unraveling. I am definitely going to follow this series.
Grave Witch: 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.
Grave Dance: Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.
After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.
The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own.
Grave Memory: 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…
Grave Visions: If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She’s a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she’s the one fighting to keep her own secret. She’s not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds.
This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she’s dragged so deep she loses her freedom.