Grave Dance (Alex Craft, #2)
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Grave Dance (Alex Craft #2)

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After a month of down time, Grave Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery the Grave Witch ever gets to solve...
ebook, 349 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Roc
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Rane
For me the second book of a series tend to be the deal breaker. If the first book in the series rocked, you want the second book to follow that hype or if the book was good you hope that the second book improved to save the series or if the first book was bad and still thought there may have been a thread to save it, it's usually the second book to save the day.

Grave Dance had it's moments and did improve somewhat from it's predecessor while at the same time carrying the weaknesses that hinde...more
Felicia
Well, I loved the first book and stayed up too late reading it, and last night I did the same thing. There was loads of new information in this installment about Alex's new powers, about the world of Faerie, lots of character tension and secondary characters (who I'd like to see even more of). Of course the love triangle is still super yummy, in fact yummier than last book (and boy does this author know how to cliffhanger a book, yeesh!).

I will admit the dudes are a bit 2-dimensional hunk-ville...more
Charlotte
I was extremely disappointed!! Having read the first book and really enjoyed it the second installment doesnt even begin to measure up. I felt the storyline was disjointed and honestly quite bland as the love triangle distracts from everything else and is really frustrating. But mostly I just got completely sick of the character Falin, he is just plain dull and as the reader I couldn't care less what happened to him or about the unfolding relationship between him and Alex. Unfortunately the best...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

GRAVE WITCH was one of the most promising urban fantasy debuts from last year. It introduced us to strange and alluring Nekros City where all the horror stories and fairy tale creatures you’ve ever heard of live along side with humans, two potential romantic leads with enigmatic Death himself and a fae with ambiguous loyalties, and a fearless protagonist in Alex Craft who works as a private investigator with a talent for communicating beyond the grave....more
Kt
Alex has spent plenty of time recovering from the outcome of the showdown at the end of Grave Witch, and is more than ready to get back out there. She really needs the distraction from her messy love life and throws herself head first into her latest case. Problem is that there will be no easy solve on this one. They are only finding pieces of bodies, no where near enough to raise a shade. Her investigations put her front and center and she becomes the prime target. Someone wants her dead in a b...more
Natasha
This is the second installment in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.

When I first read Grave Witch, I knew I'd love this series. The characters are fantastic and complelling and the storyline is always gripping. Alex Craft is a unique character. She's a grave witch who can speak with the dead. She's also on Death's sweet side and spends more time with him than the usual person. Oh, and death's image we all have in our head. It's wrong. He's not the cloak and reaper staff death, he's the tigh...more
Jess
I'm not sure what to say about this one. I was so excited to see it in stores and get it and yet it took me a few days to read it. I just kept putting it down, and it wasn't necessarily that it was bad, but something just felt off about it. It was a good storyline, but there was so much going on and Alex was constantly running around, it became hard to keep track of where she was at the moment. I did like the introduction to a few new characters, and I think this is going to be the predominant s...more
Haydn
Okay, this was better than the first one in terms of story, but it was certainly harder to follow.

Basically, Alex Craft has come to realize that she is faekin and learned that it entails some things that she didn't fully expect. She gains ownership of a friend, an aversion to cold iron--oh, and she melds realities together. That's right. Realities.

After not quite a month of recuperating from the first novel, Alex finds herself able to pay her bills due to a steady client list, yet unable to conv...more
Faith Hunter
Kalayna's character Alex is sexy ang smart and *different*! I adore her. Prediction: Price will hit the NYT BS List with book number 3.
Patrycja

I'm so in love with this series! I'm starting third installment now!
Review to come.
Sandy Williams
Loved this! And that's saying a ton considering that, lately, for me to enjoy something, it has to have a heavy romance plotline.

The worldbuilding in this book is phenomenal. I don't remember being so impressed on the first book. I had to go back and look up my review for it, but uh, apparently, I didn't review it on Goodreads? I'm pretty sure I was reviewing books here back in 2010. I have no clue how I skipped reviewing this. My memory is that I liked it a lot.

Anyway, as I said, I loved this....more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
Ok, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.

This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.

Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.

If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.

Death: WAG Jack NOOO Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, to...more
Barbara
What can I say? Wow! I liked the first book, but I really loved Grave Dance. I flew through this book.

I felt way more involved with the characters in Grave Dance than I had in Grave Witch. I want her "friends" as my friends. Well, if you can term some of them as friends.

I thought the world-building was creative and enjoyed the trip into Fairie. Getting a glimpse of some of the Courts. I'm really hoping that Alex kicks some Winter Queen butt one of these days. Kyran was also an interesting addi...more
Suz
Grave Dance is the second installment in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and must admit that the whodunit surprised me. I spent the better portion of the book thinking I had it all figured out and was wrong. I like it when that happens!

I think was I liked most about this volume, however, is that not only did we get a much more thorough flushing out of primary and secondary characters and the world building, but Ms. Price begins to show us a multi-faceted...more
Steph
This is one of the best Follow-ups I've read in awhile. The first one was good, but not very memorable IMO. The 2nd may be one of Price's best books to date.

The book has a lot going on, but it still flowed smoothly and everything seemed to tie-up well by the end. About a month has passed since the events in the last book. The book starts off similar to the last, with Alex raising the dead & working with the PD to unravel a paranormal murder mystery. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eag...more
Mariya
GRAVE DANCEwas an exciting and thrilling read and when it ended I threw a fit because I didn't want this book to end. GRAVE DANCEexceeded my expectations on so many levels.

In the previous book, Grave Witch we find out that Alex is fae, which comes a little bit of a shock to Alex and in this book we are really introduced to the fae world in the Alex Craft series where you feel like you didn't get enough. I love fae books and it is always interesting to see how each author creates their fae world...more
Cathy
It's just all-around good urban fantasy. If you like a story with a mix of magic, fae, romance and adventure then you'll probably like this one. This book really focused on the fae world more than the first book and it was pretty interesting. Price definitely has me curious as to what the "long game" is that's being played here as Alex slowly discovers more about her heritage and the different faerie courts. Her father is the most mysteries figure, appearing just long enough in this book to piqu...more
Kelly
Grave Dance is the follow-up to Kalayna Price’s first Alex Craft novel, Grave Witch. I had mixed emotions about Grave Witch, but I’m happy to report that Grave Dance is stronger and more original.

It’s a month since we last saw Alex Craft. She’s angry with Falin for vanishing from her life, conflicted about Death’s interest in her, and reeling from the new knowledge that she’s part fae. Her new case is a baffling one — she finds a number of feet, but not the bodies they belonged to. Then she and...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
“Alexis, I would reorder all of Faerie for you if it were in my power.” — guess!

Grave Dance is the second book in Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series. Alex is a grave witch, using magic and grave essence to raise shades. Since the events in Grave Witch, she is now fully discovering how her power has grown and enhanced very significantly. But now she has a giant spotlight on her and every group in the mortal and magical worlds want access to her, or want h...more
Nikki
Kalayna Price's Grave Dance, second book in the Alex Craft series, is one of the best Urban Fantasy novels I've read this year. I've read it twice now and I absolutely could not put it down either time. (I love books that are still interesting the second time around!) The world building is so rich without being overpowering; Faerie in particular absolutely shines. The characters are funny and interesting and utterly relatable. And the ending just comes out of nowhere. I was right alongside Alex...more
Catherine
What happened with this book? I thought this was going to be a sure thing! Maybe it’s more glaring because I read the first book, Grave Witch, immediately before I started this one, but everything felt off kilter. I’m not saying that I thought this was a bad book, because it wasn’t, but it sure was a lot less engrossing than the first one was.

I don’t understand what happened to Alex’s character. I felt distant from her the whole time I was reading. And that’s pretty amazing considering the fact...more
✽ Sharon is an emotional book junkie ✽
**4.5 stars**

I had a hard time putting this book down and I'm so sad that it's over and now I have another book that I have to wait for!

This book is non stop action and picks up a month after the last book ended. Thankfully, Alex had some time to recoup because she definitely needed it. She's thrown into another police case where only left feet are being found with no trace of how they got detached. She ends up leading the police to a stash of them not realizing that she opened up a huge can of...more
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
4.5 stars

Sometime this year I found that I am completely in love with Kalayna Price's work. Grave Witch (review HERE), the first of her books I read, saved me with it's delicious writing and brilliant characters. The Haven series (BOOK 1 review, BOOK 2 review) was a genius take on shape shifters and contained such an intense development of characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with all of them for their different eccentricities.

So it stands to reason that Grave Dance, the second in th...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)
Better than the first to me - exciting story that dishes out more details about Alex's history and genetics, Falin is yummy as ever, and the supporting characters from the first book are still present and just as fleshed out. The Fairie world dynamics kept me on the edge of my seat and I really like the unique magic the author gave the heroine and how varied it is depending on the circumstance. The very ending sounds promising on the next book, need to order it soon. Here's hoping we haven't see...more
Shanshad Whelan
An adequate second book in this slightly off the usual beat urban fantasy. Some good world building and imaginative use of magic rather than relying on cliche. I do also like a story that doesn't revolve around vampires and shapeshifters. I can and do get weary of the same paranormal players.

the book didn't blow me away though, either. I think the romance angle was a little awkward and a distraction from the story at hand. Plus there were so many little events in this story that never get picked...more
Melindeeloo
Grave Witch Alex Craft is called in to consult on a series of serial killings, but this time her ability to raise the shades of the dead is not going to help much, since there's not enough of the victims left to work with but when she uses her grave sight to try to find the rest, she instead ends up stirring up things for the unaligned Fae in Neckros City - and not in a good way.

I liked Grave Dance every bit as much as the first book Grave Witch, well, maybe even more. There are more of the Fae...more
Pat (ireadthatbook.com)
(Lions & Tigers & Bears! Oh My!) -- 4.5stars actually

The second installment for this new to me series is richer than the first but I don’t believe it has achieved its full potential as yet. On the romantic front Alex is still torn between an assassin and a reaper both delectable and both excite her girly parts. Her friends from a variety of species are still around and each has something to contribute besides a cameo to this ongoing series. Alex’s all about body parts case helps complic...more
Sandra
This is the 2nd book in the series and we are still learning all about Alex Craft's world along with her.

Alex is a Grave Witch, PI, and has just learned she is part Fae, but of course hasn't mentioned "that" to anyone. Her friends include a Reaper who has been visiting her since she was little and she named Death, Caleb a Fae who is her landlord, Holly the Assistant DA who is a witch and Tamara the Chief Medical Officer for Nekros City.

Falin Andrews, Fae, Head of FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau),...more
Amanda
Not even Death can save this book now.

I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had potential. However, Grave Dance subsequently ruined whatever interest I had that was invested into this story. I feel disappointed, because I really enjoy the premise, the world building and a few of the characters.

Alexis Craft. While there were redeeming qualities about her, she annoyed me to no end in this book. I thought that she was inevitably por...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Kalayna Price does an excellent job of keeping the case that Alex is working on in Grave Dance a mystery. The clues and possible leads are plentiful but will have you constantly changing your mind as to who the perp is. I love a good challenge! Although, I was really hoping for some progress in the Falin or Death department but alas, it looks like we have to wait for the next installment until we figure out what's up with the men in Craft's life. That is, unless Price dec...more
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USA Today Bestselling author Kalayna Price writes the Alex Craft Novels, a new dark urban fantasy series from Roc, and the Novels of Haven from Bell Bridge Books. Her works have been translated into several languages and are available (or have been contracted for release) in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, Russia, and Germany. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her,...more
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“If you're going to carry a dagger, you need to learn to use it."
I frowned at him. "I know how to use it. I stick the pointy end in things I don't like.”
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“His shoulders sagged as he stepped back. Then a half smile made the edge of his lips crook. " You're mad at me."
"And that's amusing because?"
The half smile spread into a lopsideed grin, and he stood up straighter. "You wouldn't be mad if you didn't care. I'm onto you, Alexis."
Oh, that insufferable, arrogant--
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