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Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  19,413 ratings  ·  1,344 reviews
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 hig
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Roc (first published September 21st 2010)
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VERY rarely do I pick up a book and stay up until 2am reading so that I feel gross and tired all day the next day and I don't regret it one bit. This book did that to me last night, so yay I think? :)

I pick up EVERY urban fantasy novel lately with huge skepticism, because it's like someone wrote a how-to book everyone uses called "how to mix vampires and werewolves and sassy heroines together! Watch them make out too!" I mean, SO formulaic. That's why it's really tough for me to buy into a world
It’s a semi- well known fact that am not a huge fan of PNR, after years of reading the genre, I’ve grown tried of the emo-vampires and the pet werewolves. So am pretty picky on what I read when it comes to PNR. When I came across The Grave Witch I liked the few pages I read, and was quickly immersed in the world Kalayna Price created, from witches to fae, bodysnatcher to a cat gargoyle named Fred This book had me on my toes with a race to the last page..

Seventy years ago, the Fae finally told
Kat Kennedy
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May 02, 2012 new_user rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Richelle Mead -humor -relationship +action
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Stupid but loyal-- that's Alex Craft. At least one of Grave Witch's questions lasts because Craft misunderstands a mysterious stranger. "She must have meant generic. English obviously wasn’t her first language." More near-misses not quite like this pepper Grave Witch, the first novel about our ghost-whisperer.

However, if Craft's dubious PI skills -she admits magic pays her checks instead of sleuth work- and self-inflicted woes -I sympathize with disowned princess just a little better than drug
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
This one came highly rated by friends and after seeing it constantly mentioned I decided it must be worth a try. I can say I was completely engrossed and entertained by Alex and Falin's relationship although I am surprised he wanted to stick around. That's my positives. It really says something when the highlights of a book can be summed up in only a couple of lines.

The quirky yet distinctive opener, followed by some intriguing action (Death saved a life -why, and is that allowed?) calmed any co
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Grave Witch is full of mixed reviews. Some people liked it, others hated it. Most of the people on my list loved the damn thing so there’s no surprise when I say that I was having high hopes for it. And of course life took away my hopes, stomped all over them and threw them in the toilet. Much appreciated.

Why did I have such a hard time reading it?? Ugh why?? I tried my best to find stuff to like about it. Nothing happened. Nothing! And I’m pissed off because I’m still looking at all those good
Emily May
This book was pretty good on the whole, especially when you compare it to some of the other urban fantasy books that I've had the misfortune of reading recently. The genre's taken me all over the place in the last few months: I've been addicted, annoyed, disappointed, I've laughed, I've cried, I've ranted and I've recommended. At the very least, Kalayna Price gave me a real urban fantasy story instead of the typical Twilight-style "I'm-so-obsessed-with-you-if-you-leave-me-I'll-die" kind of paran ...more
What a fun new series! It had a few off notes, but on the whole I was really impressed. The heroine, Alex, was surprisingly relatable. I winced over some of her life choices--the one night stands being chief among them--but that never kept me from liking her. She was pretty friendly and down to earth for the most part.

It was refreshing to have such a normal heroine. She has power, sure, but she also has the same worries as any regular Joe on the street. She struggles to pay the bills and has fam
Veronica Belmont
Jan 25, 2012 Veronica Belmont rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Veronica by: Felicia Day
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
Felicia made me do it.


So, Grave Witch was actually a pretty fun book. It reminds me a little bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, though with a female lead and with an extra bit of sexiness thrown in.

There were some exciting moments (not just exciting in the sexy-sense) and I found Alex Craft to be a likable and relatable character. Who hasn't only had a hot dog left in their fridge during rough times?

Overall, a fun quick read. Some of the writing was a little repetitive, but I was able t
Oct 06, 2010 Kt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: hardcopy
Meet Alex Craft, a grave witch, someone who not only can speak to the dead, but bridge the chasm between life and death as well. Against her better judgment she agrees to help her sister even though Alex's family disowned her a long time ago. However, nothing is as it seems, and she quickly finds herself as a target in a nefarious plot. To complicate matters further, she gets completely tangled up with the new detective who really isn't what he seems. She must quickly unravel the mystery or she ...more
I was really excited to read this book, and I wanted to love it. I really didn't develop a connection with the characters, however I liked the story/plot, But I found the dialogue exhausting at times, just talking, talking and alot of doing nothing. To me the author spent too much detail on the magic and not enough time developing the characters. I need to have feelings for my characters!! And not enough action.

But hey, this is just me.
Mar 09, 2011 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, PNR
Recommended to Carol. by: Goodreads thread
Three and a half stars. It's a light piece of urban fantasy that has the potential to become even better. Stays true to it's tone, with a heroine that does not indulge overmuch in witty banter at the expense of mood development. I thought it built suspense well, with an initial investigation that lead into more problems with every discovery. Lots of world building that isn't always explained, but doesn't leave me drowning without any familiar stepping stones. A building attraction to Death and t ...more
Around 3 stars. I'll come back and review the rating after reading the next few books.

This reminded me a lot of Anita Blake pre-porn era, when it was about raising zombies and catching bad guys. Remember that? Fun times!

Except instead of raising zombies you raise "shades" and instead of a vampire and a werewolf you have a Fae and... Death. Yep, not talkative, very mysterious, yummy death. I give points for partial originality.

Alex, our main girl is nice in an unassuming kind of way. She's not
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

On the surface, Grave Witch has a lot of similarities with Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series (before it got weird) but once I got a little deeper; I discovered a rich story filled with unusual characters. Alex's numerous and unbelievably complex problems transform this book into an unpredictable but fun read. You never know what's going to happen next. Kalayna Price caught my interest early on and held it the whole way through. Grave Witch is entertaining, "out the
Y. C.
This was decent, but wan't very exciting as a whole. I don't want to rave about it, or skip a meal for it, or stay up until 4 in the morning, but if someone asks me, I'll go "yeah, it was okay."

What I did like was the premise. The supernatural elements are incorporated into modern society, and we see the necessary adaptions in the book. There are plenty of services required for the skills on the market, and I think if the supernatural did exist, these would be fairly common issues.

Here, Price h
4.5 damn Detective Andrews is hot stars!

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I think I've found new awesome UF series *fist pump* Review to come after I finish next two books.
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Whoever thought Death could be hot? Kalayna Price, apparently, and wow is she right. GRAVE DANCE introduces us to a dark and dangerous world full of devious fae and deadly magic that has been appropriated in to every facet of life. Throw in two impossible romances and a fantastic new heroine and we get an excellent urban fantasy debut.

Alex Craft is a grave witch P.I. Her talent lies with death, or rather being able to access the overlaying lan
Grave Witch is the first novel in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price. I started this book last night at 8pm, and finished it around 11:30 pm. I was hooked. During the whole book, I kept thinking, "Oh no! The next book won't be out until next year!" I can't stand the thought of waiting a whole year for the next book. I want it now. Yup, it's that good.

On to the review...
Alex Craft lives a pretty normal life, well except that face that she's a grave witch. Alex communiates with shades and ghos
In a crowded genre like urban fantasy, authors have to strike a difficult balance. They need to adhere to the genre’s tropes and formulas closely enough that readers feel like they’re getting what they were looking for. On the other hand, there needs to be enough innovation that readers have a reason to read this book, this series, rather than one of the many others on the shelf.

In a nutshell, the trouble with Grave Witch is that it doesn’t stand out. I enjoyed reading it, but the spark that wo
Beanbag Love
This was pretty entertaining. Probably comes in at just under 4 stars.

Alex Craft is a "grave witch" in a city called Nekros. It seems it's somewhere in the South. There are 54 states in the US and I'm not sure if she's living in one of the new ones or Alabama. Anyway, you get the gist. Alternate reality.

A grave witch can call up the shades of the dead. Not only the newly dead but any dead. This is Alex's job. She's hired by clients (and sometimes the police) to raise shades so they can be inter
Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn't mean she likes what they have to say.

This is great UF story full of magical creature like faeries, witches and ghosts.

Cover blurb:
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 at
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

When I chose Grave Witch from my to-read list, I did it with a severe lack of enthusiasm. You see, I just finished two (great) Charlie Madigan books, so any book I chose to read next would have to overcome an automatic disadvantage.
The truth is, while I admit I was still under Charlie’s influence, I don’t think I would have liked Alex anyway. She doesn’t possess the depths of a real person, and I had the impression that she doesn’t know herself all that well. She is a lost puppy by choice and s
Natasha(Books are my sustenance)
I now have another awesome UF series to obsess over xD
I love Alex Craft!! She's a grave witch, raises shades, cant see properly after she does that,stabs stuff(and people) with her enchanted dagger, has a gargoyle named Fred, a dog named Prince Charming and she's witty, entertaining and a smart-ass. Death and Falin are pretty cool too:3
I loved the story. It was pretty original and refreshing. Cant wait to read the rest of this series:)
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Team Death!! This book was fabulous. I loved Alex, loved Falin, and I loved Death. I'm anxious to see how their relationship plays out in the next book. I enjoyed Price's writing style. The book wasn't tied down with lengthy descriptions of the different witches' abilities and the different types of Fae. I have a tendency to get bored with Fae history lessons. Price just tells you what you need to know and continues on with the action. I highly recommend this book.
Snarktastic Sonja
This story grabbed me from the start. Which was important. I was in one of those – read the first three chapters in 20 books and couldn’t continue with any of them – stages in my reading existence. I needed some snark in my life, and this one provided it.
Unfortunately, it also provided a love triangle. Really? Why do authors find that so necessary? It seems to happen ALL THE FREAKING time in novels, yet so seldom in life. So, do we dream about it? Do we MISS love triangles in our lives? (Sorry,
Mandi Schreiner
Alex Craft is a private investigator for Tongues for the Dead. She is a grave witch – someone who can raise shades from the dead. These shades can then speak to family members or police - those needing answers that only they can provide.

Alex has a lot going on in her life all of a sudden. She is desperate for work so she can pay her bills and feed her beloved dog, PC. Governor Theodore Coleman has been found dead and that means the lieutenant governor who also happens to be Alex’s father has the
The 'taint of Anita Blake' is a perfect way to describe this book. It's a solid start for a new series and I liked this story, but... There is no mind-blowing originality in this story and that's not a problem actually. There are some very clever world building moments in this story and the characters are likable. This was a good read and I'd rec it as such. A good read but not great and it had potential to be awesome.

The writing is solid. The world building has a lot of potential and the story
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Diane ~Firefly~
Enjoyable debut to a new series. Alex is a PI and can raise shades from the dead. She's a loner with a good group of friends (a cop, a lawyer, a medical examiner and her landlord) and a "cute" Chinese Crested dog. After someone tries to kill her, she ends up working with the new cop, Falin, and trying to stay alive long enough to solve the case.

What I liked:
* PC, the dog. He was adorable (and I have a soft spot for dogs).
* Death.
* The surprise at the end.
* Alex wasn't TSTL - she didn't do too ma
Weakly written, no depth and things just occur with no meaning or reason why.

Death was hot though.
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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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"Prince Charming?" Falin asked, the question barely a whisper. "What did you think PC stood for? Politically Correct?”
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