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Grave Dance (Alex Craft #2)

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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 him
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by ROC
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Sh3lly
I said that 2016 was going to be the year I tried not to DNF as many books. Welp, that lasted one day.



There's nothing wrong with this, it's just really boring to me. It's another typical investigative urban fantasy with characters that have nothing really special about them. You've seen this before. I don't find Death sexy and I don't see any chemistry between Death and Alex. Her relationship with her female friends seems shallow and typical. Her work with the police is...what's the word I'm loo
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Felicia
Oct 05, 2011 Felicia rated it it was amazing
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
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Rane
Aug 01, 2011 Rane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Choko
*** 3.85 ***

A buddy re-read with the wonderful buddies at the MacHalo Freaks


Reading this a second time, although I had read it quite a while ago, I was pleased with the world of this series. Alexis, the raising shades grave witch, has a successful business as an investigator, whose main breadwinner is raising dead people "s essences and questioning them about whatever is in question. Usually a fan of love them and leave them free love type of girl, she finds herself interested in two very inap
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Charlotte
Jul 03, 2011 Charlotte rated it did not like it
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
CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
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
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Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this one more than the first. While I still don't like the idea of having a grim reaper as a real character (and a potential love interest at that!), I was more comfortable with him this time around. Alex is as enjoyable a heroine as usual, especially as we find out more of the mystery surrounding her abilities, history and genetics. Falin is back but the role is changed due to revelations from the first novel. He's as yummy and interesting as ever.

One of the m
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Angela
I enjoy this book more than the first book Grave Witch. It was fast paced, had an interesting plot and plenty of reveals along the way. I love Falin. Yes the series has a love triangle and yes, I don't think Alex will end up with Falin. That being said I prefer him more than Death. So we will see what happens. I think wanting Alex with Falin is a minority opinion. I'm no stranger to thinking that in other series where a love triangle is involved.

The book also gave more information about Alex's p
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Natasha
Oct 08, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
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
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Kt
Jun 23, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing
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
Faith Hunter
Jun 23, 2011 Faith Hunter rated it it was amazing
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.
Kira
2012: 4 stars
2016: 3.5 stars

Although there were parts of this book that I loved, it was really lacking in some ways. The P.I./mystery part of it was good, but it got dragged out way too long. It was boring after a while. Constructs tried to attack Alex and her friends one too many times. If a hard to beat enemy is going to pop up frequently, someone needs to die as a result or have some severe consequences from it. It's lame when no one's really in danger.

The last 30% of the book was awesome! T
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All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 06, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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.
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Amanda
Jul 29, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it
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
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Jess
Jul 12, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
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
Patrycja
Feb 06, 2014 Patrycja rated it it was amazing

I'm so in love with this series! I'm starting third installment now!
Review to come.
Haydn
Jul 01, 2011 Haydn rated it really liked it
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
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Veronica
Grave Dance is the second in the Alex Craft series and as of right now the series looks to end at three books unless the author's contract is extended.

This book takes place roughly one month after the end of the first book. We find that Alex is doing a little better financially as more jobs are coming into her one woman PI agency, Tongues For The Dead, due to her notoriety from book one's events. But Falin, her fae agent lover from the first book, has been incommunicado during the intervening mo
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Meghan K.
Apr 11, 2015 Meghan K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tohle je kruté čtení. Nebo já mám slabé štíty. Protože mi Alex, Falin a Death nedali spát a ani jsem se nedokázala soustředit na něco jiného.

Tenhle díl byl o 100 % šílenější, než ten předchozí, ale Faerie mě svým způsobem fascinuje, takže to autorce odpouštím. Aspoň to byla lepší jízda. Dlouho jsem moc nechápala, proč je Alex hlavním terčem útoků, jakou v tom měla roli, ale ono to bylo už od začátku všechno tak zamotané, že se mi to musí odpustit :)

Těším se na další díl. A doufám, že autorka u
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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
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Sandy Williams
Sep 15, 2012 Sandy Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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.
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Barbara
Jul 22, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
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
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Suz
Jul 22, 2011 Suz rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Steph
Jul 14, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing
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
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Michelle Cummings
I give it 4 1/2 stars - really, really liked it. There was even more world building in this second installment, alot more info on Fairie, and more info on Alex's background. I really like the balance in these books between the central mystery, the worldbuilding and the interpersonal relationships. It's hard to keep a love triangle going, but the author does a fabulous job (IMO) and I am truly having trouble picking a winner (threesome anyone!)
Jeanny
Jan 31, 2016 Jeanny rated it it was amazing
re-read audible version.
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Thenia
Dec 30, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it
Alex Craft's story continues and this part is packed with action, interesting magic and an intriguing mystery.

A weird case that Alex is asked to consult with the police on begins a series of events that gets her unwillingly but unavoidably more entwined with the fae world. She is growing into her powers, (view spoiler) and she has to learn the hard way how to use them.

Things are complicated in her personal life, with Falin reappe
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Mariya
Sep 27, 2013 Mariya rated it really liked it
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
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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
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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
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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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