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Grave Memory

(Alex Craft #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  16,315 ratings  ·  876 reviews
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 l
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 373 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Roc
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Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist, reviewed
I don't think I have ever closed a book and immediately had to satisfy the need to rage on twitter as badly as I had to after finishing GRAVE MEMORY. As I attempt to type this review, I am trembling because I am so pissed off (and happy, I'm very happy too) and I can't stand it. For that reason, I will start the review off with negatives, and end it with positives so I can go to bed thinking about my book husband.

Falin. I want to snarl whenever I think of him now. If anyone has read
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been frothing at the mouth like CRAZY for this book, so when it popped up in my Kindle at night I literally squealed. And, as usual, I loved my jaunt into this really well-thought out paranormal world.

In this book Alex has decided to open a detective agency, and gets a really interesting case that starts her down some really spooky territory. I think the plot was really interesting, I just feel overall the book didn't get started until like 1/4 of the way in. I think Alex having
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks

I was not sure if KP had enough steam and creativity to keep coming up with interesting situation for Alex and the crowd. I should not have worried. Alex is back and coming into her Feyness, her friends are keeping secrets, and her love interests are just as unobtainable as always. What could possibly go right with this kind of set-up?

I think this was the strongest entry in the series so far. This could be because if you are sticki
3.5 (but 4 sounds better)

Gah, I still like Death more than Falin! And I can't believe how this book ended... I need the next one, fast!

Think the other ones were a bit better than this one, but I still really enjoyed it. I choose to ignore the bad, illogical stuff and sometimes annoying reactions from Alex (I'm too curious to see what happens next to throw my kindle at the wall).

Still, it's an art to write a book that readers can both love an
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

If there’s one thing I can say about Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft books, it’s that they’re consistent. If you liked the first two books, chances are you’ll enjoy this too.

A series of seemingly random suicides piques Alex’s curiosity and she starts digging despite warnings from the police and the FIB’s refusal to help. No longer just a grave witch but a planeweaver as well, Alex is now solid on all planes of existence and can move things from one plane to the next. Her newfound abilities also allo
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - spoilers

Grave Memory begins with Alex and her best friend, Rianna starting up their new private investigation business. After Alex witnesses a man throwing himself of a building, she's convinced that something more sinister's going on, so she offers her services to the man's grieving widow. Alex manages to convince the widow into hiring her to investigate the apparent suicide. Alex soon finds out that there have been a string of suicides and that all the victims seem to have been po
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
4.5 Stars!

Loving this series more and more. It really does seem to be getting better and better as it goes. Love how fleshed out the characters and side characters are getting and all the mystery surrounding Alex's family and background. Can't wait for more! This is one of the few fae type stories that always completely grabs my attention and doesn't let go until the very end.
Okay so this book oh my gods.

Death, what can I say about the man that I would choose out of the two?

Let's begin, Alex is back and she is going through the same old fae stuff. She still has to choose and has to do it soon. She has been put in a position with the men in her life, and she needs now to figure that out.

I love Death; I do not have the words for this. He is amazing and I love him. I have loved him since the beginning there is so much that happens with his and Alex's relationship that I cried.
Dec 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
Gah, we have to wait till July 2012? I don't think I can wait that long. What an AMAZING series, so unique and I can't decide if I'm voting for Alex get with Death or Falin, they are both delicious.
1st read - December 2012 (Buddy read with Aly)
2nd read - April 2019

Alex and her best friend Rianna have finally opened their own PI firm called Tongues for the Dead but their first case is a lot more complicated than they had bargained for. What initially looks like a simple suicide case turns out to be much more when Alex realises that the Shade has no memory of the days leading up to the death - something that should be impossible. As the rate of public suicides continues to rise it becomes clear t/>2nd
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, urban-fantasy
Okay. First off, this is the third in a series and you really should read the others before this one. Having done so, you know mostly what to expect. Also, you won't risk me spoiling things that are revealed in the first books. So yeah, grant that and I'll review the specific reaction to this entry.

I was greatly enjoying this, as I have the others in the series, until about the last quarter. The love triangle thing is mostly in stasis because we can't trust Falin and Death is . . . c
2012: 5 stars
2016: 4 stars

Grave Memory is definitely the best book in the series so far. The pacing is much better than in the prior books. Alex doesn’t get as lost inside her own head. A bizarre case came to her attention where a string of people were being forced to commit suicide due to an unknown force.

There are some interactions with faerie and Death and his people. Alex never learns as much from them as I wish she would. The revelry in faerie was a disappointment. The po
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Alex Craft has landed another oh-my-god-this-can't-be-true case and is once again investigating the impossible. This time it's a string of suicides that are actually murders. Yeah, good luck proving that one! It's this strong detective-type backbone that keeps me coming back for more with each new installment. True, there's also a love triangle, alternate plains of existence and magic but it's the investigations that make these books good; the rest is just icing on the cake. In Grave Memory,Reads
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition, 373 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd 2012 by Roc
*ARC Received from the publisher*


I am seriously glad that I took copious notes in order to keep up with the numerous characters that appeared over the course of this story, and what part they played in the final outcome of the storyline. I think we are reintroduced to almost everyone who has played any sort of role in Alex's life s
Aly is so frigging bored
I want the next book! It was marvelous and Death is the best character in this book, the best!

This covers Alex's philosophy perfectly :))

And this one covers her relationships:
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, x-2016, xgeek2016
4 1/2 stars
So this one was so much better than the 2 before it, I cannot even believe. I was going to quit but decided that it would be the easiest series to finish to fit a challenge so push on to book 3. I so didn't want to go to this book. Right from the beginning, I enjoyed it, so it was a big surprise.

In this one Alex is setting up a business "Tongues for the Dead" and after seeing an apparent suicide, yet the ghost swears he didn't, and wouldn't, they get their first clie
Feb 04, 2012 added it
Amazing series and it's only book #2! I like Falin but I have to say so far I am rooting for Alex and Death...I can't wait for July to come; I'm excited to see what adventure Alex will get involved in next!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“You can’t be serious. She’s making you move in with me?”

That did not just happen! Nope, no, never, not. I refuse to accept. I mean, can't Death just be the last and final call?!
Original Rant Review at or as below:

This addition to the Alex Craft series was really good in some parts and exceptionally lame in others. I just finished it and the ending left me very angry so that is the place that I am writing this review from. I will try to be balanced but you’ve been warned.

The Bad:

First and foremost, the ending is an insulting half-assed cliff hanging gratuitous set up for the next book that was nothing more than a blatant "buy the next book" hoo
Probably the best overall for this series

Usually by book 3 I'm able to determine whether or not I love a series. Well, I'm now fully into the world of Alex Craft and while good, I still don't feel as invested in the long haul.

There are some interesting developments in Nekros City; a string of suicides leaves Alex with many questions and few answers as she investigates these occurrences. The shades of these bodies all possess no memory of their final days, meaning that there's a big chanc
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Alex has decided to open up shop with Rianna and they are calling it Tongues for the Dead, a name Rianna came up with when they were in school. As they are checking out the office, they hear a large crash and rush out to find someone has committed suicide by jumping off the building. This necessarily wouldn't be so strange except that the ghost, that only Alex can see, is fighting against going with the soul collectors. With the help of Rianna, this leads to the business' first case and what a c ...more
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it
"You're not my collector.?" He shrugged. "I adopted you." Cute.

I was not as intrigued with GRAVE MEMORY as I was with the first two novels in the Alex Craft Series. I was a tad disappointed. Of course we have another big case that Alex is solving that keeps the story interesting enough. I love the mystery side to the Alex Craft Series, but I did feel like some huge key factors were missing. Like let's see...Hmmmm.... FALIN AND DEATH!

"As long as I belong to her, you can never trust me. I have to do whatever she comma/>see...Hmmmm....
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been quite a few years since I read the previous book in the series and I'd forgotten almost everything about Alex Craft and her world. She is a grave witch, meaning she has a connection to the world of the dead and can see and communicate with ghosts and raise shades of people who have died.

In this part of her adventures, she is trying to figure out who or what is behind a chain of mysterious suicides. The shades of the victims can't remember the last three days of their lives,
Douglas Meeks
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While this was an amazing addition to the Alex Craft series it did not quite live up to the other 2 in the series (this is more like the other two were 10/10 and this one was like 8/10) which still makes it better than 80% of the books out there. The thing that I guess left me a bit unfulfilled in this action packed novel is the fact that you keep wanting her to be able to "get even" with the Winter Queen and you don't get that lovely revenge you really , really want :) Readers of the series wil ...more

Yesterday, I was a stupid girl.
Unexpectedly, I had to babysit. In the middle of my Darkfever reread. Annoyed I got up, and went to sit small monsters. Dumb as I am, I forgot my book at home.
It will be fine, the voices in my head said, you can buy Grave Memory on your phone and read it instead.

Yea. I should know better than to listen to myself.

(Spoilers. Ahead.)

(view spoiler) ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 2017, shelved
WHAT?????!!!! The book did not just..... NOOO! OMG NO! Did he really just???? After everything??? COME ON!!!!

Ok... if you couldn't tell I have a lot of feelings about this book, particularly that ending! (WTF???? WHY????) This was vastly better then the previous 2. I am extremely happy with it. (Plot holes and all!) There was just so much MORE in this book. The world building was still awesome. The characters actually developed more. The plot was engaging. AND you get to learn WAAAY
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Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I actively despise love triangles. I gave the series three books and there’s no sign of this one reaching a resolution. Though I have otherwise enjoyed the books (and LOVE death), I’m out of here.
Heather Book Savvy Babe
*I reviewed this book for Book Savvy Babe Blog*

I was already a fan of the Alex Craft series, but Grave Magic dives deeper into the paranormal worlds and changes the game for some favorite characters, making book 3 my favorite in the series so far.

Alex Craft is a grave witch, a witch who can connect to world of the dead, and also a plane-weaver who can see and touch other planes of existence. Her plane-weaver ability is still very new as is her apparent fae heritage. In Grave
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
So good to be back with Alex and crew.

This is book three in a series that's gradually becoming a top favourite of mine. What makes it a favourite? Well, you've got the imaginative world-building, the diverse cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life, the new spin on the Fae race, the interesting take on witch magic, including its harsh drawbacks, and all the inter-layered plains of existence and creatures that live in them. And also the potential love interest characters are none to
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy series are becoming more and more diverse in terms of the paranormal elements that make up their worlds. It’s not enough to just have vampires or werewolves, readers want it all. And that’s exactly what Kalayna Price delivers in her increasingly gripping Alex Craft series.

Witches, fae, ghosts, and grim reapers are just a few of the supernatural creatures that populate Alex Craft’s Nekros City, a magical meets mundane world wh
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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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