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Alex Craft #4

Grave Visions

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Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.

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.

331 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published February 2, 2016

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Kalayna Price

15 books3,540 followers
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, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore. Her stories contain not only the mystical elements of fantasy, but also a dash of romance, a bit of gritty horror, some humor, and a large serving of mystery. Kalayna is a member of SFWA and RWA, and an avid hula-hoop dancer who has been known light her hoop on fire. To find out more, please visit her at www.kalayna.com

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Profile Image for Ivie dan Glokta.
311 reviews204 followers
June 3, 2015
Don't you just hate it when you're on a roll with a series and then you find out you have to wait SO LONG to get the next book????

PS: Death kicks Faerie ass!!!!!

Just heard that the release has been cancelled yet AGAIN...

Waiting on it be like....

So now i have to conclude..
gave a fuck once

April 2015 - Update (again, for the sixth or seventh time)...
The rumors are that Alex Craft will see her fourth book in 2016. You know what? If the book was simply dropped, i wouldn't have said a word but since it has been dangled in front of my face SO MANY FRIGGIN TIMES, then pulled back, i have to say that i lost my enthusiasm. 2016 you say?

willie don't care
Profile Image for Michelle Forcier.
29 reviews2 followers
February 12, 2016
Hi All. If you check the author's blog she has been dealing with some personal issues. It is obviously someting very major and something she does not want to disclose and I don't blame her. Due to the fact she put this out there people please stop being so angry. I am dying to read this next book as well but am willing to wait because the author obviously has something very serious going on and I think we can all agree we want her to come throught what ever it is happy and healthy and ready to write instead of cranking out a quick book that she is not happy with and chances are fans will not be happy with either just to succumb to the pressure we her fans are putting out there. We are her fans and should only wish for a speedy recovery and look forward to receiving this book when she is well enough and has put together the right and best story she can.
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3 reviews4 followers
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July 19, 2013
Daaammmit. Now I've gotta wait a month for this to come out and I'm almost done with the third one. I neeeed this. NEED IT. NEED.

Give it to me

I hate it when I'm reading an awesome series and I have to wait for the next book to come out. Its pure torture.

P.S: If Death & Alex don't get together in this book I will have a rage induced hemorrhage.
Oh and Falin?

I still don't like you.
Profile Image for Choko.
1,196 reviews2,583 followers
February 22, 2016
*** 3.75 ***

A buddy read with my friends at the MacHalos:-)

After all the waiting, we finally got our continuation of the Grave series! What is bad about letting so much time elapse is that people grow distant from the characters... In order not to feel like strangers with Alex and her Fae, the MacHalo Freaks did a re-read of the previous 3 books just on time for the release of the 4th one. This definitely helped and it was easy to get back into the world of humans, Fae and magic coexisting in almost harmony... Almost is the operative word, of course.

The book picks up about a month after the previous one ends. Alex is getting used to the realization that she is a Fae and despite that, she stands firm on her decision to stay in the mortal world and not commit to a Fae Court. Those Courts are still vying for her attention and want her skills for their own. She is a Plane Weaver and such has not been born in a very long time.

Alex and her friends are dealing with another mystery this time around and it has to do with a new drug killing the mundane citizens who take it in very dramatic ways. Apart from this, Fae are dying in Fairy and the Winter Quin wants Alex on the case. Said queen has already made her Knight live in Alex's house and observe her at all times. This is a problem for Alex, since he is her somewhat of an ex and maybe current love interest, which complicates things with her now boyfriend (although I have a real issue with that), the Reaper whom she calls Death (for goodness graces, she doesn't even know his name!!!). There is also the complication, of which she learns at this time, that she has been engaged since birth to a dude in the Shadow Court... Lovely! And we were not happy with the love triangle...

The good things about this book are as always the ease of writing and the cool world of magic and Fae creatures. My issues are with Alex. She has become tooooo.....hmmm... timid, that is what it is, kind of placid and timid, when she used to be more kick-ass than this... I miss that... I also miss friendly, talkative Falin. What happened with him? He is all grunts and warnings, no fun left to him at all... It is kind of sad to take the fun out of them like that... The banter is gone and there is mostly Alex musing over everything and running around wandering what is going on... Death, hmmmmm, I think this ship has passed... There is no spark between them, no matter how much she calls him "her boyfriend". But this is my opinion only. All this said, it is not a bad read, just not as good as the previous ones. I also think that this is a transitional book, a set-up for things to come, and very few authors do this well, so I give her a pass. She will need some adjustment period after so much time not writing, but I am very happy to have this series back!!!

I hope we get more wonderful books in this series and I hope you all enjoy reading them!!! Happy reading!
Profile Image for Cristina Buzoianu.
Author 9 books166 followers
April 17, 2017
After FOUR YEARS of waiting, FOUR LONG YEARS, I've finally got my hands on this highly anticipated book (FOUR YEARS everyone?)
I would have given it 5* if it wasn't for Alex's constant indecision and bad choices. It's the fourth installment in the series and I would have thought that, now, she'd at least try to choose a path, not just linger in there. But the book did meet my expectations in all the other aspects and oh! How I missed these awesome mysteries that only Kalayna can create!
Given the situation at hand, I don't know how she can wrap up all the loose ends in the fifth book, that's supposed to be the last, so I'm expecting the series to prolong. And this is not at all a bad thing.
Welcome back, Kalayna, and please don't disappear on us again!


Sometime in 2012: Whyyyyy! Why did they postpone it??? I was so waiting to read it! And it only had less than 10 days left! :((( And for three months??? That's not fair!

UPDATE 10.23.2013: I see that it's been delayed again. Next summer?! *cries*. I want more Falin now!!! And I was so excited because I thought I'd see him more in this book! I so missed him in the third. Is there someone else who likes him more than Death?

UPDATE 05.17.2014: It was scheduled for July 2014 and now it's March 2015. Maybe my children will get to know who Alex ends up with... *sigh*. IF I'll ever make any children to inherit my Alex Craft copies... I really want to understand Kalayna, but I can't. She could come out for five minutes and say something to her fans. It's the least she can do for the ones who bought and read her books, like us.

UPDATE 02.17.2015: Anybody knows anything new about this? Please?
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944 reviews1,107 followers
February 15, 2016

-Didn't enjoy the investigation-of-the-week story, it was predictable and obvious from the start who was behind it all. There was no suspense or mystery whatsoever, I was just waiting and waiting for the main characters to work out what was staring them right in the face, but they never did, someone else had to point it out to them.

-Didn't much like any of the characters, I remember them being far more interesting (or maybe I just used to be more easily entertained). Alex was a doormat, she never stuck up for herself and she let everyone treat her like crap. Falin was a backstabbing git who cared more about being a brooding prick than anything else, Alex's dad was a slimy git who was more interested in his own agenda than Alex's welfare, Alex's friends for the most part were nowhere to be seen, and John/Jensen acted like utter bitches (even when they needed Alex's help they still bitched at her). Death was the only one who was half decent to Alex, of course she just threw that back in his face because she liked being treated like rubbish.

-The winter queen was a massive cliche, she was mad and melodramatic, and when she wasn't acting mad she was still being unreasonable and irrational. Naturally, the male leaders were all calm and reasonable. Ugh.

-Death was hardly in the story, and when he was in it all he seemed to do was smile sadly. It's obvious he's not the author's favourite, he went from being a strong presence in earlier books to fading in the background in this, even when he was a part of the story he was shown as useless and unable to help.

-Falin was insufferable, he spent most of his time shrugging, nodding, frowning and grunting. He was nothing but the queen's lapdog, he had no loyalty to Alex, he was all about following the queen's orders and not just because he was compelled to do so but because he wanted to. I was hoping Alex would give him a piece of her mind, but she was a doormat to the very end and happily accepted all his disloyalty and douchiness without argument.

-What was with Alex stupidly indebting herself to random fae? Was it meant to portray her as grateful and kind or something? All it did was make her look idiotic in promising favours to fae she barely knew, how did she know they wouldn't fuck her over?

-I hope in the next book Alex grows a spine, gets some brain cells and stops letting everyone push her around.
Profile Image for Jen Davis.
Author 7 books700 followers
January 17, 2016
Waiting is hard. And it's tempting to give up on a series when you have to wait a long time between installments, especially if you don't have a concrete date for your patience to payoff. Trust me when I tell you that you don't want to write off this series just because it's been a while since the last book. If you enjoyed the first three Alex Craft books, you going to love this one too. It picks up seamlessly where Grave Memory left off. And once I returned to this world, it felt like I never left.

If you haven't read the previous books in this series, this is not the place to start. Pick up Grave Witch and go from there. Really. Go now.

Though it's been years for us, it's only been two weeks for Alex since Falin moved himself into her house. Two weeks since Death got his immortality back and he had to return to soul collecting. But even in that short period of time, things are changing. Alex gets pulled into a new case, where somehow, people's fears are coming to life and killing them. And her unwillingness to choose a fae court is coming to a head. If she doesn't make a decision soon, it's going to cost her in a way she never could have predicted. She's getting pressure from all sides and ends up forced to work for the powerful and manipulative Winter Queen who just happens to pull Falin's strings.

I have loved watching Alex evolve over the course of these books. She started out as a human --or so she thought-- with only fleeting emotional connections and a wealth of ignorance about who she is and the fae that share her world. But she has grown so much, both in her interpersonal relationships and her understanding of the world and her place in it. I remember when she was a one night stand girl. Now she is struggling with her very real feelings for Falin and Death, and I can totally empathize with her indecision. Both men love her in their own ways, yet neither is free to truly be with her. While the last book was very Death-centric, Falin has the larger role here, and it only serves to tie me Alex up inside even more. But only in a delicious angsty-way.

We also get more of Alex's dad, who really intrigues me. I want to know his story! I want to continue to explore all of these fascinating and distinct courts that Kaylayna Price is giving us peeks into. I want to see who --or what-- Alex is meant to be. I want more of the enigmatic characters like the King of Shadows and Dugan, the prince of the shadow court. I want more from the collectors. I just want... more. And I say that not because this book is lacking, but because it not. It's exciting and engaging. It's smart and layered. It's got characters with depth and emotional resonance.

And I am so glad that there is more to come. Hopefully, the next wait will be shorter, but however long it is, I have a feeling it will be worth it.

Rating: B+/A-

*ARC provided by publisher for review
March 10, 2016
3.5 - 4 ★'s


It has been four years since I read the last book of the series and I was really concerned that I would be lost if I didn't reread but I decided to give it a go anyway. Luckily, K.P. does a really good job of recapping and bringing you back up to speed.

Alex is still her amazing self trying to be there for her friends, working her business and raising shades and at the same time trying to deal with her Fae side. Things only get worse when she finds out that she is she is fading. She has to have some type of connection to Faerie, whether it is committing to a court or becoming independent and that's no easy task.

The case she starts working comes up when people start using a drug called Glitter. Turns out it has Fae glamour in it and can either give humans amazing dreams or horrific nightmares. Either way, they usually end up dead. Unfortunately, things get even more twisted and on top of that, she has to work closely with Falin.

Don't discount Death though...he's still very much around however he's made it pretty clear that his life would be in jeopardy if it's found out that they are spending time together.

Things are complicated but I did like the little surprise at the end and there is an excerpt for the next book which is great because it's not coming out until next year....hopefully.


Favorite quote:

♥ "I couldn't save you."
Profile Image for Denisa.
1,193 reviews290 followers
August 10, 2016
I loved this series!

I can't believe there are no more books! Gah, I'm so damn curious about what will happen next, not fair that it all ended here.

There are not a lot of series that keep me hooked up for more than the first 2, 3 books, so I'm really happy when I find one that does. All I can say is... Where is the next one?! I want more!
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278 reviews131 followers
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August 23, 2012
Oh my goodness, I can't wait! I miss Death's character already :(
5 reviews
August 10, 2013
Why did they have to change the publication date? Or did I just imagine it to be August 6th? I got so excited today because i remembered that it SHOULD HAVE BEEN out by now and now having to have read the publication update? I hate the world.

Am I the only one on this sight who like Falin better than Death? I know he tricked Alex into drink fairy food but he only did that so he could tell Alex to stay away from him because he loves her to much to seriously hurt her. Death is just ARGH! Can't anyone else see that that relationship is going to go spirally down into the a dark abyss? Unless they can permanently fix the whole swapping soul thing one of them will eventually die. It's inevitable. The queen needs to die or release Falin or something so they can be together without her meddling into everything with her bitchiness.

I seriously need this book NOW!
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706 reviews161 followers
June 20, 2016
Ultimately, the long wait between books and the publishers lack of effort in reminding us about this book was the downfall. I couldn't remember who lots of people were, who their back story was and why I should care.

Knowing it was so many years between the books it would have been helpful for the author to give us a but more of a recap without being dumpy.

Just lost its spark with me as I couldn't really remember what happened before and why I loved this series so much.

It's just a run of the mill UF with fae at this point. And, not nearly enough Death (the character).
Profile Image for Maggie ☘.
534 reviews652 followers
March 9, 2017
*3,7/5 stars*

“The thud of my boots on the linoleum bounced along the walls as I walked, making the area feel hollow and abandoned. I’d never liked the ambiance of this hallway, and as on edge as I was now, if zombies had shambled out of the large morgue doors, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Though zombies weren’t likely. What I was really afraid of were faeries.

Oh, I know, who is afraid of Tinker Bell, right?

Me, that’s who.”

Grave Visions, fourth book of Alex Craft series is just as great as the three previous books. If you have read and enjoyed the earlier books, definitely get into this one too. I absolutely love the world Kalayna Price created in this series, especially the Faerie and mythological aspect of it. Alex Craft, the main heroine, has this slightly sarcastic voice I can easily connect to. She's driven and tough, but not really physically strong for once, which is a breath of fresh air to me.
The mystery was interesting as always in these books and even though I really like Falin, my favourite love interest still remains Death. I'm very curious about his past and would definitely want to know his real name already. Because saying I'm into Death is weird on so meny levels.

“If I’d been asked to make a list of the top one hundred possible explanations for what happened to these kids, going from most to least likely scenarios, “a clown crawled out of the TV” wouldn’t have made said list.”

I'm really interested about how the whole story ends in fifth book, which will come out sometime next year, and.. I know it's not the most important thing about this series, but... Who will Alex finally choose, because I have no damn idea.

Overall, I'd recommend this series for someone who is tired of the constant YA angst-drama-fest and wants to read some great Urban Fantasy series with interesting world-building, believable and likeable main heroine and lots of mythology.

“Al, what did you do now?” Caleb’s agitated voice asked in the message. “Why did Rianna just walk out of a castle that materialized in my backyard?”
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54 reviews5 followers
February 21, 2016
Seriously? 2015 March? C'mon! It's just rude now... I preordered it almost a year ago! Why don't we just put a far enough date on it, do we really have to change it every 3 or 4 months? Every time I feel happy that it will be finally published I have to realize that they postpone it again...
(I get that KP has some problems, I really do, but please then postpone it to 2020 or something because it's still better to get it earlier than postponing in every few months.)

Dafuck? November 30th??? When? Why? Nooooo....
Oh, and Team Falin, by the way! :P
3 reviews
May 26, 2019
Which one is it then? November 2013, March'14 or July'14?? Does anyone know? Where are y'all getting the info? This is so frustrating.... TEAM FALIN ALL THE WAY!! (Although I love Death, too)
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836 reviews131 followers
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February 19, 2015
Amazon says this is coming out December 31st, 2099.

Profile Image for All Things Urban Fantasy.
1,921 reviews613 followers
February 9, 2016
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

It was a long wait for GRAVE VISIONS, the fourth in the Alex Craft series. Was it worth it? Yes! It took awhile to get back into the world-memories of what happened in the previous books coming back slowly as the plot progressed. In GRAVE VISIONS Alex is in more trouble and this time it involves a lot more time in Faerie than she'd like. Aside from solving a grisly murder Alex has to deal with a wedding, figure out just which fae court to belong to before she fades, do her job as a grave witch in the mortal and fae realms, and figure out her mess of a love life. Saying she has a lot on her plate would be an understatement.

On the Faerie issues I enjoyed seeing the different courts and seeing Alex figure out how to do her grave witch abilities while solve the murder under the rules of Faerie with a increasingly crazy fae queen breathing down her neck. I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this plot and the rather interesting way it connected to a few bizarre murders that happened in the mortal realm. It was neat seeing Alex experiment with using her powers in Faerie and see her connection to her fae heritage grow.

On Alex's love life there is little forward progression. It's messy. A relationship with Death would be 'illegal' and a relationship with Falin would be complicated. Quite frankly figuring out which court Alex should belong to seems simpler than figuring out her love life and what she should do.

GRAVE VISIONS also moves the over arching storyline forward in regards to what her planeweaving powers mean for her future with the fae and the fae courts. I'm so glad to see this series back and hope to see more of Alex's adventures.

Sexual content: Kissing, references to sex
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2,253 reviews63 followers
March 10, 2016
Meh... 2.75, not quite a good book. It could have been great, it had a great story going with the Glitter and her illness. What made it loose its greatness is... Alex is an idiot pretty quickly.

I've now read 3 books and this is the 4th and she would never made the mistake with the Queen that she made in the deal. I immediately said no... that's not what she does, but she, who is a grave witch doesn't? So that right there started me down the road of dislike. The next thing, the Queen... she wants Alex's help yet, she offers no help in return for the illness while in service. But even with those two points that made the story just maddening for me, it could have been a good story, a really good story. But then came the last quarter of the book.

So they go look in a bog for these hob goblins. From any horror movie, what do you not do? hmm. Well I won't say it out loud but she does it. The consequences to her relationship with Death just are confusing and ticked me off as it was going pretty good up to here. So now the relationship focuses back on Falin. Well I wrote him off two books ago and am not willing to even going back that direction so... going in that direction and making the triangle stronger again... eye roll worthy move. Falin is still bound to the Queen so less chance there than Death and his risk. Still I think there needs to be a new person as I'm tired of them both. I love Death but "my very best friend" is not much of a "friend" seeing as she doesn't know anything about his past including his name. OK so they start from the beginning and don't go there, fine, then... who is he now? She knows more than most but still not a lot and his disappearing act is just too prevalent for comfort.

So I got who the bad guy was pretty quickly. I was wondering if he was going to attack but thought maybe he wanted her as his pet plane weaver, maybe. The holes that show up from that point on, and the plot manipulation just to put it in line for the ending.

So the very end... the Queen is given the answer and she again forces Alex back to Winter, really? If she can always do that then pretty much Alex is hers so... what is the point? It is said over and over that fae can change allegiance yet that is never is explained how? Why doesn't Falin? Or the other members of the court. So back in Fairy and once again, This just killed it for me altogether.

I did also wonder why she still does not use her resources more. Like the fae police officer. He was the one that brought her in on it, he is fae and might be able to answer questions, yet just because he doesn't like her, most likely because she is royalty, she doesn't ask, what he can ask her but not vise/versa?

So in conclusion, if there is more than one book to go in the series and doesn't wrap up in the next, I think this is the last of the Grave Witch, Alex Craft for me.
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2,023 reviews340 followers
February 11, 2016

Mon avis en Français

My English review

It’s been a long time since I was expecting the release of this novel, and I must say that the wait was rather complicated when you consider that the date has been postponed several times. But there it is and this fourth volume is definitely there for our pleasure! And I can tell you that once again the author manages to draw us into her world and to keep us in suspense throughout the chapters! She presents, in fact, a volume to the height of the previous ones and we greatly enjoy reading it!

I was impatient to see Alex Craft and her world and even if I did not remember all the details of the series, it was very nice to see all the characters. I must say that our beloved heroine is found once again at the center of many problems! Without really desiring it, Alex finds herself in a much more terrible and complicated story than she would have hoped. Indeed, a new drug has been raging in the city, featuring nightmares becoming reality and killing the persons who are ingesting the substance. This is a rather difficult history, especially when the faes are related to that. In addition to this, our witch is also involved in an investigation for the Winter Queen and solving it could allow her to be free while waiting to choose which court wishes to turn to. Something else? Yes, because it is not finished! New characters enter the scene, wanting Alex as she is as always an asset of choice and it is true that we’re still looking forward to her decisions in relation to this. Because of that, she goes through difficult times and weigh the consequences of all her actions.

In terms of the resolution of the case, I confess that I suspected the culprit from the beginning but I still had a great time with the story, to see how our heroine was going to get by, especially with this sword of Damocles constantly above her head. Indeed, the investigation is really interesting and it was complicated enough to bind all the events taking place. It is in any case always very interesting to follow the tracks of Alex and see how she would solve it all. I was also curious to see what she would decide to do about her sentimental relationships even if everything gets even more complicated here. Yes, do not worry, Falin is there, as well as Death and nothing will be easy! In any case, after such an end, I’m really curious to see what will happen and what the consequences will be.

Finally, Kalayna Price takes us once again in her story, and I couldn’t put the novel down before finishing it! It’s always a pleasure to follow Alex and to learn about her adventures and I hope we will not have to wait as long for more because I am eager to read it. This is a very good series full of ideas and I recommend you to read it if you do not know it yet!
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1,241 reviews132 followers
March 5, 2016
3.5 stars

After waiting years, this did not disappoint although it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for either. Alex’s life was still a mess. There were serious complications with the two men in her life. Her relationship with her father was strained. Discovering she was fae made her life very complicated.

Alex discovered that she had get a connection to Faerie or her life wouldn’t last long, but she didn’t want to tie herself to any court. The only way to gain her independence was to take a job from the Winter Queen. The case she worked on was really interesting. People were dying in some bizarre ways, and all of the evidence wasn’t congruent. Alex was needed to raise the shades to find out what really happened. I was surprised to find out who was behind it all. This was my favorite mystery in the series so far.

Not much progress was made with Alex’s personal life. She is aware of the fact that she is afraid of commitment. She’s probably afraid of being abandoned since many of the people in her life left her for one reason or another. She has strong issues with Falin and Death, much of which is due to circumstances outside of everyone’s control. There are ways she could be closer to them and learn more about them, but ultimately she chooses not to. Alex rarely asks personal questions or gets into deep conversations. It’s aggravating that she expects them to pour their hearts out to her when she constantly holds back from them. Her inability for form deep relationships extends to her friends and family. She doesn’t tell them anything until she absolutely has to. I’d like to see some growth in all of her relationships.

The love triangle took a backseat to the mystery. Falin had plenty of page time. He and Alex spent a fair amount of time together, but they interacted as little as possible. Falin wasn’t acting like normal. My guess is he wanted to keep his distance as much as he could so there would be less to report to the queen. They got along fairly well considering the circumstances, but I can’t say things improved between them either. Death was barely around, so there was no development there. Now a new guy has been thrown into the mix making this a love quadrangle.

Nothing was resolved with any of the overarching issues, but this was entertaining. I read the whole book in one sitting. It didn’t drag in some parts like some of the other books have. The world building is good. The more she learns about the world the more questions are raised about it, but I want some answers.
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2,937 reviews1,546 followers
September 21, 2016
Normally this far into a series, I'd say something like "by this time in this series, you know what you're getting". I can't say that this time. Oh, there's a character named Alex and she has a hot boyfriend she calls Death and another runner-up she can't trust named Falin. But Price has robbed this Alex of her intelligence, wit, talent, and many of her secondary characters (because they're hiding out in Fairy so they don't die while Alex is "fading").

Here's the thing: while I lost track of how many times Price has Alex stumble over the laws of Fairy, I can recall at least four (because they are pivot points Price needed to drag this slug of a plot along). Price even attempts to lampshade the biggest one by having Alex think afterwards "oh yeah, I deal with that clause all the time with mortal clients but was distracted by negotiating over what I'd get out of it." Really? You can recall with mortal clients, but when it's really, truly important because you're dealing with the Icy Despot of Crazytown is the time to get sloppy? I cannot tell you how frustrated this made me. Only, take that amount and multiply by ten because the main badguy was so obvious I kept trying to think of ways it couldn't be . I mean, you only had to think to yourself: who is the most obvious traitor given the cast of characters you know of near Her Royal Idiocy and, hello, there (s)he is! The second and third biggest fae-stupidities happened by Alex not noticing the carefully-worded responses that showed who it was halfway through the book.

And the pain doesn't even stop there. No. While I had worried that we'd get a pendulum swing in the triangle relationship, at least we were spared that. Only. Price also changed Death into a whingeing crybaby because at one point he couldn't be the one to save Alex. He dropped a full attractiveness rating right there. Course, he was pretty high up there, so I'm willing for Price to rethink that particular unattractive idiocy. But then, the chances I'll read the next in the series are dwindling as I write.

I finished this on the hope that Price was going to pull a twist out and/or have Alex do something clever. But no. Indeed, she even has Alex . I tell you, I skimmed whole pages of the stupid fallout from that because I honestly didn't care how Alex got through it and I knew Price had her back so she wouldn't die or anything too dramatic. Sure enough...

I'm going to stick this with two-stars. I dunno why. I think it's an extra pity-star from having mostly liked the first couple books and a little nostalgia for the Alex I used to care about.
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5,807 reviews499 followers
November 30, 2016
Someone is using fae blood to make drugs that make mortals' deepest fear comes true in a horrific way and kill them. Meanwhile, Alex finds herself fading and she needs either to join one of the fae's court or declared as independent fae ...

Hmmm, I'm not sure whether it is because this book has been postponed for too many times now (I think it should've released first in 2013?) but I found this book lacked the charm from the previous three books. It was a little bit difficult to return to the story and found myself being distracted more than once because I wasn't fully invested with Alex's problem or the mystery behind the murders.

In addition, this is already book four, and it seems that the 'love triangle problem' is not getting away. Unfortunately, Death is not very present (to fight his case), and Falin is still on Winter's Queen beck and call (to make me root for him). Plus I think Alex is a little passive here. So I don't know, I'm not loving this as much as I want to.

Having said that, shall book 5 is coming sooner rather than later, I might still check that one out. Emphasis on might
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Author 105 books82 followers
February 19, 2016
Tahle sérka mě baví, a čtvrtý díl nebyl výjimkou, byť konec byl poměrně chaotický a v zákonitostech Faerie se pořád nevyznám (možná proto, že žádné nejspíš nejsou :-)) ), ale jako celek bavilo, pár nedořešených věcí otevřelo prostor pro další díl, Alex je fajn a vážně by mě zajímalo, jestli se někdy dozvíme Deathovo pravé jméno :-)

Teď jenom počkat rok do dalšího dílu.
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746 reviews66 followers
February 4, 2016

4.5 solid stars. A very good read. Whatever Price's personal issues were, it's great to know she can still put out a heck of a story. 'Alex Craft' is one of the better UF series being written right now; very imaginative, and with great wordbuilding.

The book picks up within a few weeks of the end of the last book. The Winter Queen has sent Falin to stay with Alex to keep a close eye on her. After a series of strange, magical murders that are caused by a new drug called 'glitter', Alex is brought into the case to raise the shades for questioning. After the case turns out to have ties to the fae and the WQ's court, she is also squarely back in the Winter Queen's eye; as she has still not chosen a court, and has been denied independent status.

Lots of fae politics is in this one. I'm normally not the biggest fan of reading about the Fae, but Price makes it work. The love triangle with Death and Falin is still in play, although Alex is currently with Death. She's also got two suitors from two different fae courts vying for her attention and trying to reel her into their courts. Her service to the Winter Queen buys her a short period of freedom from choosing a court, and there is something that happens which gave a glimmer of a solution to the issue.

Wonderful story, loved it, and I hope Price is back to stay. She's certainly on top of her game here. The next book is promised for early 2017; here's hoping everything is back on track.


Actually supposed to release on Feb. 2 after a wait of nearly 4 years.
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1,359 reviews75 followers
August 14, 2019
4.5 Stars... Mysterious deaths start to occur that appear to be people's worst nightmares, literally... Alex craft is called in to aid in the investigation which leads her to a potential conspiracy against the Winter Queen... In a bid for her freedom, Alex must uncover the truth or fade from her very existence... Another thrilling and exhilarating read from Kalayna Price taking us deeper into the world of Alex Craft and the many nuances of her life... I truly enjoy getting lost in this world for a time and engaging with these characters as their story unfolds... Looking forward to the continuation of this series and the many mysteries of Alex Craft.:)
Profile Image for julia ☆ [owls reads].
1,559 reviews308 followers
December 21, 2020
Original rating: 3 stars
Reread rating: 3 stars

Grave Visions was okay? The plot kind of dragged a bit and took too long to come together. I did like that there was some development regarding Alex and Faerie, but not a lot of relevant things happened in this novel. Alex also came off as a bit of an oblivious dummy sometimes?? Things were right in front of her, but she couldn't seem to connect the dots.

Things I could've done without: still the romance and love triangle, even more so because another guy was added to the mix.
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