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Grave Ransom

(Alex Craft #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,103 ratings  ·  319 reviews
Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.

Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Ace
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are very few series that focus heavily on the fae that hold my interest and yet, The Alex Craft series has from the very beginning and with each new installment, I still can't seem to get enough of it. I think the blend of witch craft, a different kind of supernatural world, and of course the fae, all somehow make such an interesting read that I can't help but be sucked in by it. And while this series isn't unique in design, it does have some very unique elements and therefore, holds its o ...more
Oddly this felt like a standalone. All the usual characters were there, but all of their roles were fairly insignificant except for Alex. Alex worked on an interesting case with Briar the bitch. Man I hated her! The case was the focal point of the entire book. Only one remotely significant thing happened in relation to the overarching plot. It was weird. All of the drama with faerie and the soul collectors was largely forgotten. It was mentioned but didn't go anywhere. I liked the book but was e ...more
I really enjoyed Price’s storytelling and I love the characters, the gang is all here but I don’t see much deeper developments with anyone in particular…especially after that ending.

New twists and an unexpected turn or two, that are sure to leave a few scars. Price writes vivid and colorful characters, thought provoking plots and adds an imaginative flare that keeps me coming back for more.

I received this ARC copy of Grave Ransom from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and volunta
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
*2.5/5 stars*

This was an okay book. I was interested in the plot and investigation as in every book here. Alex Craft series is always so consistent. Which is both a plus - in the way that if you enjoyed book one you'll enjoy the rest of the series as well, but it's also a bad thing - in a way that there's very little to no actual character development with both the MC and the love interests. The love triangle is ever stratched - shouldn't the romance thing be resolved by now or at least made cle
This one was more of a filler kind of book. But oh, how I missed this chick!
Still worth reading, amazing writing and a really great plot (I love me a good mystery!).

Lucky me, I have the next book to read as well, so off I go!
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I enjoyed this book least of all in the series. It doesn’t feel like it’s part of the series and Alex is way stupid in it.
It was alright, although nothing much happened apart from the standard investigation of the week plot.

Alex spent most of her time being everyone's doormat/punch bag. She couldn't go an hour without someone blaming her for something and she couldn't go a minute before doing the whole self-blame, martyr, always feeling guilty, constantly apologetic, looking for approval from people who think the worst of her, doormat routine. I'd honestly rather Alex was unapologetic and self serving.

Didn't like
Marta Cox
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
I always enjoy a book about Alex and the world she lives in but admit it's often hard waiting a year in between each instalment . So I cracked this baby open with glee ready to find out what new cases Tongues for the Dead would be tackling. Right from the offset Alex is dragged into an unusual situation with a soul inside a dead body that clearly doesn't belong to it! As if that wasn't spooky enough soon other animated corpses show up hell bent on theft and pretty soon Alex crosses paths with th ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Very nice entry to the series. Price is (so far) staying true to the tone of the previous books. The case this time...well, there's several things going on; but it starts when a young woman hires Alex to find her missing boyfriend. When Alex does find him, it's just in time to see him killed...and a female ghost pops out of his body.

Alex spends most of the book working with the magical crimes agent Briar Darque. There are lots of twists and turns as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Jan 07, 2013 marked it as to-read
Why is the 5th book coming out BEFORE the 4th book?
AGAIN with the mistakes GOODREADS, really?
The look of disdain on my face right now... hmmph

EDIT- They fixed it. You're welcome Goodreads
Gabrielle Nicole
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Kinda disappointed with the author, I imagined that from the last book this one would have more of a flow in character development or at least the story in itself. But really this just seemed like the author was like, welp I need to keep my readers interested so let's just throw this bland book in and add just enough interest to keep them hooked till the end. Don't get me wrong though I love the story and the characters and was it entertaining, well sure. But it was just like the whole book and ...more
I've been a fan of this series for a long time now so it pains me to say that this book was a bit on the disappointing side. It wasn't awful by any means but it definitely wasn't the high standards I expect from this series. To start with the positives I did really enjoy Alex's latest investigation. Things get really complicated for her when she is a witness to a bank robbery and realises that the robbers are already dead. She's seen a lot of things in her life but walking corpses isn't one of t ...more
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*MY Thoughts*

Grave Ransom is the fifth installment in author Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. Set in the fictitious world of Nekros City, Alex is a character who is a grave witch. She can raise shades & talk to ghosts in order to solve cases. Alex and her partner Rianna run a business known as Tongues for the Dead which more often than not deals with mundane issues like finding lost things or people. The issue at hand for Alex in this stor
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The Alex Craft series is one of my favorite urban fantasy book series. So much so that while the last book came out only last year, I felt like it was such a long wait for GRAVE RANSOM. The "wait" was worth it though! GRAVE RANSOM had a wonderfully twisty and unique plot that was pretty fun to work through along with Alex.

Alex, being a grave witch, has a unique way to work with the dead and I love reading the descriptions of just how she is able to see
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I always enjoy all the volumes of the series and I was curious to launch myself in this new volume. Well, it’s true that my memory wasn’t that good regarding the story, but I still had a great time.

We therefore find Alex for a whole new story. She, who thought she already saw everything, will face many new problems. Indeed, it would seem that bodies are wandering with souls that are not theirs. And of course, Alex is often around when this happens! Passing
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wonder if the damage is going to get real sooner or later, and why they survived worse, but can't survive this...
Jen Davis
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying love triangles suck. Even ones that start out intriguing at first. Even ones where you aren’t immediately sure who you’re rooting for.

You know why? Somebody’s got to lose. And there is a 50% chance that the HEA you’re rooting for is going to crumble at your feet.

All that in mind, I hated the ending of this book. It made me mad and it mad me sad and I hate-tweeted about it seconds after I was done. I’m going to try not to let all of that shadow the rest of my review, but I
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2
So this one was really good for me. A true UF. It didn't concentrate on the triangle of her death and Falin. As I've always said, neither is good for her as Falin is owned by the Queen, and death never can be open with her. They are good transitions but nothing more IMO.

So with the love life not the center of attention we get a great mystery that has lines on multiple fronts. If you read the anthology Kicking It, you would've been introduced to Briar and her partner. I really like these two
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
This is a great series and even with the wait we had between books it is worth it. Price is a great writer and you can really visualize what's going on in the story and there are no plot holes or "convenient" twists to make things work. Its obvious events are really thought out and tied together well. I was a little sad at what happened at the end but hey its fiction and just makes me look forward to the next book even more.
Oru Citruz
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
“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?”

Oops. Apparently, now that I had my independent status, Faerie had moved my castle out of limbo and into my new territory: the mortal realm.
-The end of book 4-

I really really reaaallyyy truly need book 5. NOW
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
well, yeah, excuse me if I'm a bit sceptical about the 5th book releasing in 2016 :D
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Despite a big gap due to the personal problems of the author in the middle of this series, it really is a most enjoyable urban fantasy tale of grave witch Alex Craft her friends, associates and love interests.

Although I wasn't on board with one of the plot developments in the romance department at the end of the book and really hope it is resolved in the next book Grave Destiny to be released in April 19... does the name suggest it may be the end of the series??
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I am happy to see that the Alex Craft series is back in action! Kalayna Price is an amazing author and I always love returning to her worlds. Grave Ransom is the latest adventure Alex and her friends partake in, and let me tell you, there are zombies!! Okay, they’re considered reanimated corpses, but come on, it’s zombies!!

Naturally I couldn’t really remember what’
Check out my review at Girls With Books
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
OHH I loved this one! Kalayna you did it!! I love this series so much!
Great , interesting paranormal case. I couldn't put it down until I got to the end.
Alex, Falin and Death where little OOC.

OMG JULY 2017???????????? I'M SOO HAPPY
my only hope
ALEx AND FALIN are endgame

i love the cover!!!!!!!!
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series set in Nekros City, Texas, and revolving around a witch who feels the presence of corpses.

My Take
I appreciate that Grave Ransom is all about doing the right thing, of loyalty, in spite of a number of betrayals. And yet I'm annoyed with Grave Ransom, and not because Price uses first-person protagonist point-of-view from Alex’s perspective. Instead, it was all the tell. The only time Price pulled me into the story was Remy’s tale. For the rest? It was s
Danielle (Danniegurl)
I hate where this ended, only because I was left feeling sad and didn't get to go through the motions with Alex to get to the rest.

We have a case of alive dead bodies. Alex naturally is at the center. They aren't zombies not exactly but they have souls but not the original souls of the bodies which is odd to Alex. So she and Briar get put together on this case.

In this book there's a lot of page time for Briar. And while I typically don't like Briar though I can say my opinion changed slightly wi
5 Stars... This was an intense read from the start... Alex Craft is a grave witch and part fae, her life is anything but normal, but when the dead are literally walking around and talking, even she has to wonder about the parameters of normal... This story twists and turns leading readers in one direction only to turn around and move in another... All the while, it provides intense magical sequences and an emotional component that adds depth and complexity... These characters can be raw and hone ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD. Like, want to re-read it right meow. 😂
Alex Craft and her partner Rianna run the Tongues for the Dead detective agency and Grave Ransom starts out with Alex taking on the agency’s first missing persons case. Alex and Rianna have a pretty good business going and balance each other out nicely. Rianna is the spell caster and raises shades mostly, while Alex takes on cases that don’t involve using her grave witch, able to see/feel/speak to the dead, capabilities.

All grave witches take a hit on their eye sight when they use their powers b
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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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Alex Craft (7 books)
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  • Grave Dance (Alex Craft, #2)
  • Grave Memory (Alex Craft, #3)
  • Grave Visions (Alex Craft, #4)
  • Grave Destiny (Alex Craft, #6)
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