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Grave Witch

(Alex Craft #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  31,820 ratings  ·  1,978 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
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Dennis Davie How graphic is Price with the love / sex scenes in the "Craft" series? I don't mind when there's a well done "romantic" portion through this genre, bu…moreHow graphic is Price with the love / sex scenes in the "Craft" series? I don't mind when there's a well done "romantic" portion through this genre, but I'm not a huge fan of an author who sort of skirts around their shenanigans. (I ask because I'm actually reasonably new to this particular genre and mostly read Koontz, King, and the like - as I haven't read Price in the past but thus far have read (and LOVED) a couple series by Jocelynn Drake and Dianne Sylvan, I'm curious about Kalayna Price's writing 'temperature'. So to speak. :-)

FYI: I don't mean I want something that's über-gross & written like a dime novel. Just that *IF* adult scenarios are a part of a character or storyline, I'd prefer it was written well.....not "and cue the fade-out" type scenes leaving everything up to the reader.(less)
jadegreyson I believe seven, but I'm not sure if I am willing to read all seven yet.…moreI believe seven, but I'm not sure if I am willing to read all seven yet.(less)

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Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/7/18 - ON SALE for $2.99:

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Hmm . . . I read GRAVE WITCH for the first time back in 2010 right after it was released, and I loved it. I loved it when I reread it before books 2 and 3 came out, too. This time . . . Again, I say, hmm . . .

There wasn't anything wrong with it. It just wasn't OMG, I LOVE IT, like my memories were telling me it was. AND there were a lot of borrowed ideas I didn't remember noticing.

Like how Alex is a necromancer grave
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting December 5, 2015.

I am one of three people on Goodreads who thought this book was pure crap *waves at Asya and Emma* What does this mean? It means that either: 1/We're nothing but clueless idiots who read it all wrong and should be banned from GR for life, or 2/All you people who loved this are nothing but clueless idiots who read it all wrong and should be banned from GR for life. I know you'll go for #1 and you know I'll go for #2, but in the name of the Hol
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
There aren't that many older Urban Fantasy series that I have completely skipped, but this was one and I liked it. Fluffy, alternative magic world, a small amount of romance, and a likable main character are all components of an easy read. Since everyone has already read this series, about a hundred million years ago, I won't get into a big ol' boring review. I'll just give a few thoughts, because, well, I know you are all on the edge of your seats, waiting for my ridiculous, silly, not-at-all- ...more
Kat Kennedy
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
1st read - March 2012
2nd read - March 2019

Alex Craft is a witch and she uses her grave magic to help her in her job as a Private Investigator. Her magic allows her to interact with ghosts but she is mainly asked to contact shades which are like an echo of the person who died - they have the person's memories but no emotions so they can answer questions about their lives but are unable to lie. Alex works for family members who need some kind of closure and she also works with the police to help a
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked this. It definietly read like the first book in a series but this has potential to be a really good Urban Fantasy series. I'm excited to read the other books ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I tried, but I couldn't care less for it. ...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
I didn't expect to like this series so much!

What I expect from a great PNR/UF is a really good plot, that keeps me hooked up and wanting more. Well, this book has that! It was fast-paced and damn interesting, I loved the world builder!

The characters were ok too, I love Death. And Falin is interesting too, although I'm not in love with him (yet). There are some weird stuff that I didn't really like about them all, but still, my focus is on the story not on the relationships.
So this series is rea
Shera (Book Whispers)
For a first book this book impressed me when it came out, and years later it still impresses me. Grave Witch has an impressive world that is fully thought out, and I loved it. The lore and the city of Nekro are well thought out. I love the idea of the Faye letting their presence be known because they needed humans to believe in them again. Instead of still dying out they're now growing strong in power. There are more inbetween places, or other pockets of reality. I'm intrigued with the idea of t ...more
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Mystery, surprises, tension, & edge of our seat moments.

Holly Cow, Grave Witch was more then I expected it to be. I was pulled in from the start and couldn’t stop until the very end. We get ghosts, a murder mystery, weird magic, and so much more. It was one thing after another that you never know what will happen next.

Alex is a fun, unique, and powerful character. Everything we learn about her just leads us to wanting more. Her numerous and complex problems change the book into an entertaining
*** 4 ***

This was a buddy re-read with the MacHalo Freaks.

Alexis is a "grave witch", she can communicate with the spirits of the dead in different shapes and ways. The Fae and other magical practitioners are out in the open and life has changed for mundane folks. So Alex finds herself in the middle of a serial killer investigation which goes very wrong and cuts too close to home...

The writing is solid, the pace a bit slow at times, the story is reminiscent of other stories in the UF genre. It i
1.5 stars

I've been looking forward to this book for a really long time. I bought it when it first came out, and then it languished on my ever-growing to-read shelf. It wasn't purposeful, but I had so many other things to read that I just never really got around to it. So, when some friends of mine decided to do a buddy read of the series, I jumped in!

Unfortunately, this book let me down on multiple levels. The biggest of which was Alex, herself. She's just not a heroine that reaches out and gra
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, PNR
Recommended to carol. by: Goodreads thread
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Veronica Belmont
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of the better UF offerings around at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed this and read it through in a couple of days. Not sure about her relationship with Death, but we’ll see!
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Good. Lots of deaths and bloody crazy things. And she’s friends with Death.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Weakly written, no depth and things just occur with no meaning or reason why.

Death was hot though.
These days it seems like I only make it past the first chapter in about 1 out of every 4 or 5 urban fantasy books that I try to read, so the fact that I actually liked this enough to read the whole thing is pretty amazing. It was still a little bit slow, but it's the first book so I'm hoping it will pick up in the future. I liked the world it was set in and Alex is in an interesting and un-annoying main character. I'm sensing a potential love triangle on the horizon but I actually don't mind Fal ...more
DNF at 73%

And it starts...
I really didn't want to start so soon DNFinishing books, but I'm really not into anything in this story, and if I keep this up, it will be 2017 all over again; with me wasting time on books I'm not enjoying.
The worst part about this, is that when I started reading it... I thought I had found another series to follow. The first paragraph is really good:

The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.As far as impressions
went, I blew it, but
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you liked Moon Called , Magic Bites and Skinwalker series then this book is for you. Maybe even better that moon call or skiwalker.

*review to come*
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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