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Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1)

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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 h
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Roc (first published September 21st 2010)
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Avalon Ridge Well, not quite. I cant exactly explain it but there is no love triangle in this book. The heroines feelings are quite controlled in that respect.…moreWell, not quite. I cant exactly explain it but there is no love triangle in this book. The heroines feelings are quite controlled in that respect. However, there may be one in the upcoming books.(less)

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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 ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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 witch who raises zombies spirits of the dead. Her abi
✘✘ 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
It’s a semi- well known fact that am not a huge fan of PNR, after years of reading the genre, I’ve grown tried of the emo-vampires and the pet werewolves. So am pretty picky on what I read when it comes to PNR. When I came across The Grave Witch I liked the few pages I read, and was quickly immersed in the world Kalayna Price created, from witches to fae, bodysnatcher to a cat gargoyle named Fred This book had me on my toes with a race to the last page..

Seventy years ago, the Fae finally told
Kat Kennedy
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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
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
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
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
*** 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
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
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
Veronica Belmont
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy, PNR
Recommended to Carol. by: Goodreads thread
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
Nichole Mohler
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Craft is a grave witch. She can raise the Shades of the dead. She is also a consultant for the police. When asked to raise the Shade of a murder victim, Alex quickly agrees, since it seems like a simple case. But, this case is anything but simple. Not only is she attacked by the Shade, it quickly becomes clear that someone wants her dead. I loved this book!! I must binge read the rest!
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Around 3 stars. I'll come back and review the rating after reading the next few books.

This reminded me a lot of Anita Blake pre-porn era, when it was about raising zombies and catching bad guys. Remember that? Fun times!

Except instead of raising zombies you raise "shades" and instead of a vampire and a werewolf you have a Fae and... Death. Yep, not talkative, very mysterious, yummy death. I give points for partial originality.

Alex, our main girl is nice in an unassuming kind of way. She's not
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-.5 I'm not a fan of the narrator

5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise!, January 24, 2011

his book was a recommendation from Amazon for my Kindle. After downloading and reading the free sample, I gave it a go. What a surprise. This book was a page turner. Ms. K. Price has a talent for Urban Fantasy. Alex Craft and her world was well developed. I stayed up all evening and well into the early morning reading this book. It wa
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fey-or-faery
Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn't mean she likes what they have to say.

This is great UF story full of magical creature like faeries, witches and ghosts.

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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 high profile murder when she’s at
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Whoever thought Death could be hot? Kalayna Price, apparently, and wow is she right. GRAVE DANCE introduces us to a dark and dangerous world full of devious fae and deadly magic that has been appropriated in to every facet of life. Throw in two impossible romances and a fantastic new heroine and we get an excellent urban fantasy debut.

Alex Craft is a grave witch P.I. Her talent lies with death, or rather being able to access the overlaying lan
Grave Witch isn’t the most original story ever, but I really liked it anyway. Alex Craft is special. She’s a grave witch but has abilities the average grave witch doesn’t. Her specialness didn’t bother me because it didn’t make everything about her life easier. Alex didn’t run head first into danger and put her life on the line frequently. She’s definitely not the TSTL type.

I’m a fan of stories about the fae, which is another reason I liked this. In this world the fae had come out of hiding 70 y
Beanbag Love
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty entertaining. Probably comes in at just under 4 stars.

Alex Craft is a "grave witch" in a city called Nekros. It seems it's somewhere in the South. There are 54 states in the US and I'm not sure if she's living in one of the new ones or Alabama. Anyway, you get the gist. Alternate reality.

A grave witch can call up the shades of the dead. Not only the newly dead but any dead. This is Alex's job. She's hired by clients (and sometimes the police) to raise shades so they can be inter
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
This is a book most of my UF-loving friends have probably already read before. It takes place in a fictional, modern city where humans, witches, and fae live. The MC is a "grave witch" (hence the title). She can raise ghosts and see into the "Aetheric" world (the nonphysical world overlaying ours). Parts of this read like a typical investigative UF. The heroine has to figure out who-done-it and is drawn further and further into the case as it gets closer to home.

She is sort of "down on her luck,
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was totally intriguing! I'm so glad I just happened by it. Although I wasn't a fan of the romance aspect of this book, I do get how it fits in. I'm hoping in the next book there is a better flow. Some portions seemed to be a bit tedious. Overall though it was a fascinating book! I took delight in the story line and characters. I really am looking forward to seeing how this world expands.

Alex is a Grave witch PI consultant. When she's called in to assist on a case something happens that
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a crowded genre like urban fantasy, authors have to strike a difficult balance. They need to adhere to the genre’s tropes and formulas closely enough that readers feel like they’re getting what they were looking for. On the other hand, there needs to be enough innovation that readers have a reason to read this book, this series, rather than one of the many others on the shelf.

In a nutshell, the trouble with Grave Witch is that it doesn’t stand out. I enjoyed reading it, but the spark that wo
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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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