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Grave Dance

(Alex Craft #2)

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Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by ROC
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Felicia
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, I loved the first book and stayed up too late reading it, and last night I did the same thing. There was loads of new information in this installment about Alex's new powers, about the world of Faerie, lots of character tension and secondary characters (who I'd like to see even more of). Of course the love triangle is still super yummy, in fact yummier than last book (and boy does this author know how to cliffhanger a book, yeesh!).

I will admit the dudes are a bit 2-dimensional hunk-ville
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Rane
Oct 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
For me the second book of a series tend to be the deal breaker. If the first book in the series rocked, you want the second book to follow that hype or if the book was good you hope that the second book improved to save the series or if the first book was bad and still thought there may have been a thread to save it, it's usually the second book to save the day.

Grave Dance had it's moments and did improve somewhat from it's predecessor while at the same time carrying the weaknesses that hinde
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Choko
*** 3.85 ***

A buddy re-read with the wonderful buddies at the MacHalo Freaks


Reading this a second time, although I had read it quite a while ago, I was pleased with the world of this series. Alexis, the raising shades grave witch, has a successful business as an investigator, whose main breadwinner is raising dead people "s essences and questioning them about whatever is in question. Usually a fan of love them and leave them free love type of girl, she finds herself interested in t
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Ok, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.

This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.

Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.

If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.

Death: WAG Jack NOOO Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, tortured being. I also get that you hav
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Sarah
1st read - March 2012
2nd read - March 2019

Alex uses her grave magic to raise shades from dead bodies, these shades have all of the memories that the person had and she is often asked to use her ability to help the police solve murders. When the police contact her they usually have the whole body though. This time all they have is a mysterious pile of left feet and no idea how the people they belonged to were killed. Alex agrees to help but how can she solve the murders when they don't even know w/>2nd
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Even if there’s a love triangle of sorts I still liked this book. Action, adventure, death, killing things, and visiting new places! Team Death.
Amanda
Jul 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not even Death can save this book now.

I admit, I had some expectations for this book. The prequel was nothing particularly spectacular but it had potential. However, Grave Dance subsequently ruined whatever interest I had that was invested into this story. I feel disappointed, because I really enjoy the premise, the world building and a few of the characters.

Alexis Craft. While there were redeeming qualities about her, she annoyed me to no end in this book. I thought that she was inevitably por
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I'm happy to report that I enjoyed this one more than the first. While I still don't like the idea of having a grim reaper as a real character (and a potential love interest at that!), I was more comfortable with him this time around. Alex is as enjoyable a heroine as usual, especially as we find out more of the mystery surrounding her abilities, history and genetics. Falin is back but the role is changed due to revelations from the first novel. He's as yummy and interesting as ever.

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Angela
I enjoy this book more than the first book Grave Witch. It was fast paced, had an interesting plot and plenty of reveals along the way. I love Falin. Yes the series has a love triangle and yes, I don't think Alex will end up with Falin. That being said I prefer him more than Death. So we will see what happens. I think wanting Alex with Falin is a minority opinion. I'm no stranger to thinking that in other series where a love triangle is involved.

The book also gave more information ab
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Charlotte
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was extremely disappointed!! Having read the first book and really enjoyed it the second installment doesnt even begin to measure up. I felt the storyline was disjointed and honestly quite bland as the love triangle distracts from everything else and is really frustrating. But mostly I just got completely sick of the character Falin, he is just plain dull and as the reader I couldn't care less what happened to him or about the unfolding relationship between him and Alex. Unfortunately the best ...more
Denisa
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
As good as the first one!

Still some stuff here that make no sense, so I can't give it more than 4 stars, but what can I say, I really enjoyed it.


Plus, it made me really curious about the next book, it was fast paced and really interesting. Worth a try, if you liked the first one!
Veronica
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Grave Dance is the second in the Alex Craft series and as of right now the series looks to end at three books unless the author's contract is extended.

This book takes place roughly one month after the end of the first book. We find that Alex is doing a little better financially as more jobs are coming into her one woman PI agency, Tongues For The Dead, due to her notoriety from book one's events. But Falin, her fae agent lover from the first book, has been incommunicado during the in
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Kt
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alex has spent plenty of time recovering from the outcome of the showdown at the end of Grave Witch, and is more than ready to get back out there. She really needs the distraction from her messy love life and throws herself head first into her latest case. Problem is that there will be no easy solve on this one. They are only finding pieces of bodies, no where near enough to raise a shade. Her investigations put her front and center and she becomes the prime target. Someone wants her dead in a b ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
It isn't often I fall in like with a series about the fae, let alone love it but Price has managed to do just that.

I just know if it is all the secrecy deception, or even the horribleness that the fae are usually portrayed as that makes me leery of them or maybe it is just the bloodthirsty ways they have, either way, I seldom read about them and even more rare, actually like the books that are strictly about them and no other supernatural beings.

So it was rather a surprise when I pi
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Natasha
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second installment in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.

When I first read Grave Witch, I knew I'd love this series. The characters are fantastic and complelling and the storyline is always gripping. Alex Craft is a unique character. She's a grave witch who can speak with the dead. She's also on Death's sweet side and spends more time with him than the usual person. Oh, and death's image we all have in our head. It's wrong. He's not the cloak and reaper staff death, he's t
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Jess
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
I'm not sure what to say about this one. I was so excited to see it in stores and get it and yet it took me a few days to read it. I just kept putting it down, and it wasn't necessarily that it was bad, but something just felt off about it. It was a good storyline, but there was so much going on and Alex was constantly running around, it became hard to keep track of where she was at the moment. I did like the introduction to a few new characters, and I think this is going to be the predominant s ...more
Faith Hunter
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kalayna's character Alex is sexy ang smart and *different*! I adore her. Prediction: Price will hit the NYT BS List with book number 3.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

GRAVE WITCH was one of the most promising urban fantasy debuts from last year. It introduced us to strange and alluring Nekros City where all the horror stories and fairy tale creatures you’ve ever heard of live along side with humans, two potential romantic leads with enigmatic Death himself and a fae with ambiguous loyalties, and a fearless protagonist in Alex Craft who works as a private investigator with a talent for communicating beyond
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Kira
2012: 4 stars
2016: 3.5 stars

Although there were parts of this book that I loved, it was really lacking in some ways. The P.I./mystery part of it was good, but it got dragged out way too long. It was boring after a while. Constructs tried to attack Alex and her friends one too many times. If a hard to beat enemy is going to pop up frequently, someone needs to die as a result or have some severe consequences from it. It's lame when no one's really in danger.

The last 30% of the b
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Patrycja
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I'm so in love with this series! I'm starting third installment now!
Review to come.
Devann
DNF @ 42%

there was nothing really 'wrong' with this book, but i was listening to it and suddenly it was like the clouds opened up and the sun shined down and i was just like 'you know, i literally don't even care what happens in this'. i am trying to get better at just not reading things if i'm not really enjoying them, so i decided to drop it halfway through even though i almost NEVER do that. if this was just a trilogy i might have powered through and finished the series, but seven
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Haydn
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, this was better than the first one in terms of story, but it was certainly harder to follow.

Basically, Alex Craft has come to realize that she is faekin and learned that it entails some things that she didn't fully expect. She gains ownership of a friend, an aversion to cold iron--oh, and she melds realities together. That's right. Realities.

After not quite a month of recuperating from the first novel, Alex finds herself able to pay her bills due to a steady client
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Heather
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
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Catherine
What happened with this book? I thought this was going to be a sure thing! Maybe it’s more glaring because I read the first book, Grave Witch, immediately before I started this one, but everything felt off kilter. I’m not saying that I thought this was a bad book, because it wasn’t, but it sure was a lot less engrossing than the first one was.

I don’t understand what happened to Alex’s character. I felt distant from her the whole time I was reading. And that’s pretty amazing considering the fa
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Holly
Something about this series just feels so flat to me. I don't think I will continue on with it. It's not terrible, I'm just not invested in it.
Mariya
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
GRAVE DANCE was an exciting and thrilling read and when it ended I threw a fit because I didn't want this book to end.  GRAVE DANCE exceeded my expectations on so many levels.

In the previous book, Grave Witch we find out that Alex is fae, which comes a little bit of a shock to Alex and in this book we are really introduced to the fae world in the Alex Craft series where you feel like you didn't get enough. I love fae books and it is always interesting to see how each author creates their fae world and I thought
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
**4.5 stars**

I had a hard time putting this book down and I'm so sad that it's over and now I have another book that I have to wait for!

This book is non stop action and picks up a month after the last book ended. Thankfully, Alex had some time to recoup because she definitely needed it. She's thrown into another police case where only left feet are being found with no trace of how they got detached. She ends up leading the police to a stash of them not realizing that she opened up a
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Suz
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Grave Dance is the second installment in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and must admit that the whodunit surprised me. I spent the better portion of the book thinking I had it all figured out and was wrong. I like it when that happens!

I think was I liked most about this volume, however, is that not only did we get a much more thorough flushing out of primary and secondary characters and the world building, but Ms. Price begins to show us a mu
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Sandy Williams
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Loved this! And that's saying a ton considering that, lately, for me to enjoy something, it has to have a heavy romance plotline.

The worldbuilding in this book is phenomenal. I don't remember being so impressed on the first book. I had to go back and look up my review for it, but uh, apparently, I didn't review it on Goodreads? I'm pretty sure I was reviewing books here back in 2010. I have no clue how I skipped reviewing this. My memory is that I liked it a lot.

Anyway, a
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Thenia
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Alex Craft's story continues and this part is packed with action, interesting magic and an intriguing mystery.

A weird case that Alex is asked to consult with the police on begins a series of events that gets her unwillingly but unavoidably more entwined with the fae world. She is growing into her powers, (view spoiler) and she has to learn the hard way how to use them.

Things
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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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“If you're going to carry a dagger, you need to learn to use it."
I frowned at him. "I know how to use it. I stick the pointy end in things I don't like.”
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“His shoulders sagged as he stepped back. Then a half smile made the edge of his lips crook. " You're mad at me."
"And that's amusing because?"
The half smile spread into a lopsideed grin, and he stood up straighter. "You wouldn't be mad if you didn't care. I'm onto you, Alexis."
Oh, that insufferable, arrogant--
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