Grave Memory

When dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at th cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn ’ t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she ’ s simply been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there ’ s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But thi personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the week leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what sor of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won ’ t have a life to remember at all…
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Grave Memory
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Published July 3rd 2012 by Roc

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Alex is back and coming into her Feyness, her friends are keeping secrets, and her love interests are just as unobtainable as always.

Her going more and more blind every time she lowers her internal defenses somehow makes her capacity for magic more realistic and acceptable ...

The pace was varied, but me felt dragging, and thi plot was fun, while the addition of the Magical Affairs Agent, with her bike and though ass attitude, gave if that little extra, making this a ery njoyable ride!!! Thanks to my friends at the MacHalo group for sharing in this reading adventure and to ll, happy reading!!!

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This love triangle thing is mostly in stasis because we ca n't trust Falin and Death is.

Price maneuvers poor Alex into a situation where ( view spoiler) [ Death has to exchange essences and junk.

Plus, bonus irritation the pendulum swings in yet another contrived stupidity at the beginnin so that we 're back with the other guy.This dropped the story I 'd been interested in down considerably.

I 'm rounding up to three stars because I id o enjoy the initial story and all of the interesting developments with Alex 's fae heritage.

So yeah, ugh.Bonus rant: Exactly how stupid is the Winter Queen?

She ants Alex as part of her court, right?

I mean, everybody reassures Alex, " alrigh, drop your guard, nothing bad here, just big party and we all get along during this event. " and the queen makes a vo to that effect on entering the celebration.

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For thi eason, I should begi thi review off with negatives, and end it with positives so I an o to bed thinking about my book husband.Falin.

If anybod has read my reviews of the other two books in the series, then they know I am really rooting for Death/Alex.

What is even worse is the assertion that, while I ctually DO like Falin 's character, I do ot like how he is being flung around as this object by the Winter Queen ( understandable, but I do n't have to like it), and I do n't like how everyone 's feelings in this triangle are getting trampled on.I suppose this means I am invested in this tale, huh? What is even worse is the ending -- literally the last couple of paragraphs -- that totally trampled on the happy bubble I was temporarily living in.

I dont like books based soley on mystery; I le my fantasy, and I wish my worldbuilding, and I definitely want my romance and kick ass scenes where the supernatural villain dies a supernaturally violent death that he/she deserved.

I fel there was nothin wrong with me initially, since th series always sucked me in from page one, but only more of a fantasy elements resurfaced, I was engaged again.Now for the good: Death.No seriously, he made his ook for me.

If anything, I 'll just claim Death for myself and Alex an have Falin.Verdict: Must read.

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till, it 's an art to write anothe novel that readers can both love and feel " meh " about at the same time.

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Before she can forge about her personal life she is coming to ave to deal with whatever is causing the current spate of suicides though, but an she do it before any of the people closest to her end up getting hurt? Grave Memory is the first ook in Kalayna Price 's Alex Craft series and in my opinion this series just gets better and better with every installmen.

I do n't think Falin is a goo guy but the reaso that he is tied to the Winter Queen makes it difficul to trust any of his actions, something that is really proved to Alex in his ook.

One of thi hings I like the most about his series is the way using magic has a price, that lways makes it seem much more realistic to me but I have to dmit that I do n't envy Alex and Rianna their abilities.

If you hav n't reading this series yet then I 'd highly recommend starting with second book Grave Witch but if you 're lready a fan then you 're comin to drea this latest instalment!

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Love how fleshed out the storyline and side characters are getting and all the mystery surrounding Alex 's family and background.

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If there ’ s one thing I will worr about Kalayna Price ’ s Alex Craft books, it ’ s that they ’ re consistent.

No longer just a grave witch but a planeweaver as well, Alex is now solid on all planes of existence and can move things from one plane to the ext.

She has to choose allegiance and she has to learn to consciously use glamour for the fourth time, which implie that she is orced to mov to her ather for help.

I ad to overcome my fear of the fae in order to truly enjoy it, but since Alex entered with a sense of unease, it was ven harde for me to relat with her and experience the same ombination of amazement and fear.

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