Sunday, August 28, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - GRAVE WITCH by KALAYNA PRICE - ALEX CRAFT # 1

By: Kalayna Price
Published By: ROC
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 325 Pages

RATING : 4 DEATH & FALIN STARS!!!

Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads

Not even death can save her now.
As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead-she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why...
 


BOOK REVIEW:

Alex Craft is essentially a Grave Witch, hence the title of the book , some call her ‘magic eye’, she likes to think of herself as a P.I. Her business, ‘Tongues For The Dead’. She lives in The Glen or Witches Glen and her landlord and good friend Caleb, is fae. Fred, is the resident gargoyle , a 3 foot granite winged cat. Fred likes to be found in the way on the footpath, and P.C. is her roomie.

Daddy dearest has decided having a witch for a daughter isn’t in his best interests, so he had her name changed to bury her family association. A call from her sister Casey, starts Alex poking around with her good friend Detective John Matthews, where she shouldn’t , leaving her with a painful souvenir.


A bunch of girls have intermittently gone missing, wound up gruesomely murdered with a pattern forming and Alex has found herself amongst the mysteries and not always on the safe end.


I enjoyed the supporting characters. Tamara and Holly are her good friends and Roy comes and goes as he pleases, he is a little lost and needs Alex to find himself. John Matthews is the best homicide detective in Nekros City, but he finds himself indisposed to help Alex.


Death, Angel of Death, Soul Collector, Grim Reaper...call him what you want, but this muscled, jeans wearing hottie who pops up when he has a soul to take has started to help Alex ... possibly against the better judgement of his boss. Death is somebody I want to know more about, I am very intrigued to see where Kalayna is taking his work relationship with Alex.


Detective Falin Andrews, with a name like that , long platinum hair, I’ve read enough Urban Fantasy books to question his humanity, looking like he does. Was I right? But who cares what I think...he is gorgeous and he is all things readers look for in a lead guy , smexi, stunning, the rescuer, knows how to ...* waggles eyebrows* ...very well!! ( I wasn’t talking make a nice cuppa Java here, although he can cook) he drives a rather lovely sports car and seems to be there when Alex gets in over her head and of course ...the tension.


Alex tends to go blind after raising a ‘shade’, or after an intense grave experience, her sight is severely impaired until she can regain it. Not good when she can’t see what is out to get her and she has to drive home.


Spells keep getting cast in Alex’s direction making it tough on her , and Falin is just around the corner to give her a helping hand whether she wants it or not.


I really like Alex Craft. She is very intelligent and her stubborn streak tends to show up around Falin. She is a quick thinker and very independent.


There are a few surprises at the end of the book that have me eagerly awaiting my number down at the local library for Grave Dance. Who would have thought I would be interested in a guy who could take my soul?






Michelle


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