Grave Memory by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #3)
Published by Roc on July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 373 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When the 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 a 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 always 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 the 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 days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind 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…
Ready for another bare-bones, just-my-notes review? Good, me too!
Note: I received an advanced copy of Grave Memory from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
- Super creepy and compelling mystery about suicides. So trigger warning for those of you who would be bothered by suicide, but if you can handle the topic, the mystery of what supernatural thing is forcing non-suicidal people into suicide is fascinating.
- So much revealed about Death and other soul collectors. Death and the soul collectors are some of the most unique characters in this series and really make it stand out. Therefore, I was thrilled to get a WHOLE lot of development of soul collecting in general and Death specifically.
- Bonding with secondary characters is super cute. Secondary characters can definitely bring a book to the next level of awesome and I liked the interactions Alex had with them in this book.
- Actually believable sex scene! I normally scoff and try not to chuckle when steamy scenes happen in books since the characters quickly end up in a situation that just seems ridiculous. Therefore I was shocked and entertained when the entire sex scene seemed quite realistic. It makes Alex and her lover feel that much more real since it was like a friend gossiping with you instead of the stereotypical overdone type of scene.
- Not loving the Falin angst complications. Really, I’m just done with Falin. He bores me, Death is so much better, and Falin is just so freaking angsty. It’s like he was made to be angsty. UGH!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Grave Memory by Kalayna Price
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