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Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price ARC {4 Stars}

Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price ARC {4 Stars}

Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #5)
Published by Ace on July 4th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In the thrilling fifth book in the USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series, Alex comes face to face with the walking dead.

Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.

Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time?

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Grave Ransom from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.


  • This book gets the focus back onto what I think is so cool about this series: Alex’s grave magic! Her fae heritage influences things here and there, but it’s generally in the background so that we can focus on what no other urban fantasy series has!
  • Creeeeeepy mystery! Corpses committing crimes days after they are already dead??? This is a perfect mystery for Alex and I loved seeing where it led.
  • During the revelations of how all of the walking corpses are getting around, we learn a fair bit more about how souls and grave magic work, including the answer to whether animals have souls and what happens if they do.
  • While my ship is not doing well at this point, I’m happy with the realism of the romantic developments. I feel bad for what Alex is dealing with, but she is really going through a valuable period of growth. This is the mid-life crisis book where our spunky heroine has to become more comfortable with herself or lose it completely.


  • I’m still sad that Death and Alex go through so much rockiness even if I agree that it had to happen. While this seems like a silly thing to be the main weakness of the book, it is what separates this book from the level of enjoyment that book three had for me. My emotions weren’t pulled on nearly as hard in either the positive or the negative, which is a big part of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price

© 2017, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I have the first book of this series on my TBR thanks to you! I haven’t read it yet, darn it, but am really glad that 4 books in you are still really liking the series – makes me even more excited to start it!

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