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Grave Visions by Kalayna Price {3 Stars}

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price {3 Stars}

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #4)
Published by Roc on Feb. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 340 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she's the one fighting to keep her own secret. She's not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds.

This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep she loses her freedom.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • New wrinkle for Alex’s life makes things interesting. Alex is quite sick and the only way to cure herself and therefore those connected to her is to finally decide something she had been putting off for a while. I liked this mechanism for forcing her to make a choice that her character would otherwise put off indefinitely!
  • Lots of Falin interaction. He isn’t my favorite, but he is complicated and so that was interested to read. Plus I know some readers love him ;-).
  • Development of Winter Queen and court. I was getting a lot of flashbacks to Elsa when the Winter Queen’s power was described, but I’m totally okay with that! Also a lot is revealed about how the royalty of a court influences the court itself via magic.
  • Creepy supernatural murders. Nothing hooks me like a disturbing murder! Bones stripped of flesh and posed? Souls trapped inside their rotting bodies?? Definitely had to know what was going on!

Weaknesses:

  • Too little Death and other awesome friends. After book three, I was hoping that Alex’s various friends would continue to play an important role, but they barely appeared at all in this book and that made me sad. Further, Death only showed up once or twice and that is UNACCEPTABLE. Why yes, I am #TeamDeath, never thought I’d type that haha.
  • Too far into the faerie realm side of things instead of focusing on grave magic, would forget which series I was reading! I’m in the middle of reading the October Daye books as well and I was seriously getting confused and thinking this was a Toby book. The combination of fairy, magic related to death, royalty with a grudge, a fae love interest? Yeah, waaaaaaay too similar and lost what makes this series special, ie Alex’s grave magic (almost wrote Toby’s there, gah!).
  • Just didn’t have that spark of book three, probably combination of lack of friends and too much faerie involvement. In the end, I just wasn’t glued to the pages which was a disappointment after how much I loved book three.

 

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 Visions by Kalayna Price

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Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this one! But I’m #TeamFalin so that could have had a lot to do with my enjoying it more – even though I would have liked to see more of Death and friends. I’m also a HUGE fan of the fae, so I loved the time in faery. However, I do have to agree that her grave magic is what makes her so special and it was a big loss not to have it. Great review Anya!
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