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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

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Grave Memory by Kalayna Price {5 Stars}

Grave Memory by Kalayna Price {5 Stars}

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…

5 Stars

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.

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Grave Dance by Kalayna Price {3.5 Stars}

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price is the second book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series featuring a heroine who just wants to get paid to settle inheritance disputes and solve the occasional murder by raising shades of the dead, but finds herself in another horrible murder investigation with a whole lot more going on. I like that I’ve finally found an urban fantasy series where the main character has friends that she can call on to save the day, plus an adorable dog.

Note: I received a copy of Grave Dance from the publisher.

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price {3.5 Stars}

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #2)
Published by Roc on July 5th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 371 pages
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Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.

The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own.

3.5 Stars

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Grave Witch by Kalayna Price {4 Stars}

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price is the first in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series that I’m finally getting to read! I’m a long time fan of a few urban fantasy series, but I tend to be picky and hesitant to start any new series without a lot of reassurances. I’m thrilled to add Alex Craft to the list that I’ll be continuing as soon as I have the chance. If you are a fan of an interesting urban fantasy world, grave magic, and Death being a notable secondary character, give this series a read!

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price {4 Stars}

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #1)
Published by Roc on Sept. 21st, 2010
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 325 pages
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Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.

As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around...

To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life...and her soul.

4 Stars

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Enders by Lissa Price eARC {4 Stars}

Enders by Lissa Price continues Callie’s story as she deals with a chip in her head, a secret organization out to control her, and just wanting to give her baby brother the family and home he has lost. Enders picked up quickly days after that amazing ending of Starters and the action never let up. Mysteries pile on top of mysteries and I honestly don’t know how Callie managed to push through it all. Callie continues to be a great no-nonsense heroine, though with a few more guys entering her life just to make things complicated ;-). Basically, if you liked Starters, I have no idea how you could resist picking up Enders.

Note: I received an eARC of Enders through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Enders by Lissa Price eARC {4 Stars}

Enders by Lissa Price (Starters #2)
Published by Delacorte on Jan 7th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie's life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too ...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to "Starters".

4 Stars

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Starters by Lissa Price {4.5 Stars}

Starters by Lissa Price tells the story of what might happen if an entire generation of adults was wiped out in the United States due to biological warfare. Callie’s parents were killed years ago and now she must make impossible decisions to keep her brother alive and safe. Starters has the excellent combination of a fairly plausible dystopian premise with delicious plot twists and ethical dilemmas like all good sci-fi requires ;-). I definitely should have gotten to this book sooner, but better late than never right?

Note: I borrowed Starters from my library; go libraries!

Starters by Lissa Price {4.5 Stars}

Starters by Lissa Price (Starters #1)
Published by Delacorte on March 13th, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

4.5 Stars

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