Grave Witch ~ Kalayna Price

  • Title: Grave Witch
  • Author: Kalayna Price
  • Series: Alex Craft #1
  • Genre: UF, PNR
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  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.

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  Alex Craft makes a living by summoning the shade of the dead. Cases of varying circumstances cross her path and she has her fingers crossed in hopes of being hired by the police department. It will be steady work, which she needs desperately, and it all hinges on how the murder case of a little girl that she worked on. It’s finally gone to trial and verdict for guilty has been reached. Now, it’s just a matter of time. Meanwhile, a string of gruesome murders are being found in the city and Alex is the only one who can sense the cloying black magic. Alex’s life becomes much more complicated as the murders pile up, unexpected love interests fall into her lap, her soul is being sucked away by a wicked spell, her cell gets trashed, her piece of crap car gets stolen, avoids getting enslaved, and has confounding secrets smack her in the face!

It’s going to be a rough few days.

The last bit of the story saved the book for me. When I finished reading the book, I felt that the book was much longer than it needed to be and all the interesting parts didn’t take up that much of the book. I like Alex and the gang but Alex had an annoying quality that bugged me. Even though, on paper she’s an active character, Alex ends up being passive in most of the book. Things happen to her and she kind of responds. An active persona made to be inactive is a glaring clash of cymbals that irritates me. Plus, no matter how much I reminded myself that Alex is a mid to late 20’s woman, I kept seeing her as this gawky, unkempt teenager that’s trying to make her life work by defying her parents.

The mystery isn’t very mysterious. It’s a tad odd that two hunky men fall in love with Alex but you don’t really see why. Information is given as to why that could be but the process isn’t experienced via the story. You see more of it happening with Andrews than you do with Death, but it’s still in the land of vague.

The one long sex scene is hot and that’s when Alex transforms from a grungy teen to a youngish woman in my mind. I’m also happy that the story ends without Alex being in a deep relationship with one of the guys. Go forth & be independent Alex Craft!

FIB. Why FIB? I kept thinking FBI. However, PC being Prince Charming is awesome!

The tail end of the story saved this book, and I will put the next one on my TBR Everest. This story gets 3.5 stars.

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