Monday, February 1, 2016

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
2010, Roc
Series: Book 1 of Alex Craft

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: I started reading Kalayna Price when I first started blogging. I devoured her Haven series (and am still desperately awaiting book 3) and promptly bought Grave Witch when it was released. Popped it on the shelf and literally forgot I owned it, for well over 5 years. What an epic misstep on my part. Urban fantasy is my most loved genre and Price never fails to hit all the right buttons for me. Grave Witch lives up to everything I had hoped for and more. Alex has some necromancy witchcraft abilities going on, rents her home from the fae, has been ousted from her family for her abilities, the grim reaper lurks about (and is something of a friend) and she's got some budding romantic stuff going on that doesn't overtake the action filled mystery she's involved in. I found myself completely thrown off-kilter numerous times, never seeing any of the big reveals coming. Everything in this book is pitch perfect and I will definitely be obsessing over the rest of this series. I think it's safe to say that Kalayna Price has cemented herself as one of my go-to authors.

The Bad: Not a thing.

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