Grave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel by Kalayna PriceGrave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel by Kalayna Price

Grave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel

byKalayna Price

Mass Market Paperback | July 5, 2011

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After a month of down time, Grave Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery the Grave Witch ever gets to solve...
Kalayna Price is the USA Today bestselling author of the Alex Craft novels including Grave Ransom, Grave Visions, Grave Memory, Grave Dance, and Grave Witch. Ms. Price draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore.
Title:Grave Dance: An Alex Craft NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.76 × 4.2 × 1.03 inPublished:July 5, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451464095

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as book one, if not better! This series just gets better and better! Alex is one tough chick with a take no prisoners attitude. She's also very down to earth and out for the greater good, making her a very likeable narrator. I think what I loved most about this installment, was the character development. Especially in the romance department. Finn and Death have both made their feelings towards Alex quite clear and now she's faced with the tough decision. I loved the way Price has written these two men because, while they're polar opposites I love them both equally for their own separate qualities. I envy and sympathize with Alex's tough decision. Although I must admit, I'm curious to see where Price will take Alex and Finn's relationship in book 3, seeing as he is already "devoted" to another. Oooo the anticipation! The mystery of the plot is exciting and not too predictable, but I feel it was the interaction between these three characters throughout Grave Dance that kept me up into all hours of the night. I would recommend this book to fans of Stacia Kane's Downside Ghost series and just plain Urban Fantasy junkies in general! Happy Reading!!!
Date published: 2012-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read Originally published @ Book: Grave Dance Author: Kalayna Price Series: Alex Craft Publishing stats: July 5th 2011, Penguin Group (USA) Genre: Urban Fantasy Cover Blurb: 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. First line: "When I first straddled the chasm between the land of the dead and the world of the living, I accidentally raised the shade of our recently deceased Pekinese." What I liked: I love the world-building of this series. It's beautifully layered so that each book allows it to unfold just that much more, unveiling hidden depths and surprising twists that just seem natural in hindsight. Which, incidentally, is also how the mystery plays out; it really keeps the intrigue dialed up to ten and the interest just as high. I also love how Alexis' powers work - how they have the effect of stripping the world to show its state of decay, how they have the instantenous consequence of blinding her regular vision, how they reveal, conceal, bend, twist, and warp reality not just in her vision but in reality as well. What I didn’t like: I am not a fan of love triangles - more often than not they serve only to frustrate me and I end up screaming "JUST PICK SOMEONE!" at the heroine after the first debate-riddled chapter. Unfortunately for this book the love triangle seems a bit of a moot point; Option A is a fae bound to serve the Winter Queen like a good little puppy and Option B is essentially a grim reaper existing in another plane. They basically personify "unattainable." Naturally, as with the first book, by the last page Alexis was once again all by her lonesy. Overall: I liked it. Admittedly, its rendition of Fae politics is a might confusing. Oh, and I kind of wish someone would drop a house on the Winter Queen - seems like it would solve a lot of their problems. Also, the Shadow King seems a lot better by comparison, so here's hoping for that in the next sequel. Would I read this author again: Definitely. Next book - Grave Memory - releases on July 3, 2012. My rating: ♥♥♥♥/5
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Great pace, humour & a bit of suspense. Instead of putting the book down so I could get a good night's rest, I was up into the wee hours of the morning reading this book. I got so wrapped up in the story that I'd accidentally skip a page so I could find out what happened next. Then I had to stop myself, slow down, go back & re-read what I'd missed. Now that I've finished the book in two days, I have to wait another year to find out what happens next!
Date published: 2011-08-13