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Grave Witch Audiobook

Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.
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Publisher's Summary

Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case. When she's raising a "shade" involved in a high-profile murder, it attacks her, and then someone makes an attempt on her life. Someone really doesn't want her to know what the dead have to say, and she'll have to work with mysterious homicide detective Falin Andrews to figure out why.

©2010 Kalayna Proce (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] captivating series debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Katie JOHNS CREEK, GA, United States 01-11-13
    Katie JOHNS CREEK, GA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating story!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story really is fascinating. I put off reading this book despite recommendations because it looked and sounded a little cheesy. When I finally started reading it, I was completely sucked into the story. I liked it so much, I even bought the audiobook when it was on sale. I didn't like the performance of any of the male voices but I had no issues with the main character's voice so it wasn't too bad.


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    Pam Bicknell, IN, United States 09-03-12
    Pam Bicknell, IN, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just did not get into it"

    felt like I should already know all the different kinds of magic that she had concocted in her mind. Looking for a good series, for me this is not it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-12-13
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A reasonable entry in the urban fantasy world."

    I hadn't been expecting much from this book... I figured it was going to be another generic Urban Fantasy heroine who solves some weak mystery and falls for some strong, mysterious and handsome guy.

    Well, I was partly right. It is urban fantasy. Alex is a stronger than usual character, and the mystery is actually a bit suspenseful. There is some romantic tension that is not over done, and there isn't the usual UF couple dozen pages of soft flowery porn. Oh, okay, there is a bit of that, but it wasn't the whole point of the story. There is actually a bit of a plot outside of the sex, and the characters feel like they are distinctly drawn.

    I don't know that it stands out from the genre a whole bunch, but it is as strong as some of the better ones (such as Caine's Weather series, or Kim Harrison's Dead Witch series). I like the main character, and her romantic interest, and the world is unique and interesting enough that you don't feel like you're reading a do-over of someone else's work. I have bought the next one in the series, but this one did not end on a cliff-hanger so you won't feel forced to buy the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnz 05-18-16
    Lynnz 05-18-16

    I am addicted to audiobooks. It makes my 1 hour (each way) commute go by without me becoming an agressive driver. lol

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    "My first read was great"

    This is my first book by Kalayna Price. I thought she did a great job with her story and the characters. She made the story suspenseful, thrilling and kept my attention from beginning to end. I felt like I knew the characters based on her description and her build of them. Her description of the people, places and things was in enough depth to not be boring and to not be overwhelming. I enjoyed this book and will be getting the next one soon.

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    Varina 05-17-16
    Varina 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story. less than impressive narration"

    The performance is stilted with most of the characters have tones and inflections associated more with teenagers than adults.

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    Connie 02-13-16
    Connie 02-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Grave Witch Rocks!"

    I have listened to all the other books and love them! I didn't listen to this one; which is the first book because of the low reviews. Whomever gave this book a low review should have their head examined! This is a great book! I recommend it! I don't write reviews but I want everyone to know they are missing out by passing over this book! Please enjoy this first great book as it is the beginning of an excellent series! Your choice, but you'll be missing out like I did if you pass it by!

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    Southern Bibliophile 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but...."

    Yall really need to get another narrator to be the voice of Alex. This one was slow & so monotonal I kept adjusting the speed so I wouldn't get bored.

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    Marc 09-17-15
    Marc 09-17-15
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    "One of those, "It can, and will, get worse!" books"

    I liked this story. The Fae, Death himself, and a tangled web of treachery! AWESOME! This was a fun ride! Nice start to a series. I did give it only 4 stars for the following reasons:

    The author wrote a fun story, but I really got tired of the main character, Alex's, proclivity towards unnecessary secrecy. I wanted these great characters to all come together to help Alex overcome some really scary problems. It was a good story, but it felt a little like the story lacked traction as great characters were prevented from contributing as Alex remained tight lipped.

    All that said, it was a fun ride and I will try the second book in the series in hopes that Alex brings the cast of great characters together for a chance to really contribute, because that would be so fun.

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    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 05-01-15
    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2008

    I read/listen to drown out the nonsense.

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    "Started out good"

    I began reading this book and really liked it. It was engaging and entertaining. It was also written well enough to keep me interested. However I ran out of time to finish it and switched to a recorded audible copy. After that I lost interest and the main character Alex began to really get on my nerves. Additionally I really didn't like the number of times she was called stupid. That maybe just me, but it seemed like a lot. Later I realized it was the way the reader was interpreting the story that made a huge difference. Her performance put me off purchasing the next book, whereas if I had just read it I might have.

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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 03-01-15
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Light UF that is fun, but tropey"

    Grave Witch is the first book of the urban fantasy series featuring Alex Craft, who is, indeed, a grave witch with magical abilities is closely tied to the dead. What I like most about the book is that Alex is not a tough girl, like so many urban fantasy characters. She is unable to stifle her magical nature, so she makes the best of it by carving a niche for herself as a detective who retrieves information from the dead. She is not trying to be heroic, just helpful. However, in this book, trouble seems to find her.

    The book has a light tone, with slight humor, that makes it a quick and easy read. The plot is well-paced with good action intermingled between discovery scenes. The characters are interesting, if a tad bit on the shallow side, but not badly drawn for the start to a series.

    My favorite character has to be Death. He has this cool aura of mystery about him, implying deeper layers, yet the author does not reveal much about him. He is one of those characters that is distinctive, but whose purpose seems to be to help move the plot forward.

    It is an enjoyable read, but I am forced to limit my rating to three stars due to the author falling into the annoying trope trap. First, there is the start of another silly love triangle. Gag. Then, there the heroine rushes heedlessly into danger despite having other options. Alex is not quite as stupid as some UF heroines, but she does make her share of poor choices.

    Regardless, there is just enough here to hold my interest. I look forward to the next book and hope that the series will mature as it continues.

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