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.
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"[A] captivating series debut." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
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)
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.
I just LOVE this book! It is one you can't put down once you start it. Did a search on audible and did not find Part 2, so I guess that is yet to come. Can't wait.
The story line is well written. Reader does a great job.
Too bad the author isn't writing any more. Took years for book 3 and i have no idea if there will be any more. Sigh. Still a fun read!
Narrator is horrible. I literally count stop thinking about how awful she was in order to get into the book.
IDK not if by same narrator.
I am addicted to audiobooks. It makes my 1 hour (each way) commute go by without me becoming an agressive driver. lol
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.
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!
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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