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Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1 | [Kalayna Price]

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 2010
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2007

    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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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 03-13-14
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Witches and Fey have come out of the caldron"

    Witches and Fey have come out of the caldron, so to speak. What does one call a private investigator who is also a witch? Well a Magic Eye, of course.

    Seriously this was a pretty decent whodunit where the main character is a witch and some of the friends are human some are fey and they are all fun.

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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-18-14
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 02-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Ruined by the narrator"

    I don't know why I purchased this first in a series. It must have been on sale because almost all the reviewers felt the same way that I did. The narrator actually reads it like text to speech and so stilted that I could not get through the first chapter.

    Other reviewers have said that story picks up, but I'm not waiting.

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    Moe 12-05-13
    Moe 12-05-13
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    "Meh"

    This book had so much potential but in my opinion the narrator completely ruined it for me. I almost turned it off because of her but because I like the premise of the book, I kept going. It did get better towards the end.

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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 12-04-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 12-04-13
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    "Suprisingly Good"

    I honestly wasn't sure about this story when I read the synopsis, it seemed kind of questionable. And even the first hour or two I figured I would listen to it and move on it wasn't bad, it wasn't good. And then I got hooked, what started off as kind of ify, became enthralling such that if I was doing other things and I missed something I was rewinding it to hear what I missed. The story and the use of the magic / different types of magic, blended with the Fae world into a cohesive whole was unique and well done. They detective storyline that led through out the books was well done and suspenseful. The romantic triangle that pops up in the story adds a bit for the romantic type and also tosses in some amusing scenes as well. I ended up enjoying it so much that I actually stared at my phone that it was over and immediately started book 2.

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    Patsy G. 11-23-13
    Patsy G. 11-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't even make it to the end"

    First I hate a weak main character , this girl just can't stand whinnying-ness ..bought all three book and didn't even finish book one, returning.... As far as narrator, it was passable, can't say for sure it it was her voice or the words that made me dislike the story..

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    Zulu 08-22-13
    Zulu 08-22-13
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    "Loved it"

    This had a new twist on the fantasy world of witches. The main character is a grave witch which means she can raise shades which take solid form so they can be questioned. One even testifies in court for the first time. She can also see ghosts and into different realms. She's even unique among grave witches because she can see Death and interact with him. There are great supporting characters, like a gargoyle that she can actually talk to, a fae landlord There's a mystery that keeps the plot moving. She has a great sense of humor and bad luck seems to follow her around. I can't wait to listen to book 2 to see how her personal life develops which seems to have two contenders right now.

    The narrator was okay but could have put a little more life into the story.

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    Fraoch Wisconsin 08-17-13
    Fraoch Wisconsin 08-17-13

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    "Like having Redneck Grandma, Former Porn Star read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is OK, and I'm pretty sure I would like it much better if I had read it myself.

    The narrator destroys this entirely. She adopts this voice for the main character that's coarse, old, and ignorant sounding. She seems to have no real idea where to put emphasis. She mispronounces things. She tries to put what I assume she feels is 'drama' into the performance and it's really amateurish and stilted.

    The main character is supposed to be a bright younger woman and this read makes you think she's crabby old trash. Other characters, while read poorly, don't all sound so plain old coarse so I don't get it. Maybe she's trying to give her a hard-bitten edge? Baaaaad.

    I have not checked but I hope to heaven the other books in the series are read by someone else.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's maybe a little cliche. However, the narration really gets in the way of fair judgement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It just needs someone else entirely. Narration is not for everyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the premise is good, and could develop well over time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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