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 was way better when i read it than it was trying to listen to it. The narrator was like a text to speech reader. Most of the emphasis was poorly applied which made it sound like it was cobbled together from individually recorded words.
Aside from that the story was quite good i will definitely get the next book but i think i will read it myself rather than torture myself listening to a female Will Shatner read it to me. 4/5 for the actual book 1/5 for the audio attempt.
This book got off to a very slow start, rather awkward like it was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series and we were already supposed to know this world. After the first few chapters the story picked up and the characters started getting interesting. It even got interesting enough to make up for a very unfortunate choice of narrator. I have trouble empathizing with the heroine when I can't stand the narrator's voice.
I enjoyed the book enough to go for book 2... This has all the makings of a fine series, and maybe I'll get used to the narrator,
I agree with everyone else who said the narrator was horrible. She had absolutely no passion in her voice, as others said like a female William Shatner. I am always on the lookout for a good paranormal/ urban fantasy series to start and of course there is a general overlap in theme with so many books out there. But this character definitely lacks originaIity to the point I think plagarism. I have been listening to Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Besides the slow start to this book the first thing that struck me was how a like this character was to Rachel Morgan with a touch of Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake with the whole power over the dead standing over a grave thing. Rachel and Alex are both witches that turn out to be half breeds although it was a secret. They both start off broke and slightly whiny. They wind up with a sidekick. They even use the same abbreviation for a gov't agency: FIB. I give it 2 stars because if Kim Harrison hadn't been out for probably more than a dozen years, this story would have been enjoyable enough for 3 stars.
I don't usually leave reviews but this book pushed me into action. I'm not sure which was worse the unemotional narrator or the unoriginal story. Not happy to have wasted my money! When I first started listening it sounded like I had my Kindle on text to speech the narrator was so bad. The story seemd a rip off of all the other paranormal stories mashed together: A magic working women trying to make a go of it and barely scraping by, friends she is always having to protect or worry over because they were hurt because of her yada yada yada blah!
Man, I can;t seem to get into this no matter how many times I listen to the same chapter over and over. I love this type of book, but this narrator is AWFUL. She. Speaks. Like. They. Recorded. Every. Word. Separately. And Then. Pasted. Them Together. She is like what would happen if William Shatner read it but totally devoid of any emotion and in a monotone voice.
Such a waste of a credit.
Grave Witch is a well rounded paranormal novel. It has fresh ideas among the paranormal genre and has good paced action. Looking forward to more of this series.
This book reminded me of Dresden series for the main plot(mystery) and Wizard of the Glove for the relationship between the main character and Death.
Usually the mystery plots in this kind of UF's tend to be wishy-washy and weak,but this book kept me guessing the most of the time and made the reading fast and enjoyable. Although the author gives a satisfying ending for this book, there are more threads to be explore in this world. I am looking forward to reading more!
Don't know if it is the narrator or not. The story was slow to begin with but I have to say I believe the story had possibility but I could not get pass the way the story was being read.
Book Addict and a Fantasy Fanatic!
So this Alex Craft series was recommended by the app because of my reading history. And I can see why! The lead character can interact with ghost and has a FAE friend that teaches her the dies and don't of FAE culture, both similar to the Mercy Thompson series. She can raise "Shades" from the dead that cannot lie. She is paid to do so by lawyers and family members needing answers from the dead... which is exactly what Anita Blake does in her series. She ends up helping a ghost who she uses as a sidekick, which is the same as the Charlie Davidson series. There is a an agency that sounds much like PhyLed in the Jane Yellowrock series. Throughout the book I kept saying to myself, "This sounds so familiar". It seems like she took good things from different books and combined them into one... it will either be an ingenious idea or the story will grow to be predictable.
As for the first book, I found it entertaining. Alex Craft is a relatable character as far as her personality. She isn't perfect and stumbles into some trouble both intentionally and unintentionally. There is a potential for a good love triangle between two bad guys. Hopefully she adds some twist into that part of the story as love triangles seem to be popular right now.
I was completely underwhelmed by the climax and it's build up. Once Alex Craft comes face to face with the bad guy there was alot of talking and not enough fighting. Once the "fighting" began it was an easy win. Plus I'm not a fan of everyone involved being unscathed in the end. Battles don't work that way. This book came very close too that kind of ending, there is some slight suspense that saved it from that blah type of ending.
If you've read any of the series I mentioned above then this is a story you can use to fill the time. Being the first book, the series has alot of potential.
Audio version has a decent narrator, Emily Durante. This is my first time having her as a narrator. I give her performance a 3 of 5. She does well with capturing Alex and a decent job with others.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the first book in the Alex Craft series. The fourth book in this series, Grave Visions, is expected to release in August 2013. I have had this urban fantasy series on my shelf to read forever. It was a fun read; I enjoyed the humor and Alex’s interesting Grave Magic.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was decent but not spectacular. The narrator’s voice sounds a little bit...mushy and wasn’t like I pictured Alex being. The narrator also had a bit of trouble with differentiating some of the male voices. Still overall the narrator did a good job conveying character emotion, and it was a decent listen.
Alex Craft is a Grave Witch who is on the rocks with the rest of her family and struggling to make ends meet. When Alex is asked to investigate a high profile murder things start to get complicated. She is attacked by a Shade and then someone tries to murder her. Good thing she is on good terms with Death and that she has the tough cop, Falin Andrews, to back her up.
This was a very enjoyable urban fantasy, I liked it. There is humor in here, some great characters, an intriguing world and I enjoyed Alex's grave witch magic. The story is very much an investigative urban fantasy, there is a case of serial murders that must be solved and it involves black magic and fey.
Alex is a snarky character with a great sense of humor, some incredibly intriguing magic, and a problem with making ends meet. She also has a habit of taking guys home to ward off the grave chill, which has gotten her into trouble more than once.
Alex was a very fun character to read about, she is engaging and she knows how to ask for help when she needs to. Yeah, she does some kind of stupid things, but it is all highly entertaining.
The next wonderful thing about this book is the character Death. He loves wearing jeans, seems to have a soft spot for Alex, and turns up at the worst times to claim souls. Him and Alex have some wonderful banter and he is a delightfully mysterious. I can’t wait to read more about him in future books.
Helping out Alex is investigator Falin Andrews. While I didn’t like him as much as Death in the beginning of the book, he grew on me as a character. I enjoyed his interactions with Alex and all of the crazy secrets that were revealed around him.
I liked that the plot had multiple levels. The main story is resolved, but a lot of side storylines involving Alex’s background and the surrounding characters remain unanswered.
Overall a solid urban fantasy read, I enjoyed it. I liked the humor throughout, the interesting magic, and all of the mysteries surrounding our characters’ backgrounds. There was a solid mystery that was solved and it had a number of interesting fey and magic elements involved. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy investigative urban fantasy. I plan on continuing the series and am looking forward to reading Grave Dance.
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