Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#Tuesday Review - Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Urban Fantasy)

Series: Alex Craft # 4
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Roc
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she's the one fighting to keep her own secret. She's not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds. 
This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep she loses her freedom. 

Grave Visions is the fourth installment in Kalayna's Price Alex Craft series. Grave witch Alex Craft specializes in revealing secrets of the dead, but she has more going for her than just that. But, thanks to her recently discovered Fae heritage that was kept secret until recently, it is causing a whole lot of problems for her. If Alex doesn't find a way to connect to a Fairie court and soon, she will fade away into nothing. But, hey, let's not put all our eggs into that basket, shall we? 

After all, we are talking about Alex Craft. The same Alex Craft who has trouble knocking on her door in the form of a dangerous new drug called Glitter that is leaving dead bodies behind. The same Alex who is not only a Grave Witch, but is also a valuable Planeweaver, or a person who can see and interact with multiple planes of existence. The same Alex Craft who is being pushed into several directions by various court factions (especially Winter, Shadow, and Nightmare) who all want her plane-weaving abilities.

And, let's not forget that Alex is caught in a web between two devilishly handsome men. One, Death, who has been with her since childhood, and the other, Winter Knight Falin Andrews, who has been ordered by the Winter Queen to stick close to Alex while she's in the normal world. So many rules. So many things keeping Alex apart from the one she really wants to be with. In the end, who will Alex's heart finally choose? 

For the first time since 2012's release of Grave Memory, readers will be able to enjoy another installment in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and I must say, the wait is absolutely worth it. I am totally not angry about the delay. Sometimes life takes a bad turn and writing is the furthest thing from your mind. I do recommend that if you don't have a good memory about the things that happened in Grave Memory, perhaps you should consider going back reading the book again. 

Like the previous installments, Grave Visions has a beginning and an ending and revolves around a certain plot point. However, each book connects with previous installments so it makes sense to read the books as they are released. Grave Visions leaves a very interesting ending, and a whole lot of unresolved plot lines that I dare say will be continued to the next installment. I am definitely hoping for another book later this year, but will be happy when and if the title to book # 5 and a release date is finally posted.  

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