Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday #Review - Grave Ransom (Alex Craft #5) by Kalayna Price #Fantasy @AceRocBooks

Series: Alex Craft # 5
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

In the thrilling fifth book in the USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series, Alex comes face to face with the walking dead.
Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That’s not supposed to happen. And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.
Alex’s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time? 

Grave Ransom is the fifth installment in author Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. Set in the fictitious world of Nekros City, Alex is a character who is a grave witch. She can raise shades & talk to ghosts in order to solve cases. Alex and her partner Rianna run a business known as Tongues for the Dead which more often than not deals with mundane issues like finding lost things or people. The issue at hand for Alex in this story, is that the dead are walking the streets causing trouble wherever they go, and it's just in ways that you might imagine. 

Alex takes a case of a girl whose boyfriend has gone missing. This is no easy lost and found case. Not even with Rianna's spell casting abilities, or her trusty junior detective Roy, or Falin Andrews who has been ordered to watch and ensure that Alex doesn't come to harm by the Winter Queen. While searching for the boy, she discovers something even more bizarre. This leads Alex to working with Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigations Bureau. 

Briar, as you know, hasn't exactly been the most friendly towards Alex, especially after her secret heritage as a fae was revealed. But, she's been told that she needs Alex's help. Alex is also a very rare planeweaver (she can see different planes of existence) which is wrecking havoc on her eye sight. Often times over the course of these stories, Alex finds herself in a bad position. By using her eyes too much, she ends up temporarily blind which doesn't do anyone good, let alone Alex.

From a simple missing persons case, to an all out search from the person who is causing so much trouble in Nekros City, Alex and her friends more than have their hands full. Grave Ransom is a solid installment filled with grave, wyrd magic, necromancy, surprises, action, and old faces like Death himself who has been Alex's friend since she was a young pup. With a very strange and wild ending to the story, Alex's life is just getting interesting. Alex's relationship with Briar should continue into the next installment. But, what's got me confused with whether or not a certain character will return or not. Not an easy way to end a story, but entertaining nonetheless.

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