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Review: Grave Memory by Kalayna Price

Title: Grave Memory

Author: Kalayna Price

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Alex Craft (Book #3)

Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Format: Paperback, 373 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451464591 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451464590 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen…

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.

But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a mysterious suicide occurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raises has no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the very public apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why does the shade lack the memory of his death? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won’t have a life to remember at all…

Quick & Dirty: A suicide and ghost insisting it isn’t sets Alex off on her most dangerous case to date.

Opening Sentence: “What do you think?” I asked, as I fumbled for the light switch.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Alex Craft is back and this time is she finally setting up office and with a new partner. She is also keeping a lot of secrets from her friends, like her being feykin and Holly being addicted to Faerie food. Also, being neither independent or a part of a court is catching up with her, the raids on her apartment are becoming a nearly daily occurrence and Caleb is not happy. So she has to give in and finally accept one of the Winter Queen’s invitations.

When she witnesses a man’s suicide she thinks her day has gotten off to a bad start, however when the ghost insists that he didn’t kill himself things begin to get weird. His wife hires her despite her dislike of magic, and at first Alex can’t find anything that suggests it’s any different than a suicide except he has a weird memory loss. Upon looking deeper into the situation Alex finds that he witnessed a suicide before he disappeared for three days.

When an agent attempts to arrest Alex for making ghouls she knows something is definitely off, and while she doesn’t realize it at first she knows that some how these cases are tied together. After attending the gala, Alex loses all ability to control her glamour, of which she had no idea she had one to begin with. Things are spiraling out of control at a rate that Alex can’t keep up with. Falin is under control of the Queen, and the soul collectors are trying to keep her and Death apart, but as Alex gets closer to catching whatever is causing these suicides it may be that she can’t avoid her own death.

Whew, I love re-reading this series. I forgot how amazing these books are, and I still firmly love both Death and Falin, although I didn’t get nearly as much Falin interaction in this book as I wanted. I love how each book builds upon the last and Alex continues to find out just who and what she is, and I also really love Holly, Tamara, and Rhianna so much, and Roy the ghost that doesn’t go away just add so much to this series. The addition to soul collectors and how it is tied into the grave witch part of Alex is great. Such a delicate balance of Fae, witch and human mystery goes into each and every one of these books.

Re-reading this series makes me wish the newest book was out already, because I am dying to read more. I only have one more to review for the site, but I want to read them all now. If you haven’t read these books, read them now. You are missing out on a great series!

Notable Scene:

My rank in Faerie’s hierarchy was unclear. I was neither Independent nor Court fae. There was no precedent for a completely unaligned fae. In fact, the words “impossible” had come up more than once. Of course, I didn’t quite fit in any of the fae boxes. In all appearance, I was born human but either became fae or the fae in woke under the Blood Moon- I still wasn’t clear on that detail.

Alex Craft Series:

1. Grave Witch

2. Grave Dance

3. Grave Memory

4. Grave Visions

5. Grave Ransom

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FTC Advisory: ACE/Penguin provided me with a copy of Grave Memory. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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