- Series: Alex Craft (Book 2)
- MP3 CD
- Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (July 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145265185X
- ISBN-13: 978-1452651859
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,731,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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"Fascinating magic, a delicious heartthrob, and a fresh, inventive world." ---Chloe Neill, author of Hard Bitten
About the Author
Kalayna Price is the author of two dark/urban fantasy series: the Haven novels, which include Once Bitten and Twice Dead, and the Alex Craft series. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, ancient mythology, and classic folklore. Visit her at kalayna.com.
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I mean, I don't go into urban fantasies with very high expectations anymore if I'm being perfectly honest. They tend to be pretty formulaic regardless of the author, the characters, all of it, so I usually know what I'm getting into. So far with the Alex Craft books, there are witches and faeries (no other supernatural creatures have been mentioned as of yet), as well as the shades and ghosts of the dead but that comes with the whole "grave witch" business. There's a murder investigation. The protagonist is involved in said investigation. Romance comes into play here and there.
Nothing I haven't read before.
In Grave Witch, Alex found out she has a particular talent with looking through different planes of existence which was never really discussed as it fell near the end of the book. I had hoped that there would be some sort of explanation in Grave Dance but, instead, she just uses this new gift defeating the next villain's minions. It just... happens. I don't like magic that just happens. I need some sort of substance in a magic system to make me believe it and so far there isn't much of one beyond innate abilities in these books.
The story is, once more, a murder mystery with a supernatural twist. But unlike Grave Witch, I couldn't connect the dots in this one and the reveal at the end didn't make sense. It seemed a bit random, to be honest, and I'm not sure if the events of this book will lead into the next one or not. There were a lot of little snippets of information that felt out of place, as if Price was trying to lay the groundwork for future books by mentioning things here and there. But it didn't really work. Grave Dance felt like a mash-up of scenes that weren't meant to go together in the way they were presented.
As for the characters, they were pretty much the same as last time. Alex is doing what she does best with seeing the worlds of the living and dead. Falin is still sticking around with plenty of secrets. Death is still supposedly super hot and swooning over Alex but it's forbidden and I have no clue what's going on there (he just kind of appears and gets all protective then disappears). Alex's friends are there... but not really? They feel more like names on the page than actual people.
A few new characters were introduced but not really given much depth so I'm not sure if they were meant to serve the plot's purpose just in this book or if we'll see them again. I see potential for the Winter Queen. She seems like she could be a dynamic addition to the story.
Overall, I wasn't super impressed with this sequel but it did expand the world a bit, even if much of it wasn't explained. Grave Witch kicked off the series but this feels like a set-up book for the next one so hopefully I'm right about that.
Keeping that a secret from the Fae becomes difficult when she helps the police’s attempt to locate a body that would go with the left foot that was found and it becomes obvious to the Fae that she can see through glamour.
This story provides a great deal of action as Alex comes under magical attack a number of times as well as danger from those who would like to force her “services.” The “why” of the magical attacks is both surprising and an important aspect for the next story. Then there are the two guys she’s attracted to as well as learning about the Fae and spending time in Faerie.
This is the second time I’ve read this book; the first being years ago. I’d forgotten everything that had taken place, so it was like reading a new book for me. I find that I really like Alex and her cast of regulars, the relationships as well as the situations they face, the solutions she comes up with as well as the consequences.
The one thing that I could do less with is the constant descriptions of the decay and wasteland Alex sees overlaid on top of her own reality plane whenever she opens herself up to be able to see into the dimensional plane necessary to do her job as a Grave Witch.
I was a big Sookie Stackhouse/SVM series fan. However where Sookie's character lacked growth and seemed to be merely existing instead of living or accepting who and what she is; Alex's character has shown amazing growth in only two books! When changes come to Alex which rattle the very foundation she believed she knew, while Alex may not like those changes, she doesn't pout, whine or throw a pity party for herself - she thinks over what she knows, and accepts what she can not change and tries to make it fit into something she can use and be proud of. I like her. A lot.
As for my reason of removing the half star off a 5 star rating: The tired, over-used, typical suitor war. I'm soooooo tired of the triangle and waffling/straddling the fence suitor baloney. It's like every author uses the same guide or 'rule book' writing these days. Most of the time it's at the expense of the lead female character. Alex Craft is a strong female lead and I hope she isn't turned into a waffling, can make a choice, weak-willed woman.
So far Alex has two good choices in men, which are equally bad choices.
First there is Death himself. I can understand why he was tween Alex's crush boy. He's the unattainable but sensitive bad boy. Typically he's also hot and mysterious. *yawn* I do believe he loves Alex, however the impossibilities of this pairing are too strong. At the end of this book, "Mr. Grey" gave Alex some very very good advice. As (one-sided) confidantes and best buds- Alex and Death work beautifully. Unless Ms Price wishes to devolve Alex into another witch who loses her marbles falling for a reaper, making 'crazy in love' & Mr. Grey's warning a reality...??? While definitely alluring, this pairing doesn't work on so many levels...even though I often wish it could. Their friendship is magical (no pun) and enduring, hate to see that sacrificed to force a square peg into a round hole. As exciting and original as the Alex/Death pairing is, I do not see Alex ever being equals with Death, always playing a second fiddle role to Death's 'job', disappearances, and secrets. From what the author has penned of Alex's character, playing second fiddle wouldn't fit with the strong woman Alex is. ~sigh, objectivity sucks~
Next love choice is Falin. Like his 'rival', so many good things about an Alex/Falin pairing...but one really big bad thing. Another *yawn* because of course Falin is also beautifully handsome, terrific hot body, heroic, alpha male, yaddayaddayadda. He's also bound to a fairy Queen for an indeterminate amount of time. Big BIG roadblock. I believe Alex already loves Falin even though (of course *rolls eyes*) she won't admit it to herself. But her actions say a lot; she's changed her MO with men since they first partnered up, but...Most importantly, she sides with Falin before friends and relatives. Falins actions and words show the same is true for him. The main reason why this pairing works even with the 'bound to a Queen' obstacle is, though Falin is an Alpha male, Alex has saved his tush just as many times as he's saved hers. There is an equality in this pairing which doesn't come across in the Death/Alex pairing...one which aligns/is in harmony with how Price has written Alex's character. I can easily imagine Alex as the one who saves or ultimately 'liberates' Falin from his indentured servitude bound to the Winter Queen...which further enforces what we know of Alex's character thus far as a strong female.
Whichever way the 'suitor war' turns, I'm hoping Ms. Price breaks away from the pack for some originality by allowing Alex to make a decision AND stick with it, resolve the suitor issue and focus on those fabulous mysteries/plots. For me it's distracting and often takes away from the plot. Kalayna Price is excellent at weaving an exciting, great plot. She's also great at writing a strong, humorous, flawed female lead, * crossing fingers* Alex stays this way in the next installment of the series.
I strongly recommend this series. Oh...and I'd like my very own Brownie please ;-)
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This was even better then the first!!! uhg I'm torn between her being with Fallin,or Death, and seeing how Fallin is the Queen s, that prolly won't between him and Lex.Read more
Quick & Dirty: A new case full of mysteries sets Alex down an new path with more revelations.Read more