Author: Kalayna Price
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
What We’re Talking About:
Fans of the Alex Craft series rejoice – this book was definitely worth the wait! Gikany and Una enjoyed this fifth novel in the adventures of grave witch, Alex Craft. Grave Ransom was an intriguing and gripping urban fantasy detective drama.
We need to preface this review by stating that since it has been some time from the last book, Gikany reread the previous novels before jumping into this latest release. Una being Una, jumped right in. It took Una a bit of time to acclimate to the mythology and where we were with Alex. Gikany had no such trouble and followed right through. If you have the time, definitely reread the series, some major things happened in book 4 and the ramifications ripple through this novel.
The plot of the “not-quite-zombies” was fascinating. Chasing down the necromancer was intriguing, especially since Alex had to partner with Briar, her occasional adversary. We enjoyed how the plot thickened once Falin and Briar’s partner Derrick were added to the mix. There were a few twists and turns and we liked how the plot strands ended up intertwining. Once the necromancer was located, we really enjoyed how it wrapped up. Interestingly enough, Falin was more partner than adversary to Alex in this one, but we are not sure how long that will last. The time is ticking on Alex’s temporary reprieve and the Winter Queen is not known for her generosity.
Alex’s love life is one of the overarching plot lines. In this novel, her personal life is still adjusting to previous events. The relationships between Alex and Death and Alex and Falin have always been unbalanced and we hope to see someone new to tempt Alex. No matter what, we look forward to seeing where Alex goes next, what the future holds for her, and our wish for her to find some long-term happiness.
Overall, we enjoyed Grave Ransom and we eagerly look forward to the next novel in the Alex Craft series. If you want something a little different, check out this urban fantasy series that follows a grave witch detective with ties to the fae.
Our Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
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?
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Series: Alex Craft #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (384 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley