I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Grave Visions by Kalayna Price
Narrator: Emily Durante
Series: Alex Craft #4
Published by Roc on February 2, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes
About 1 year ago I wrote a Fun Questions post semi ranting, semi trying to understand what to do When Authors Just Stop. One of the books that motivated me writing that post was this one. Grave Visions had at least 3 different release dates that were then cancelled. At one point Amazon changed the release date to something ridiculous like 2099. As in, “it’s never happening folks.” Turns out we were all wrong. It happened. And for me, at least, it was worth the wait.
Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth installment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead.
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.
- I continue to adore this world. The Fae are one of my favorite things to read about, even though I should admit I know very little about them. The way Kaylana Price has them mixed into our world is fantabulous in my opinion. We see a lot more of Faerie as Alex gets mixed up and forced into working with the Winter Queen and I loved every minute.
- An extension of the world is the magic. And I really love the magic in this world. I like that there are clear rules and penalties for magic use. I love that using grave sight hurts Alex’s vision. I don’t like worlds where people are all powerful. Alex is tough, but not without her handicaps.
- The relationships! I say relationships because this is one of those series that has some really great friendships, not just dating. I love how close Alex is to her friends and I love how involved they are in her life. I’m eager to see how the pressures to have Alex chose a court will impact her friends moving forward.
- Alex! She’s smart, but makes stupid mistakes. To me, that means she’s just so real and so human (well, fae, but human-esque). Her heart leads her down some dumb paths, but she’s clever and solving mysteries that the Winter Queen herself is blind too. That makes her pretty kick ass in my book!
- Fallin 🙂 I think I’m one of the few on team Fallin. What can I say… he just makes a hell of a lot more sense than Death, especially after Grave Memory. Well Grave Visions had a lot of Fallin, so that made me very happy.
- Oh and I can’t forget to sing the praises of Emily Durante. I’ve always liked her as a narrator and she’s just great for this series. She pulls off male and female voices equally well and her pacing does well with my 2x speed listening!
What Didn’t Work
- Ummm…. why in the HELL are Death and Alex still dating? Considering what happened in Grave Memory that seemed like it should be 100% out of the picture for me
- I don’t want to get spoilery, but I think Alex forgot an important detail when choosing courts, pertaining to Rhianna and her living situation… just saying and very worried.
- The wait of course lol
While I really hope the next book won’t take near as long, I’ve decided not to complain too much. Some books are worth the wait and Grave Visions really was!