Review: Grave Memory (Alex Craft #3) by Kalayna Price

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Roc (July 3, 2012)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

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…

My rating: 4/5 Stars – A good read.  I really enjoyed it.

Review:

Grave Memory continues everything I loved about the first two Alex Craft books – action, romance, magic, and intriguing characters.  In this installment, Alex’s life becomes even more intertwined with the world of Faerie as well as the mysterious soul collectors.  Death plays a much larger role as Alex uncovers some of his secrets, and their interactions become considerably steamier.  But of course, Alex’s other love interest Falin is still in the picture, and there are still monumental obstacles preventing Alex from having a relationship with either one of these men.  Reading this book, I was struck for the first time by how tragic the situation really is.

It also struck me that Alex seems to be growing up – opening her own business, learning to be there for her friends, and accepting the very heavy consequences of her (and Death’s) actions.  At one point, Alex is completely alone, feeling abandoned and betrayed, and instead of wallowing in self-pity, she sucks it up and does what she needs to do; that’s what I love about her.  In addition, the secondary characters are each going through their own changes and struggles, making them much more interesting and realistic.  I particularly enjoyed the scene with Alex’s father.  I can’t wait to find out what kind of game he’s playing!

Overall, Grave Memory is an entertaining story that lives up the standard set by the first two books.  It also sets up new worlds to explore (the other Faerie courts and the soul collectors’ plane of existence), new fae abilties for Alex to figure out, and new romantic complications.  I’m looking forward to seeing where Alex’s tale goes from here.

Reading Order:

  1. Grave Witch – read my review
  2. Grave Dance – read my review
  3. Grave Memory

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I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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