Book Review

Book Review: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Grave Witch was good enough to pull me out of the doldrums.  I wanted to read something, but nothing appealed. I tried rereading, but nothing appealed there either, not even the stories that usually manage to pull me out of any reading slump. The synopsis was part of what did it for me:

Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say . . .

As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around . . .

To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life . . . and her soul.

But mostly, the story itself drew me in. The first chapter is here. The first paragraph pulls you in and makes you want more. Before you know it, you have the book (yah for kindle instant downloads!!!!), it is two in the morning – and you wish you could stay up another hour to finish.

The action is fast and non-stop. Like many other urban fantasies, Alex Craft has a couple of suitors, but neither one makes a move until later in the book. One of them barely makes a move at all. The author will probably string that out for a while (hopefully not too long!).

It is hard to pinpoint just why I like Grave Witch so much. I liked her magic – the way she can feel the dead and how her night sight is almost gone because of it. I liked Alex Craft, too, with her attitude. Also, her money and family troubles. I liked how death has a physical manifestation. I really, really liked that. It reminded me of Dead Like Me (which show ended too soon!!). In the end, I liked pretty much everything, the way the characters and mystery come together. It was refreshing somehow.