Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Grave Visions
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Roc
Alex Croft Book #4
ISBN:  045141657
ISBN13: 9780451416575
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher
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.

It has been a REALLY long time since book three, GRAVE MEMORY, came out (four years to be exact). I was worried that I would be totally lost when I jumped into GRAVE VISIONS because of the length of time, but besides a few things that had me searching my memory a little harder than normal I had no trouble jumping right back into the storyline.

Alex has always been kept on her toes and GRAVE VISIONS is no different. I was exhausted reading about how exhausting her hectic life is at the moment. Surprisingly only two weeks have passed in Alex's life since the end of GRAVE MEMORY and things are still raw in her mind. A surprise call from someone at the police station brings her into a case that ends up connecting to a problem that is affecting the Winter court and she is getting pressure to solve the case on both sides. Not only that, but the fact that she hasn't yet aligned herself with a court is causing her and those tied to her to fade away. She is racing against the clock in many ways and it was truly a great ride.

After GRAVE VISIONS I am no longer into Alex's relationship with Death. He no longer seems to fit into Alex's life and I just didn't feel the spark that was present in previous books. Falin on the other hand.... I know Alex can't fully trust him and that's a problem, I just feel like they are a great team. If Falin could get out from under the Winter Queen's hand, I think they could have a really great shot. I don't see that happening though. Isn't it amazing how going in with four years between books makes you change your mind? I'm not sure if I would feel differently if I had re-read the previous books before reading GRAVE VISIONS. On another note, Alex sure is getting quite popular with the guys. Everyone seems to want a piece of her and I am really loving her reactions.

So, I really enjoyed GRAVE VISIONS. It was everything I was hoping for, but I am hesitant to get too excited for the future. I see that book six has been added to Goodreads, but so far there isn't a title or a release date. Will it come out before another four years passes? I sure hope so.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.