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Grave Visions (Alex Craft Series Book 4) (edição 2016)

por Kalayna Price (Autor)

Séries: Alex Craft (4)

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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 she has her own secrets. She's not human, and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. Fae can't survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex's true nature has awoken, she's no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill-and not just the user. Alex's investigation entangles her in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom but her life.… (mais)
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Título:Grave Visions (Alex Craft Series Book 4)
Autores:Kalayna Price (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2016), 341 pages
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Alex Craft is back. Her fae heritage is causing problems. If she doesn't swear to a court or gain independent status, she will fade away taking those sworn to her with her. She makes a deal with the Winter Queen to track down the being making a new drug called Glitter which is killing humans and which is being supplied by someone in her court.

Alex's investigation uncovers something not right in the Winter court which she needs to fix or the queen who promised her independence won't be alive to grant it. She is being assisted by the Queen's Knight Falin when he isn't being called away to fight off challenges to the Queen. Alex and Falin have a difficult relationship because she can't trust him. His first loyalty will always be to the Queen.

Alex has a number of other complicated relationships too. Her boyfriend is Death, a soul collector, who has been forbidden to be with her. She has known him since childhood but still knows almost nothing about him. Then there is the almost fiance that her father wants her to marry enough that he betrothed her to him when she was a child. The Winter Queen wants Alex to swear allegiance to her court and marry her nephew to try to get her and her unique ability under the Queen's control.

This story was entertaining and engaging. I like Alex and sympathized with her as she was being pulled in so many directions. I can't wait for the next episode in this great series. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 8, 2017 |
After an insanely long delay, the fourth Alex Craft was released last month and as I've had it on pre-order for 3 years I wanted to finally read it, but was more than a little worried it would be a flop because 3 years is a long time to stall on a story.

But I needn't have worried. It wasn't the best book in the series, but it was a good solid story about Alex, a grave witch who can raise shades (pure memories - not ghosts). She's got a whole mess of problems that culminate in this book and a sort of ongoing love triangle (it isn't, but it's complicated).

This is definitely a series you want to start at the beginning with, because constant references are made in all the books to previous stories and character development (especially amongst her best friends).

I knocked off 1/2 star because the mystery in this book was bleedingly obvious from the first; the author was just too heavy-handed with her clues. But the mystery isn't why I read these - I like the friendships, and I like Death (the character, not the process). The fae... eh.

There's apparently a book 5 planned for next year and I'll definitely read it. But I don't think I'm gonna pre-order... ( )
  murderbydeath | Nov 12, 2016 |
Alex finds out she's fading and so has to make a deal with the Winter Queen to get independent status. She has to figure out who killed a fae in her court and there's a new drug in Nekros. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Apr 14, 2016 |
Alex Craft is one of two grave witches in Nekros. Since discovering that she is Fae, Alex has been trying to balance dealing with the drama that comes with it, her overly complicated love life and her business. When a new drug called glitter hits the seat, Alex is tasked by the Queen, who believes that someone is trying to end her rule to find out the guilty party. This is made even more difficult because Alex, who is not tied to a court is fading. As a fae, Alex needs a tie to faerie to survive in the modern world and her unwillingness to pledge herself to any court makes this a big problem. Somehow, Alex has to convince the Queen to give her unaligned status, avoid the marriage that her father set into motion for her and find the person responsible for distributing a very dangerous drug.

Grave Memory, book 3 in this series was published in 2012, and I actually read it in 2013. That's a long time between books. While I read our previous review, I have to admit that because this series has so many moving parts, it took me a bit to catch up and get back into Price's world. It was helpful that in many ways along the way, Price did recaps reminding us of who these characters were to Alex Craft and some of their history.

The story begins when Alex sees a man ride by on a unicorn. Yeah, I would stop and stare if I saw that as well. It seems that a new drug called Glitter has hit the streets and people are dying because their life essence brings to life their worst nightmares. Drugs are bad Mmkay. I could have used a little bit more nuance with this part of the storyline. There are various reasons people turn to drugs yet none of this was explored. Essentially, Price puts drug use down to simple youth experimentation and then couples it with the most negative consequences. The direction this took reminded me very much of those old eighties after school specials. Yes, I know I am dating myself so shut up about it.

Price spent a lot of time on Craft's romantic life. At present, Alex's boyfriend is Death and this poses a problem because they're not really allowed to be a couple and so consequently he is in and out of her life. Death cannot be there to talk through Alex's problems or even be a steady shoulder to lean on. In fact, Alex doesn't even know Death's real name or even how long he has been a reaper. Alex has known Death since she was a child and begged him not to take her mother's soul but she doesn't really know him and this bothers her more than she cares to admit. Then there's Fallon, who is sworn to the Queen and therefore cannot be trusted. This doesn't mean that the attraction toward Fallon has dimmed, it just means that Alex has acknowledged that there's no future between them no matter how many times Fallon tries to show his love for her. It's Fallon who jumps into muddy pond to save her life and Fallon who stands between Alex and the Queen whenever he senses that she is danger of losing her head to the monarch. The problem is that if the Queen orders Fallon to kill Alex, he must obey that order. It seems that there are really no good options when it comes to romance for Alex.

Alex is one of the few disabled protagonists in this genre. Alex is night blind and is losing her sight because of continued use of her magic to raise shades to solve murders. Every time Alex uses her powers she is unable to see and at one point actually has to be guided around my Fallon. My issue with this is that Alex often turns into a super crip. She supposedly is trying to use her powers less because of a fear of going blind but throughout Grave Visions, Alex constantly uses her powers. Sure, there are reasons for Alex to rely on her power but my issue is that she never tries any other alternatives. Does this sound like someone worried about going blind to you?

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Mar 2, 2016 |
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.

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  STACYatUFI | Feb 5, 2016 |
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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 she has her own secrets. She's not human, and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. Fae can't survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex's true nature has awoken, she's no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill-and not just the user. Alex's investigation entangles her in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom but her life.

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