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Grave Ransom: An Alex Craft Novel, Book 5…
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Grave Ransom: An Alex Craft Novel, Book 5 (edição 2017)

por Kalayna Price (Autor), Emily Durante (Narrador), Tantor Audio (Publisher)

Séries: Alex Craft (5)

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In the thrilling new novel from USA Today bestselling author Kalayna Price, Alex Craft comes face-to-face with the walking dead....   Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That's not supposed to happen. And yet reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.   Alex's investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can she get to the soul of the matter in time?… (mais)
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Título:Grave Ransom: An Alex Craft Novel, Book 5
Autores:Kalayna Price (Autor)
Outros autores:Emily Durante (Narrador), Tantor Audio (Publisher)
Informação:Tantor Audio (2017)
Colecções:Topic: Death Personified
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I really like this series and hope there are a lot more books. This story was exciting as usual but also an inevitable ending had to happen so there was some unhappy closure. Not to reveal too much, it was inevitable, I think... ( )
  bm2ng | Apr 9, 2019 |
Alex Craft has been made an independent fae for a year and a day which gives her some time to figure out how to make her independent status permanent. Now, she and her partner Rianna are trying to establish their private investigation business. Alex is trying to limit the amount of shades she raises because a side effect of her magical talent is blindness. She has already lost her night vision and the bouts of blindness after raising shades are getting longer and her vision isn't bouncing back.

When she and Tamara are lunching and she sees a dead man walking she has found her next puzzle. Following him reveals even more of mystery. He's on his way to rob a magical museum of a magical artifact but Alex, who ends up caught with him in a trap, learns that there is a soul in his body. Releasing it shows her that it isn't his soul but before she can question the ghost a soul collector claims it. Alex is left with a dead body and questions from the police.

She also has business. One couple wants to hire her to find the ghost of their six-year-old daughter who died of a blood disease. Alex tries to convince them that most souls move on and only those with compelling reasons become ghosts. They aren't eager to accept this and leave in a huff. Her next client is high school senior Tiffany who is looking for her missing boyfriend Remy. While Alex thinks it is most likely that this was Remy's way to break up with his high school girlfriend, she takes the case and asks Rianna to make a tracing spell.

Meanwhile, Briar Darque has come to hang around with Alex because her partner has a premonition that something is going to happen. Since prior occasions when Briar showed up put Alex in a lot of danger, she's hoping the premonition is wrong. Briar is under the impression that a necromancer - a very illegal kind of magic - is working in Nekros City.

The tracking spell leads Alex all over Nekros City and the surrounding area. She wonders if it is working correctly when it seems to be leading her in two directions. Finally, she finds Remy's body in the midst of a bank robbery but the soul isn't Remy's. Before she can question the ghost, soul collectors arrive and send it on. This is setting up a major conflict between Alex and her boyfriend Death who is a soul collector.

This is the book when Alex's relationship with Death comes to a crisis point. They haven't a way to reconcile their very different needs and responsibilities. This is hard for Alex because she has known Death since she was five. Long before he became her lover, he was her confidant and best friend.

This was a great episode in this series. Alex is learning new things about her new and rather unique power. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 3, 2019 |
GRAVE RANSOM was a decently strong continuation of the Alex Craft series. I really enjoy the fact that Alex is always working a case in each installment of the series. I like that it is always connected to her roots and that the author hasn't introduced crazy things that leads Alex down crazy paths that don't fit the character that she started out as.

I liked learning about Alex's new home. It was interesting to see how things worked in her new space and who fit into it. They have some kinks to work out to keep people from learning about it, but it was fun watching them scramble a little bit to make some things work. It was very unique all around and I look forward to learning more.

Alex's love life is on the fritz in GRAVE RANSOM, but I have felt like it was a bit broken for a while now. I'm not quite sure how I feel about Death anymore. He hasn't done anything really, I just haven't felt their connection in a while. I am interested to see how Kalayna Price proceeds at this point on that front.

The ending of GRAVE RANSOM was crazy suspenseful. There were a lot of twists thrown into book five and I'm not quite sure where some of them will leave Alex and her friends in the future. Hopefully we don't have to wait forever to find out!

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  STACYatUFI | Jul 4, 2017 |
Alex Craft and her partner Rianna run the Tongues for the Dead detective agency and Grave Ransom starts out with Alex taking on the agency’s first missing persons case. Alex and Rianna have a pretty good business going and balance each other out nicely. Rianna is the spell caster and raises shades mostly, while Alex takes on cases that don’t involve using her grave witch, able to see/feel/speak to the dead, capabilities.

All grave witches take a hit on their eye sight when they use their powers but for Alex it is magnified. In addition to being a grave witch Alex is also a plane weaver, able to see onto different planes of reality, and that combination is harder on Alex’s eyes. In fact, in some cases uses her grave witch powers gives her temporary blindness. As if that were not enough it was also recently discovered that she is Fae as well. There is a lot going on with this character.

Her client, Rachel, is a teenager that has hired Alex to find her missing boyfriend. This should have been an easy enough task. With the help of her partner’s skills in spell casting, Alex is able to use a charm that allows her to track the boyfriend. Nothing about this missing person case makes any sense as from the start Alex feels as if the charm is sending her in two different directions. As it turns out, this is no easy missing persons case. There is foul magic in play and Alex is up against a necromancer that will stop at nothing to achieve their goal.

If things weren’t tough enough, brought in to investigate the crime of who is using reanimated corpses to commit robberies across the city, Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau enlists the assistance of Alex in the most heinous way. Forced into a tumultuous partnership with Briar which quickly becomes a two for one deal when Falin steps in to provide protection for Alex. He is under an obligation to his Queen to make sure that no harm befalls Alex and when it becomes apparent that Briars actions put Alex in harm’s way he is forced into the position of her bodyguard. Between you and me though, I think he does not really mind at all 😁.

Now Alex must work with the authorities to solve the mystery of why people are being raised from the dead in order to carry out the whims of a sinister mastermind. This is a foe that will tax the limits of Alex’s strength as well force her into challenging what she believed was the extent of her abilities. Through this testing, it becomes clear that Alex is stronger than she ever knew. With the aid of her friends and her boyfriend, Death, Alex embarks on a dangerous quest to get to the bottom of this mystery.

There is a bit of a backstory with this novel. Alex is Fae but she has been given independent status but it also comes with her past “sometimes” lover Falin being forced to reside in the castle that was given to Alex. This castle has been annexed out of limbo and into the mortal realm which is now connected with the house that Alex has lived in for the past several years. She has a current love interest, known as Death, but they are breaking all the rules by being together. All of this is woven throughout the story but really the main plot of the book is the case. Everything else just adds to the story.

I really liked that Grave Ransom did not get bogged down by trying to add too much extra material. I liked the idea of the castle being both in the mortal realm but still connected to the fae realm. I loved the ideas that had been introduced there but I wish that part had been developed more. I would have loved to have seen what happened with the gardens. The ending was not what I expected but it did leave room for future avenues for the story to turn down. Grave Ransom definitely kept my interest with the action and storyline development but left me with little in the way of emotional feels. Overall, it is a good read that has a fabulous mystery that keeps you guessing until the final reveal.

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. ( )
  TheGenreMinx | Jun 28, 2017 |
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In the thrilling new novel from USA Today bestselling author Kalayna Price, Alex Craft comes face-to-face with the walking dead....   Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking. She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But the dead walking? That's not supposed to happen. And yet reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros City.   Alex's investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic. When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts. But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can she get to the soul of the matter in time?

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