Kinx's Book Nook: Review: Grave Memory

Friday, November 16, 2012

Review: Grave Memory

GraveMemory (Alex Craft #3) by Kalayna Price
Publishedby Roc (Penguin USA)
Releasedin July 2012


When the dead need to talk, AlexCraft is always ready to listen…

As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead—an ability that comesat a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But hermagic isn’t the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she’s always beenon friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lotmore close and personal. Then there’s her sometime partner, agent FalinAndrews, 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 suicideoccurs in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shade she raiseshas no memory of the days leading up to his brutal ending, so despite the verypublic apparent suicide, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcomethe 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…

Oh,Alex! How I missed you and what a crazy mess you are! Kalayna Price hascontinued Alex’s story with a wonderful Grave Memory. This is a good ole murdermystery with a serious supernatural twist. She has now opened a privateinvestigation agency called Tongues to the Grave with her BFF Rianna. Butinstead of just solving the murders, Alex makes things so much worse by tryingto help.

What Iloved most about Grave Memory is that Death finally takes center stage. I likehim so much better than Falin. To me, Death seems to be Alex’s soul mate (nopun intended. Well, maybe). Their love story is so bittersweet and forbidden.Death is the mysterious hero who sweeps in at the most perfect time to save theheroine. He is a very romantic character.

BecauseDeath is more prominent in this book, we get a better understanding of SoulCollectors. They are so mysterious and Kalayna allows us a quick peek insidetheir world. One big question…Who is the Mender? He’s a very intriguing newcharacter. You know he is very powerful but who or what is he?

Alexcontinues to struggle with who she is. She is having a difficult time acceptingher Fae heritage even when that heritage is drawing her closer and closer toFairy. She has to make choice on which Fairy Court to join and her friends keeppushing her to make that choice. Her denial and conflict is so apparent for allto see and, also, affects her closest friends.

Theend has a HUGE cliffhanger and I’m not a huge fan of cliffhangers. GraveVisions doesn’t come out until 2013 and the wait will drive me insane. The insanityis the biggest reason I’m not a fan of cliffhangers. But, of course, I will getit the minute it comes out!


  1. Yup, insanity and waiting is the worst part of cliffhangers!! Even if its only a month or so of waiting! But its worse when the wait is a year or close to it!

    I haven't read this yet, but it's in my TBR mountain! And now that you said it has a huge cliffhanger, I may be waiting to have the next book to read it!

    Great review! I look forward to reading this eventually! Probably once I have the next book in hand!


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