Sunday, 8 April 2012

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price (Urban fantasy)

February 2012, Berkley
374 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: magic in the human world, dangers of the fae world, impossible becoming possible, strained family ties, secrets being discovered, friends helping out, awesome protection charms, pet dog saving the day, Death (the person) making life complicated, confused senses, nightmares, the right thing causing chaos, fair amount of violence and gore, infrequent romance, occasional strong language

Summary from Penguin

"Memories hid in every cell of the body. Memories that my grave magic could unlock and give shape as a shade. Of course, that depended on having enough of the body at my disposal for my magic to fill in the gaps."

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, Grave Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of FBI agent Falin Andrews and Death's shocking 'L word' confession, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be more of a challenge than she was expecting.

The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in a nature preserve. The strange part? There are no bodies, just leftover pieces. With a probable serial killer on the loose and no way to raise a shade without a body, Alex will have to rely solely on her ability to sense the grave to lead her to the dead. But with the strain of overusing her magic, this might be the last case Alex ever solves . . .
Nayuleska's thoughts 
Alex's life continues to be chock full of chaos, officials chasing after her, unexpected and unwanted magic occurring in her presence, & total confusion about the males in her life. Her sarcasm and view on life made me smile a lot, even when death (the act, not the person) loomed on the horizon. Im looking forward to what the next book will hold, seeing as this is a 10/10 read.

You can find out more on Kalayna's website.
Suggested read 
To understand the subplots fully, make sure you read book one, Grave Witch

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