Thursday, 29 August 2019

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #4)



Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth instalment 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.



ebook


~ 340 pages


First person, single pov.


Yes.
You need to have read the previous books or it wouldn't work.


Nope, the 'episode' is concluded but the series threads continue.


No, it's not really applicable... But hopefully, the series will have one.


No.


Yes.
(Said in a tone of eternal suffering!)


Peoples dreams/fears come to life and kill them.
It freaked me out.


The plot thickens!
Alex's fae heritage is fully manifesting and she's paying the price: She's beginning to fade.
Alex needs to affiliate herself with one of the fae courts by joining or being declared independent or she will die.

Naturally, the annoying Winter Queen is determined to ensure Alex belongs to her and will use everything at her disposal to ensure it happens, including emotional blackmail by holding Falin over Alex's head... The Death slide of the triangle may be where Alex is leaning at the moment but she cares enough about Falin for the Winter Queen's manipulations to have an impact!

To make matters worse, a fae drug called Glitter is wreaking havoc in the mortal world and Alex has to solve the case as a condition of getting her independent status.

I really enjoy the world-building in this series and I really like Alex as a character and where the series seems to be heading. There are so many questions I need answering especially now Alex's dad has thrown another curveball with the introduction of the Shadow Court. Plus, I really want to know what court he is affiliated with!!
The Winter Queen continues to get right on my nerves and I really hope Alex kills her and takes over her court one day... But that's probably just wishful thinking.

The investigation side of this tale was interesting and kept the plot of the series moving along nicely but it needs to be said that who was behind the drug was pretty obvious.

And onto my favourite rant about the entire series...
The love triangle element gets on my nerves for no matter how much the author tries to shove Death down my throat as a viable option for Alex it's obvious who she is going to end up with so wtf is the point? *screams into a pillow*

All in all, Grave Visions was an interesting and entertaining instalment in the series with plenty of snark, action and plot development. I just wish there was a little more resolution on some of those plot points... But it's coming! I can see it coming!


Yep, lots of love for the cover. Considering it was designed after a lengthy break between book 3 and 4 it fits beautifully!

2 comments:

  1. I think the Winter Queen would get on my nerves, and I don't like a love triangle either. But at least there's a pretty clear winner, but still, frustrating. I would like to try this series at some point. Fab review, Nicci! :)

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    1. Oh she is evil! And the love triangle is just so pointless! There were other ways of serving the purpose Death does without making him a love interest! Grrr...

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