Grave Dance (Alex Craft Series #2)

Grave Dance (Alex Craft Series #2)

by Kalayna Price

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Grave Dance (Alex Craft Series #2) by Kalayna Price

After a month of down time, Grave Witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But when her new case forces her to overuse her magic, it might be the last mystery the Grave Witch ever gets to solve...

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ISBN-13: 9780451464095
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Alex Craft Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 173,596
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kalayna Price is the author of two dark/urban fantasy series: the Haven novels, which include Once Bitten and Twice Dead, and the Alex Craft series. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, ancient mythology, and classic folklore. Visit her at

Emily Durante has been narrating audiobooks for over ten years and is also an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook director. She has been acting since the age of seven and has performed in a number of stage productions at the professional, collegiate, and regional levels.

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"Fascinating magic, a delicious heartthrob, and a fresh, inventive world." —-Chloe Neill, author of Hard Bitten

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Grave Dance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I strongly recommend you read the previous book in the series (Grave Witch) prior to reading this installment. While I enjoyed the first book in the series, I have must say this second installment completely blows it away. The storyline was fresh and creative, there was plenty of hardcore magic and the characters were colorful and interesting. I am not a fan of ghost stories in any capacity, however this series has become one of my favorite. The author did a wonderful job of juggling the complex web between ghost whisper, fae, witch and reaper. I am really looking forward to see what becomes of Alex as her power grows and takes shape. I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to reading book 3 due out 2012
jgmme More than 1 year ago
I dont write reviews very often, so when I do you know that it is an outstanding book. Grave Dance is the 2nd book in the Alex Novel series and this one has out done the 1st book, and I cant wait for the next one. This is well written, with a strong plot and the world building is fresh and inventive. If you like paranormal fantasies, you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has action and romance. My favorite combination. It has a Kim Harrison/Rachel Morgan feel. Cant wait till book 3!
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
You know you have issues when your back up is a six pound dog and Death's minions. High off her 15 minutes of fame after raising a shade on tv, business is booming at Tongues for the Dead. Unfortunately for Alexis Craft it seems like everyone wants a piece of her. The Nekros PD and independent fey want Alex to find a killer, the Winter Queen and Shadow King are trying to recruit her, mortal magical skimmers want to use her, while Death and Falin are trying to woo her. Alexis Craft is up to her neck in.... Feet? Well, no one said her job was uninteresting. Alex is on the case of a serial murderer with a serious right foot fetish. Because only finding feet wasn't weird enough, they all had to be left feet. Unfortunately Craft can't raise a shade from foot alone, and any attempt Alex and her buddies at the NPD have made to find the bodies has yielded nothing. Literally. Like the feet only ever existed without an entire body. Of course this is only one of Alex's on going problems. It seems the Blood Moon ritual has awoken her Fey Soul. Craft is now finding it increasingly more difficult to lie, she is also developing a very annoying intolerance to iron, and her powers as well seem to be growing. Alex can now see across multiple plans of reality at once. This new ability not only makes her a hot commodity, it also puts her life in danger. But it's not like homicidal attempts are anything new for Alex. Especially when an abnormally high number of imaginary magical creatures keep trying to kill her. If the bad guys don't succeed her would be lovers might. Falin Andrews reappears after being MIA for a month, and the love triangle heats up with a little deathly drama as Mr. Muerte shows his interest and tries to keep the Queen's Bloodied Hands off Alexis. Alex is going to have put her dancing shoes on to tango with the fey as she journeys into Fairy. To save her friends and herself she'll have to be quick witted and clever, while solving a few murder mysteries in the process, and finding the killers along the way. Wow. Kalayna Price has really raised the bar in Grave Dance. The second installment of the gritty urban fantasy was packed with intricate storylines that keep you guessing until the end. Just when I thought Price had established her heroine she added layers to Alex's abilities and identity to create an even richer character. I really like how everything came together, as well as hints to future complications. Price planted a few plot points involving family, and lovers that I am looking forward to reading about. Grave Dance wasn't as fast paced as Grave Witch but there were a lot of action scenes. Alex's love life is still slow building and light compared to everything else, but what little of it there was, definitely leaves you wanting more. Fans of the Fey genre will love this installment, since Grave Dance shifts the witchcraft focus to a predominantly more fairy one. But don't despair if your like me and like the witchy aspect, there's still plenty witch in Alex Craft. Overall this is a great sequel, another page turning edition that will leave you pining for the next edition.
Eden Blair More than 1 year ago
I love a good paranormal book! This one did not disappoint me at all. After reading the first book in this series i was intrigued to say the least. If you like karen chance, or h.p. mallory you will enjoy this book. Although, the explicit nature if this book is no where near the caliber of laurelle k. Hamilton, or J R ward it has enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first of these books so much I was very excited to get this one. It starts out strong with a quirky mystery that pulls you in. Unfortunately, it drags a bit in the middle and seemed to have several plot elements that could serve no purposed but to set up things for future books to explore. However, about 100 pages before the end, it picks up strong again and the last 50 pages pack a lot on story. On the whole it was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first (which is excellent and should be read by anyone who likes the genre).
Maris_Stella More than 1 year ago
I was happy with the character development. The story introduces you to different characters and realities that may prove useful (and interesting) in future novels. I am looking forward to seeing how Alex handles new facets of her identity. Also, where her love interests develop since she has a classic case of "can't have" Death, and "maybe I shouldn't have" Falin.
kcahhal More than 1 year ago
Loved this one as much as the first!
suzatm07 More than 1 year ago
This is a great series and I can't wait for the third book to come out. There was short period of time when I found myself thinking I was reading an updated version of Alice in Wonderland with all of the strange creatures popping out of corners, but the book kept you guessing and turning the pages faster and faster to the end. I hope the next book is published as early 2012 as possible because I want to see what happens with Death and of course Falin. Very good book!
Arlens_Nookie More than 1 year ago
When I should have been sleeping...... three should ne coming soon I hope
Anonymous 10 months ago
Love the series so far!
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Grave Dance is book 2 in the Alex Craft series. I'm so glad I got into this series recently and plan to binge listen to it as fast as I can. I've been craving Urban Fantasy and this hits the spot perfectly. These stories are full of fae, witches and whodunit and I can't get enough. Alex Craft, grave witch and occasional consultant for the Nekros City police department is back and on a really strange case. We dive right in with Alex searching for bodies with the police and she quickly finds several left feet from different victims. This opens up a huge can of worms that no one wants her to find out about. With no leads, Alex decides to try her hand at solving the case but is left with more questions than answers. That's also about the time that fae creatures are being summoned to go after Alex and they're targeting anyone that's close to her at the time as well. It's a dangerous situation that our leading lady has to figure out quickly since it's leading up to something big. Grave Dance was a rush against the clock that I couldn't stop listening to. I'm really enjoying this world that Kalayna Price has built and I can't wait to see what happens next. I really loved finding out a bit more about the fae in this installment and hope to see plenty more about them soon. If you haven't tried this series yet and you're a fan of Urban Fantasy with witches and fae, you have to pick these up!
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Well. It sort of improved on the first book. I mean, I don't go into urban fantasies with very high expectations anymore if I'm being perfectly honest. They tend to be pretty formulaic regardless of the author, the characters, all of it, so I usually know what I'm getting into. So far with the Alex Craft books, there are witches and faeries (no other supernatural creatures have been mentioned as of yet), as well as the shades and ghosts of the dead but that comes with the whole "grave witch" business. There's a murder investigation. The protagonist is involved in said investigation. Romance comes into play here and there.  Nothing I haven't read before.  In Grave Witch, Alex found out she has a particular talent with looking through different planes of existence which was never really discussed as it fell near the end of the book. I had hoped that there would be some sort of explanation in Grave Dance but, instead, she just uses this new gift defeating the next villain's minions. It just... happens. I don't like magic that just happens. I need some sort of substance in a magic system to make me believe it and so far there isn't much of one beyond innate abilities in these books. The story is, once more, a murder mystery with a supernatural twist. But unlike Grave Witch, I couldn't connect the dots in this one and the reveal at the end didn't make sense. It seemed a bit random, to be honest, and I'm not sure if the events of this book will lead into the next one or not. There were a lot of little snippets of information that felt out of place, as if Price was trying to lay the groundwork for future books by mentioning things here and there. But it didn't really work. Grave Dance felt like a mash-up of scenes that weren't meant to go together in the way they were presented.  As for the characters, they were pretty much the same as last time. Alex is doing what she does best with seeing the worlds of the living and dead. Falin is still sticking around with plenty of secrets. Death is still supposedly super hot and swooning over Alex but it's forbidden and I have no clue what's going on there (he just kind of appears and gets all protective then disappears). Alex's friends are there... but not really? They feel more like names on the page than actual people. A few new characters were introduced but not really given much depth so I'm not sure if they were meant to serve the plot's purpose just in this book or if we'll see them again. I see potential for the Winter Queen. She seems like she could be a dynamic addition to the story. Overall, I wasn't super impressed with this sequel but it did expand the world a bit, even if much of it wasn't explained. Grave Witch kicked off the series but this feels like a set-up book for the next one so hopefully I'm right about that. 
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I enjoyed the series.
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Initially I stopped half way thru, picked up another book to read. I found it difficult to get into yhe story
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