Grave Dance (Alex Craft Series #2)

Grave Dance (Alex Craft Series #2)

by Kalayna Price

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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: 157,718
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kalayna Price is the USA Today bestselling author of the Alex Craft novels including Grave RansomGrave VisionsGrave MemoryGrave Dance, and Grave Witch. Ms. Price draws her ideas from the world around her, her studies into ancient mythologies, and her obsession with classic folklore.

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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. 195 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
LongDogMom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Loved it! Even better than the first book. Her worldbuilding is excellent. The characters, be it normal or supernatural, are easy to care about and relate to. Can't wait for the third book!! This series is definitely on my favourites list!
les121 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
An excellent follow-up to Grave Witch, Grave Dance has an exciting plot, an awesome heroine, and tons of magical mayhem to keep you on the edge of your seat. It¿s action-packed and never loses suspense as we discover more about the world of Faerie and Alex¿s newfound powers. But despite the revelations, Grave Dance still leaves us with many unanswered questions, especially surrounding Alex¿s family, the soul collectors, and the fae courts - mysteries that will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment. The romantic tension continues to spice things up with both of Alex¿s love interests developing into intriguing, unique, and likable characters. Overall, Grave Dance is a great example of why I love urban fantasy, and I can¿t wait for more.
DonnerLibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
With Grave Dance, the second novel in the Alex Craft series, Kalayna Price has cemented her place in my collection of favorite authors along with Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison. The characters, the world building, and the story are all fantastic and I can't wait to read more of Alex's adventures.
readingbeader on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Alex is caught in between the Fae and the mortal world again and I am again drawn into it with her. I like Alex; she is a girl who doesn¿t mind rushing headlong into issues to save her friends. She does her job, even to the point of overdoing it. I don¿t like love triangles, but I am not sure that¿s quite what we have with Falin and Death. The interest is there, yes, but I don¿t think either one of them are good for her. The romantic in me wants to see something positive happen, but this time around we get intrigue instead. I was anxious to read this; now I want more Alex Craft. I want more of everything Ms. Price writes.
xfryx on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I might have gone into this book with too high of hopes. Don¿t get me wrong, it was still very good. It just wasn¿t on the level of good I had expected. I don¿t know if I¿ve mentioned this before, but when it comes to -everything- in life, I can be quite picky.That being said, the author is very good at balancing new powers. If there was ever a point where I felt there would be some Mary Sue action, I was delighted to find the author had stunted other powers. Alex has different powers in different realms, and doesn¿t retain all powers across all realms. Also, in gaining more of her birthright, she mostly just gets into trouble and exhibits terrible symptoms when coming into contact with iron. Being so used to the Anita Blakes of the PN/UF universe, this lack on the Mary Sue front felt like the sky opened up and angels were singing a chorus.I¿m also glad to see that she just didn¿t jump right back into bed with Falin like a lost puppy. I¿m so used to seeing accidental sex and then dealing with the consequences afterwards. No fan service here. The character stayed true to herself and that was wonderful.I honestly had no idea who was the bad guy until they showed their face. Big surprise. Wonderful finish.I¿d like to see more Kelpie.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really like "Grave Witch" the first book in the Alex Craft series although at times her grave sight bothered or confused me. I think its because even though I read a lot of urban fantasy, this with a pretty unique and new concept to me. Yet I loved the world of the story and very much loved the characters. I am even more pleased with book number two, "Grave Dance". The story here is very strong. Alex is trying to find out who is behind a bunch of left feet. Yup thats the only body part that remains and there isn't much to go by to solve these murders. Falin, her fae love interest, hasn't been around since the conclusion of the events in "Grave Witch" and Alex is more than a little bit stung by this. He does make an appearance and Alex has to learn whether and how much to trust him. Also, I personally am rooting for Death, believe it or not. He has such wit and charm and I really can't help but enjoy him. So Team Death it is for me! Either way the two men make for a couple of very enjoyable scenes in "Grave Dance". Alex gets to spend some time in Fairie and finds something waiting for her there. This also was a great development and I look forward to more happenings with this particular plotline. We get to meet a couple of new characters who I also hope get some more page time. This series is just full of fun and unique characters. The Alex Craft series really reminds me of Seanan Mcguire's fantastic "October Daye" series, although the worlds and narrators are still different. Kaylana Price really seems to find her way with this installment. There are no big missing pieces of cohension in this book and I found the grave sight much easier to deal with in this book. Also I agree with other reviewers who have mentioned how refreshing it is to see magic come with a price. Alex has to deal with blindness or at least extremely poor sight after she uses her magic. Its not just an easy thing for her to do without consequence. I still wouldn't rate this book quite five stars as I believe there were still slow slow points in the book that should have moved along more quickly. Still I certainly plan to read any future installments of the series as soon as they are released. I encourage urban fantasy lovers to try these books. I consider them to be a great investment.
ShelleyJax on LibraryThing 5 months ago
*Rating* 3.0*Genre* Urban FantasyGrave Dance is the second novel in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price. A month has passed since Alex confronted and eliminated the evil and devious Coleman (Grave Witch), and ended up not only saving her sister Grace, but rescued Rianna her former roommate and best friend from witch school. Rianna, known as the Shadow Girl, was presumed to be dead for the past 4 years. She was actually turned into a challenging by Coleman and spent hundreds of years stuck in Faerie where times moves differently than in the mortal realm. She was nothing more than a piece of property and can¿t exactly leave Fairie without rapidly aging. Now, she is Alex¿s property because she killed Coleman.Alex has confused emotions regarding both Death, who told her that he loves her and has known Alex since she was 5 years old, as well as Falin Andrews the Winter Queen¿s consort, knight, assassin, and bloodied hands. Can I reiterate how much I truly despise and loathe 3-way relationship scenarios? If the choice was mine to make, and it¿s obviously not, I would have chosen Death the minute that he expressed his true feelings towards Alex. Falin is attached by the hip to the Queen who refuses to allow him to go anywhere. Naturally, there are forces on Death¿s side that won¿t let that happen any time soon; think the gray man, and a female reaper. Alex is the so called Lead Investigator and Grave Witch for Tongues for the Dead. Of course, she¿s the only employee! Alex raises shades and gives the living a chance to question the dead for a fee; a very large fee. John Matthews, who took a bullet for Alex in Grave Witch, asks for her assistance when police find the remains of several left feet. He is hoping that she can raise a shade and find out what happened. This search leads to an even more gruesome discovery and the possibility that someone is collecting souls. Is the killer Fae, human, or reaper?Falin returns and doesn¿t exactly offer up any explanation to where he¿s been for the past month or why he didn't attempt to contact her. He shows up all bloodied and hurt and remains silent as to what happened to him. Since he¿s Fae, he can¿t exactly lie, so instead, he refuses to talk about it. Naturally, Alex gets all emotionally charged up and falls back into the same routine of falling head over heels with him. He also pushes his way into the investigation, thus ending up working with Alex as she stumbles and bumbles her way to find out what is truly happening to the feet and who is really responsible.Alex slowly comes to terms with the fact that she is feykin or Sleagh Maith. She finds that she has developed a strong sensibility to metal, the inability to maintain her shields, increased ability to sense fae magic and glamour, and she can see multiple planes of existence which makes her unique as well as a target for the Fae world and those who want to use her abilites. She is also trying to figure out the Fae don¿t lie rule since she has had to wiggle her way out of more than one situation where lying is a lot better than telling the truth.Her father, a Fae noble, actually isn¿t as much of an asstard this time around and actually seems to care what happens to Alex now that she is discovering her true heritage. Of course, there are a lot of questions that are left unanswered because to do so would somehow go against Fae insecurities and the inability to lie. Then there is the fact that he hasn¿t exactly told Alex what really happened to her mother or why she can¿t raise her shade.As Alex stumbles and bumbles along and overuses her grave witch abilities to the point of burning herself out, she finds that she is also being pursued by the Fae Intelligence Bureau who wants to drag her to Fairie and the Winter Court because she is a planeweaver. They claim it¿s for her protection, which is just another excuse for imprisoning anyone who is independent and not aligned with any court.What¿s truly interesting is that after she finds her
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyGRAVE WITCH was one of the most promising urban fantasy debuts from last year. It introduced us to strange and alluring Nekros City where all the horror stories and fairy tale creatures you¿ve ever heard of live along side with humans, two potential romantic leads with enigmatic Death himself and a fae with ambiguous loyalties, and a fearless protagonist in Alex Craft who works as a private investigator with a talent for communicating beyond the grave. With so much going for the debut, could the sequel live up to it? No. It¿s better actually.The worldbuilding in the Alex Craft series is a dense and vibrant tour de force. It¿s the best I¿ve read since Ilona Andrews¿ Atlanta from the Kate Daniels series. Magic has serious consequences, especially for Alex who permanently damages her vision and goes temporarily blind every time she uses her Gravesight. Raising a shade from a dead body exacts it¿s own price on her too. It¿s this cost that made the stakes in GRAVE DANCE so high. Alex had to constantly weigh the benefits and risks every time she needed to use her abilities, and the choices she made often had devastating repercussions. The plot was equally compelling. It was dark without being disturbing. There are harrowing moments of danger and bleak displays of capricious depravity especially from the many fae in GRAVE DANCE, but they are tempered with Alex¿s subtle humor and her impressive resourcefulness and bravery that made her `this is going to hurt but what choice do I have¿ attitude all the more appealing. And despite how many time I thought I had figured out the true motives of each character, Kaylayna surprised me while still remaining completely believable. And the romance! Urban fantasy is the perfect genre to build really good romantic tension that can span several books and that¿s exactly what Kaylayna Price is doing with her Alex Craft series. Falin or Death? Death or Falin? I don¿t know who I want Alex to end up with, but if there are more scenes like delicious ones in GRAVE DANCE, I¿m really going to enjoy the chase. No word yet on the next Alex Craft book, but this series is now firmly placed on my favorites list. Sexual Content:Kissing. References to sex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great!!
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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