Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Early Review of Grave Dance by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #2) and a giveaway!!

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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Grave Dance: An Alex Craft Novel
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Contest is now closed.

I fell in love with this author and this series with the first book, Grave Witch, and I've been anxious to jump back into this world in the second book, Grave Dance. You can check out my review for Grave Witch right here. So, you may well imagine my delight when my copy arrived. There may or may not have been a happy dance. My motto: If it doesn't show up on YouTube, it didn't actually happen.

In Grave Dance, Alex is facing a new threat as well as still dealing with the repercussions of the events that took place in Grave Witch. I like that this book, while standing alone in plot, builds very well on the story arc that was introduced in the first book. There's a great feeling of continuity and it is very easy to sink back into the world and to reconnect with the characters. Now we find that Alex is dealing with her growing fey powers and also weaknesses that are affecting her life. Business has taken off since the events in Grave Witch and the enigmatic Death has stepped up the heat in their flirtatious relationship. However, one person is noticeably absent: Falin, the man that shoved his way into her life and made her care and then disappeared without so much as a word or warning.

I love that Alex has no problem loving her friends, but when it comes to romantic relationships, she's like a fish out of water. She doesn't want to care for Falin and she knows that a real relationship with Death, a soul collector, is less than realistic, but these two dynamic and secretive men have gotten under her skin and they have no intention of stepping aside and making it easy for her.

I like Death. I love the parts with him and the other soul collectors and I'm enjoying what we've been slowly learning about them. Having said that, for me it's Falin all the way. He's such a fascinating mix of strong and dangerous alpha male and yet he's vulnerable and not ashamed or afraid to submit to a powerful female. He's so tough and dominant in his interactions with other people, but from very early on in the first book he has worn his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Alex. The explanation for his absence as well as the complications from his divided loyalties really brings a great and realistic conflict to the story. I know there's no easy fix, but I couldn't help rooting for Falin and Alex to find a way.

I have to confess that I'm not a huge fan of the fey and I usually don't enjoy stories that take place in whole or part in faery, with a few notable exceptions. This series is one of those exceptions. I really enjoy the fey in this world and the glimpses of faery that we get are fascinating and well developed. The author conveys well the fact that faery is both beautiful and deadly and filled with a magic all its own. I was very happy that we get to see more of it in Grave Dance and I can't wait to see what happens with the discoveries that Alex made there.

We meet some new characters in this installment and my mind is already abuzz with where these introductions will lead in later books, but I also enjoyed the interactions with already established characters. I enjoy Alex's relationship with her three best friends and it was great (and terrible) to see how the events that take place in her life really affect the lives of those closest to her. Something that made me very happy was seeing Alex's dad again. I can't wait to learn more about this man and see what's really going on with him. He's a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in bacon...or well, he's fun to read about and I want to know all his secrets.

In the end, I think Grave Dance is a solid entry that continues the development of the story and characters very nicely. I didn't love it as madly as I did Grave Witch, but the truth is I am so very in love with this series because of the wonderful world building and fabulous characters that I'm hooked and there's no turning back for me.

Final Grade: A

Now, because I'm awesome and because I enjoy these books so much, I want to share the love with all of you. Therefore, I am giving away a copy of both Grave Witch and Grave Dance to one lucky winner. I am shipping out of Book Depository so this giveaway will be international as long as you are in a country that they ship to. You can check for your country here.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your email addy to enter. Contest will run from now until July 5, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST. I will announce the winner on the blog and I will contact him/her by email. If I do not hear back from the winner by Friday, July 8, I will redraw for a new winner.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!!


A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

This series looks really good-and it's only on book two? I'm off to get Grave Witch right now!

buddyt said...

The series isnew to me but after your post I Googled for some reviews and it sounds like a winner.

Thanks for the giveaway and especially for opening it to worldwide entries and please enter me.

Much appreciated.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I love new series. Looks like a good one. Please enter me, thanks!

Mollie W said...

I loved Grave Witch & I cannot wait to read Grave Dance!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

donnas said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!! I have been wanting to try her books for a while.

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Martha Lawson said...

Sounds good, please enter me.

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Unknown said...

You are awesome dear! Thanks for sharing!

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Tyhitia Green said...

Kalayna is awesome and so is her series. :-D

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Jennifer said...

I really want to read this book and the one before that.

Maranda Russell said...

Count me in! This book looks great too!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

elaing8 said...

I have the first book on my TBR list.I have read great things about it.Now with your review book 2 sounds pretty awesome too.
Thnks for the chance to win these.

Jo said...

I have seen Grave Witch around and have wanted to check it out so to win both books would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity and for making it international!


Sunscented said...
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Sunscented said...

I haven't read anything in this series or from this author yet, but I'm looking for something new and your blog post peaked my interest- so count me in!

Sunscented gmailcom

JenM said...

I just pulled out Grave Witch to reread in anticipation of the release of Grave Dance. It's one of my most anticipated releases this summer. Thanks for the contest.

jen at delux dot com

Ashley said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Van Pham said...

I read the first and loved it! Looking forward to reading Grave Dance. Thanks for the giveaway :)


Joanne said...

Always looking for a new author, will have to give this one a try...

Pamk said...

would love to win this one. BTW I love the name of your blog I tell my boys and hubby that all the time rofl.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Camille said...

this is a new series for me so here goes nothing!

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Tamara said...

I looooved Grave Witch . Can't wait for Grave Dance *O*
(Btw, loved the title(?) of your blog :D)

tamara525 [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! :D

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SusiSunshine said...

I so ADORED Grave Witch and I actually was pretty surprised that I did. At that moment I was (and still am) a bit burned out of uf and pnr. But This one really grabbed me. As you said just wonderful. So can't wait for book 2. *g*

Mary Preston said...

The entire series looks amazing. On my list.


Unknown said...

I have heard amazing things about this series and would love to read it!

Thank you for the generous giveaway! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Jana said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Samantha R. said...

I would love to win!

JessS said...

I haven't read either book yet but your review definitely makes me want to. Like you I haven't read that much about fae that I've liked but this sounds good.


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