Review: Grave Ransom by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

Let me start by saying love triangles suck. Even ones that start out intriguing at first. Even ones where you aren’t immediately sure who you’re rooting for.

You know why? Somebody’s got to lose. And there is a 50% chance that the HEA you’re rooting for is going to crumble at your feet.

All that in mind, I hated the ending of this book. It made me mad and it mad me sad and I hate-tweeted about it seconds after I was done. I’m going to try not to let all of that shadow the rest of my review, but I had to give you total disclosure. It’s a day later and I’m still unhappy.

Backing up. I have been a fan of the Alex Craft books since I read book one. Kalayna Price has created a cool premise that mishmashes a bunch of UF elements and made something that stands up well on it’s own. Alex Craft is a grave witch. She can raise the shades of the dead and learn their secrets. Over the course of previous books, we’ve learned she is also fae (news to her!) and a “planeweaver,” able to see and manipulate other dimensions. All of these elements come together here, and while you might be able to enjoy it as a new reader, why would you want to? The early installments are awesome. Start with Grave Witch.

Basically, Alex is a private investigator of sorts, hired to ferret out information from the deceased. Here, she is hired by a teenage girl to find her missing boyfriend and determine whether he’s dead or alive. What should have been a simple case turns out to be anything but when it reveals someone is abducting people, killing them, and putting other souls in the bodies in order to do his dirty work. It’s dark and there’s a lot of death and decay action happening, but it’s really awesome. I loved the mystery. I also loved how Price tied all the threads together that I didn’t even realize were hanging. It was action packed and kept me engaged from beginning to… (well, you know how I felt about the end.)

I like Alex a lot. I know I’ve said this before, but it –A– bears repeating and –B– is still true. A lot of UF heroines “evolve” so much over the course of a series, they are almost unrecognizable as the characters they were at the beginning. Not so here. Alex may know more about herself, and she can do more stuff, but she is still the same woman. The books still have the same vibe. I really appreciate that.

Both Death and Falin are around in small roles. Neither romantic plot takes up a lot of page time, but it is going somewhere. I’ll leave it at that.

Angry and grumbly as I am, I begrudgingly admit this was a good book and it’s a great series. I still recommend it. But no matter which pairing you ship, be prepared to be frustrated along the way.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Grave Ransom
by Kalayna Price
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Ace

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