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Oddly this felt like a standalone All the usual characters were there, but all of their roles were fairly insignificant except for Alex Alex worked on an interesting case with Briar the bitch Man I hated her The case was the focal point of the entire book Only one remotely significant thing happened in relation to the overarching plot It was weird All of the drama with faerie and the soul collectors was largely forgotten It was mentioned but didn t go anywhere I liked the book but was e Oddly this felt like a standalone All the usual characters were there, but all of their roles were fairly insignificant except for Alex Alex worked on an interesting case with Briar the bitch Man I hated her The case was the focal point of the entire book Only one remotely significant thing happened in relation to the overarching plot It was weird All of the drama with faerie and the soul collectors was largely forgotten It was mentioned but didn t go anywhere I liked the book but was expecting to getout of it The love triangle drama pissed me off Actually there was next to no drama That was part of the problem Things are clearly going badly with Alex and Death Why is Alex so blase about it He s supposed to be her oldest friend, one of her best confidants They ve put their lives on the line for each other several times I know Alex is afraid of commitment, but this is ridiculous Couldn t there at least be a valid reason for their ambivalence towards each other Death is probably doing it as a reaction to Alex s behavior Alex hates it that Death can t tell her certain things although she knows he has rules he must follow The situation with Falin is no different He s beholden to the fae queen Both of the men in her life are someone else s puppet Why doesn t she just pick one instead of picking one then doing nothing but focusing on petty bullshit The whole situation is frustrating It was handled poorly in this installment The romance was barely there, which was fine, but when it was, I felt nothing but detached I wantedfrom this The world is fascinating, but there wasn t any growth or progress Honestly I m not looking forward to the next one I will read it, but I m not excited at all It was alright, although nothing much happened apart from the standard investigation of the week plot Alex spent most of her time being everyone s doormat punch bag She couldn t go an hour without someone blaming her for something and she couldn t go a minute before doing the whole self blame, martyr, always feeling guilty, constantly apologetic, looking for approval from people who think the worst of her, doormat routine I d honestly rather Alex was unapologetic and self serving Didn t like It was alright, although nothing much happened apart from the standard investigation of the week plot Alex spent most of her time being everyone s doormat punch bag She couldn t go an hour without someone blaming her for something and she couldn t go a minute before doing the whole self blame, martyr, always feeling guilty, constantly apologetic, looking for approval from people who think the worst of her, doormat routine I d honestly rather Alex was unapologetic and self serving Didn t like how Death Alex s relationship was handled, it seemed like the author just wanted to write him out and make him a bit part character There was no development or drama between them, it was all very meh.Still couldn t stand Falin, Alex was an idiot for being all pally pally for him when he was still the winter queen s main bitch and wasn t ultimately loyal to Alex I really enjoyed Price s storytelling and I love the characters, the gang is all here but I don t see much deeper developments with anyone in particular especially after that ending.New twists and an unexpected turn or two, that are sure to leave a few scars Price writes vivid and colorful characters, thought provoking plots and adds an imaginative flare that keeps me coming back for.I received this ARC copy of Grave Ransom from Berkley Publishing Group Ace This is my honest and volunta I really enjoyed Price s storytelling and I love the characters, the gang is all here but I don t see much deeper developments with anyone in particular especially after that ending.New twists and an unexpected turn or two, that are sure to leave a few scars Price writes vivid and colorful characters, thought provoking plots and adds an imaginative flare that keeps me coming back for.I received this ARC copy of Grave Ransom from Berkley Publishing Group Ace This is my honest and voluntary review Grave Ransom is set for publication July 4, 2017.My Rating 4 starsWritten by Kalayna PriceSeries An Alex Craft Novel Sequence in Series Book 5Mass Market Paperback 384 pagesPublisher Ace Publication Date July 4, 2017ISBN 10 0451416589ISBN 13 978 0451416582Genre Urban FantasyItunes Noble for 2.5 5 stars This was an okay book I was interested in the plot and investigation as in every book here Alex Craft series is always so consistent Which is both a plus in the way that if you enjoyed book one you ll enjoy the rest of the series as well, but it s also a bad thing in a way that there s very little to no actual character development with both the MC and the love interests The love triangle is ever stratched shouldn t the romance thing be resolved by now or at least made cle 2.5 5 stars This was an okay book I was interested in the plot and investigation as in every book here Alex Craft series is always so consistent Which is both a plus in the way that if you enjoyed book one you ll enjoy the rest of the series as well, but it s also a bad thing in a way that there s very little to no actual character development with both the MC and the love interests The love triangle is ever stratched shouldn t the romance thing be resolved by now or at least made clear who Alex prefers instead of this jumping around and everything kind of lacks depth by now for me The fact that my prefered ship sank was the last dig to the grave and I m salty about it now view spoiler Though I still irrationally hope Death will be the endgame in the last book since even the brake up was kind of open in a way And I just don t like Falin all that much honestly not in this book but in the previous one where he was highly unreliable and I just didn t trust him when it came to Alex I really hope Death isn t just out of Alex s life like that That s so fucking depressing since I genuinely thought they ll be together in the end I m so sad and salty now hide spoiler ( Free E-pub ) ☨ Grave Ransom ☨ Grave witch Alex Craft is no stranger to the dead talking She raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself But the dead walking That s not supposed to happen And yet, reanimated corpses are committing crimes across Nekros CityAlex s investigation leads her deep into a web of sinister magic When Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau gets involved, Alex finds herself with an unexpected ally of sorts But as the dead continue to rise and wreak havoc on the living, can Alex get to the soul of the matter in time This one wasof a filler kind of book But oh, how I missed this chick Still worth reading, amazing writing and a really great plot I love me a good mystery.Lucky me, I have the next book to read as well, so off I go I enjoyed this book least of all in the series It doesn t feel like it s part of the series and Alex is way stupid in it. I always enjoy a book about Alex and the world she lives in but admit it s often hard waiting a year in between each instalment So I cracked this baby open with glee ready to find out what new cases Tongues for the Dead would be tackling Right from the offset Alex is dragged into an unusual situation with a soul inside a dead body that clearly doesn t belong to it As if that wasn t spooky enough soon other animated corpses show up hell bent on theft and pretty soon Alex crosses paths with th I always enjoy a book about Alex and the world she lives in but admit it s often hard waiting a year in between each instalment So I cracked this baby open with glee ready to find out what new cases Tongues for the Dead would be tackling Right from the offset Alex is dragged into an unusual situation with a soul inside a dead body that clearly doesn t belong to it As if that wasn t spooky enough soon other animated corpses show up hell bent on theft and pretty soon Alex crosses paths with the reapers whose job it is to claim those souls You just know it s all going to go pear shaped but still Alex has to make a stand even if that means she s on the wrong side of Death her lover I love this series and yet this time it lacked a little something for me The action and mystery was fabulous because crazy necromancers always have a lot up their sleeves and this time it s both heinous andthan a little poignant My problem is I wantedof Death , Alex s protector and boyfriend He has sacrificed so much for her previously that I d really hoped they would actually get a happy ending but as this book ends I m definitely not a happy reader.Still I do enjoy the crazy family that Alex has created and this time the gangs all here Plus Alex is learningabout her own heritage and powers which are truly tested here The fact that her ex lover Falin is constantly around acting as a spy for his Queen just adds to the tension and the word frenemy has never beenappropriate as Alex treads a wary path between freedom and the Fae court Plus in this book we get a lotof total bad ass Briar and trust me that s one scary lady Lots of twists to keep me turning the pages but that end whilst not totally unexpected leaves me wondering just what will happen next This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are my honest and I believe fair opinion Very nice entry to the series Price is so far staying true to the tone of the previous books The case this timewell, there s several things going on but it starts when a young woman hires Alex to find her missing boyfriend When Alex does find him, it s just in time to see him killedand a female ghost pops out of his body Alex spends most of the book working with the magical crimes agent Briar Darque There are lots of twists and turns as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery Very nice entry to the series Price is so far staying true to the tone of the previous books The case this timewell, there s several things going on but it starts when a young woman hires Alex to find her missing boyfriend When Alex does find him, it s just in time to see him killedand a female ghost pops out of his body Alex spends most of the book working with the magical crimes agent Briar Darque There are lots of twists and turns as they try to get to the bottom of the mystery There are also a lot of weird happenings that left me wondering, even as I knew it would lead back to the original case eventually It just seemed to take an inordinately long time pulling the threads together Still, it was all good and I enjoyed the read It s definitely an inventive tale with very good wordbuilding.It s taken me until this book to realize what is different about this series from other series of this type There is really not much in the way of an overarching plotline to the series there is just a new case to be solved each book Sure, the gang is all there and the vagueness of the love triangle, but these things are never deeply explored It s just the case at hand Not that this is a bad thing, mind you it s just an observation There is an event at the end that portends a change in the next book but it s something that felt a bit tacked on to keep the reader interest Why is the 5th book coming out BEFORE the 4th book AGAIN with the mistakes GOODREADS, really The look of disdain on my face right now hmmphEDIT They fixed it You re welcome Goodreads