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 City.
Alex’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?
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 must make a stand even if it means she's on the wrong side of 'Death', her lover!
I love the Alex Craft 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 and more than a little poignant. My problem is I wanted more of '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 Grave Ransom ends, I'm definitely not a happy reader.
Still I do enjoy the crazy family Alex has created and this time the gang's all here! Plus, Alex is learning more about her own heritage and powers which are truly tested in this story. The fact her ex-lover, Falin, is constantly around acting as a spy for his Queen just adds to the tension. The word frenemy has never been more appropriate as Alex treads a wary path between freedom and the Fae court.
Plus, in Grave Ransom, we get a lot more of total bad ass Briar and trust me, that's one scary lady. Lots of twists to keep me turning the pages but that ending whilst not totally unexpected, left 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.