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Review: Grave Witch (Alex Craft #1) by Kalayna Price

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
Publisher: RoC
Release date: October 5, 2010
Source: Purchased
Series: Alex Craft #1
Rating: Four stars!

I haven’t been reading books like this since I started blogging, mainly because they take me a little more time to finish than young adult books do. But I’ve decided I’m going to go back to reading these as well, because I’ve always enjoyed them, and Grave Witch was a breath of fresh air for me. I loved this book.

I was reading vampire books right before the publishing industry exploded with them. Once the shelves were over saturated with vampire novels, I got burnt out on the entire adult paranormal spectrum for a few years. Grave Witch was my reintroduction to Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance books, and I must say I’m now itching for more. Alex is a kick ass main character, strong and yet vulnerable. She’s quirky too, with her cute little dog, and a great sense of humor. Loyal as hell to those close to her.

The story itself is not groundbreaking at all, but each author brings their own ideas to the table and present it slightly different. I enjoyed the story very much despite it not being a fresh idea, because of how Kalayna Price writes it and makes it her own. And it never hurts when there’s not one sexy guy, but two involved. Though I know who I’m leaning towards. Though I don’t see how that relationship can work, but this fiction so that’s all right. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where Alex is taken in the next book, especially after one of the guys drops the L word at a crucial time.

I’m definitely looking forward to digging into the next book. I recommend this to anyone who just wants something fun to read.

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop

Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
Publisher: RoC (Penguin)
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 – Absolutely loved it.
Cover Rating: 3/5 – It’s good.
Purchase: Amazon or Book Depository

Summary from the author’s website:
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “darkly fascinating”* Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance.  Now in Twilight’s Dawn, Bishop returns to the Blood realm with four all-new captivating novellas.

Winsol Gifts

Daemon, the Black Jeweled Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, is settling into his first year of married life with his Witch Queen Jaenelle. But as the thirteen-day celebration of Winsol draws near, Daemon finds himself being pulled in too many directions as he plays host to his formidable family…

Shades of Honor

Still recovering from the ordeal that left her wounded and angry, Surreal returns to Ebon Rih on the orders of Prince Lucivar. And when her former lover Falonar ruthlessly challenges the rule of her family, Surreal may finally succumb to the darkness burning inside her…

Family

When someone lays a vicious trap for Queen Sylvia and her sons, the fallout completely disrupts the lives of the ruling family of Dhemlan. Now, they have to uncover the identity of the warlord known only as No Face, before he returns to finish what he started…

The High Lord’s Daughter

After losing the two most important people in his life, Daemon has assumed his father Saetan’s role as High Lord of Hell and built a wall around his heart. But when he inadvertently forges a new connection, will it be enough to break him free from his loveless life?

My thoughts on Twilight’s Dawn:
The latest installment of the Black Jewels series, and probably the last, was like a family reunion for me. Back to the characters I’ve known and loved for years. Never has a book pulled at my emotions so much. I laughed, I cried, I raged.

Each novella built on the one before it, and there was quite a bit of foreshadowing for the last novella, so I wasn’t surprised by how Anne Bishop ended it. And while I should’ve expected it, given that the blurb for The High Lord’s Daughter mentioned Daemon losing two people, I was still surprised about who the second person was, though I shouldn’t have been.

I liked the first novella, Winsol Gifts purely just because we see everyone just in every day situations, getting ready for the holidays. Shades of Honor was my favorite of the four, even though a certain character made me angry at how he could possibly think that way. Family was bittersweet, but reminds us that family is not always just about who you’re related to by blood. Family goes beyond that.

The last novella, there isn’t much I can say without spoiling it for those of you who have not read this book, or the rest of the series. The only complaint I have is that Daemon and Surreal, especially Surreal, felt different. Not quite themselves. And with all the foreshadowing in this book, I was not surprised by how Anne Bishop chose to end this. It even makes sense, when you look at the series as a whole. While this felt like the end, it felt left open. Like Anne Bishop could come back to this someday and expand on the new direction the characters take.

A word of warning to long time Black Jewels fans: I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews, fans feeling betrayed, because of the last novella. I will not spoil anyone here, so you’re free to find the spoilers on your own, but I really think you should give Twilight’s Dawn a fair chance. Because this is the author’s world, not ours. She chooses how it ends. And I for one can respect that.