Species: Vampire/ Hybrid/ Human/ Ghoul/ Ghost
Interest: 200 in 2011/ Jeaniene Frost/ Cat and Bones
Danger waits on both sides of the grave.
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.
Why the *bleep* did I wait this long to read This Side of the Grave?
It is the most amazing book in the series and that is saying a hell of a lot considering the level of awesome of all the other books. Frost utterly surpasses herself each time she delves into the world of the Night Huntress series. She's unequivocally enthralling and outright marvelous. I could read her series over and over for the rest of my life, and probably will.
As the 5th novel in Frost's Night Huntress series and 2 books away from the ending (*SOB*), This Side of the Grave had a lot to live up to for me. I honestly was not sure the story could get anymore developed or surprising. For a moment, I believed this would be the book where plots and events started repeating only with more fun, witty banter. I was so wrong I could slap myself. There were fights in elevator shafts, dives off bridges, new powers, new abilities, vampire history, attempted genocide and 2 events which could totally spark books or stories of their own. And Mencheres the big bad-ass vampire grandaddy winked. This fact alone should motivate Night Huntress readers to go get the book NOW.
I wish I could talk so much more about what happens, but almost anything I want say will be spoilery. *All spoiler sections in this review will be clearly labeled and crossed out.* So, let me instead talk about the characters. Book five is a huge growing experience for Cat. I wish I could give an adequate description. I saw Cat fully coming into and accepting herself as a person, as half of a partnership, as the leader of a line, as the exact person she is supposed to be. It was just amazing. Bones of course is still there being his sexy self, but in a different way. He has to part from Cat for a while in the books (for a mission people, put the knives away), but it's like... I could still sense him there. He's so utterly a part of his wife that I felt his support, love, humor, objections and everything else when he wasn't there. Bones is Cat's and Cat is his. That's the only way I can do justice in describing their relationship.
I love the side characters in Frost's novels. The best thing about them is that they don't feel like side characters and are not flat on paper people. Mencheres and Vlad take up the brunt of appearances. Kira, Spade, Denise, Justina, Tate, Dave, Fabian, Don, Gorgon, and Marie Laveau (ghoul queen of New Orleans) have smaller but important roles in the book. Surprisingly Ian wasn't in the book except for a few lines. His ego must be devastated. Veritas, the vampire enforcer from Destined for an Early Grave and Eternal Kiss of Darkness, is also slightly in the book. Truth be told I find her fascinating and would love to have her more in this or other series. Tate has officially been taken off my shit list for growing up and growing a brain. Justina as well blind-sided me with being the most likeable I have ever found her.
There aren't as many "steamy scenes" with Cat and Bones in this book as there's been in the past. However with all theat happens in the book it is understandable they can't boink each other all day, everyday. I can feel their love for each other without them having to read wicked hot sex all the time no matter how much I like it. This Side of the Grave has so much good plot and twists to dive into. Reading 50 pages feels like reading for 5 minutes it develops so quickly. I loved all the action in this book, but the emotional scenes were what really got to me. SPOILER:
I do not have the words to properly describe how spectacular this series is. If you haven't read it, pick up the first book tomorrow. If you've read the other four (or six) books, you must pick up This Side of the Grave as soon as humanly possible. It is everything you hope it will be AND MORE. I love this book series to the moon and back so please, please read it. (As long as you are 16+)
Book Series Order:
1. Halfway to the Grave
2. One Foot in the Grave
3. At Grave's End
4. First Drop of Crimson (Spin-off 1)
5. Destined For an Early Grave
6. Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Spin-off 2)
7. This Side of the Grave
8. One Grave at a Time (out August 30th 2011 in the U.S.)
Teaser Lines: "Mind out of the gutter, Trampzilla!"