Sep 9, 2011

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Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6)

Urban Fantasy
August 30 2011
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Avon Books
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Bones
Kick Ass Chicks – Catherine “Cat” Crawfield

From Goodreads
Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

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One Grave at a Time is the sixth book in Jeaniene Frost’s hugely popular Night Huntress series.  That’s right people – this is the series where Cat & Bones live.  I love how when I pick up one of these books, I just slip into it as though there has been no break between books.  The characters and the world are so well developed from the very first book that you can’t help but feel up close and personal with this series.

I won’t go into specifics of the story since I’m likely to spill too much if I tried, but know this:  The villain is Jeaniene’s take on Heinrich Kramer, a witch hunter that actually existed and who was responsible for the death of many innocent women way back in his day.  Basically, he was a bastard and Jeaniene does a great job in making us realize this. Even though I didn’t find him to be all that scary, he was creepy as hell and I certainly wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark corner.  I’m glad that Cat & Bones agreed to help trap this guy/ghost because he did need to be taken care of.

When it comes to Cat & Bones as a couple in this book, I found them to be leaning more on the comfortable side than the hot & heavy side.  What I mean by that is I found them to be completely at ease with each other:  no secrets, no sneaking around, no two-sides.  I loved seeing them like that.  They have been married for a while now and they have found their peace.  Bones has really come around in trying to give Cat a little more breathing room and Cat is not fighting Bones on every little thing.  They know how much they love each other and they let that be the focus.  In other words, they have a fully mature relationship!  They still have strong chemistry on the page and you did still witness some sparks in this book, but there wasn’t the super extra spicy heat this time around.  Although there was some ‘loving’ in the sky…while flying…  Yeah, kinda neat.

There is a side plot that didn’t fully develop this time around that I hope will come into play in the next book and I also hope it finishes in the next book.  Madigan, a new military guy, shows up at the facility where Cat used to work and decides he’s the boss.  He is a jerk and I really didn’t like him.  I know that was the point of his character, but I don’t like him to the point where I hope he’s not around too much longer.  I don’t see how he enriches the plot.  He just makes me angry.  But Jeaniene doesn’t usually write people into her stories for no reason so I assume his time will come in the next book – whenever that is…

We saw some of the usual secondary characters in this installment.  Spade and Denise were there and so was Ian.  I have to day that I found Ian to be okay in the earlier books but with each book, he grows on me.  I found him to be quite funny in this book.  And Fabian was there too.  I like that ghost.  He’s another character that grows on me with each book.  He’s actually sort of cute this time around.

Some of the reviews that I’ve read so far have called this book a ‘filler’ book.  I don’t think that description fits this series.  Usually you may find a book that doesn’t really advance the overall story arc in the middle of a long running series, but there really isn’t a central story arc in this series.  Sure, the characters and what they go through and survive pass on from one book to the next, but each book holds its own full story.  (Though I don’t suggest you read any of these books alone though since you would be missing some of the most impressive character development ever written.)  And even though One Grave at a Time didn’t hit me with a huge case of “OMG this is the best book ever!”, it fed my need to spend some time with these characters and brought me on an interesting ride.  Overall, a good and solid installment for this series.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“’You seem pretty relaxed about his whole situation,’ I said wit mild exasperation, noting the non-chalance in his tone and vibe.

Bones all but rolled his eyes.  ‘Why wouldn’t I be?  For the first time in years, our relationship is solid, no one’s actively trying to murder us, and our closest mates are happy.  Blimey, Kitten, if I were any more relaxed, I’d need a smoke.’”

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“’There’s no need to worry,’ I said while wondering if I’d have to stop some of them from calling the police.  ‘We don’t kill people – well, not people who don’t deserve it, that is, and – ‘

Graham screamed, trying to run for the door.   Bones had him dangling by the front of his shirt in the next blink, throwing me a sardonic look.

‘Best not to mention any killing in a reveal speech, luv.’

‘Right.’  I sighed.”

Books in the Night Huntress series –
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Grave’s End
Destined for an Early Grave
This Side of the Grave
One Grave at a Time

  1. I love the way their relationship is right now too. So much of the series has been dedicated to just their relationship that I’m glad we’re past that now. Nice review Julie!

  2. I agree, Julie; C&B appeared very comfortable with each other and their marriage. They work perfectly together as a team – in more ways than one!

  3. I am glad you liked it 🙂
    Dunno why book 1 never swept me again

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I agree, Jeaniene’s books are not fillers. They each have their own story. I thought the sky nookie was pretty neat. I wanted to mention it in my review but I forgot!

  5. Paranormal Haven – I agree. I like how their relationship is still a strong part of the story but not the only focus.

    Shirleyjo – They work perfectly together as a team – in more ways than one! I hear ya there! 😉

    blodeuedd – You’re not the only person I’ve heard that from. I find that most people like this series, but it don’t mean everyone will. 🙂

    Carmel – Not a filler in sight. 🙂

  6. I completely agree Julie, this didn’t leave me feeling like it was the best book in the world but it was a great book to get me connected to Cat, Bones, Spade, Denise, Ian and Don. It also was nice to meet Tyler and I hope he stays a constant in the other books of the series. 😀

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