Jan 28, 2014

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Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #7)

upfromthegrave5 star

Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
January 28 2014
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Avon
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Bones
Kick Ass Chick – Cat Crawford

From Goodreads –
Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

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Up From the Grave is the seventh and *gulp* final book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, also sometimes referred to as the Cat and Bones series.  As much as I am sad that this is the final book, I am glad to see that Jeaniene decided to end the series now.  She has said that continuing the series would be dragging it out and I would have to agree with her.  I mean really…what else could Cat and Bones have to face that they have not faced before?

In this installment, Cat and Bones are looking into the disappearance of Tate, Juan and Cat’s other friends who still work where she once worked.  Her uncle Don won’t tell her anything other than that it’s probably too late for them and to just not bother looking into it.  Well, of course Cat isn’t listening.  First of all, she does not turn her back on her friends and second, she isn’t known for listening to reason – something that has actually served her well in the past.

I can’t say that there are many questions left unanswered in this series before this book but there are a few things that could be clarified.  In Up from the Grave, Jeaniene does just that.  Don, the new crazy maniacal guy that took over when Don passed and all other queries scratching at your brain are explained and what he learn…whoa!  I don’t think I’m on the ‘Don is awesome’ bandwagon after this one even though I get parts of what went down years ago, back when the series was still new and we had just met him.  As usual, Jeaniene does a great job getting inside Cat’s head and showing us just how angry or passionate or worried she is.  It is done so we the reader also feel that way.  So when little details came to light, I was just as pissered as Cat.  But not quite as pissered as Bones.  I had actually forgotten how menacing he can be when he feels like he or one of his has been crossed.  I always focus on ‘sexy Bones’ that I forget that chilling Bones’ exists in there somewhere.

Cat and Bones’ relationship is still going strong.  I was very pleased to see that Jeaniene didn’t add any unnecessary bickering or fighting just to add drama to this last installment.  They are in love and you feel they will be so for the rest of their eternities.  That does not mean they come out of this book unscathed.  There is one scene in particular that is quite heart wrenching.  I was happy it wasn’t dragged out for too long (good job with that too, Jeaniene) but even for that short while, my heart broke.

There were tons of little twists and turns that helped make this book a very exciting read.  There were no dull moments, that’s for sure.  There was one twist in particular that I never would have guessed at, but once it started playing itself out in the story it really fit.  This twist involves a new character, one who is quite interesting to read.

Speaking of characters, we saw all of the characters fans of the series would hope to see.  We get a huge surprise from one of them and we get tons of snark from Ian.  You know what, I never fully understood his appeal but after reading this book, I finally see it.  He is a bit of everything and I really hope that one day he meets his HEA and gives Jeaniene the opportunity to write his story.  I liked how Jeaniene added the much loved characters to this book – it didn’t feel forced in a ‘well, this is the last book so I have to cram so and so and so into this story someway and anyway possible so let me put him running into Cat and Bones at the grocery store in the cereal aisle’ sort of thing.  It was all done smoothly and with purpose.

I will say that as I was reading the last scene of the book I started tearing up and when I reached the end and closed the book, I cried. Silly, I know, but I did.  I mean, it’s not like I can’t pick up a Cat and Bones book at any time and go back into their world.  But knowing that no new full books about one of my favorite literary couples would be released again made me blue.  I do feel / hope that we will see novellas and short stories though and that would be wonderful by me.

Overall, Up from the Grave is a crazy ride filled with strong emotional scenes and twists that will keep you reading until way past your bedtime.  Cat and Bones are two of paranormal romance’s most beloved characters and they will be missed.  Jeaniene did a fantastic job giving them the happily ever after they truly deserve.

Thank you Jeaniene for introducing us to them.  They will not be forgotten.

5 stars

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
Once Grave at a Time
Up from the Grave

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  1. Awesome! I downloaded the audiobook this morning. Can’t wait (or maybe I can) to listen to it 🙂

  2. I’m putting off reading this because I’m not ready to see the end yet! But I’m sure I’ll cry, too. Thanks for a no spoilers review!

  3. I really can’t wait to read this last book and at the same time I’m so anxious! Will have to try.

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