Review and Giveaway: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #5)
February 22 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Bones
Kick Ass Chick – Cat Crawfield
“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.”
I can breathe a little easier now that I’ve gotten my fix. My Cat & Bones fix that is. The last ‘Night Huntress’ book, Destined for an Early Grave, came out in July of 2009. July of 2009! True, Jeaniene Frost gave us some little teases last year in her ‘Night Huntress World’ books (which were quite good). But it’s just not the same as having a whole entire book about one of the most beloved couples in Paranormal Romance. *sigh* Bones…and Cat of course. Cat too. Not just Bones. Yummy Bones. Sexy Bones. Bones who says things that make my knees weak and makes me look at my husband and wish he had fangs and knew how to use them Bones.
In This Side of the Grave, book 5 in Jeaniene’s awesome series, Cat is still getting slack for being a well…let’s just say an odd undead-ish vampire. This time, crazy ghoul guy Apollyon is using Cat as the reason ghouls should go to war against vampires. Yup, war against the vampires because they are all bad and stuff. Riiiight… And there’s the reason I call him ‘crazy ghoul guy’. The story follows Cat, Bones and friends as they try to thwart crazy ghoul guy and stop this pointless and stupid war. It’s a very well paced book that had me wondering what was going to happen next. In other words, this book was like the other books in this series – wonderful.
I mentioned friends. I know you’re all wondering if you get to see all of the beloved characters you’ve grown to adore in this series. Well, let me tell you that you do! You see Mencheres, Kira, Spade, Denise, Tate, Juan, Don, Dave and even Fabien. Oh, am I missing someone? Hmm let me think. Oh yes…Vlad. *squee* Yup, he’s in here too. I am a total Vlad fangirl. I heart him. His wit, his sarcasm, his heart. Love love love. Can’t wait to get more details about his books!
Don’t worry though, this is after all a Cat & Bones book so they are a plenty. I love the chemistry between these two. I always have. Their dialogue and banter is amazing. And there are a couple of scenes in this book that took my breath away. The words that Bones speaks or that Cat shares are just…*sigh* romantic to the core. If you love these two together as much as I do, then you will not be disappointed.
Speaking of these two together…(how’s that for a segue?) Jeaniene is known to have at least one super hot scene in her books. She keeps that tradition alive in This Side of the Grave. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to spoil things so I’ll just say this: Wowza! But it’s not just the sex. I think what makes Jeaniene’s love scenes stand out is that they are just that – love scenes. The emotion she mixes is with the naughty is so strong and well expressed that it makes you get emotionally involved with the characters all the more. It just makes our connection to them even stronger. And it makes reading these yummy scenes all the more satisfying.
I was very happy with how This Side of the Grave continued Cat & Bones’ story. (I wonder if they’ll ever catch a break though and just be able to have a nice quiet weekend sometime.) The ending left a little bit of a smile on my face and I’m really anxious to see how Jeaniene handles that little twist. The wait won’t be very long this time around, thank goodness. Jeaniene is slated to release book 6 in her ‘Night Huntress’ series, One Grave at a Time, this fall.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’Sneaky, manipulating, merciless bloodsucker…’
‘Pillow talk already? You’ll have me hard before we’re even back in our room.’”
“’What the hell was that?’ I gasped.
‘Premature inflamulation,’ he replied. ‘Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.’”
“’Before we go, I gotta know: If mind-reading abilities are real, there’s something else I wondered if fiction got right about vampires – ‘
‘Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.’”
Swoon worthy quote
“’I love your hands,’ he sighed. ‘You think I look like an angel? Well, Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home.’”
Giveaway time! Simply leave a comment below (with an email address where I can contact you should you win) and you will be entered in a random draw to win This Side of the Grave! Woot! You must leave your comment before Friday, February 25th 11:59pm EST. Winner will be posted shortly after. Giveaway open anywhere the Book Depository delivers. Good Luck!
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 (September 2011)