Feb 18, 2011

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Review and Giveaway: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #5)

Paranormal Romance
February 22 2011
Mass Market Paperback
384 pages
Avon Books

Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Bones
Kick Ass Chick – Cat Crawfield

From Goodreads
“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.

4 stars

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)

  1. LOL..no..no quiet weekends for them 🙂

    I enjoyed this one too!

  2. So excited! This was one of the first paranormal series I read, and still one of my favorites. Will be re-reading the first four this weekend so I’m ready to delve into book 5 on Tuesday!

  3. O…M…G! I am SOOOO excited for Tuesday to get here. I need my Cat & Bones fix. This is another series that I just can’t imagine having to wait since June of 2009 on! I seriously would rip my hair out. Not including today, only 4 more days! I loved the review Julie…it got my heart racing and got me very excited about picking this book up! 🙂 I love the giveaway, but I’m such a huge fan I will be going directly to Target on Tuesday morning (before class) to pick it up! 😀

  4. OOOOO I love me some Bones…I can’t wait to read what happens to them…I love this series..One of the only first person series that I like 🙂 (just not that type of reader) Might have to download it if I don’t win this book 🙂

  5. Blackwater Mama says:

    I have heard a lot of good things about this series. It is on my TBR mountain. I can’t wait to experience. Maybe if I win this one,I’ll put it on the top.

  6. Nice review Julie. I really liked this one too. Jeaniene Frost did it again. Bones and Cat will always be a favorite.

  7. DarkBloodyVamp says:

    OMG I just loved this review!

    Ahhh Bones just makes me melt and I can’t wait to read those love scenes with him.

    LOL so true what you mentioned before. I do find myself looking at my husband and thinking “ah if he could say those things like Bones does and do the things to me like he does.” LOL

    So excited for this book!

  8. I love Cat and Bones and have been dying to get my hands on it. Now after your review and that teaser at the end I’m really dying for it to arrive ;).
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Great review! Glad to hear that it didn’t disappoint not that I expected it to! I hear ya about Cat and Bones NEVER getting a break!

  10. I’ve read the first 2 books in this series and just love it! Bones is so sexy and Cat is so fierce 🙂

    smaccall @ comcast.net

  11. That scene was smokin’ *fans self*

  12. These books just rock!! Bones makes me swoon!!


  13. I love me some Bones and Vlad! I’m just finishing up Destined for an Early Grave to be ready for next weeks release. I haven’t read the 2 Night Huntress World books yet but they’re in my TBR pile.


  14. I’m going to meet Jeaniene tomorrow at a book signing here in Maryland. I haven’t the books yet but they are on my must read list & I definitely want to get them signed while I can.


  15. Should not read the review so carefully, only read one book 😉
    And not entering, gotta catch up

  16. Bones, sigh. I think the reason he’s my favorite UF hero is because he just loves Cat so darned much. No one conveys that love as well as Jeaniene does. Can’t wait to read this book.

    jen at delux dot com

  17. I cannot wait to read this book. Please enter me!


  18. Totally obsessed with this series….I own books and audio for all!!!

  19. CAN NOT WAIT!!!!

  20. I’m so exiting for this book !! I need my Bones fix too 😉 Thanks for the give away parker182@hotmail.fr

  21. I’m a total Vlad fan girl, as well. I will camp out for his books. 🙂

    I’m so glad to hear great things about this book from my trusted bloggers. However, it IS a Jeaniene Frost novel, so would we get anything less than fantastic? I think not! Thanks so much for the chance to get my grubby hands on it!

    SmashAttackReads at gmail dot com

  22. Oh gosh, please please please include me in this one!!!!
    alliwantandmorebooks@ gmail.com

  23. love the series

  24. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  25. Great review – I love this series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  26. Oh-my-gawd!!!! I can’t believe it’s here next week!?!?!?!?!?! It seems like it’s been forever! Woooooo Hooooooo!!!!

  27. Jeaniene Frost is the bomb. She is a great person and a fantastic author. Cat & Bones are a lot of fun to read.

  28. Vampire Lady says:

    Wow I love this series! Bones (inlove) Just heard the news that in Bulgaria the 1st book will come up soon! I wish I could win!

    mpp1501 (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. Great review Julie! Just like everyone else, I cannot wait to read this book! I melt everytime I read the words “kitten”. 😉

  30. Linda Henderson says:

    I would dearly love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  31. had to skim it, cause Im planning on reading this as soon as I get it tomorrow!

    LOVE Cat and Bones! YAY! =D

  32. Tomorrow!!!!!! Can´t wait! I LOVE Jeaniene´s books 🙂

    sonkad @ gmail.com

  33. Marjana kaly says:

    I LOVE this series.I can’t wait to read TSOTG!

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com

  34. I love Cat and Bones!! One of my favorite series!

  35. Oh, Dear God, I can’t wait to read it! Tomorrow… finally!

    “Well, Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home.”

    Wow, that’s so f*cking nice 😉 Now I’m chewing my lips – I’m so elated 😛
    Thanks for the review and the giveaway!


  36. Count me in (: hee hee.
    Only a few hours of waiting left.. Thanks God!!

  37. I love Cat and Bones. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one of the best series. So glad there will be more :).

  38. I can’t wait to read this one, I want it so bad! It seems like forever since I read the last one. I love Cat and Bones, not just together, but with their friends. I especially love Ian, and would totally love to tease that guy for some reason. If real guys were as romantic as Bones, I probably wouldn’t spend so much time reading romances. 🙂

  39. Donna/BLHmistress says:

    Cats and Bones ! “sigh” I really need to read these books


  40. Cat and Bones, they just go together so well. You never think of them as individuals, only as a couple. Kinda like Luke & Laura, Victor & Nickie, Rhett & Scarlet (sigh), they are linked forever!

  41. Bonjour,
    Depuis que j’ai découvert cette série, j’attends toujours avec impatience de lire la suite mais ils sont long à sortir en France. Aussi, je lis les livres en boucle.
    Jeaniene est un auteur formidable, avec Bones et cat, il y a de l’émotion, de l’humour, du suspense. Je lis pourtant énormément de Bit lit mais c’est le 1ère écrivain qui a réussi à me toucher avec son écriture. J’espère qu’elle continuera assez longtemps l’histoire de Bones et Cat. Et pourquoi pas un jours, les voir en film.
    Merci Julie de nous faire partager ce moment.

  42. This is absolutely my favourite series of all time! I can’t wait to read This Side of the Grave! Thanks for the giveaway!


  43. Only 6 more hours for the digital copy. At least i hope so. Not sleep for me then.

  44. I love Cat & Bones! Can’t wait to read this book!


  45. Jillian H. says:

    I loved all of the sneak peeks you guys gave us….and the qoutes you chose are fantastic and only make my wait for the book more unbearable, but it’s a good thing! Thanks for the giveaway and the report <3

  46. Thanks for the chance to win a cop! I love this series AWesome review by the way!

  47. Love this series…cannot wait to read this one!!


  48. I’m a huge fan of this series! Bones is awesome!


  49. I love Bones!!! Can’t wait to read This Side of the Grave! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! dyreads[at]gmail[dot]com

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