Author: Jeaniene Frost (author website)
Release Date: May 1st 2008
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
What's The Deal?The Night Huntress books, by fabulous evil-author, Jeaniene Frost, are one of most favourite my UF/PNR series. So, because I can, every Saturday for the next few weeks, I'm going to dig up reviews of the first five books. I'd love to hear your thoughts on these books. Love them? Hate them? Can't wait for a double dose of Vlad with the Night Prince books next year?
BEWARE: This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Halfway To The Grave, reviewed last week.
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She's still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.
Review:Cat's back. But now it's Special Agent Cat Crawford...
It's been four years since Cat left the love of her life, Bones, sneaking away in the hopes of protecting both his life, and her mother's. Screw her own happiness. It could never work out with Bones anyway, and she'll never be happy without him. So as long as they can't be together, she'll keep him safe. She's now working for a secret department of Homeland Security, dealing with the undead like only she can.
A job Cat's working takes an unexpected twist, and when Bones shows up at her best friend's wedding, well... will she be able to control her attraction to him? Pfft, you know the answer: hell to the no.
Cat has grown a lot in the last four years. She's now a foul-mouthed, gin-swilling, 'raging bitch'. By her own admission. And boy, is she bitter. She's living for her job: killing the undead. Without Bones, she doesn't really have much joy in her life. Cat drove me nuts in the first Night Huntress book, Halfway to the Grave. She was immature and prejudiced, and while I understood this (and it was an important part of the story), I really appreciate that she's grown into the character she was clearly intended to be. Seeing Cat adjust her outlook on the future of a relationship between her and Bones is very sweet, and watching her finally stand up to her vindictive bitch of a mother is worth gold.
The pace in this book is rocketing--it's non-stop action. Whether it's Cat and Bones, or Cat and Bones kick ass, Frost keeps it moving along like a freight train. This installment has more action, more excitement, and more *ahem* everything than the last.
We also see far richer worldbuilding than the previous installment. Where Halfway To The Grave focused mainly on the mystery and sizzling tension between Cat and Bones, One Foot In The Grave has a far richer background. Secondary characters are now more than a backup cast: they're rich and multi-facted. Cat has friends, colleagues, and the added dimension these add to the story and world are invaluable. As much as I don't necessarily like him, Cat's relationship with Tate is interesting, and important, I think, in grounding her.
As with Halfway to the Grave, the book's really a vehicle for the sizzling interaction and relationship between our two heroes. It has some of the hottest scenes in it I've ever read (or seen on TV), and actually had me blushing (chapter 32--you'll know what I mean).
All the issues I had with Halfway to the Grave are gone in One Foot in the Grave. Cat's grown up, Bones doesn't push her around as much, and we have the two on much more equal footing. There are so many laugh at loud parts of this book (Bones v. Tate, and Bones and Justina). The Night Huntress series have filled a Buffy-shaped hole in my heart, and this instalment is infinitely better than the last. If you enjoyed Halfway to the Grave, you'll LOVE One Foot in the Grave. Read it.
Books in This Series:
- Halfway To The Grave
- One Foot In The Grave
- At Grave's End
- Destined For An Early Grave
- First Drop Of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)
- Eternal Kiss Of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)
- This Side Of The Grave
- One Grave At A Time (September 2011)
- As yet untitled book 7, expected 2012.
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