This Side of the Grave

Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave
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Publisher
Avon
Release Date
February 2011
ISBN
9780061783180
Series
Book 5 of Night Huntress
Genre
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

SUMMARY
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.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Mar 08, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
128 people found the following review helpful
Hands down: five stars for the latest installment of the Night Huntress Series, THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE.

Boy, Cat and Bones have been through quite a bit lately. Challenges to Cat's life, challenges to their marriage, the challenge of losing a quite a few friends. But they've made it through. Now, in book five of the Night Huntress Series, Cat and Bones are having to stop a race war between ghouls and vampires. Yes, you heard right. She finds herself getting help from precarious allies and some of her faithful friends with the goal of keeping the peace between the two groups of the undead--and to prevent the loss of too many people, both human and those without heartbeats.

I love this series, and this book is no exception. As stated earlier, this is book five of the series. I felt as I was reading that you could read the book as a standalone without feeling too lost, but there would be a lot of inside jokes and history that you would miss out on if you hadn't started from the beginning.

The characters in this story are immensely rich and three-dimensional. Cat, our heroine, has grown immensely over the series, and her love for Bones has made most of that possible. Bones, her vampire husband, is so deliciously sexy, he almost makes me want to give up my own heartbeat, and grow some fangs. The two of them together just fit, and I love that through everything, they come out loving each other.

We also get to see some old favorites, like Vlad (aka Dracula), Mencheres, Fabian the friendly ghost, as well as some of Cat's old military buddies, like Juan and Tate, who are newly turned vamps, and Dave who is now a ghoul.

The world building in this book (and the entire series, frankly) is amazing. I envision seeing all of these places visited, like New Orleans, Memphis, Texas and Ohio under the cover of darkness (because that's when most of the action takes place), and having a whole new world opened up to me that as a human I never knew existed.

The story line was well developed and appropriately paced. We get a continuation of some previous story lines as well as dealing with the war that Cat hopes to stop. There is a lot of fighting, a great deal of suspense, and even more humor. Plus, there's the romance between Cat and Bones that just always makes my heart swell. There's nothing like a tough alpha male letting the love he has for his woman show for all the world to see. I'm not going to give you a spoiler, but I will warn you to have some tissues ready, because there is a huge tearjerker near the end. I'm still sniffling.

Well, there you have it. An amazing read and a fantastic continuation of the series. We've got great characters, a gripping plot, a tremendous amount of action, with a side of romance. I laughed, I cried, I yelled, and everything in between. And all the while I was thoroughly entertained. Alas, it was over too soon, and once again, I'm going to be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series to come out!
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