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than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift
from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving-leading to a personal favor
that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous
"Cat and Bones are combustible together." #1 bestselling author
"The Frost name guarantees quality!" Romantic Times.
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How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?
Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving—leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity—forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004V522XI
- Publisher : Avon; 1st edition (August 30, 2011)
- Publication date : August 30, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 885 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,512 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love this series. It is action packed, more so than any other series I've read. I keep waiting to see this become a tv show because if True Blood got picked up then this one definitely should be!!
In this story Cat is still dealing with the lingering effects of Marie Laveau's blood. How she's come to handle the ghosts that are drawn to her is impressive, it really made me smile. When Fabian brings the ghost Elisabeth to her and Bones, asking for their help, Cat is quickly drawn in, as is Bones.
Typical for Frost, our villian was someone who really did exist. Heinrich Kramer, who is just a really bad guy .. um ghost, did live, was an iInquisitor and did write the book Malleus Maleficarum. To see Cat and Bones go up against him is just fantastic!! Kramer was tricky - how do you kill a ghost? How can you do battle with something that you can't touch and someone who can just disappear on a whim? Plus, Kramer is one smart and crafty S.O.B.!
The romance between Cat & Bones continues to grow. Cat has shown a lot of growth over this series and seeing their relationship to continue to grow stronger is really wonderful. There isn't as much hot sex in this book, but what is there is good and what isn't there doesn't make the book feel lacking.
Like her other books the other characters make appearances, and we get to meet some new characters (Tyler is wonderful!). I can't wait to read Ian's book, he has intruiged me since he was first introduced (though pairing him with someone almost seems like a punishment to the poor bloke!).
What makes the incorporeal Kramer more dangerous in his corporeal form is that he still likes to torture witches, and to him, every woman is a potential witch. Given her abilities as a vampire, Cat immediately goes up on his witch radar screen, and it is his intent to make her one of the trio of witches he plans to burn on the current holiday.
One grave at a time feature most of the supporting characters of the past novels fans have come to know, all of the witty quips and asides that Jeaniene gives the characters to speak, and lots of suspense in the telling of the story.
If you are a fan of vampire novels, then this book, and all the others, are for you!
what i love most of this series is that is very exciting, never slow, you start reading and after like 2 pages you are hooked and need to know what's next.
my only issue is that sometimes Cat is very naive (stupid) as a woman because she fails to communicate, but that's part of her personality, act first, ask later, and thanks to that she gets her and other in big troubles, thankfully Bones always understands and is there to help her through.
I also loved the fact that is not high school kids playing around but grown ups doing what grown ups do, is not just about sex, but it has a stroy and a content, and a damn good story!
if you love vampires and fiction and not the twilight kind, then read this series, you are going to love it.
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One Grave at a Time was one of my favourite books in the series so far, Cat and Bones have faced many different kinds of enemies before but this time there is a very real chance that they won't be able to win. Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter who tortured innocent women before having them burnt at the stake (this is a real historical character which makes him even more terrifying). Since his death he has become a powerful ghost, one who can take a physical form for one day a year and who does this with the sole purpose of killing more innocent victims. How can you kill someone who is already dead? This is the question that Cat and Bones are going to have to try and find an answer to but it won't be easy. The story is so fast paced and full of action, Heinrich is the most evil characters they have faced and with his poltergeist abilities he makes for a scary opponent. Even when he has no physical form he is able to attack Cat & Bones and there is little they can do to defend themselves.
I loved the fact that we get appearances from Spade, Denise & Ian, Denise definitely kicks ass in this one and I was cheering her on from the sidelines. We also get more of Ian's trademark snarky humor and I really hope we get to see him as the hero of his own book at some point in the future. Interesting things are afoot with Cat's old unit - since the death of her uncle Don in the last book the unit has been taken over by Madigan who obviously has some kind of predjudice against vampires and Cat in particular. We still haven't found out what his motives are and I have a feeling he'll be causing them all even more problems in the future.
They are so busy dealing with threats that there isn't as much time for Cat and Bones to spend together as a couple but there are still some really sweet (and sexy) moments between them. They have come through so much and had a lot of problems in the past so it is nice to see that their relationship is much more stable now. Bones has also developed a new ability that I'm looking forward to finding out more about in the future - I forsee it having interesting implications for their future bedroom antics. Talking about (not quite) bedroom antics I'm just going to say the words "Mile High Club" and leave it at that - you have to read the book for that alone!
So the long wait for One Grave at a Time was well worth it and has left me incredible excited not only for the next installment in Cat & Bones' story but also for Vlad's spin off series. If you haven't discovered these books yet what are you waiting for - put a copy of Halfway to the Grave at the top of your buy list - and if you are already a fan of the series you don't want to wait to pick up this installment.
I know I've said it before, but authors really do amaze me with the plots they come up with. Seriously, a murderous ghost who's already dead, so you can't kill him? That's just clever! What was also pretty cool was the fact that the ghost, Heinrich Kramer was actually a real person way back when. An actual witch hunter, who not only murdere innocent women at the stake, but tortured them into confessing - if they didn't, they were burned, because they were obviously lying; if they did, they were burned, because they're a witch - and raped them. Nice guy, huh? And that's what makes this book so awesome, and much more credible; its villain actually existed, but not only that, he existed and was truely evil. We already hate him for who he was, so we're already rooting for this guy to get whatever Cat and Bones throw at him. It just intensifies when the character is brough to life in the pages, and we see what Frost has made him into now. Ooooh, do we want him to get it!
But how on earth can you fight someone you can't touch? To make things worse, this someone has poltergeist powers, so can throw things - like, say, silver knives. Aimed at your heart. It's just genius! Cat and Bones have no idea what they're supposed to do. And even when they do come up with a plan, they have no idea if it's going to work because it's never been done before. This all adds to brilliant action scenes, because there's very little they can do to stop him, but a lot of damage they can do to him. And time's a-ticking when on Halloween, Kramer will be flesh again, and will torture, rape, and burn the innocent women he has chosen as targets. They have to stop him! And the action scenes once Kramer has a body? Dear god, it's horrific!
Despite all that, there were some areas that seemed lacking for me. There was less humour, less emotion, less romance between Cat and Bones, and so on. The key word here is "less"; it's not gone completely, but it's almost like Frost has taken a step back. The emotional depth that was so strong in previous books where I felt like I could cry is kind of shallow in this book. I guess that could be because with such a deadline of only a few weeks to try and find a way to stop him, to find his accomplice who's going to grab the targets for him, find out who the targets are to keep them safe, and live when Kramer is throwing things at you at every opportunity, all before 31st October, there's little time to waste on emotion, you've just got to push it aside and do.
However, there was a brilliant moment when Bones had to force Cat to realise this may be one time when they don't win, and that she would have to let it go if they couldn't stop him. With Cat being such a fiercely strong woman, the idea of giving up, of allowing Kramer to kill innocent women every single year for all eternity, because they simply couldn't stop him, is just completely abhorrent to her. But it's a strong possibility. It was a great moment!
There are some things that are left to be continued in the following books, such as the fact that Don is now a ghost after his heart attack in the previous book, and Cat is having trouble finding him a way to cross over. And an arrogant git with a superiority complex, Madigan, has taken over Cat's old team, who's going to cause all kinds of trouble, but has an ulterior motive behind it all. It seems it's ultimately to make Cat's life hell, but he's keeping his cards close to his chest.
Over all, a pretty awesome book! Just so clever! Not quite on par with some of Frost's previous books, but still amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Frost's next release will be Once Burned, the first book in the Night Prince series, set in the same world as all Frost's others, but starring Vlad! Once Burned is due to be released on 27th March 2012.
Once again, Cat and Bones are up against yet another cunning enemy, this time in the form of Kramer - a powerful ghost, disillusioned writer of the historic Malleus Maleficarum, and cruel, twisted rapist and murderer. He has haunted the plane of the living for years, yet annually, on Halloween, he has the ability to cross over into a corporeal form, allowing for his centuries-old ritual of the torture and burning of women, under the archaic system of witch-hunting.
Of all of the villains in this series so far, I enjoyed reading this one the most - perhaps because of my own interests surrounding the witch trials and the unspeakable history of the crimes against those women.
Cat, as always, puts her own (undead) life on the line to hunt down this madman, in yet another lightning joyride from Jeaniene Frost.