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This Side of the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel Kindle Edition
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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.
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- ASIN : B0049B1VQI
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (February 22, 2011)
- Publication date : February 22, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 879 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 388 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,514 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,095 in Paranormal Vampire Romance
- #1,257 in Vampire Romances
- #3,168 in Fantasy & Futuristic Romance
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Hell, if it were, she wouldn't be such a...unique member of the fully undead. But no, Cat can't do anything the easy or normal way. That's why she's the only full vampire in existence who is still plagued with an occasional pulse, craves vampire blood instead of human, and has a tendency to pick up the skills and strengths of the vampires she feeds from. Talk about awkward!
Toss in a fundamentalist ghoul who considers Cat to be the undead version of the antichrist and who is gathering forces to put her down in as painful and ugly a way possible, a growing number of missing and murdered vampires, and an impending species war between vampires and ghouls that will decimate human and undead alike, and Cat's lucky she's got time to breath (if she still had to, anyway), let alone take a few days off.
If it weren't for Bones and the strength of his love for her, Cat would have waived the white flag long ago. Together, though, and with the help of friends and allies new and old, she may just make it out of this next debacle with her head still attached. Not everyone she loves may be so lucky.
It's been several years since I first read the fourth book in what once was one of my favorite series of all time. So much time passed, in fact, that before I started this book, I had to go back to the beginning to reacquaint myself with the series and characters. Unfortunately, Destined for an Early Grave was just as big a stumbling block for me on the reread as it was the first time around, when it tripped up my fanaticism for the series. I had a lot of problems with that book.
I'm happy to say that this time it didn't set me back so far that I couldn't finally plow ahead to this one. I would have missed out on a lot of good reading and the chance to once more become fond of characters who I adored above all others in the past.
This Side of the Grave is a witty, action-packed, emotionally vibrant tale. One of the most quip-laden of the series, I chuckled out loud in several places, and found myself slowly falling in love with Cat and Bones all over again. I've always wished for more series like this one, an extended urban fantasy series with a strong female lead in a steady, solid romantic relationship with her male co-star. I'm so very weary of the bed-bouncing, emotionally retarded, sex-starved profligates that have become so tragically ubiquitous in the genre.
It's a treat to be able to enjoy this one again.
That's not to say all things were perfect for me. The main plot of the book seemed to start fairly slow and, if I'm completely honest, wasn't really all that compelling to me. Especially compared to some of the ancillary threads that were very powerful and more interesting. I was concerned, too, with seeming inconsistencies in Cat's ability to absorb the skills and power of those from whom she feeds. I'm also a little troubled by the fact that I've started noticing a pattern or formula emerging in the books - maybe because I've now reread them all so close together.
Admittedly, it's an over-simplification, but it seems each book starts with one strong scene unrelated to the main plot, then Cat and Bones are made aware of a major threat to one or both of them. That leads them to meet with Mencheres, et al. to discuss said threat in great detail while Cat stays off the radar. After the first plan - which never works - is set in place, something crops up that puts either Cat's or Bones' life on the line, and it usually results in Cat getting the crucial piece of information she needs to triumph, but in such a way that she doesn't understand it. All efforts to stave off catastrophe fail, everyone throws themselves into battle, and that crucial bit of cryptic from earlier becomes clear in hindsight.
None of those issues, however, detract from the fact that Frost can still rip my heart out, can still make me laugh out loud, surprise me, and put me on the edge of my seat. She has, even after the previous book, drawn me back into the fold and wrapped me up in the lives and love of Cat and Bones and all their friends (Vlad in particular, who I've always loved with fierce intensity).
I also loved that Cat showed true maturity in this book. Gone is the half-cocked wild woman who would Lone Ranger her way into deep trouble and jump to all sorts of emotionally immature conclusions. Gone is the strictly black-and-white inflexibility and the stubborn pride. Cat has learned to thrive in the gray areas and embrace compromise. Even when it hurts. Her growth throughout this series, evidenced in this book, was impressive and heartening.
I think the series needed this book, actually. It seemed to complete a transition that started in the previous book. Cat's relationship with Bones seems so strong now, and it's my favorite thing about this series. Cat herself seems strong. Some of her alliances and friendships have shifted and realigned, and characters who have been a part of the series for a long time have changed roles a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, especially now that Cat has sort of become Cat 2.0.
Hell, maybe she'll even manage a real vacation with her husband. One that's not interrupted or blown up by some impending disaster or major threat. Then again...what fun would that be?
"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."
"Sneaky, manipulating, merciless bloodsucker..."
A chuckle drifted up to me. "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 embarassing, I don't like to talk about it."
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Cat and Bones are back! I really enjoyed the detour of the last two spinoff books focusing on Spade and Mencheres, the stories were great and I would have been a little lost seeing Denise and Kira in this book if I hadn’t read those. But after the emotional trauma and separation in the book before that, I was really happy to see Cat and Bones together again and stronger than ever in this book! There was plenty of drama and danger in this book but at least throughout it Cat and Bones were always working together and finally communicating with one another before making any life altering decisions. I really felt like they grew as a couple in this book and I was glad to see that they’ve learned from their past mistakes. It was also nice to see them being able to spend more time together, the last few books it felt like they spent a lot of time apart even when they weren’t mad at each other. There were also some seriously hot scenes in this book, including one scene featuring candle wax and some strategically placed bites (reminiscent of that crazy hot scene between Cat and Bones earlier in the series) and another instance that required Bones’ to service Cat for nearly 2 days straight!
I felt like there was more of an emphasis on the relationships in this book than the past books, which I really liked. Cat finally let down her last wall separating her and Bones and there were some very touching and deep scenes between them. (‘Maybe some hidden, fragmented part of me feared that if I admitted to Bones how much he truly meant to me, then I’d be acknowledging to myself that he had the power to destroy me more thoroughly than anyone, even Apollyon or the vampire council, could.’) There were also some very poignant scenes with Cat and Don and with her mother as well. She even had a moment with her and Mencheres that I really loved.
Of course there’s got to be someone stirring up trouble for our favorite couple and this time it’s the ghoul Apollyon who is at the center of it. We heard a little about him in the last book where he was spreading rumors that Cat was going to become a ghoul/vampire hybrid and was going to use her power to enslave the ghouls to the vampires. Well he’s back and taking his efforts to another level in this book as he’s rallying troops looking to start an undead inter-species war. So Cat, Bones and crew team up again to try to take him down. Resulting in a fun, action packed ride.
There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book, I felt the humor in the last book was lacking a bit but it was back in full force in this book. My favorite moment came from Vlad, I am still laughing about his ‘premature inflamulation’ (“What the hell was that?” I gasped. “Premature inflamulation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.” ). He had so many funny lines in this book. Bones’ humor was also back in this book. At one point they get reconnected with Timmie (yes, that Timmie from book 1!) who is in awe that vampires really do exist and to learn that Cat is now one and there’s a funny exchange between him and Bones while he’s trying to figure out what part of the fiction about vampires is really true that had me laughing (Timmie gave Bones an me a speculative glance. “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,” Bones cut him off with the utmost seriousness.) There were so many funny lines like these in this book and it was nice to see the humor that I’ve come to expect from this series back in this book!
I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to seeing what’s in store next for this crew as I start the final stretch of their journey!
When vampires start disappearing and rumors of a war between the species circulating, Bones and Cat head out to investigate. The rumors are being started by the ghoul master, Apollyon, who has caused trouble for Cat before.
Like most of these books, a lot happens for Cat and Bones. They are trying to figure out why ghouls are targeting vampires, but things quickly escalate, like usual. Cat and Bones' relationship is solid in this, which I think is a first. They are still hard headed but they work it out now. I loved how supportive Bones is in this one, especially when it comes to the death of someone close to Cat. Also, I love how he takes every chance to let Cat know how much he loves her.
“No matter what happens, you will never lose me,” he whispered. “I am forever yours, Kitten, in this life or the next.”
The brewing war between the ghouls and vampires was interesting, but was also a bit anticlimactic. I thought the ending battle with Apollyon was kind of disappointing. Yes, it had some good fight scenes but Apollyon ended up being a very disappointing villain. Marie, aka Majestic, makes another appearance in this book and we see how truly powerful of a ghoul she is. Her abilities were fascinating and it was interesting seeing how differently Cat and Marie applied them, especially for battle purposes.
Overall, this was another action packed book for Cat and Bones. I liked that we get to see Mencheres and Kira working with them to help. Also, I was very sad at the death in this one because it was unexpected.
Trigger warnings: Death of a side character due to cancer.
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Cat doesn't seem to be able to catch a break. After her ordeal in the previous book, she finds that she is hunted yet again by a delusional foe who is after starting a war. He is afraid of her powers! Bones is as supportive as ever and their relationship keeps growing.
The banters between Cat and Bones are humorous at times, but make no mistakes about his feelings for her. He is protective and always has her back. There is a sad event which affects Cat on a deep level. It's an interesting take on the paranormal world. Very enjoyable.
Don, Cat's uncle, plays a pivotal role in the series arc and in Cat's own story. Vlad, Mencheres and others make an appearance too.
Cat is summoned by voodoo queen Marie bout a pending war between the vampires and the ghouls, instigated by ancient psychotic ghoul Appollyon. Cat spends a lot of time hunting him.and looking for a way to defeat him, all whilst.dealing with personal grief, fear about her powers and worry for her friends.
There's action, humour, pathos, fighting and a great hook at the end. Everything you want from a Night Huntress book.
Also, this ends on a nice little cliff hanger of sorts and one that made me both laugh and tear up a little. (Maybe im just emotional lately but this book had me close to blubbering).
Good book overall but the in terms of the series standard, its one of the worst. All the same worth a read and not to be missed
There's still plenty of action and the writing is superb as always, but unlike the others, this book was a little dull in some places. There are some great scenes, don't get me wrong, but things don't seem to pick up until about halfway through. Whether this is simply because of the general plot of this book, or whether it is a reflection of the characters' developing maturity, I don't know - perhaps a bit of both - either way, it was slightly disappointing after eating books 1 to 4 like a ravenous book-beast.
I also found myself somewhat distracted by the new additions to the story, in particular, Kira, and Denise's new 'situation'. For anyone who read the side novels involving Spade and Denise, and Mencheres and Kira, this wouldn't be a problem. Maybe it's my own damn fault for rushing on with this series instead of branching out and getting the full overall story - I just didn't have enough of an interest in these side characters to read full novels based around them alone. It would have made more sense to read the Night Huntress books 1 to 4, then go to Night Huntress World First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness before reading this book as suggested on the author's site. Oops.
Overall, this won't stop me from continuing with the series, but I am hoping book six captures more of what drew me to this series in the first place, zoning back in on Cat and Bones.