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

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. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

This is one of my favorite series, so I was definitely anticipating this book. When my UPS man dropped it off, I immediately ripped the package open and read it straight through. I think it is impossible, at this point, for an addition to this series not to be addicting.

However, the beginning – for me – was not great. Instead of strong and determined, Cat was coming off as a little spoiled and petulant…like maybe the “tough girl” act was being taken a little too far. I remember thinking “whoa, am I really this annoyed with one of my favorite characters right now?” And I was.

Luckily, that feeling passed. Once the plot developed a little further, the regular Cat that we all know and love kicked back in. She started actually listening and respecting the people around her instead of remaining on the “too far” side of stubborn.

Another thing I felt was missing at first was the snark. One of the best things about this series is that almost every single character is an unrepentant smart-ass. The interaction between all of them is fabulous and never fails to crack me up. Luckily, once again, it didn’t stay missing for long. Especially once Vlad came on the scene. Love him.

As far as the plot goes: loved it. Lots of suspense, tension and build-up this time around versus non-stop action. I really enjoyed it. I felt things moved slow enough to ratchet up the anticipation, but not so slow that the book dragged. Also looking forward to seeing what is next on the horizon!

And, as always, Bones is awesome. There are some intense sexytimes here y’all. Think back to the second book – you know the scene. Well, you’ll find its partner within the pages of this book and it doesn’t disappoint. And, beyond that – Bones is amazing all the time. I love every single thing about his character.

So, if you’re a fan of the series this is definitely a book not to miss! Even though I think it got off to a slow (dare I even say it? bad) start…it quickly redeemed itself and rose back to the levels we’ve come to expect from Cat & Bones.

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