Books of My Heart is hosting a year long read-along of the Night Huntress world books by Jeaniene Frost. COYER has adopted the read-along this year and is hosting chats for each book. You can see the schedule by clicking here. This is my first time reading the series though Halfway to the Grave has been sitting on my TBR shelf since it first came out. I’ve always enjoyed paranormal romance / urban fantasy, and vampires hold a soft spot for me. I’m excited to dive in. I’ll be posting reviews for each book the Friday before the chats. If you’d like to join us, find our group on Facebook here.
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #5
Published by Blackstone Audio on 2011-02-22
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from Library
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist
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.
I’m so happy to be back with Cat and Bones for this installment. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy Spade’s and Mencheres’s books, but I missed the banter and humor that we get with Cat and Bones. This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is the 5th book in the Night Huntress series and picks up nearly a year after the events with Gregor. During this time, Apollyon has stepped up his planning to take down Cat and the vampire race, inciting ghouls to action. With masterless vampires disappearing, it’s up to Cat and Bones to stop him before war becomes reality.
I really missed Cat! She’s a fun character. Her naivety is starting to wear off finally, and we get to see her use her new skills as a vampire. I love the twist that Frost gives her character (sorry, vague I know, but trying to avoid too many spoilers). It makes for an interesting read as you never really know what is coming. Cat’s character has really grown from the stubborn half-breed hell-bent on killing all vampires to a confident, empathetic vampire wife.
Bones is still great. I have to say he lost a little shine for me in the last book with his jealousy and how he didn’t trust Cat enough to give her the benefit of the doubt. That said, they are working on those issues, and their trust in each other is really put to the test yet again.
I loved seeing Marie again, the ghoul queen of New Orleans. She’s a fun character. To be honest, I don’t know how much I can trust her, but I do think she has a mutual respect thing going with Cat. That said, she may turn into a baddie later on in the series OR the ultimate ally.
Overall, I enjoyed this installment of Cat and Bones. I’m still not a fan of the narrator’s voice for Bones which makes it hard to get through at times. However the actual story more than makes up for it. If you enjoy urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and vampires, I highly recommend it.
*I read this with Anne @ Books of My Heart who rated this one 4 hearts.
Join us for book 6, One Grave at a Time, on July 8th.