Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted October 8, 2022 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Night Huntress Readalong

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.

Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene FrostUp From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #7
Published by Harper Audio on 2014-01-28
Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
Reviewing Audiobook from Library
Reading Challenges: 2022 Audiobook Challenge, 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist

There's always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war.…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives - and those of everyone they hold dear - will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

This month wrapped up Cat and Bones’s story in the final Night Huntress installment, Up From the Grave. I’ll be brutally honest, I was underwhelmed by the story. It felt repetitive and the ending rushed. The book itself could be split into two distinct plots that are loosely tied together. That being said, the girls I buddy read this with all gave it 5 stars, so maybe my judgement was hindered by COVID and antibiotics and steroids *shrugs*

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost finds Cat and Bones leading a relatively calm life in their mountain cabin when Don arrives with news that Cat’s former team is missing. Responsibility and worry urge Cat to move and find out what Madigan has done with them. Here we finally get to the heart of who Madigan is, his relationship with Don, and how it all comes back to Cat. This part of the story is very well done in my opinion. It’s fast paced, the plot doesn’t lag, and Cat’s emotion-driven energy fuels it all. It is exactly what I’ve come to expect from this series.

Then there is a big plot twist involving a young girl, Cat’s former team, her uncle, Madigan, and Cat herself about 50-60% into the book. This twist creates a second and final plot point for the series. However because of its late introduction into the book, along with a new villain, it is rushed and not fully explored. Not only that, but it changes Cat’s character in profound ways that we are not able to see. Add in the fact that some events are repeated and well, you have me rolling my eyes and sighing at a series I’ve enjoyed up to this point.

Overall, Up From the Grave is a fitting end for Cat and Bones. I’m happy with the conclusion of their story, and while I could always read more, I’m satisfied and don’t need it. Definitely recommend for fans of the series and anyone who enjoys urban fantasy/paranormal romance.

*I buddy read this one with Berls @ Because Reading, Anne @ Books of My Heart, and Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms. They all rated this one 5 stars.

About Jeaniene Frost

Author Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the upcoming Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.


Join us for Bound By Flames, the next installment in the Night Prince series, on November 4th.

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