Title: THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE (The Night Huntress Bk 5)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Unabridged
List Price: $29.95
Originality of Plot: 5/5
Characters Development: 4/5
Cover Art: 5/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 5/5
Overall: 43/45 = 95%
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.
(THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)
Unlike many of the other Night Huntress fans, I didn’t have a 2 year wait between DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE and THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE. I was lucky enough to introduced to this series via audiobooks. When the this series was released at Audible.com late last year, I devoured each book as it was came out. This series is a witty, sexy, and emotional joyride, that you never want to end.
Cat’s really come into her own in this book. She didn’t want to hide or apologize for what she has become. She finally understands what it takes to be a leader and keep your people safe. Sometimes violence is the only alternative, when your authority is being challenged. She is also finally completely letting her walls down when if comes to Bones. She has always loved him and been attracted to him, but she’s always held a bit of herself back. She finally laid all her cards on the table for the husband.
As in all of the previous Night Huntress Series books, THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE’s secondary character are just as amazing as it’s primary characters. I probably love Vlad just as much as I love Bones. He is hysterical! When he steps into a screen, you know you are in for a treat. He really is instrumental in helping Cat realize what it means to me a leader. It was also wonderful to get to see Night Huntress World characters Denise and Spade, along with Kira and Menchere. While it was great saying hello to old favorites, we also had to say goodbye an important characters. Though this character wasn’t always my favorite, he always did what he felt was right. He will be greatly missed!
I have always felt that Jeaniene Frost’s writing in The Night Huntess Series is bloody brilliant! She has a very good balance of humor, drama, sexuality, and heartfelt emotions. I mean who else could come up, “garlic plus ganja equaled ghosts be gone”? This book have sooo many amazing quotes from this book. One of my very favorites was, “Ask me if I sparkle and I‘ll kill you where you stand.” I honestly laughed out loud on the plane, while listening to this audiobook. I’m pretty sure the other passengers thought I was crazy!
If you are a fan Jeaniene Frost‘s series, I recommend that you pick up this series on audiobook. Reading this book and listening to it, are two totally different experiences. Never in my mind, could I dream up the amazing accents that Tavia Gilbert uses in this series. The characters range voices range from New Orleans honeyed French Creole to proper British gentlemen, and Tavia make them all shine!
If you are a big fan of the Urban Fantasy genre, this series is a MUST HAVE on your book shelf. I recommend Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress World series also. This series is meant to complement the Night Huntress Series, and give you a glimpse into the lives of some of my other favorite characters.
This Side of the Grave - Trailer