Monday, March 3, 2014

Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Up From the Grave
(Night Huntress #7)
Jeaniene Frost
Release: January 28, 2014
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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.

So, this is it. The last Cat and Bones book. Many readers waited with anticipation for this book and I must say that's it was a fitting end for one of the best loved series in both paranormal romance and urban fantasy - since we readers can never agree which genre this series fits into.

In Up From the Grave, Cat and Bones finally learn Madigan's purpose in taking over Cat's old team and is quite interesting and despicable. This book has a lot of the things readers were most likely looking for in the series finale - Cat and Bones sexy times, a visit from pretty much every major character ever in the series (especially Ian and Tate), and an exciting plot. I did miss the multiple sex scenes we used to get in early Night Huntress books. It seems in recent installments that Frost limits us to one really great sexual adventure and that's it. I was hoping that in its final book, we would get a little more romantic time between our two favorite lovers but that didn't happen.

I still really enjoyed this book and thought that the way it ended was very appropriate as it took the two into a natural next phase in their relationship. Frost gives Cat and Bones a complete ending, and readers a glimpse into what their future will be like.

There were some parts of the main plot that felt slightly forced. I understood what the big concern between all the supernatural factions was, but it didn't feel like it was quite epic enough for the end of the series. What I did really like was a particular character who entered the book at about the halfway point and then became an important part of the main plot and the series ending. Obviously, I can't reveal too much about this character or I'd ruin the story for you, but I really felt like the plot line including this character was seriously under utilized and I wish we had had more time in the story to enjoy the other characters' relationship with this person.

Overall, this was a good installment in the Night Huntress series and I really appreciated the way Frost wrapped up the series end.

Recommended for fans of: Cat and Bones, urban fantasy, Ian, Tate, and nicely wrapped up series endings.

This review is based on an advance copy of the book provided by the publisher.

  4 / 5 stars

My reviews of other books in this series:

One Grave At A Time (Night Huntress #6)

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book too. I was on the fence on that new character that was introduced. Somehow it didn't fit with the ending I envisioned. I felt like it could actually lead to MORE Cat & Bones books featuring this character. I'm sad to see it all end though.


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