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review 2017-09-26 15:49
Audio Book Review: One Foot In The Grave (Night Huntress #2) By Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

 

I can't put into words how much I love this series! This is my second time reading this novel in particular and it's just as good as when I first picked it up quite a few years ago.

 

Cat seems to have left her goody two shoes behind in the last novel. This time around she's an incredible fighter and tries not to take sh*t from anyone. Especially her mother (which is still as annoying as ever). I dislike how she still manages to keep her half baked "plans" from Bones because all it does is cause uncomfortable situations.

 

I like Bones. He'll take names and drop bodies in no time and still protect Cat to the best of his ability. He's sweet in a completely violent way and it suits the story.

 

The ending felt abrupt and out of place. I would have preferred the next novel start out with the Dave situation. It would be a mild cliffhanger, but, for me, it would be small enough to not make anyone angry. Overall, this was a fantastic novel and very well written.

 

The Audio Book:

 

I still haven't gotten over how high pitched and strange Bones voice is. I love the story and I have no problem with anyone's voice other than Bones. I like british accents as much as any other person, but why does it have to be so high pitched? With that as an exception, the rest of the narration was very good.

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review 2017-09-14 16:26
Into the Fire
Into the Fire: A Night Prince Novel (Night Prince series, Book 4) - Jeaniene Frost

 Night Prince, Book 4

I Picked Up This Book Because: Finale to a series I love.

The Characters:

Vlad Tepesh:
Leila:

The Story:

I think I did too much too fast. By the end I was burnt out, no pun intended, on the action. Battle after battle after struggle after battle. I feel like Vlad and Leila rarely got to be themselves, just be a loving couple.

I was left with the impression that we could have a spinoff starring Gretchen but it’s just an inkling.

Overall the book was good. I was fully committed to listening as usual with Ms Frost behind the keyboard and Ms Gilbert behind the microphone.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.75 Stars

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review 2017-09-05 18:19
Audio Book Review: Halfway To The Grave (Night Huntress #1) By Jeaniene Frost
Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

 

It feels so good to reread a series that you love. I've been in a reading slump lately and one of the few things that will help me get out of it is rereading books that I know I adore. This series has officially stood the test of time. I would go so far as to consider it a classic of the urban fantasy/vampire genre.

 

I love Cat for her witty retorts and her stubborn streak. She's one of the first heroine's that I had the pleasure of meeting. She still manages to stand out today (several hundred books down the line). Though I still don't agree with her withholding important information from Bones, I can understand why.

 

Bones is incredible. Though he can come off as quite a jerk, I warmed up to him and his dry humor pretty quickly. I liked how the author portrayed the lengths he'd go to protect, help and save Cat as the book progressed. Though his voice in the audio book rubbed me the wrong way, I did eventually get used to it.

 

I still dislike the ending, but I know the adventure is only getting started. This whole series is written so well. I wished it had gone on for longer than seven books.

 

The Audio Book:

 

I enjoyed Tavia Gilbert's narration, but her voice for Bones still leaves something to be desired for me. His pitch is unusually high for a guy that it threw me for a loop. I did, eventually, get "used" to it but it still bothers me.

 

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review 2017-08-21 22:14
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! This was a re-read for me but I have to admit that I didn't remember a whole lot of the book. I originally read this series around 5 years ago or so and fell in love with it. I remember reading the books in the series that were available back to back and barely coming up for air. I do recall the basics of the series but the details are gone so I thought it would be a good time to brush off the audiobook I purchased back in 2011 for a listen. I may have even liked it more the second time around.

This is the first book in the Night Huntress series so everything is new. Cat and Bones meet in this book and what a meeting it is. Cat is half vampire and rather unique because of it. She has spent her time going to college by day and hunting vampires by night. Bones is a charismatic vampire that proves to be a challenge for Cat. These two were so much fun together and I really enjoyed watching them meet again for the first time with this re-read.

Tavia Gilbert does an amazing job bringing this story to life. I am honestly rather mad at myself for not listening to this one before now. She does such a wonderful job with all of the characters in this story. I was especially impressed by her voice for both Cat and Bones. They are the focus of this story and their voices were so different from each other and I have to say I loved Bone's accent. I thought that the narration of this story really took things up a notch with exciting scenes suddenly feeling even more exciting.

I really enjoyed how the story was laid out. The world building in this book happened without stalling any of the action of the story. The story just seemed to flow from the very first page without ever slowing down. I thought that this book had a little bit of everything. It was exciting with a lot of action, sexy, romantic, funny, and even a bit heart wrenching at times.

I would recommend this series to others. It is a series that really does need to be read in order so this book would be the right place to start. I am really looking forward to continuing with my audio re-read of this excellent series very soon.

Initial Thoughts
This was a re-read for me and to be honest there was really very little that I remembered from my first read. That says a lot about my memory and nothing about the quality of the story. This was a gem of an audiobook. The narrator gave an awesome performance and really brought Cat and Bones to life.

Book source: Audible purchase

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text 2017-08-09 04:19
Improving
One Grave at a Time - Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones are actually communicating, which adds to the action better than random reactions based on guesses and assumptions. I like that the villain of the piece, Kramer, was someone most people would have hated if he was still alive today. Having most of the characters decry Kramer's actions but some applauding him (well, just one but I don't see how more could have been shoved in without making it top heavy) makes it just more relatable. Some attitudes never change, despite the overall progress of humanity.

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