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review 2018-06-18 16:13
Audio Book Review: This Side Of The Grave (Night Huntress #5) By Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost


My Rating: 3 and a half stars


I love this series, but I took too long to listen to this book in tiny increments and it ruined the experience somewhat. For starters, the beginning wasn't memorable. This is the second time I'm reading this novel and yet I don't even have a vague idea of what happened.


Kat and Bones were a kick*ss duo that I love coming back to read about. Their dynamic is very interesting. I loved how they were always there for each other and would accomplish the impossible to help one another.


The Voodoo Queen was an amazing character that I love and hate. She's all-powerful and the such, but deep down she has a moral code that no one will dare ignore because of future possible consequences. She's also very calculating and I loved every minute of her theatrics with Cat.


The ending was bittersweet when the subject is Dawn. He's such a big part of Cat's story, even though it didn't take me by surprise, it was still sad. I like the part he continues to play in Cat's future adventures though.


The Audio Book:


The narration was great, but I'm finding myself sometimes bothered by Bone's voice and other times not. I can't explain why that's happening.

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text 2017-07-25 20:18
This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

Cat and Bones actually talk to each other, discuss strategy ahead of time, remember to not attempt to sideline each other. And amazeballs, there's still plenty of action and drama in the book! The death of one of the secondary characters was touching, and the resolution to the story was mostly satisfying. I like that Cat no longer hides her differences. It's good to see someone accept all their parts and to admit when some parts are less than wonderful. I actually want to read the next book for the story, not just because I'm working my way through a not boring book series.

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review 2017-05-30 16:49
Review : This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost



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 really enjoy this series and really love Cat and Bones, some books more other less it all depends. So of course I was looking forward to this book.

I loved that we pretty much back home to where it all started and we see a lot of familiar faces that we love again.

Cat’s new abilities are no longer as much of a secret as they would like and they wrong kind of group finds out about them and sends the rest of the supernatural world after her.

Of course Bones and the crew are wont let that happen.

An ally or enemy, we never really know forces Cat to drink their blood and that alone will cause a while lot new problems to for Cat and Bones. We learn a lot more about the coming threat, about Cat’s “new” abilities as well about other people of the team.

There are also some major things happening with her family, or the only remaining living member that is, her uncle.

I really liked that we are back and see everyone again and some that we have not seen in a while , like Tate.  I was never really sure about Tate but I really like him in this book. He stood up for what he thinks was right of course, was a prick at times but still was very right in ways. It all just seemed to fit much better with him.

There were some truly heartbreaking moments in the book that made you wanna weep.

The very ending however I saw coming the moment one event occurred, and as much I wanted to be surprised by it I wasn’t. It was just very predictable. but still will be interesting to see how it plays out.

As much as I love the series, this book was a little bit confusing and a let down, It seemed to have a few holes. I guess there were some side books about Menchers and his girl and Denise and Spade. HOWEVER  it was very poorly tie in to the main books, one book everything is normal and fine in the main series and the next we all of the sudden have some new couples that seemed to have a rather big story themselves. Not only that but, there are also some new powers with Denise. While I like side books but I not always read them as I’m sure some other people and it should not affect the main books that much or at the very least should be written into the main story better.

Overall I liked the book and the “MAIN” story but like I said it was a bit confusing about Denise and them. As much as I would love to give it another 5 star review I can’t, it just had to many holes in the story and confusing at other things.

I rate it at 3 ★



Some of my favorite quotes:



“What the hell was that?” I gasped. “Premature inflammation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing. I don’t like to talk about it.”



“See?” I’d whispered to Bones, nudging him with a grin. “He never argues with her. Isn’t that sweet?”

A snort preceded his response. “Keep dreaming, pet.”



Bones didn’t share any of my qualms about suddenly holding an arm that wasn’t attached to a body anymore. He just grabbed the ghoul by his other arm and began thumping him over the head with the loose limb. I’d heard Bones threaten to beat someone with their own limb before, but I’d always assumed that was a figure of speech. Apparently not.



His grin was shameless "If you're just now realizing what an original I am, Catherine, you're even later to the game than I imagined."

"Your arrogance deserves its own zip code, Drac," I said, laughing despite myself.









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Jeaniene Frost


Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina 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.

For information on Jeaniene's books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com





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review 2015-09-19 00:22
Night Huntress Series
Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
At Grave's End - Jeaniene Frost
Destined for an Early Grave - Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
One Grave at a Time - Jeaniene Frost
Up From the Grave - Jeaniene Frost

I'm reviewing the series itself here (no spoilers). I read the entire series, and I have to say that it almost instantly became my favorite series of it's genre! I fell in love with both Cat and Bones right away. Cat is such a badass, and Bones is pretty much the prefect man in my eyes. All of the characters have such depth to their personalities, the story lines are always interesting, and the dialog is witty, sexy, and full of the right amount of attitude. I got pulled into their world, I was anxious, excited, laughing out loud. I couldn't put the books down, the only thing it left me wanting was more, which of course Jeaniene Frost delivered beautifully! Halfway to the Grave is wonderful, though I see it as an introduction, the story line definitely gets better. I go back all the time and reread certain parts from each of the books because they were so well written that I want to experience those parts again. The sex scenes were done well, and there were few enough of them that it didn't turn the books into some cheesy erotic novels. I recommend the series all the time to anyone who likes vampires and adult romance.

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review 2015-07-05 15:22
#Audiobook Review: This Side of the Grave
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) - Jeaniene Frost,Tavia Gilbert

After a two book hiatus from Cat and Bones’ adventures, the Night Huntress universe returns to its roots with a first person narrative told from heroine Cat’s POV.


Chronologically, the book takes place after the two spin off stories, and having read them will fill in a lot of backstory that is assumed in This Side of the GraveThe story picks up with the ghoul uprising lead by Apollyon, a ghoul bent on killing Cat and attacking the vampire nation. Masterless vampires are being picked off by ghouls and our dynamic duo turn to the ghoul queen of New Orleans for some hints as to what is going on. Soon the pair are deep into the ghoul uprising, trying to predict where they will next strike.


I absolutely enjoyed this story! This Side of the Grave is hands-down the best book in the series so far. The book genuinely embraces its urban fantasy roots and gives readers a smart adventure, full of action, romance, and humor, not to mention sexy good guys and dangerous bad guys. The story is well executed, with Cat having to use both brains and brawn to stop her enemies. The fight scenes are kick-ass, but there are so many tender moments as well. I love how Cat struggles with her growing powers, but gets through it because she’s tough and determined.


Some of my biggest issues with the earlier stories have all been addressed in This Side of the Grave. Previously, the pair didn’t work together, letting jealousy, deception, and stubbornness get in the way of a healthy relationship. This time around, the pair is a team, sharing in the ups and downs, shouldering responsibilities, and genuinely loving one another. They are a tight-knit pair, considering the other and their relationship before decisions. They listen to one another and the book is so much better for it.


Additionally, I am happy that Cat finally deals with once-friend Tate and his inexcusable behaviors. This is something that should have happened 4 books ago! I enjoyed seeing Cat back with her old team, and some of the changes going on are downright fun! I hope we see more interaction with the secret government group in future books.


As I mentioned, there are also some poignant moments in This Side of the Grave. Not only has Cat matured in her romantic relationship, but she has to deal with some of her platonic relationships as well. No spoilers, but if you’ve been reading the series, you know that something is going on with someone close to Cat. This is handled with utmost care and attention, creating some of the most touching scenes in the series.


The narration by Tavia Gilbert just seems to be getting better and better. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating that Ms. Gilbert excels when it comes to the non-verbal sounds like sigh, breathlessness, etc. She injects the words with the emotions of the moment, capturing the feelings of Cat marvelously. Other than still being annoyed by Justine and Tate’s voices, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration.


Overall, This Side of the Grave is a wonderful story. My only complaint is that sometimes Cat’s inner monologues run a bit long; however, this hardly gives me pause. Cat has matured, making her adventures so much more enjoyable. Her humor and interactions with friends such as Vlad, Mencheres, and Ian are the icing on the cake. If you were like me, and unsure about continuing this series after the fourth title, I strongly encourage you to keep going. It’s worth it!


Story: A-
Narration: A- 


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