Review: Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 22, 2012 by Carmel in / 3 Comments

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Title: Reckoning
Series: Night Huntress #0.5
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: eBook, 100 pages.
Published: November 29th, 2011
My Copy: Bought from Kobo.
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In New Orleans, a pair of undead serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show – unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first. From Jeaniene Frost comes a thrilling novella featuring characters from her New York Times bestselling Night Huntress series. Originally appeared in the anthology Unbound.

I’m always jonesing for my next Cat & Bones fix so when Reckoning was released as a stand-alone novella I just jumped at the chance to start from the very beginning of this series. This short story was only previously available in the Unbound anthology and it’s installment 0.5 in the Night Huntress series. I didn’t love this tale but then again, there’s no such thing as a bad read when this series is concerned IMO.

I’m just going to come out and say it. I found Bones severely lacking in this novella. His pre-Cat personality is dark and sad. There’s no wit; he’s just going through the motions to get the job done. After reading Reckoning I’m curious as to how Jeaniene Frost made the leap from this to the amazing book that is Halfway to the Grave. Even though I found this novella to be somewhat deficient; as a avid fan of this series, it’s still a must-read for me. Reckoning is probably not the best introduction to the Night Huntress world but if you need something to tie you over until the next book comes out, what do you have to lose?

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3 responses to “Review: Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost

  1. I read the first 2 books in this series and I looved them, then the audiobooks came out, so I moved to audio. The lady that reads the books is excellent with Cat and story, but I hated the way she did Bones, he just didn’t sound sexy and confident enough for my taste, so I stopped after book 3.
    If you go by the ratings on audible, I seen to be in the minority, most people loved the way she interpreted Bones. I guess I should go back and just read it.
    Sorry for such long
    I’m not sure I’ll be reading this one tho. 3 stars scare me a little bit.
    Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. I didn’t love this one either but, like you, I didn’t hate it. I found Bones to be just about what I expected – living pretty much alone as a vigilante for decades can’t be all that uplifting. This book is definitely grittier than the other NH books and I wouldn’t give it to someone new to the series until they’d gone through all the others first – it’s just too dark and you don’t get to see the awesome Bones personality we’ve all come to adore. I did like the other vampire JF introduced. I wonder if he will make an appearance sometime…