Review: Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 31, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 15 Comments

Review: Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #7
Published by Avon
Published on: January 28, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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The Grave Ends Here.

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.

Final novel in the Night Huntress series.

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I approached the final Cat and Bones book with equal parts excitement and trepidation; I was thrilled at being reunited with one of my favourite Urban Fantasy couples of all time but also a little scared that Jeaniene Frost needed more than one installment in order to wrap-up this series to my liking. But, we can all rest easy now because UP FROM THE GRAVE ties up all loose ends, gives the characters the HEA that they deserve, and stays true to the NIGHT HUNTRESS roots. This finale is bloody satisfying and tear-jerkingly wonderful!

The lid is blown wide open on all of the secrets that Don, Cat’s uncle, has been keeping from his niece and her vampire family, and the depth and level of his treachery will astound you. The original government operation that Crawfield was a part of back in her Red Reaper days has been warped to the point of it being practically unrecognizable. The corruption is more widespread than I ever imagined and the real motivation behind it all is to cause an all-out war between vampires and ghouls. However, as heinous as the big bad’s evil scheme turns out to be, there’s a silver lining hidden beneath it that just might be the key to Cat and Bones’ happily-ever-after.

There’s no shortage of drama or shocking revelations in this installment, and all of this series’ phenomenal characters come out to play. Cat and Bones are as spectacular as ever―playing off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, even when they aren’t necessarily on the same page. Frost also ensures that this duo gets at least one more memorable romp in by putting Crispin’s telekinetic skills to good use (*swoon*). There’s a brief break in the action to attend Vlad and Leila’s wedding which was a nice tie-in to the spin-off NIGHT PRINCE series, and Ian doesn’t disappoint with his man whorish ways and rather impressive ghoul killing skills. Then there’s of course Spade, Denise, Fabian, Marie, Tate, Mencheres, and last but definitely not least Katie. She’s an unexpected but brilliant surprise!

I read this book in one sitting while alternating between cheering, screaming, laughing, and crying. No NIGHT HUNTRESS novel would be complete without a few close calls, Cat getting peed on, and a couple of death threats between friends. I loved that Frost stayed true to this series’ roots, gave meaning to every character’s journey, and ended their adventure on the highest of high notes. Cat and Bones’ HEA was better than expected, better than anything I could ever have imagined. And, by the last page I felt like I was right there alongside everyone watching the happy family sail off into the sunset. Thank you Jeaniene for making me feel like I was a part of this journey, and thank you for doing the characters that I have grown to know and love justice. Your work here is done!

UP FROM THE GRAVE left me feeling satiated, complete, and fulfilled but also slightly optimistic that we haven’t seen the last of Cat and Bones. So, I refuse to say good-bye, and instead am opting to go with I’ll see you soon. I hope. Again, thank you Jeaniene, you killed it!!!

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15 responses to “Review: Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  1. I was happy with the ending, but I was a little disappointed that Cat and Bones have yet to learn to trust one another. They are still planning behind each other’s back and not trusting the other to take care of themselves and each other. You would think after all of these years, they would get a little better in this regard.

    I did like Katie and thought she added a fitting ended to the story.

    I hope that Ms. Frost continues with a few more of the “Night Huntress World” stories, like Ian and maybe Tate. I’ll be extremely disappointed if Ian doesn’t get his own book. He so deserves one.

    • I agree! I would be sad if Ian didn’t get his own books though I can’t even imagine the gal it would take to tame him.

      I thought the ending was OK but I was the same as you–they still have major trust issues. It just seems open to me and not like an end. That being said I liked Katie and that storyline.

      🙂

  2. Katie and her storyline was the biggest thing I did NOT like about the book. I didn’t find it much a twist since there was hints dropped left and right throughout the book.

    I’m glad the series has ended. I LOVE it but the last two books were just meh for me. When I go back for another re-read I’ll most likely just read books 1-4 and maybe 5.

    I’d love to see Ian, Annette and Tate get their own books. We’ll have to wait and see if Frost will write more in the NH World.

    Now I’m ready for Vlad’s 3rd and final book.

  3. oooh I didn’t realize it just came out. Gotta get that audio if it is available. I love the narration of these books. I’m glad to hear the final book is so satisfying. The last few were just meh for me but I really want to read the final adventure.

    • I haven’t listened to these in audio; I was chatting with some peeps on Twitter yesterday and they said they weren’t fans of how the narrator does Bones’ voice. Oh well, I hope you enjoy it!

  4. I confess I’m really curious about this one and like you I’m also really really anxious to read it as it’s the final one. I wasn’t that blown away with book 6 and I’m so afraid it will be the same with this one. But I see that eveyone really loved it and I’m glad it’s the same for you. I need to take the time to go into it. thanks for your great review.

  5. How awesome was Ian? I want him to get his own book SOO bad but I’m having a hard time imagining a heroine that would fit him. I think she’d resemble Cat in a lot of ways 🙂

  6. It’s funny because I have been seeing mixed reviews on this book now. good and bad. I’m hopeful I’ll like it though. Can’t wait to see more Ian for sure though! =)

  7. I enjoyed the book overall, but like ML & Felicia wish Cat & Bones trusted each other a bit more. And Ian! I’ve always had a soft spot for him, but that grew even larger with this one. I hope Jeaniene can get him to behave enough for his own book 🙂

  8. Ok I totally didn’t read the review because I literally just wrote my review for book 2 yesterday. Yeah, I’m THAT behind. But I’m seriously thrilled that it’s still 5 paws worthy at book 7. Yay!