Review: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

4 Stars

This Side of the Grave begins with, well…actually it begins with Bones in chains, rawr! Yes, hot, but aside from that, it begins with Cat and Bones meeting up a couple of vampires who have information about the recent ghoul attacks in Ohio. These attacks are happening because Apollyon, a ghoul with hatred for vampires, is trying to incite a race war, and he’s using Cat as his scapegoat. Now Cat and Bones have to find him and stop him.

On one of their visits to Verses’ club, Cat and Bones pick up…Timmie!! That’s right! Timmie, as in Cat’s old geeky neighbor from when she was in college in the first book!! That was such a cool surprise! Of course, now Timmie is Tim, and he’s grown into himself…but he’s still a little geeky, as Cat and Bones were there to pick him because he writes to expose those in the supernatural world. I hope he makes more appearances in the series.

I don’t know what it was, but I was missing something between Cat and Bones. Maybe since no one is trying to get in between them in this book and now they get along, only bickering with regular married couple stuff. I don’t really know what it is that I was missing because it was still sweet to see them this way with each other.

I loveee the chemistry between Vlad and Cat! They crack me up! He’s like her annoying older brother who loves to pick on her. And I loved seeing Mencheres act more loosely. Obviously, Kira is a very good influence on him. Denise and Spade also make an appearance, and Spade is still so awesome. Their relationship is a lot like Bone and Cat’s. Ian makes a cameo appearance, which was not nearly long enough! Cat’s old crew is the same as always. Tate still hates Bones and Cat’s mom is training with them!! That was pretty awesome.

I didn’t think I was going to be so saddened by Don’s outcome, but I did get a little teary eyed. And the twist in the end wasn’t too surprising, what with Cat’s new powers thanks to Marie, but I am curious to see it play out in the next book.

I do wonder if we’ll ever get to see a Cat and Bones wedding extravaganza! I would love it!

Overall, not my favorite in the series so far, but still VERY enjoyable. :)

Book Info

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #5
Published by Avon Books
Pub Date: February 22nd 2011
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultRomanceUrban Fantasy
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.


About 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 upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene splits her time between North Carolina and Florida 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, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

4 Responses to “Review: This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost”

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    Penelope Lolohea

    Don't you just hate it when something is missing from a relationship? Anyway, I haven't read this series, but I have been hearing some good things about it. Sounds like I need to read it!

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    Christie - The Fiction Enthusiast

    I love this series, but haven’t had time to read this yet. Hopefully soon :)P.S I thought I was following your blog, but I was mistaken. I’m following now :) Thanks for following me as well!

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    Missie, The Unread Reader

    I'm almost embarrassed to admit how many times I read the Bones in chains bit. This is definitely a series in which I love all the secondary characters just as much as I love the main. Glad you enjoyed it Jess. I thought it was fun. I love being in the NH world. Really, I can't get enough.

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