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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Epic Cat and Bones-ness! REVIEW of "This Side of the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)Why this book?: Love Jeaniene Frost. LOVE Cat and Bones. Mostly Bones.. but Cat certainly has some seriously awesome moments too.

Type: Series, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Ghosts, Ghouls, Epic battles, Awesome nicknames

About the book: Really, it seems like things will never settle down enough for Cat and Bones to get some time alone. The undead world is far from quiet, with ghouls attacking masterless vampires, and the threat of war leaving everyone jumpy. The ghoul Apollyon has singled Cat out as the reason for the tension, and the cause of the uprising. So now Cat, Bones, and the crew must find a way to diffuse the situation before an undead war turns the world upside down.

Review: This book made me finally move Jeaniene Frost to the Do Not Read In Public catagory. Not because the book was bad, but because I was sick of the weird looks I keep getting whenever I laugh out loud, smile at the page, or squirm on the end of my seat because I can't handle all the action. Cat and Bones get into the most delicious scrapes, and I literally wiggle in my seat to see how the heck they manage to get themselves out. There are some readers out there that talk about books being crack - well Jeaniene Frost is my drug of choice. I crave these characters and their interactions. I love to see how they deal with each new situation. And you can genuinely see the character development from book to book, even with the characters that get less limelight.

The one thing I missed in this book was the tension between Cat and Bones. Where they fought not only the outside world, but each other in their attempts to keep the other safe. But this goes along with the development aspects. Considering what happened at the end of "One Foot in the Grave," Cat and Bones took a huge step forward in their relationship, and "This Side of the Grave" truly reflects that change. But as I said, I admit to still missing it, just a little. Another book for the keeper shelf, "This Side of the Grave" did not disappoint. A fast-paced, intricate plot and characters that are beyond loveable, I eagerly anticipate the next one. Heck, I eagerly anticipate my next re-read of the series.

Cover Loving: YES! A beautiful cover, and an equally beautiful stepback. It fits perfectly with the rest of the series, and I love the gargoyles.

Recommendation: Definitely something for fans of excellent, epic Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. This is one of my favorite series of all time, and is the subject of much re-reading. I would recommend the entire series to anyone.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE 5/5. Seriously, Jeaniene Frost really didn't disappoint with the newest Cat and Bones book.

Have you read "This Side of the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost? What are your thoughts? Have you read the rest of the series? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! Want to read it? Get your copy at Amazon.com via the link at the left!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda ~!~


Awesomesauce Book Club said...

Hey I didn't know if you knew it but your interview is now up. Here is the link


Thanks Again for taking time to answer the questions!

John Cowan said...

Go ahead and read it in public. You're a book-lover: as Richard Feynman's first wife said to him, what do you care what other people think?

Amanda from Novel Addiction said...

@Awesomesauce (I love being able to call someone that, by the way) - I saw it, thanks! Unfortunately due to compy issues, it wasn't letting me comment until today (grr).

But thanks for letting me know! And I loved participating in the interview!

@John - Lol, I will have to keep that in mind! Frankly, I don't know who I'm kidding, if it's a book I'm that excited about reading, I won't be able to put it down (even in public) anyways.

Thank you for commenting!
~!~ Amanda ~!~