Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Book Stats:
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Release date: June 26, 2012

Series: Night Prince #1 (Night Huntress spin-off series)

Source: ARC sent by the author

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

She’s a mortal with dark powers…
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

Once Burned is the first book in the Night Prince series, a spin-off of the Night Huntress series, and is featuring my favorite character: Vlad! Vlad has been my favorite since he made his first appearance in the original series and when I learnt he’d have a series of his own, I was beyond ecstatic and Once Burned didn’t disappoint!

Once Burned is narrated by Leila, a human girl with rather unusual abilities. After she touched a downed power line in her early teenage years, and miraculously surviving, she came out of the encounter changed. Electricity courses through her body, electrocuting anyone she touches. Like it wasn’t enough, by touching someone with her right hand, she sees their biggest sin. She can also access memories of the past, present and even glimpse of the future when touching objects. That’s how she ended up in a carnival troop, never staying long at one place and yet it wasn’t enough to keep her off the radar. A group of vampires will kidnap and threaten her, she has to locate a vampire for them, a ruthless vampire who can manifest fire and isn’t bothered by murder. He might be her only chance at survival though, is it better to deal with the evil you know, or the evil you don’t?

Frost latest book was highly exciting, as per usual. We already had glimpses of Vlad’s past from his time with Cat (main character of the Night Huntress series) but we got a more throughout display of his history in this novel. He was the inspiration behind the famous Dracula stories and we discover the truth behind the legends. We are also blessed with a glimpse behind the hard shell Vlad always keeps up because even though he won’t admit it, he falls for Leila. I truly enjoyed learning more about my favorite vampire, and I know there is still a lot more to discover in the following novel. Leila also was a delightful character. Because of her unique abilities, she always kept herself on the sideline, never allowing anybody close, her only friend being a dwarf vampire from her carnival crew, because he can sustain the electric shocks she gives off. She is fierce, but also starts off as very insecure. Meeting with Vlad will be a life changing experience for her and in more than one way. Her loyalty, determination and courage really shone as she faced some seriously powerful vampires without blinking.

I LOVED the romance in this novel. Vlad and Leila’s relationship is very unusual, to say the least, and seeing them faceoff was highly entertaining! He is used to people cowering in fear, doing his every command but Leila will have none of it. She commands attention and won’t bow to his temper. He is over confident, she’s in denial of her attraction to him and the whole courting (if you can even call it that) was a real game of hide-and-seek. Once they came together is was steaming and electric (quite literally!) and I loved it. There are two particularly searing hot intimate scenes in this novel, and true to herself, Jeaniene Frost delivered epic-scale sex scenes.

The main story line revolve around finding the vampire who ordered Leila’s kidnapping with the ultimate goal of killing Vlad. Frost did an amazing job of keeping us in the dark for a long time, building the suspense and mystery. Via the many actions scenes, Leila developed her abilities with a new found confidence and her progress will be the key to victory. The whole plot was really flowing and kept a realistic and enjoyable pace. Between the action and the romance, there’s no time to be bored at all!

The final battle was grand and I liked that even though it brings some closure, some very important issues remain unsettled, promising even more action for the still untitled second book in the series, scheduled for 2013.

Once Burned is a scorching hot and electrifying read. Its characters and action will sweep you off your feet and leaving you begging for more. Fans of the Night Huntress series do not want to miss it, but more importantly, even though I strongly suggest you read the original series because it’s awesome, you don’t need to read it before you pick up Once Burned. It’s written in a way that let’s you step right into this amazing world Jeaniene Frost created.

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PAF: Interview with Jeaniene Frost + Giveaway!

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Today’s post is an interview with one of my favorite authors, Jeaniene Frost! She is popular for her fantastic Cat & Bones series, as well as its spin-offs, and you already guessed, I loved every single book.

Read on to find out what Jeaniene has to say about our favorite couple, as well as some news regarding Vlad’s series, Night Prince, to be released in June 2012!

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1- Hello Jeaniene! I’m so happy to have you on board =) Before we chat about Vlad, I’d like to know, what are your plans to keep Cat & Bones’ relationship fresh and surprising now that they are in "married-couple mode"? Is there a tentative release date for Cat & Bones’ book #7?

Thanks so much for having me on your site, Tynga! I don’t have a release date for Cat and Bones #7 yet. It will be out next year, that’s all I know for sure. As for keeping their relationship fresh, well, a lot is going to happen in these last couple books before their series ends. To no one’s surprise, those things won’t involve knitting or aromatherapy *wink*. I can’t be specific without spoilering, but I will say that the external hurdles will challenge their lives as well as their relationship.  

2- I’m extremely excited that Vlad is getting his own series, I love the guy to death since I first met him, did you expect the fans to react this strongly to this character?

I am SO happy that readers have responded positively to Vlad! It was while writing Destined for an Early Grave that I realized I wanted to give him his own book – and this was before At Grave’s End hit the shelves so I had no idea how readers would react to him. Dracula has been re-imagined so many times before, after all. In fact, when I started writing about vampires, I swore that I’d never touch that character because he had been literally done to death. I can tell you the exact moment that my subconscious changed my mind for me. I was writing the scene in At Grave’s End where Bones, Cat, and the others were strategizing and Bones suddenly announced that “the bloody showhound” was there. I knew at once who he meant. With that, Vlad popped into my mind with most of his personality intact, and one of those personality traits was him loathing the moniker Dracula (not to mention his tension with Bones). To have a character so quickly rounded out in my mind has only happened a few times before, so while part of me cringed that I’d broken my self-imposed Dracula ban, I couldn’t bring myself to delete him from the book. Obviously, I’m glad about that decision now.

3- Correct me if I’m wrong, but you are under contract for two Night Prince books, would you like/do you have plans to write event more books about him?

You are correct, I have two Night Prince books under contract. I don’t know if there will be a third. I’m not intending there to be, but if I get to the end of the second book and realize that Vlad and Leila still have unfinished business, I may make their story a trilogy. I really wouldn’t anticipate it going beyond that. Carrying the same couple through several books is HARD, so unless I’d have stories banging away in my mind that I had to write about them – and readers liked the first two books enough for my publisher to warrant buying more – I see Vlad and Leila’s storyline wrapping up at a three books at most.

4- Are you planning more Night Huntress World books? Who would it be about? Ian maybe?

At the moment, I’m not thinking beyond the second Night Prince novel and the final Cat and Bones books. That’s about two years’ worth of writing right there. I get a lot of requests for an Ian novel, but with my schedule, I’m not ready yet, and more importantly, neither is he. Even if my schedule magically cleared or I could clone myself so I could write twice as fast, if I gave Ian his own story now, it would revolve around him doing nefarious deeds while sexing up various people. That’s not a story I’d want to write for many reasons. I do have hope for Ian, though, that he’ll eventually realize the emptiness of his current lifestyle. If that happens, then I’d be glad to showcase him in a book. I already know who the heroine of that book would be (and no, I’m not telling yet ) but until he’s ready, Ian will have to stay on the sidelines. 

5- To keep with our Paranormal April Fools’ theme, which of your characters would be the hardest to fool, and how would they react?

Mencheres might be the hardest to fool because of his occasional glimpses of the future combined with his ability to read minds. Plus, as he puts it, he’s “older than dirt” so there wouldn’t be many things a person could put over on him. For example, in This Side of the Grave, Cat and Vlad thought they were outsmarting Mencheres over something only to find out later that he was the one who’d set them up.

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Thank you so much Jeaniene for taking the time to answer my questions! I can’t wait to read Once Burned!

I little dose of Vlad anyone?

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)

She’s a mortal with dark powers…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

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Click the covers to read my review of the other books in this world:

Halfway to the Grave (Night Hu...One Foot in the Grave (Night H...At Grave's End (Night Huntress...Destined for an Early Grave (N...First Drop of Crimson (Night H...This Side of the Grave (Night...Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Nigh...One Grave at a Time (Night Hun...

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giveaway

Avon is graciously offering one (1) copy of ONE GRAVE AT A TIME to a lucky reader.

How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

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Frost lives in Florida with her husband, Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. She and Matthew are the proud parents of Gypsy, their very spoiled dog, who believes Frost’s only purpose in life is to cater to her. Aside from writing, Frost enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking, and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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Daring You To Read… Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

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Jeaniene Frost has written one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I’ll like to challenge you all to give it a shot. The series starts with a young woman, half-human / half-vampire, who despise Vampires and hunts them on her free time, until one night she comes face to face with her first real challenge: Bones. He is a vampire bounty-hunter and he will kidnap her. One thing will lead to another to form one amazing couple I can’t get enough of! If you like action, smart-ass comments and kick-ass characters (main & secondary), The Night Huntress series is for you.

Here’s a bit more about Halfway to the Grave:

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

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Read my reviews of the rest of the series:

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– You choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read!

– The book you choose must be an older release (at least 6 months ago), because let’s be honest, we’re all quite aware of the latest releases.

– Write your own blog post, using the button and linking back to Tynga’s Reviews, inviting your readers to read your chosen book.

– Come back on Tynga’s Reviews and put your link in the linking tool.

– Browse other bloggers Dare and let them know if you’ve read their featured book, or plan on reading it.

– Super easy and an awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

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One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Book Stats:
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
Release date: August 30, 2011

Series: Night Huntress #6

Source: Personal Shelf

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

Cat & Bones faced a lot of very nasty situations, but this time around, they might just have found the adversary they can’t defeat. Kramer, a witch hunter/ serial killer, cheated the grave, becoming a ghost, and found a way to take physical form on the night of Halloween to kill women (supposedly witches, according to the culprit). When the lovely Elisabeth, a former victim of Kramer’s witch hunting, comes to Cat for help, she can’t decline,  but how do you kill someone that’s already dead and don’t even have a body?

I really liked the fact that Frost took us down a new path with this ghost killer. Cat & Bones are equipped to defeat many adversaries, but a ghost really challenged them and they had to be very imaginative if they wanted a shot at this misogynist killer. I enjoyed meeting Elisabeth and Tyler, two new characters, and the latter was rather funny and colorful.

The plot line was enjoyable if not all that surprising. The main line was rather linear, but Cat & Bones’ inventive ghost hunting techniques kept us entertained. A Jack-ass also stole Tate’s job at the agency and I’m very curious about him. I hope we’ll find what’s his deal in the next novel.

I’m a huge fan of the Night Huntress series and even though I loved One Grave at a Time, two elements were missing for me. First, I wanted steamier sex scenes! Jeaniene usually delivers sultry and inventive sex scenes and the one in this novel was original but not quite as hot. I also really missed Vlad. I just love the guy to death and wished he was there, even just a bit. Thankfully he has his own series coming soon so I should be able to satiate my Vlad cravings.

The conclusion was exciting as usual and it won’t disappoint. I don’t know when the next Cat& Bones book is due, but it can’t be soon enough!

My Verdict:

Action-packed and magnetizing, One Grave at a Time was a great addition to the amazing Night Huntress series.

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FF–Giveaway : One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

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I’m a HUGE fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, so I HAD to invite her to this event. Unfortunately, the timing was bad for her schedule, but she still wanted to contribute in some way, and offered two copies of One Grave at a Time, her upcoming release (August 30th).

You’ll have to work a bit though to earn your copy =)
I would like you to cast the main characters for your entry!

Don’t worry though, I also picked my own cast ^^ It might give you some inspiration!

Cat: Daneel Harris

Bones: David Fumero

Vlad: Eoin Macken

 

Ian: Ian Somerhalder

Spade: Erick Fellows

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Tate: Sam Worthington

Juan : Aron Diaz

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Denise: Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown Actress Sarah Brown arrives at the Screening Of 20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" on April 28, 2009 at the Gruman's Manns Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Brown

Mencheres: Andrei Andrei

(ok he’s a model not an actor.. but miam!)

PRIZE: Two (2) copies of One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
(I think they will be signed)

It’s now your time to get to work!

To enter: leave a comment & Cast at least 1 character from the series

  • Open INTERNATIONALY (Thank you Jeaniene!)

You can earn one (1) extra entry for spreading the word, please provide a link in a second comment

Tweet: #FantasticFables Win One Grave at a Time @Jeaniene_Frost http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2011/08/ffgiveaway-one-grave-at-time-by.html #giveaway @avonbooks PLZ RT

Ends September 7th, 2011.

 

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

Purchase: AmazonBook Depository

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FF–Giveaway : One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

RRHfinalsmall

I’m a HUGE fan of Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, so I HAD to invite her to this event. Unfortunately, the timing was bad for her schedule, but she still wanted to contribute in some way, and offered two copies of One Grave at a Time, her upcoming release (August 30th).

You’ll have to work a bit though to earn your copy =)
I would like you to cast the main characters for your entry!

Don’t worry though, I also picked my own cast ^^ It might give you some inspiration!

Cat: Daneel Harris

Bones: David Fumero

Vlad: Eoin Macken

 

Ian: Ian Somerhalder

Spade: Erick Fellows

14 Erik Fellows picture.jpg 

Tate: Sam Worthington

Juan : Aron Diaz

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Denise: Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown Actress Sarah Brown arrives at the Screening Of 20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" on April 28, 2009 at the Gruman's Manns Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Brown

Mencheres: Andrei Andrei

(ok he’s a model not an actor.. but miam!)

PRIZE: Two (2) copies of One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
(I think they will be signed)

It’s now your time to get to work!

To enter: leave a comment & Cast at least 1 character from the series

  • Open INTERNATIONALY (Thank you Jeaniene!)

You can earn one (1) extra entry for spreading the word, please provide a link in a second comment

Tweet: #FantasticFables Win One Grave at a Time @Jeaniene_Frost http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2011/08/ffgiveaway-one-grave-at-time-by.html #giveaway @avonbooks PLZ RT

Ends September 7th, 2011.

 

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

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One Grave At A Time Trailer & first three chapters!

Jeaniene Frost just revealed the trailer for the upcoming Cat & Bones book and I think it’s down right awesome!

I’m a HUGE fan of the Night Huntress series and its spin-off and I already pre-ordered my copy of One Grave At A Time weeks ago! I truly can’t wait to get my hands on my copy *squee*

Also, it’s to much teasing for me so I haven’t read them, but the first three chapters of the book are now available. You can read them here.

The grave is one wrong step away.
Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository (only 5,89$!)

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Exciting News!

A while back, Jeaniene Frost announced there would be two books with Vlad and Leila (Vlad being a secondary character in her Night Huntress series and Night Huntress World novels). But what we didn’t know is that it’s not just two spin-off books part of the Night Huntress World novels.
It’ll be a spin-off SERIES!

Yes that’s right, Vlad is getting his own series *cheers*

Now, we don’t know the title of the first book yet, but what we do know is that it will release Spring 2012 if everything goes as planned, and the series name is… *drum rolls*…

Night Prince series!


(note this isn’t the cover, it’s fan art)

Here’s Jeaniene’s explanation of the title:

Okay, why “Night Prince”? For one, the word “Night” will – hopefully – let readers know at a glance that these stories are set in the same world as my Night Huntress series and Night Huntress World novels. Second, contrary to the most popular fictional rendering of Vlad the Impaler, he was not a Count. He was essentially a Prince of Wallachia during his reign (Wallachia now being part of modern-day Romania). So there you have the Prince part of the series title.

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Are you as excited as I am?

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Book Stats:
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Published: Feb 22 2011

Series: Night Huntress #5

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase:  Amazon | Amazon CAN | Book Depository

Source: Personal shelf

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.

Cat might now be a full vampire but with her sporadic heartbeat rumors of her becoming half-ghoul/half-vampire haven’t died down. Apollyon, ghoul leader, is busy stirring up a war between the two species and Cat has to put important family business on the back burner to avoid the tragedy. A visit to the Voodoo Queen will be a necessary stop and will prove rather surprising. 

This Side of the Grave was another amazing chapter in Cat & Bones’ story. Grave, dramatic, yet witty and funny, every novel is as entertaining as ever. But fun isn’t everything and Cat will have to face some very strong emotions, having me shed a few tears along her side. Her relationship with Bones will also reach another level as Cat opens herself to truths she’s been trying to run away from.

The secondary characters are always a big part in Jeaniene’s books and I was really happy to see Vlad and Mencheres having such a huge part in the plot. I appreciate the latter a lot more now that we’ve met him in Eternal Kiss of Darkness and I’m so anxious to read Vlad’s books. Ian also made a cameo appearance at the end, but I wished he’d have been around more. But hey, can’t have it all!

The events happening in this installment might have great consequences upon upcoming novels and I can’t wait to see where it will lead us. Cat borrowed four of the most powerful undead abilities so far, I really wonder what she’s going to pickup next, and if she will develop an ability of her own.

For those who have read the book, I can’t wait to see what will happen to a particular ghost…

The Night Huntress series is full of action, emotions, epic battles and some quite smoldering sex encounters, but it wouldn’t be as great without it’s fabulous characters. You will love them, or love hating them, but none will leave you indifferent. If you love your Urban Fantasy mixed with some great romance and a grandiose humor, then you must pick up this series and its spinoff. Cat & Bones is one of the best couples Paranormal literature has to offer, trust me, you don’t wanna miss out.

Here are some of my favorite quotes (they are spoilers free):

I shifted in my seat. Put me in a straight-up fight and I had no qualms about getting lethal, but when it came to the sort of interrogation Bones was talking about, I wished there was a better way. There wasn’t one of course.  Not when it came to the undead, and if things had to get messy to stop a potential ghoul uprising… Well, just call me Hannibal Lecter. With cleavage.

“Don’t even think about it,” I warned him.
A brow arched. “That a dare, Kitten?”

“Feeling more talkative now?” Vlad asked, barely discernable above the ghoul’s shrieks. “You continue to stay silent and I’ll cook your frank and beans next.”

No matter which side of the grave we’re on. I’ll hunt you, chase you all around eternity, whatever it takes, but it’s you and me until the stars burn out.

And my absolute favorite:

Your arrogance deserves it’s own zip code, Drac

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This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Book Stats:
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Published: Feb 22 2011

Series: Night Huntress #5

Reviewed by: Tynga

Purchase:  Amazon | Amazon CAN | Book Depository

Source: Personal shelf

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.

Cat might now be a full vampire but with her sporadic heartbeat rumors of her becoming half-ghoul/half-vampire haven’t died down. Apollyon, ghoul leader, is busy stirring up a war between the two species and Cat has to put important family business on the back burner to avoid the tragedy. A visit to the Voodoo Queen will be a necessary stop and will prove rather surprising. 

This Side of the Grave was another amazing chapter in Cat & Bones’ story. Grave, dramatic, yet witty and funny, every novel is as entertaining as ever. But fun isn’t everything and Cat will have to face some very strong emotions, having me shed a few tears along her side. Her relationship with Bones will also reach another level as Cat opens herself to truths she’s been trying to run away from.

The secondary characters are always a big part in Jeaniene’s books and I was really happy to see Vlad and Mencheres having such a huge part in the plot. I appreciate the latter a lot more now that we’ve met him in Eternal Kiss of Darkness and I’m so anxious to read Vlad’s books. Ian also made a cameo appearance at the end, but I wished he’d have been around more. But hey, can’t have it all!

The events happening in this installment might have great consequences upon upcoming novels and I can’t wait to see where it will lead us. Cat borrowed four of the most powerful undead abilities so far, I really wonder what she’s going to pickup next, and if she will develop an ability of her own.

For those who have read the book, I can’t wait to see what will happen to a particular ghost…

The Night Huntress series is full of action, emotions, epic battles and some quite smoldering sex encounters, but it wouldn’t be as great without it’s fabulous characters. You will love them, or love hating them, but none will leave you indifferent. If you love your Urban Fantasy mixed with some great romance and a grandiose humor, then you must pick up this series and its spinoff. Cat & Bones is one of the best couples Paranormal literature has to offer, trust me, you don’t wanna miss out.

Here are some of my favorite quotes (they are spoilers free):

I shifted in my seat. Put me in a straight-up fight and I had no qualms about getting lethal, but when it came to the sort of interrogation Bones was talking about, I wished there was a better way. There wasn’t one of course.  Not when it came to the undead, and if things had to get messy to stop a potential ghoul uprising… Well, just call me Hannibal Lecter. With cleavage.

“Don’t even think about it,” I warned him.
A brow arched. “That a dare, Kitten?”

“Feeling more talkative now?” Vlad asked, barely discernable above the ghoul’s shrieks. “You continue to stay silent and I’ll cook your frank and beans next.”

No matter which side of the grave we’re on. I’ll hunt you, chase you all around eternity, whatever it takes, but it’s you and me until the stars burn out.

And my absolute favorite:

Your arrogance deserves it’s own zip code, Drac

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