This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Pub­lisher: Avon
Pages:  357 pages (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Night Huntress
Pub­li­ca­tion date: February 22nd 2011

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.



I can expl…

I’m not saying that Cat isn’t the epitome of awesomeness.

I’m not saying that Bones isn’t one of the sexiest things out there.

I’m not saying that the side characters aren’t intriguing and fun to hang around with.

But look at the plot people:

Bad guy is after Cat for some ridiculous reason.
Cat goes after the bad guy.
Tones of random stuff happening.
Cat fights the bad guy.
Cat kills the bad guy.
The end.

Sounds familiar, right? You’ve read something like that before and still enjoyed it, right? Then what went wrong with this one?

There are so many subplots all over the place, one random event happening right after the other, that it really felt more like a messy attempt to get into this book as many previously introduced characters as possible, instead of actually building a story. It was like a parade; one character showing up after the other to take care of some minor detail. What was the purpose of Timmy’s presence in this book exactly? Even if it’s got something to do with the next book, it could surely wait till then, where his appearance would have something to do with the plot.

The relationship between Cat and Bones is different this time around and even though I was happy that Cat didn’t follow the pattern of doing things her own way with disastrous results, I dare say that it was… boring. It didn’t even have the spark and humor that defined the previous books. Sweet talking and loving gazes are nice and all but, to me at least, they felt a little over the top for an UF book.

Boring??? Dude, did you ever read Chapter 21?

Yes, I did. Hot stuff, but the reason that I enjoyed the relationship between these two in the previous books wasn’t just the sex; it was their banters, Cat’s sarcasm, Bone’s dry humor. ..Where did all that go?

“Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand” – Bones

Ok, ok, that one was good.

Ok, it was VERY good but for the most part of the story I actually had to force myself to sit down and read it and that was surprising, considering that I had read every previous installment in one sitting.

I can understand how most fans of the series might find this to be extremely interesting and fun; these books are more loved because of their characters rather than their plot or world building.

To me however, this felt like some kind of Extras feature on a DVD's Special Edition…

Oh look, it’s Cat’s neighbor from the first book.

Awww, it’s the ghost that Cat met in that other book.

Look, Look! It’s Mencheres and Kira, see how happy they are together?

Spade and Denise! What a couple!

Ah, the guys from Cat’s secret government job, remember them?

Yes, yes, very exciting. Can we now get on with the plo…



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