Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: At Grave's End ( Night Huntress #3 ) by Jeaniene Frost

At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
Excerpt

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. 

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.


Genre

Urban Fantasy

Review

At Grave's End is the most intense one so far in the series running. Jeaniene Frost didn't pull any punches in delivering us some shocking revelation and surprises at every corner. Compare to the more lighthearted from the prior books, this time it was more gut wrenching and we have some epic battle scene that was full of gore. Ew.

Bones, my favorite vamp to date was a former-human-gigolo-turned-vampire-hitman. He was now insinuated himself in Cat's special forces team that deal with evil paranormal being, mostly vampires. Am I the only one who was being squeamish about the idea of Bones being treated like he was a bottomless tap water? It seems like everyone wants his blood one way or another.

He was still as arrogant as ever with a wicked sense of humor. He sounds quite like a sadist with his graphic description of certain torture he planned to inflict on someone. I don't know why I felt turn on by his sadism.

"Please, don't kill me."
"Bloody hell, show some dignity. You're an embarrassment to the race."


I've never read Bram Stoker's Dracula, so when Vlad make his appearance, I don't get most of the book references. But his animosity between Bones was palpable and hilarious at the same time. 

"Get stuffed, don't you have more publicity stunts to pull? How about chatting with another writer who can smear your name into greater popularity?
"What, did Anne Rice not return your calls, mate?"


Cat and Bones relationship was stronger than ever. I have never doubt anything can come between these two. But Tate was definitely getting on my nerves with his obvious lust/love with Cat. Can he just move on already? I wanted Bones to just end him.

I know Cat still treats him as her best friend, but I want her to draw the line.

"You lay your hands on me again and I'll finish you."

That's one of my favorite smackdown. But I'm too sure whether he got the message. Well, one good thing Tate contributed was to trigger Bones and Cat's angry sex scene. 

Favorite laugh out loud scene involving Cat's mother, 

“All hail the dragon slayer!"

This time around, there was another evil vampire that made an appearance to end Bones. Mencheres had quite a role to play during this whole disaster of an epic battle. There was some gut wrenching moments that make my heart literally stop beating. Okay, I know this was a series and nothing bad is going to happen to our favorite couple, yet I felt the shock value in it. 

Now up to Book 3, Jeaniene Frost had yet to disappoint. Although I miss the lighthearted scene from Book 1 and 2, the series gets more intense with more intricate plot and I'm dying to read the next one.

Rating 5/5

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