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THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
by Jeaniene Frost

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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After exploring the lives of two secondary characters, Frost is back with the next fiery installment of her Night Huntress series. While this series follows the course of Cat’s evolution and destiny, what makes these books so unforgettable is the sizzling and complex relationship between Cat and Bones. The Frost name guarantees quality!

After defeating the vampire Gregor, Cat had hoped for some quality time with her husband Bones, but that is not in the cards, as two masterless vampires bring ominous news. Apollyon, a leader of the ghouls, has been agitating for more trouble, which could lead to a war between the vampires and the ghouls. Even though Cat is now a full vampire, Apollyon is using the existence of Cat’s unique abilities to foment fear and bigotry. To prevent a devastating war, Cat, Bones, Val, Mencheres and Kira must head to New Orleans to meet with powerful ghoul Marie Laveau. Marie has her own agenda, but can Cat work with her to prevent a war? (AVON, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: AVON

Published: March 2011

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This Side of the Grave

Submitted by Robin in PA on August 19, 2011 - 10:31pm.

After the mysterious disappearance of some vampires, Cat and Bones learn that Apollyon is inciting the ghouls into a war against the vampires.  He is citing Cat's new powers as a reason to overthrow the vampires.  While trying to stop the groups from clashing, Cat and Bones must ask for assistance from Marie Laveau, the ghoul queen of New Orleans.  But asking for her help may lead Cat and Bones to other problems they never expected.

In many series the couples become boring after being together for a couple of books.  This is not the case with Cat and Bones.  Their relationship is solid and definitely not boring.  Cat is more mature in this book and is starting to be more up front about her feelings.  Bones, as usual, is totally in love with his wife and shows it. 

There wasn't as much action in this book compared to the previous books in the series, but the snappy dialogue and amusing scenes kept this story feeling fresh.  There were many scenes with Vlad.  He is a character that is definitely growing on me.  Another favorite is Fabian who had a larger part in this story.
I can't wait for the next book in the series.  My rating:  5 Stars.