Destined for an Early Grave by J. Frost – Spoiler Free

I actually read Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost awhile ago, but since there was such a gap between when I read it and when it was released, I didn’t write a review.  I’m changing that now.

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

I am so going to repeat myself….OMG this was fabulous!  You will not be prepared for the events that take place in Destined for an Early Grave.  Not only are we given some great character development on Cat, plus we’re given even more uniqueness that she is as a half-breed.  Cat is thrown a bunch of obstacles in Destined for an Early Grave, and her relationship with Bones is put to the ultimate test.  An outside force is threathening their relationship and their very volatile natures do not help them at all when dealing with it.  The very presence of Gregor throws everything out of whack and let’s just say that they don’t handle his threat very well.

I have to say that I am loving the villain that Gregor has.  It’s not only a new twist (to me) in a vampire novel, but it’s executed so well that you can’t help but be instantly absorbed.  I read Destined for an Early Grave awhile ago and I wasn’t planning on reading it again until it came out on July 28th; but when I went looking for one simple sentence to tease my fellow Frost Fans members, I was sucked back in and didn’t surface for 30 pages.  We’re given a lot of great action, intrigue and dialog, but there are also moments of intense laughter and hilarity.  One such instance is when a certain character says this:

The shit’s gonna splatter, start buggin’, yo.

I’m not going to tell you who says it, but seriously, when you find out who does, I’m sure you’ll be thinking the same thing as I did – it so should not be coming from this mans mouth.  Just imagining him saying this cracks me up every time, but while it adds a bit of humor to the novel, it also describes the forthcoming tension perfectly.  The shit does hit the fan and no one is safe from the backlash.

“Bones has always been smart,” I muttered.  “His intelligence was just camouflaged under a mountain of pussy.”

Yeah, I just threw that quote in because it’s just a great line.  Overall, if you’re a fan of Frost’s Night Huntress series, you’re going to love this novel.  If you thought At Grave’s End took you on an emotional roller coaster ride, that is going to be nothing compared to Destined for an Early Grave.  This was not only fabulous, but it so made me want to read the rest of the series again.  What Bones and Cat go through is fantastic and I’m really curious to see what we’re given next.  I will say that the ending occurred way sooner than I thought it did.  What Frost gives us at the end of this novel…never saw it coming and I just know that we’re going to be in for another wild ride with the fifth book.  Seriously, if you want to be spoiled, come back on August 4th and you’ll find a spoiler section when I repost this review.  Plus I’m dying to see what everyone thinks.

Read order:
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Grave’s End
Destined for an Early Grave

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  1. I so love this series too! And so glad the new one is soon as well! Love your teases here! Can’t wait. Great review too!

  2. I love this series and I am looking forward to this new installment. :) Thanks for the review.


  3. Great review!! I am dying for this book. I was on her message boards and saw who said the shit gonna splatter etc.. quote..I about died ;) I just discovered this series a few months ago and have been pushing it on all my friends. So good!!

    Can I ask, does Tate get some page time?

  4. Tate gets about a chapter and that’s it. If you think about what happens at the end of At Grave’s End, this shouldn’t be surprising.

  5. Jaxon, you tease! Lol. Now I REALLY can’t wait to read it. Any more quotes to tease us with?

    -Greek Bee

  6. hey, i was wondering if you can read more of bk 4 and not just chapter 1. some people said they read chp 30 or something. how do i read that too? can some one please e-mail me the site or reply to me at my e-mail or something. my e-mail is
    ans i swear to god i am not some weird person.
    i started this series a month ago and love it and would just like my questions answered. so e-mail me please!!!!

  7. Moira, I actually have no clue what you’re talking about. I know Chapter 32 of One Foot in the Grave gets mentioned a lot, but I haven’t heard anything about Chapter 30 something for Destined for an Early Grave. Have you check the Frost Forums? Tage or Marcy may know more.

  8. *whine.. why cant you review it and spoil it for us now????? I am still short on money but i absolutely love this series. And it has my respect. I don’t know why, but I KNOW I will HATE Gregor. If he gets in the way of Bones.. whom I love and secretly wish were real, then he is definitely on my hate list. And if Cat even for once considers while she’s sane and not being manipulated by the guy to go with Gregor.. I will hate her guts, no matter how much I love the personality she portrays. I’m considering indulging myself and buying it. AND I CANT BELIEVE THERE WILL BE UP TO SEVEN BOOKS-that I am aware of so far-!!!! I CANT WAIT!!

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