So I posted my review of Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost about a month ago, but there was so much that happened, that I really wanted to add a spoiler section. However, since I did give out the review a month before it was released, I didn’t think that would be very fair. So, here’s the review again, but now with a spoiler section at the end and I’m hoping everyone has read it even though it’s only been out for a couple of days.
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 threatening 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 is. 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. Now that the book has been out for a week, what do you guys think?
Halfway to the Grave (Read the first 20% here)
One Foot in the Grave (Read the first 20% here)
At Grave’s End (Read the first 20% here)
Destined for an Early Grave (Read the first 20% here)
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Holy crap batman, Cat went vampire! Seriously, I figured she would always end up there at some point, I just didn’t think we would get there in the fourth novel. And seriously though, Bones totally nailed it when he said that Cat was still thinking vampire equaled evil and Spade pretty much confirmed it when he said Cat was already a vampire except for the whole living and breathing thing. I have to say that I’m not disappointed that Cat turned already, but I’m curious to see what happens in the next novel. I know Frost is contracted for at least two more Night Huntress novels (not including the two spinoffs), but where they are going to go I have no clue. Something tells me that there is going to be a fight with Gregor’s allies, but I’m really not sure there is much for them to start a war over. I get that they are not amused that Cat killed Gregor when she thought he killed Bones, but the Law Guardians acquitted her of it. So they may not like it, but what basis are they going to use to get back at them?
OMG….Justina as a vampire! So didn’t see that coming. I mean, who would want to have their mother-in-law with them for eternity. I honestly don’t think it would be that big of a deal if Rodney was around, but of course he had to be killed off. Why I’m still not sure and I cried when I read that, but damn. Although, the interactions between Bones and Justina are going to have a whole new spin on them now.
I seriously cried when Bones walked out on Cat. There was a second there that I thought that they may have been over and that the next books were going to be Cat dealing with it. Then I got my head on straight. Seriously…no Cat and Bones? Not going to happen and Cat pretty much clinches that idea at the end when she was ready to die for helping Bones when she thought he was dead.