Guess, one could say that I am a big fan of the author. It started with the beautiful to look at a cover, the German edition of book one had. Since then, the cover became even more beautiful. Not to mention the story inside *smile* To watch Cat and Bones act with each other and others are simply said fantastic. Yes, some creatures in this novel may seem a bit weird. But in the world of vampires, everything is possible, don´t ya think?

This Side Of The Grave*
by Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #5
Publisher Avon Books on February 22, 2011
Genre Vampire
Pages 357
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

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.
A new war is coming, and it does not look good on the vampire world or the human world. Cat´s unusual qualities as a half-vampire make her feel uncomfortable, but she has no choice but to accept them with much sarcasm, self-irony, and her own sense of humor. In order not to become the tool of the mighty Voodoo Queen herself, Cat has no choice but to pretend to their plans. A breathtaking battle for power, laws, and Cats´ love for Bones begins …

Ready-to-use dialogues, varied scenes, and a fantastic plot make this novel an entertaining and action-packed reading pleasure that is immensely entertaining. I especially liked the scenes in which the master vampire Mencheres and Kira are in and the reader can literally hear her thoughts about this couple. That was pure fun, as a reader of the individual novels I know exactly why Mencheres and Kira behave this way and not otherwise, while Cat has no clue. 

Charming, straightforward, witty, very convincing, and confronted with one or the other challenge, the author has once again masterfully written very strong characters. I was particularly impressed by the big scene shortly before the end when the battle was raging. In general, the characters in this novel give nothing, but nothing at all. It is murdering, intriguing, abusing power, and crossing borders – all for fear of Cat and her abilities. Jeaniene Frost has succeeded in representing the conflicts that have arisen, both within the characters and in the vampire world itself. Just how Cat and Bones deal with the new situation is an adventure in itself.  

A powerful and highly explosive novel, which continues the story of Cat and Bones in an absolutely successful way. A varied and exciting reading pleasure is guaranteed here. Highly recommended.

Happy reading

*I read the German edition by Blanvalet on August 15, 2011.

Jeaniene Frost
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Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author whose works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking, and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her. 



  1. This sounds like such a cute book and interesting book to read! It's been a long time since I've read anything with vampires. I always find the concept of half vampires weird though. I also love the name Cat and Bones :)

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

    1. This series is one of my fav ones. Usually I am not very fond of the entire vampire thing, but Jeaniene Frost wrote it with some very ironic and hilarious scenes. And Cat is one heck of a figure. Thanks for stopping by.


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