Release Date: 22 Feb 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Vampires
Summary: 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.
Review: Jeaniene Frost is a master craftswoman and This Side of the Grave is her best book yet. I'm always blown away by her phenomenal world building but it's her characters that steal my heart. I devoured this book and am already eagerly awaiting the next.
Cat is always so much fun to read about but it was especially fun to see how much she'd grown and how far she's come in this one. There were lots of references to previous books and many characters made returning appearances which gave us so much extra insight into Cat. I love how funny she is. She manages to be hilarious and lighten to book up without making it silly. In this book she was working towards showing her loving and caring side as well which I thought was very well done. Some of the scenes were a little depressing but Frost always took care of us in the end, thankfully! I'll admit that I teared up quite a bit.
Bones was better than ever! I'm so glad there wasn't a repeat of last book with relationship angst, I was so worried about that. Bones is probably my favorite vampire ever and this book cemented that. Everything I love about him was encompassed into this book; his bad ass side, fun and playful side, loving and devoted side, etc. Cat is a very lucky girl. I was so glad to see a return to his training Cat, I loved that in the first book.
One of my favorite things about this book was all of the returning characters. I was most excited about seeing Vlad who played a larger role in this book, yay! I freakin' adore him. He's the perfect 'best friend' for Cat. He's always funny and intense but I thought he was on his A game for this book. Lots of clever lines and I loved his turn for helping Cat learn. We saw the secret government crew several times briefly. Wow does Tate grate on my nerves... This book was a turning point for him so I think we can expect the next book to be very interesting. There were lots of others popping up, Fabian was another one that stood out though. He got a chance to shine and I'm really glad he put the vamps in their places. Loved his interactions with Cat too.
The plot for this book is one of my favorites for the series. Very well done and paced. In previous book, some of the battle scenes got a little drawn out or there was just so much going on that I felt overwhelmed, that didn't happen with the book. Everything was perfect. I can't wait to see where the next book takes us!Rating: 5 Bites
Thoughts as I Read:
Thoughts as I Read:
- "Bones didn't have to finish the sentence. Otherwise, Apollyon will have more fuel for the rumors that I'm seeking to be some sort of vampiric Stalin, I mentally finished. Right, because that's what I put on my To Do list every morning. Brush teeth. Wash hair. Rule undead world with an iron fist." I almost forgot how refreshingly funny Cat was... oh how I love her.
- ""You know, in addition to your your mind-reading abilities, I may have absorbed some sluttiness from your blood." "Be still my nonbeating heart."" I really love them together. They're both such great characters.
- ""Ask me if I sparkle and I'll kill you where you stand," Bones cut him off with utmost seriousness." And this is why I love Frost. I was sorta hoping that Cat might poke fun at him and imply that he'd read the book though.
- ""See?" I'd whispered to Bones, nudging him with a grin. "He never argues with her. Isn't that sweet?" A snort preceded his response. "Keep dreaming, pet."" I'm such a bad fan. I have to admit that I never finished Eternal Kiss of Darkness. I started it, loved it then misplaced the book. I know as soon as I buy another that I'll find the one I lost.
- ""Come on, Kitten, jump. Or I'll throw you off." "You throw me off this bridge, Bones, and you'll have a lot of celibacy in your future!"" There isn't a single urban fantasy book that makes me laugh like this series does. I love these moments of levity during all the intense action.
- ""Sneaky, manipulating, merciless bloodsucker..." A chuckle drifted up to me. "Pillow talk already? You'll have me hard before we're even back to the room."" While this series is urban fantasy, it is some of the best romance I've ever read.
- ""You make me burn you again and I'll forget that I care about her opinion."" I LOVE VLAD. I would have died if he hadn't come back for this book. The relationship between him and Cat is so sweet and demented. It's wonderful. Seriously though, I love Vlad. I really want him to have his own book but at the same time, I don't want to see him with anyone he loves me than Cat. How selfish of me.
- ""What the hell was that?" I gasped. "Premature imflamulation," he replied. "Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don't like to talk about it."" I wanted to post everything Vlad said but that would obviously be overdoing it. Everything he said was wonderful. I might be biased though.
- ""I love your hands," he sighed. "You think I look like an angel? Well, Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home."" I'm loving the returning characters and references to previous books.
- "One, I was tired. Two, I still couldn't fly that well, and if I crashed into a telephone pole or something similar in front of Vlad, he'd never let me live it down." Ugh, I wish that had been an actual scene. That would have been hilarious.
- ""No matter which side of the grave we're on. I'll haunt you, chase you all around eternity, whatever it takes, but it's you and me until the stars burn out."" I love it when a book's title is actually worked into the book. Love this scene too.
- "In my right mind, I would never check out Vlad or-God help me!-Mencheres's packages." I really hope this gets brought up again, so funny.