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Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost

Title: One Grave at a Time
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress, #6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Avon (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Date Published: August 30th, 2011
Edition: Paperback
Source: Purchased (Book Depository)
Rating:

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

My Review:

I feel like I’m sort of betraying my love for Night Huntress. But, it’s important for me to be honest and fairly rate/review all the books I read without being biased to my favorite series’. Although I could probably fluff this up because I do really love Night Huntress and Cat and Bones and the whole gang, I’m not going to. I didn’t hate this, but it is probably my least favorite Night Huntress book (I even liked Destined for an Early Grave better).

My biggest peeve with the book is that the “villain” and the “conflict” wasn’t very exciting. I didn’t find the situation they were in to be dire and the sense of urgency you usually feel with a really good conflict just wasn’t there. It just felt like another job that they were bound to win and really didn’t have much trouble along the way. This made for a fairly boring story.

Now, when I say boring, there is some good to that. I’m very happy to see that Cat and Bones are blissfully happy again. After the rollercoaster of a relationship they’ve had down the road, it’s a nice change of pace. But at the same time, I think the conflict outside their relationship could have been taken up a notch. It is good to see how far their relationship has come and how mature they are as a couple now, though.

Other things that bugged me…There wasn’t much humor. In the previous books there’s always a bit of sarcastic humor between Cat and Bones, and that was pretty much gone. There was some, but I really didn’t laugh out loud at all during this one. In addition, the steaminess between Cat and Bones was not very steamy at all. I get that their relationship is more at a mature level than a sexual level. But, I still would’ve liked some more steam. There was also absolutely no Vlad whatsoever. Not even an honorable mention. I know he’s getting his own series here soon so I don’t know if that’s why. But he brings so much personality to the table that I think the story really lacked due to his absence.

So overall, I was kind of disappointed in this. Night Huntress is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series so it was nice to just be back in the world with my favorite characters. But unfortunately that wasn’t enough for me. I kind of wish Jeaniene would introduce a bigger villain that could span multiple books instead of them defeating the villain by the end of each book. I think this would add a much needed layer to the series.

3.5 Hearts
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8 Responses to Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

  1. mariya says:

    that is so funny. a bunch of the points you made and what you said is kinda what I said about the last book, This Side of the Grave…haha. this book wasn't my favorite but I liked it way better than the last one. Great review =DDD
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    • Yeah I was kind of disappointed in This Side of the Grave too. I hate to say it but I'm wondering if maybe this series needs a wrap up. I love it, but the books just aren't as good as in the beginning. Now that things have kind of evened out with Bones and Cat's relationship, things seem to be getting a bit boring all around. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy they're happy. But it's not as much fun to read about. lol
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      • mariya says:

        you I honestly feel like the last two books were just filler books. you know is tv shows/series where they have these dumb filler episodes? I just hope they get on with everything. I mean they were good books but they aren't the Cat and Bones books that I love they feel different. I mean books 1-4 have a completely different feel than 5-6 to me and I am still a bit disappointed. I feel like this is not my Night HUntress Series. you know what I mean?
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  2. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Good review! I have this one set to go to read soon. Hoping it won't be so bad, but kind of had the same feeling you did. That the outside problem wasn't going to be BIG. Just a minor annoyance or whatever that takes up the span of a novel.

    I can't wait to read Vlad's series, but did read a review that said Ian was there and I can't wait for more Ian! Really hope he can have a novel in Jeaniene's spinoff series, but not sure how possible it will be since she's writing this one and Vlad's. Oh well.

    Again, great review!

  3. Great review! Haven't read it yet but I hope to soon.

  4. melliane says:

    I have to read this book soon ! I very curious to know more. I hope to not be disappointed. Thanks for your review !

  5. sinn says:

    I'm reading it at the moment, and I can definitely see where you're coming from. Thanks for the honest review!

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