Berls Reviews At Grave’s End

Posted March 11, 2022 by Berls in Review / 2 Comments

I’m rereading this series as part of Anne’s Readalong. You can read my first review on Goodreads, but (as I mention repeatedly in this review) my opinions have altered quite a bit!

Berls Reviews At Grave’s EndAt Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #3
Published by Avon on December 20, 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Some Things Won’t Stay Buried … At Grave’s End
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave.

My top thoughts:

I think this is the first time I’ve reread a book and given it a higher rating the second time around (this time 4.5 stars, last time 4 stars). And reading my review, my opinion has definitely changed on a couple points!

What I liked/didn’t like:

First of all, I think the reason I though the first 25% dragged my first-time reading was that I had let too much time lapse between books, and I was out of synch with the characters. Because I did not feel that AT ALL this time. If I weren’t so tired at the end of the day (perils of being a working, student, toddler mom), I would have easily finished this book in 3-4 days. Instead, I kept falling asleep, despite really wanting to stay up and find out what happened next.

And I mean that in all seriousness, I was anxious to know what happened in a book I’ve previously read…. because I forgot EVERYTHING. I was buddy reading this with Brandee and there are a couple very memorable moments – the scene where I said I “nearly cried” in my first reading and an action sequence towards the end – and I had 0 recollections of them until they were happening. I said to her “I’m starting to question that I actually read these books” because so much was shocking to me. And also, apparently, I was heartless in 2015 because not only did I nearly cry this time around. I did cry. TWICE! The action and the emotion in this book – not to mention the plot and continued world development- are top notch.

Another moment in my first review that I have to take issue with. I said, “Poor Tate :(“! WTF was I thinking? Where was that sympathy coming from? I am so incredibly irritated by him and his blatant disrespect for Cat, disguised as his pinning after her.

Ok, some points I agree with myself on though – Vlad. Gah, what a fantastic character. I am so glad we’re reading his books as part of the read along, because I never did read them when I read this series before. I also agree that I love the way Bones and Cat’s relationship has developed – it’s a really solid relationship despite how (technically) short a time they’ve known each other. I love that he’s teaching her what it is to be loved. And – who’d of believed it? – Cat’s mom Justina is once again growing on me. I really like the explanation we get for why she may have been the way she was – it actually makes it possible to forgive her for the wrongs she’s done Cat.

And I’m super excited to read the next book again, because I remember nothing again. LOL! So thankful I’ve joined in on this read along!

4.5 stars I loved it

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