Release Day Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress #7
There’s always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war… A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.
After finishing Up From the Grave, my first thought was absolute contentment. The second thought was how in the world am I going to review this book? It was just absolutely everything I could have possibly hoped for in the series ender. While I am more than a little sad to be saying goodbye to my all time favorite character couple, I'm very happy with how things ended up. I have to admit that since this series had these two awesome characters together throughout the entire series, I wasn't really sure what kind of "Happy Ending" there would be that would feel any more finished than we've already seen. Plus of course, Cat and Bones could never lead a simple life, so again, I just didn't know where that finished feeling would come from. While I won't spoil things, I have to say that I'm incredibly impressed with how things turned out. I never could have predicted the outcome, but that made it all the more enjoyable.
The twists and turns in this book were so incredible there were times I felt like I was getting whiplash from being yanked back and forth. There was one action by a character that just floored me. I mean I understand why this person did what they did, but oh my goodness, you cannot imagine my shock and heart-wrenching incredulity at what was happening. Of course now that I'm a bit separated from that event, I realize that despite the shocking nature of it, it was very true to the characters, and honestly that is one of the most impressive things about this series. There has been absolute consistency in how the characters react to things, be they good or bad. Sure there's been plenty of character growth, I mean just look at Cat now vs the start of the series. But when it comes down to it at their core they're still the same people with the same flaws and strengths, and I just really appreciated how true Jeaniene stayed to them. She really held no punches throughout this entire series, but I have to say that UP FROM THE GRAVE might just take the knockout.
I really hope that I have done this absolutely fabulous book and series the justice it deserves in this book. I honestly think this may be the hardest one I've had to say goodbye to, and that's saying something as I've finished a lot of pretty darn good series. Every Cat and Bones lover MUST read this book. There's just no getting around it. From emotions, to danger, to love, to betrayal, loyalty and heartache, this book is an insane roller coaster from start to finish. You'll want to carve out a solid block of time to read this one as once you start, you will not be able to put it down. Run, do not walk to your nearest bookstore and snatch this puppy up. Trust me you'll be glad that you did.