Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #7)
Released: January 28, 2014
Urban Fantasy

Reviewed by Mandi

The final Cat & Bones book – I’m sad this is the end because I do love these characters, but to be honest the past couple books have only been okay for me. I still remember starting this series and thinking how incredible the world and these characters are. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail with this book but I do have a few thoughts. This book starts off a little slow – the first couple chapters dragged for me. But then good things start to happen. There is a ton of action and violence. Bones and Cat kick some big booty.

The author brings in all of the supporting characters – Mencheres, Spade, Vlad, Ian. Can we just have Ian’s book already because that man gives me a lady boner every time he is on the page. He has a great scene in this book that is so…Ian. I think Mencheres made me laugh the hardest with this scene:

When we followed him to the room he’d converted into a tech lover’s paradise, however, the black-haired boy beaming at his computer was human. And he looked about seventeen years old.

“I am the shee-it,” the adolescent said in a singsong voice. Then he swung around, smirking at the nearly five-thousand-year-old Egyptian vampire.

“Who’s your daddy, M?”

Far from being offended, Mencheres went over and flawlessy executed a street-style handshake complete with finger slaps, fist bumps, and a high-low finale.

“You are the shit,” he solemnly agreed.

There were many scenes that made me smile. We also get a pretty good sex scene with Bones and Cat – as always I’m greedy for more.

So why am I giving this book a C+? There is an event that happens late in this book. A twist of sorts. You’ll know what I’m referring to when you read it and honestly it felt forced and rushed. I didn’t need it in the story to be satisfied. It actually had the opposite effect on me. I didn’t like it, it didn’t feel like it fit. Maybe if it had happened last book or at the beginning of the book I’d have been more at peace with it. It’s been about a week since I’ve read this book and it still upsets me. Not only do I feel like it was just slapped in at the end of the story but the way it comes about doesn’t sit well with me either.

Also, while we get a romance scene – I really wanted something particularly romantic between these two since it’s the last book. I’m not saying a massive sex scene (although I wouldn’t complain about that) but I wanted some good quality times with just the two of them. I loved the action in this book but I wanted more intimacy.

Overall this is a series I’ll always recommend. The first couple of these books had such an impact on my reading life – I will always look upon them fondly. And to the fans of this series – we will always have chapter 32 – bless you chapter 32.

Rating: C+

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  1. Selena Mc says

    I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to indulging as soon as I have time. I love that you mentioned Chapter 32! LOL! I agree, bless you chapter 32. We’ll always have you :)

  2. says

    I really liked your thoughts on this one. I have loved this series, and I do agree…she really really needs to do a book for IAN!! Although I have enjoyed Vlad too! :) But Bones and Cat are just favorites, so I can’t read this, which hopefully will be sometime over the next few days. Loved the quote you shared. Sorry to hear that it wasn’t a higher rating for ya. Happy Reading! Hope you are having a great week.

  3. says

    I’m reading this now, and it’s a bit of a struggle. It just feels like info-dumping all that stuff with Madigan … the action doesn’t have much heart (even with the boys’ whereabout unknown). And all the supporting characters coming in feels random – very much aware that this is the last hoorah and everyone needed to have their time in the spotlight.

    Also feel like Ian’s story is just beginning, and leaving him without a book and heroine feels wrong.

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