Review of Jeaniene Frost’s “Up from the Grave”


The Grave Ends Here.

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.

Favorite Quotes:
“I would never hurt you that way save for one reason: to keep you safe. I can live with your anger, your retribution-bloody hell, despise me if you must, but don’t expect me to behave as though you aren’t the most important thing in my life. You are, and I will let no one, yourself included, bring you to harm. “

“Shame on you, Crispin. Married how long, and you haven’t spanked your wife with a metal spatula yet?”

For fans of all kinds, hardcore and merely interested, release of the final Night Huntress novel was a blow. I haven’t met a Jeaniene Frost book I haven’t loved and Cat and Bones snuck into all our hearts with those first snide comments to one another.

Frost created a duo that stood the test of a series better than many I have read. That didn’t change in this action packed finale.

Frost has never scrimped on the blood, gore, fighting and sex. “Up From the Grave” had a bit of each. Surprisingly, there was less intimacy in this last novel, by way of sex, though it didn’t feel like it diminished the story line in the least. We readers have stood by this relationship as it matured, and there were more important things to worry about than getting some. I get it.

I enjoyed the novel, but like every series that ends, it leaves one feeling a bit sad and longing for just a little more. There was a twist in the novel that I felt was a bit sudden, and I’m not sure felt fully developed. It made sense, and it worked, and yet…I felt a bit cheated by the whole thing. I won’t go into it more for fear of spoilers. Read it and see for yourself.

Overall, I adored this book as much as the rest. As the finale in a series, it was brilliantly done. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to close out a series with so many different characters that that had the potential for their own books, not to mention that the fan base for Night Huntress is still huge. By giving cameos to various characters we have come across, hated, loved or envisioned naked consistently, Frost let us down gently.

I, for one, am going to be on the look out to see what she comes up with next.


Shrinage with Jeaniene Frost!

Welcome to Shrinage!! In this blog segment I will choose an author I love and spend a good part of the month dedicated to their books, their upcoming novels, and their overall badassery. Is this stalkerish? Yes. That is why shrine is in the title. Do I intend to hunt down where they live, their pet’s/children’s names and their social security number? I can’t say it’s in the plans as of yet…

The author I want to talk about this February is Jeaniene Frost. Who wouldn’t?! She just came out with the amazing conclusion to her Night Huntress series and it was quite a rush, a sad, please-don’t-leave-us-Bones rush, but a rush none the less. Make sure you tune in next Thursday to read a review of Up from the Grave.

If you have never read/heard of this series you need to 1) Get on the UF/Paranormal Romance train and 2) Go buy it immediately.
Don’t know where to start? Here is a description and link to buy the first book in the Night Huntress series.

JF book photo for intro

Description of Halfway To The Grave
Flirting With The Grave…
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

If you have read every book in the series and every book in the spin offs and you just read this post to sulk because you miss Cat and Bones, head to Frost’s website and bask in the Night Huntress community. You can read deleted scenes, buy merchandise with Frost’s best lines on your purchase and read all about her NA book series coming out this year, titles The Beautiful Ashes.

Just can’t get enough of Frost? If you happen to be in one of these lucky cities, she will be hopping around this month so go get a book or eight signed.
For every store except Malaprops, author Pamela Palmer will be her tour partner as she celebrates the release of Wulfe Untamed.
February 1st: Joseph Beth Book in Lexington, KY at 7pm
February 2nd: Books and Co. in Dayton, OH at 2pm
February 4th: Barnes and Noble in Homestead, PA at 7pm
February 15th: Turn The Page book store in Boonsboro, MD at 12pm. Group author signing includes Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Sylvia Day, Jaci Burton, Jeaniene Frost, Pamela Palmer, Stephanie Draven, and more.

Stick with me through the month to learn more about Frost’s books!

“Bound By Night” Review

This review gem is part of the “Shrinage” segment this month, which is all about Larissa Ione!

Well. Larissa Ione put out a new series. Outwardly, I may look serene but inside I look like this.


The Demonica has run our lives for so long in the best way possible! I can’t imagine what Ione was feeling while penning the start of this new series. Nervous? Ecstatic? Ready to face the new world of her choosing? All of the above?

I have to be honest; I bought this book the day it came out. I mean, duh. But I actually read the first chapter and then put it down. I know. Insane and totally a waste since when I picked it back up a month later, I demolished it.

But, though the writing was as absorbing as all her previous novels, the basis of this story starts with the main characters hating each other for, basically, a misunderstanding. I hate the unfounded hatred gimmick because it is rarely done right or have the right motivation behind the hatred. With this small complaint it tainted the read so I put it down. When I did finally pick it back up, I found that what I thought Ione had made a major conflict was just a small plot addition and she did a wonderful job with it!
Silly, stupid me.


So, let’s get on with it.

Bound by Night is set in a unique world where vampires are captured by humans and used in any number of ways. Some are used as household servants, some are used for experiments and some are used as sex slaves. The lucky ones are free, but have to live in hiding.

The main female character, Nicole, has a huge fear of vampires after the Rebellion occurred when she was eight and she saw her whole family killed along with her nanny, a vampire, who was killed by her nanny’s mate Riker. Years later and working as head of her father’s company, the biggest company of trading and providing vampires slaves to the public, Riker shows up and kidnaps her hoping for revenge. Nicole is thrust into a world where vampires aren’t as evil as she thought, and while she learns to adapt she questions her moral code and her life. Riker can’t get past the death of his mate and Nicole represents everything he hates about humans, but her willingness to accept him and his clan make him second guess everything he thought he knew.

After my first hiccup, I really enjoyed this book. Any book that carries me through with little to no pauses or eyebrow raises is a good bet in my book. As with any first book in a series, the world had to be established and that sometimes takes a lot of information. Information is a bit dull and harder to read than exciting sex scenes! Ione’s new world is steeped in Native American lore and modern American ethos of getting what we deserve. It creates an interesting dynamic, though a bit dark. I didn’t find nearly as much comic relief in this novel as some of her others but Ione doesn’t ever tend to pull her punches when dealing with the dark, gritty aspects of life. It’s part of the reason we love her!

This is a definite read for those who enjoy paranormal romance. Though I don’t know if I will be jumping up and down for book two, I will be purchasing it with a smile on my face.

All About Ione!

Welcome to Shrinage!! In this blog segment I will choose an author I love and spend a good part of the month dedicated to their books, their upcoming novels, and their overall badassery. Is this stalkerish? Yes. That is why shrine is in the title. Do I plan to hunt down where they live, their pet’s/children’s names and their social security number? I can’t say it’s in the plans as of yet….

To start of this segment I chose an author I do adore, Larissa Ione! She is one talented lady who put out a couple books in the last six months, one an anxiously awaited sequel and the other a new world and new love.

The series she is best known for are her Demonica and her Lords of Deliverance. Both of these are set in the same world with roughly the same characters. Characters, I might add, that are to die for. If you have never read her books, let me give you a little insight into her world.

Imagine a hospital run by hot, tormented, sex demon brothers…Yeah, not your average hospital. Underworld General is where it all begins with a demon named Eidolon trying to be good in a world where the badder a demon is the better they fit in. Now, add in a stubborn, female demon hunter with a grudge and you have yourself the perfect romance. “Pleasure Unbound” (Link above.) is the explosive start to these two series and a must read for all who adore paranormal romance.

The other name that can be used in relation to Larissa Ione is Sydney Croft. This penname is used for the duo Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione. Though I haven’t gotten a chance to pick up this series, it is on my list and looks like it won’t disappoint.

I will be posting two reviews about the two latest books Ione has published. “Reaver”, the novel all of us Demonica and Lords of Deliverance fans were waiting for and “Bound by Night” the start to a new series.
This new series is set in a different world, but one just as alluring. In this world vampires are slaves to humans and used for nothing save experiments, household chores, and sex. The vampires that are free live in a dog eat dog life and run in clans built heavily upon a Native American history. See the review later this month!

This year, so far, Ione can be seen at the Romantic Times Book signing on Saturday, May 17th being held at Canal Street Marriott in New Orleans. So if you love her so much that you must, must, must see her happy visage. You can get your books signed there.

If you adore this author, but don’t have any plans to visit New Orleans in May then check out her website where all the newest about Larissa Ione is posted!

And don’t forget to find the reviews of her latest books on this site in the coming weeks!