Friday, 6 June 2014

Book Review: At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost

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 Review: 
Cat and Bones are back together and planning a wedding but of course things never run smoothly. Vampires from their past seem determined to kill Cat at any cost and Bones has to round up a list of allies to fight to save her.

I loved this book as much as the first two in the series and in some ways it is the best one so far. I had to flick back through it to refresh my memory before I wrote my review just to make sure I got my facts straight as I don't have time for re-reads at the moment!

Firstly the plot. Cat's psycho 'father' is back, betraying Ian for a new mistress who is happy for him to attack and kill whoever he likes. Max is also determined to inflict more terror on Justina and his character is just so evil that you want Bones to get a hold of him real bad! The new mistress remains unknown through most of the book but she has links to Bones, Ian and Mencheres, and because of a prophecy about a half breed's partner murdering her, she soon targets Cat and Bones for herself. It is time for the other vampires to start choosing a side, bringing old enemies and allies together to fight. Meanwhile, Don asks Bones to start changing his team into vampires as promised and Justina finds love again.

Things are changing in this book with the arrival of Annette, a former lover of Bones who wants him back. Her bitchy fights with Cat are funny and I enjoyed the inclusion of her character. Humour is also there in the form of Justina's hatred of the filth that plans to marry her daughter and her surprising choice of new boyfriend! Vlad, the real life Dracula and old nemesis of Bones also joins the alliance and he has humour, wit and danger making him a character that I quickly loved. In book two Ian was the enemy but having his slimy, funny, perverted vampire ass in this book as a friend and ally was an unexpected but welcome twist. I really grew to love Ian in this book and I REALLY want an Ian spin off book or series!!! Spade and Rodney are back along with Denise and Randy, as well as Don and his team. The one character that really got on my nerves in the book was Tate. His declarations of love for Cat and trying to persuade her to love him instead of Bones really got under my skin and made me yell at the book! She'll never love you, muppet head!!! Stop being a complete asshat!!! I've never really liked him and I don't get why Cat lets him get away with acting like that. I'd be saying we can't even be friends if you don't grow up.

Didn't believe the big shocker mid-book but then again I don't think the reader was supposed to believe it. It did let us see the depth in quite a few characters like Annette and Ian and gave us an insight into Vlad's history which was nice.

Great mixture of humour, emotion and action. This series keeps on delivering!

Favourite scenes? Cat and Bones making children cry at a burger bar by attacking the mascot who is actually a vampire. Funny! The scene where Cat and Bones find out who Justina is sleeping with is priceless! The big attack on the house where the allies all fight to survive was a great action sequence complete with death and betrayal. 
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