REVIEW : At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost

Monday, April 16, 2012

At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3)

Author     : Jeaniene Frost
Publisher  : Indonesia - Dastan Book
                   U.S - Avon
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 424

Summary from Goodreads :
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.

Review of previous book :

Warning : Contain a lot of spoilers from previous books. Highly suggest you to read Halfway To The Grave and One Foot In The Grave first so you'll understand more about this series.
Whew, everything developed more complicated. A lot of things happened at this book. Almost non-stop action, more gory and scary scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat with also a lot of surprising moments, either happy or sad. This installment crazily drove my emotion but still it was really captivating with its humour, witty-sarcastic dialogues and sexiness *coughBONEScough* and I couldn't put it down if I didn't need to go to work, wash, eat and sleep. LOL

One Foot In The Grave ended with something we can call 'Happily Ever After'. Cat and Bones finally got married in vampire way, they did blood bond in front of many witnesses of Vampire Master and their followers so they're claimed legal in Vampire law. But of course a term 'Happily Ever After' isn't exist in Cat and Bones' dictionary. More powerful enemies appear here to take down this couple, the main villain this time is Patra, a wicked ancient vampire master who posses a dangerous supernatural power, she can raise the death and create a dreadful zombie soldiers and also a woman in Bones and Mencheres's past. She does everything and uses everyone who desire to kill Cat and Bones, Cat's father is one of them.
At previous book it was obvious, I know, but I was really surprise how wicked her father is, viciously torturing both Cat and her mom. That's one of most scary parts in this book because well, that guy IS her father, and I could feel like want to kill him myself. Thankfully Bones took revenge first. Beside him, there are a lot of new villain names come and then die in a second I couldn't even remember their name at my reading progress because I didn't think they're necessary beside to show Patra's big influence in vampire world. The good thing is, there's also a powerful union at the good side to face the last battle with Patra's big number of undead creatures. I was really happy to read more about Mencheres and his revealing mysterious past; Spade or Charles, Bones' most loyal friend; Ian who was a main villain at previous book but now become a friend despite his resentful attitude; Dave, Juan, Cooper and Tate who finally makes a big decision which change his life forever; and a new soon-to-be-my-favorite character, a infamous Count Dracula a.k.a Vlad Tepesh and it's fun to see how irritated Bones because of him.

We see the more kick-ass and stubborn Cat here. She grows stronger and bolder after overcome many bad things. Her love story with Bones gets enough portion of steamy scenes and becomes more emotional after Cat almost lost him. It did quite affect me, how stressing it was if living without Bones. Bones was still mesmerizing with his uber sexiness and over-protective act over Cat while Cat's busy ignoring and breaking his warn just to save him back. Although I admire Tate's devotion for Cat, I had a little hope that one day Tate could start his own love story with someone new, because he deserves it. One character who also changes a lot here is Cat's mom. She becomes more 'friendly' to undead people around her and unexpectedly in love with one of them. It was so surprising for me and made me laugh out loud. Really happy for this new couple.

Talking about the surprising ending part, it was big loss and honestly it annoyed and sadden me. A lot. I even thought if it finally ended like that, why Frost made it at the first place? One star fell off because of this /: But well, I positively think it happened to make one new start for 2 persons who involve it spin-off First Drop of Crimson. Okay I spoiled it off =p
However, this novel is still an amazing one like previouses. I really enjoyed it, got a good shiver and good laugh like watching a good horror movie, and can't wait to see what would happen at the next book (and more sexy Bones). You don't want to miss it if you a fan of this series.

(P.S. : sorry for another mess like review =p)


Elodie said...

Glad you enjoyed the third book in the series Elisa :) !! I love this series as I've already told you .. I still haven't picked up a copy of the sixth book in the series though, I really have to :) !!

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