Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Review: A Brilliant Ending for Cat and Bones

May 28, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Review: A Brilliant Ending for Cat and BonesUp From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #7
Published by Avon on January 28, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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.

Up From the Grave filled me with emotions; the comfort and enjoyment of picking up a well-written familiar series, the anticipation and excitement of seeing where it was all going to go, the anxiety and nervousness of things being in an array at the start of the novel and the despair that this would be the last installment featuring Cat and Bones.

All of these feelings are those you’ll feel at the end of a long, wonderful, well loved series as the characters finally get their happily ever after. The last installment of the Night Huntress series was as exciting, fast paced, sexy and emotional as the rest, as Cat laments on what she’s achieved in her time as a vampire and says goodbye to old friends.

Cat’s experience throughout the novel is as varied as mine, as she discovers the truth of her uncle’s betrayal which has resulted in her worst nightmares for genetic testing. Since the events of the last book, Cat’s friends Tate, Juan and Don have gone missing which she must recover from her nemesis Madigan. Cat enlists the help of the ghoul queen Marie and her shapeshifter friend Denise throughout her adventure and experiences extreme joy, shock, numbness, pain and elation at both friendship, family and love.

The side characters are fantastic as always, with the hilarious Ian finally admitting his bro code with Bones and we finally see Vlad get his happily ever after.

I have shipped Cat and Bones’ relationship throughout the series, they are both strong, independent vampires with a sexy, passionate and fierce attachment to each other. These two have been through so much together, and I really enjoyed their development through out. While they have had their share of arguments and tough times, they’ve realised that they are sole mates and there’s nothing they won’t do for each other, in life or death.

“In my thirty years on this earth, I’d already seen and done more than many people would in a lifetime, but I wouldn’t have made it this far if not for love. That had been the solid ground beneath my feet when everything else around me had crumpled, and despite the danger and uncertainty of what lay ahead, I knew it would be again.” – Cat

The wonderful and imaginative urban fantasy world of half-breeds with powers, master vampires, ghoul queens, FBI forces and other supes was a fantastic one. I’m glad the Night Huntress Universe is an extensive one and I’ll be catching up with the other spin-offs and finding another couple to ship all over again.


Thank you Jeaniene Frost for delivering a brilliant, action-packed and mindblowing series all the way through and giving Cat and Bones the happy ending they deserved. Night Huntress is one of my favourite vampire series of all time and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone who loves strong, well-developed characters, an indepth world filled with romance and vampires.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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37 responses to “Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Review: A Brilliant Ending for Cat and Bones

  1. This was/is like my favourite vamipre series (with a great dash of sexy adultness). I loved the first books, then some felt better, some felt not so great, but I liked all of them. Whatever I might think of the plot, the characters are always there – fun, great and kicking ass.
    But I can't say I loved the ending. On the one hand, I did like it. I really did. What happened was kind of unexpected and fun and all. But on the other, Katie was just… Why? Huh? What are you pulling? But at the same time I'm not sure how much of this feeling is entirely mine and how much of it was seeing others respond to what happens in this book this way. I mean, the appearance of Katie does slightly remind of another book series and a new character appearing… (Don't want to spoil anything, hopefully those who've read the book get what I'm trying to say). So yeah? There were some things that were a bit down for me, but. Aaah. I do love Cat and Bones. And Denise and Spade (their book, First Drop of Crimson, was amazing, by the way – READ IT, if you haven't yet).
    Basically, I love JEaniene Frost, she's great. Maybe not for some, but no one's for everyone.
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  2. Wow, the Cat and Bones awesum is over? Whoa! I've hear great, great things about these two and it's a series that is on my never-ending TBR list ofc, now that it's over I might feel more of in impulse to read it. Don't ask why, but that's how my mind works, lol.

    Great review, and I'm getting the last couple of titles in the series to be able to binge on them when the right time comes! xD
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  3. Jeann—lately i'm getting the impression you've been reading tons of 5 star books (which is awesome) and i'm so completely happy for you because of this! It's always os hard to read consecutively good books! LOL!

    i hadn't heard of this series before but now i'm intrigued!

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  4. Oh I'm glad it was a good one for you. I haven't read it yet but I need to. I'm always anxious with last books I confess but I was a bit disappointed by book 6 so well it takes some time for me to get into it but it looks like I'm making a mistake. Great review!

  5. Thanks for sharing how much you loved this series! I've read reviews from time to time about this series but haven't really thought about adding the books to my read list. Your review helps me see that I may like Cat – she sounds so strong and loyal! Maybe I'll have to give this series a try. 🙂
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  6. YAY! Talk about an ending, eh? I absolutely LOVED how Jeaniene Frost wrapped-up this series, and yeah, I'm totally crossing my fingers for a spin-off. At least we still have another Vlad book on the way. Great review Jeann!

  7. Awww, for some reason, I felt something emotional brewing up there in your review of this book. It must feel kind of bittersweet to finally part from it (I did feel sad after I read the last book of the HP series!). Thanks for your honest review, Jeann! I'll try out this series soon, and with a happy motivated heart, too, because I know the finale is highly satisfactory!
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  8. Whaaaaat?! This is the final book?? I've only read till book 2 of this series but I enjoyed them both, book 1 is actually one of my all-time favorite vampire books! I really need to catch up with this, I haven't been up to date with it but I'm kind of sad that it's over. I'm so glad the final book in the series did not disappoint too! Lovely review Jeann!
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    • I know, it's sad isn't it? I think the couple just ran their course, lucky there's plenty of spin offs to read. Book 1 was really good, even though I had a few problems with it. I remember thinking book 3 was brilliant though.

  9. I always dread the end of a series, but it's so nice to hear when an author concludes one so beloved so well. I have yet to begin a single book by Ms. Frost, but both you and Jenny have raved about this series time and again, Jeann, which makes me feel as though it's a necessity! Fantastic review, girl 🙂

  10. Final book in a beloved series are always bittersweet! You're never ready to say goodbye to the characters but you're also hoping that the next book won't be a disappointment and at some point, a series has to end before it goes downhill.

    So glad to hear you loved this one and was the perfect ending for this series, Jeann!
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