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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061583219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061583216
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Frost's dazzling blend of urban fantasy action and passionate relationships makes her a true phenomenon.'' --Romantic Times

''Destined for an Early Grave holds big changes and many surprises for fans of the series, and should not be missed.'' --Darque Reviews

''Sexy, nonstop thrills.'' --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the new Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For more information on Jeaniene's books, including reading the first 20% of her novels, deleted scenes, and more, go to: http://www.jeanienefrost.com/

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They are fun to read about and I love the action and suspense in this book.
Catherine Brewer
Jeaniene Frost tells a great story and is one of the more original authors in this genre.
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I am not thrilled with the events at the end, some very unhappy things happen.
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I had finished At Grave's End, the third book in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, I was on the fence whether I wanted to go ahead and read Destined For An Early Grave. I can say with much certainty that Destined For an Early Grave is Jeaniene's way of basically sitting on top of me and say- "I won't let you go without a fight!". This book was a wild ride with a lot of action, drama and more snark then ever before. And the steamy, passionate love that Bones and Cat share that I found lacking in At Grave's End? That has been pushed up a notch. Bones does love to use his fangs on Cat in so many ways. Destined For an Early Grave digs deeps into the psyche and emotions of Cat and Bones. This time they are not only tested by both outside sources, but also their inner turmoil. There is one such individual who wants Cat because he had her first before Bones. And then there are those doubts Cat still has when it comes to Bones. Cat may know how to kill the bad guys with great skill, but when it comes to Bones she shuts off. And because of these esteem issues she has, she is the one responsible for the possible destruction of her relationship with Bones.

Destined For an Early Grave begins with Cat and Bones going on a much needed vacation. Cat wants to go to Paris for no reason that she can think of. Bones is all for it because he wants to give his lady love and vampire wife the world. Off they go not expecting an adventure that may ruin their whole foundation of devotion and trust. Cat shares her heart and body with Bones but won't allow him access into her mind and deepest thoughts. Bones feels hurt even though he knows the Cat has problems with letting others get too close to her. I really do wish these two would go through some marriage counseling.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kylin N. on July 31, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a humongous fan of this series.

Hu-mon-gous.

In a world where there's so much to read and so little time, I've reread "Halfway to the Grave" at least three times since I got my kindle 2 back in March of 09. It's the characters! They're so compelling.

Bones is my favorite male lead of any romance series I've ever read. He's beautiful, he's badass, he's got a great sense of humor, and he's emotionally balanced.

Cat is also a compelling heroine. In the first three books, she's hard-nosed, courageous, and vulnerable, but she's also afraid of her feelings and judgmental. I liked that, misguided as she is sometimes, she loves Bones so much that she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness for his safety.

The plots of the first three books are great, but it's this dynamic between Kat and Bones that keeps me coming back over and over.

...

Which, of course, is why I was horribly disappointed to find it missing entirely from this book until the very end. Cat spent the entire book guzzling gin and stuffing her face full of ice cream. She was wenchy and whiny and stupidly headstrong. Where was my stubborn and courageous heroine? Why did she spend nearly no time kicking vampire booty? Why did she turn from the Reaper into a rumpled house frau, sucking down gin while suspecting her hubby of humping around on her? (I solemnly promise never to use the word hump ever again.)

And Bones? Why did he turn from a lovely, emotionally-centered vampire into a neanderthal? He spent the entire book keeping Cat at a distance, either emotionally or physically or both.

The final nail in the coffin (har) was that this book had several instances of "Easily Preventable Angst.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Susan on July 28, 2009
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First, let me preface this by saying I loved the first three books (Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, and At Grave's End). My friends loved the books too as evidenced by my extremely well worn copies. That being said, this is by far the worst book in the series. One of my least favorite plot contrivances is the "great misunderstanding" that drives a hero and heroine apart. That happens here in spades. Since Cat was willing to commit suicide in the last book when she thought her true love was dead, I find it hard to believe that she would just turn around and ditch him over a bad case of PMS. This is compounded by another horrible plot cliché - the repressed memory. It turns out that Cat had a secret past that was conveniently wiped from her memory. Now this long forgotten relationship will drive another wedge between Cat and Bones.

Luckily for fans of the series, the book gets better. Trust me on this. If you can make it to Chapter 20, you will be rewarded with quick-paced action, unexpected surprises, and valiant fights against insurmountable odds. There is even a little make-up sex (although it doesn't compare to previous efforts). Cat develops as a character and sets the stage for - I hope - a much better follow-up book.

I would rate the first third of the book a 3 ½, the middle a 2, and the end a 4 ½. Stick with the book and the series. I am confident Cat and Bones still have a few good adventures left in them.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Irish of Ticket to anywhere on March 28, 2010
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**Caution: this review may contain spoilers as it is part of a series and I really need to rant about it. Proceed at your own risk**

Any regular follow of this blog can tell you that I LOVED the first three books in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. I devoured them all in as many days and enjoyed them so much that I hosted a contest to give the series away to one lucky reader. When people have asked for recommendations of a fun, non-sparkly vampire series to read I've happily offered up the story of Bones and Cat for them. So when Destined for an Early Grave was released in July you can assure yourself that I rushed right out to buy it. And then despite numerous attempts to start it I'd only read a few pages before losing interest and putting it down. This saddened me because I had such high hopes for it.

I recently picked it up again and while I managed to read it to the end a part of me almost wishes that I hadn't. This book had stilted dialogue, poor editing (as in it seems vital transition scenes were axed making some things flow badly), and a plot that was drawn out way to long. One example of the poor transition editing comes on page 212 when Cat is heading up a rescue mission to get Bones out of New Orleans the scene reads as follows:

"On-screen, I saw [Geri] nearing Bones. He was at Pat O'Brien's, in the outside area, drinking what I guessed was his usual whiskey. His arm was slung around a pretty brunette, who was almost glued to him. Even now, her hand ran along his hip. I clenched my fists. B***h, you and I are going to have a long, bloody chat after this. Canelle couldn't hear my mental warning...
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