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One Grave at a Time Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?
Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving—leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity—forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.
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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Storyline aside- I still loved Cat and Bones. I wish Cat would feed from other vampires though- I think it would be interesting for her to experience other powers other than Bones. I'm hoping due to the voices issues that will be coming soon (since that wasn't resolved in this book). I liked the faux breakup scene between them. I also liked the amount of trust they showed in each other and neither did anything TOO reckless so that was good.
VLAD? Where were you? Oh yea, this stupid ghost storyline was too beneath you and Merchenes to have to come help. I just couldn't get excited about Fabian having such a main role. I wanted more Vlad and Ian to be honest. And so help me, Ian and Justina better not be a thing!!
Off to read the next book. I enjoyed reading this only because I love all the characters already. This was probably my least favorite story arc though- hate to say it but it felt like filler until we get to the good stuff.
Frost leads us through Cat & Bones Ghost Busting 101as they consult with ghosts, then with mediums and then with a group of paranormal investigators. Really the only thing missing was to call the Catholic Church in and perform an exorcism. And why they didn't do that Frost only knows. So why do we care if every year a nasty ass ghost comes back to life and then rapes & kills three innocent women? This is the question Bones poses at one point in the story putting into perspective that yes it is a terrible thing but in light of ALL the terrible things going on in the world why prioritize this? Cat responds quite simply along the lines of because we can. Alright - but really - this may be the real issue with this book. The Challenges that Cat & Bones have faced in books one through three were so tough, so huge, so amazing and now they are battling a poltergeist. Hmmmm. Well - he's a very nasty dude but the whole story is just kind of "Meh."
Here's the problem. Frost is a really talented writer. Her action sequences are tight and explosive! Her dialog is snappy. She mixes in super natural creatures from vampires to demons. And while she didn't create vampires she certainly created a very new approach to the mythos when she created a half vampire who becomes a full vampire but must drink from the dead instead of the living. Oh, and when she drinks from the dead she can absorb their powers. That is creative! What isn't creative? Bones - who so strongly resembles Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", I have a hard time separating the two in my mind; Juan, as the Latin Lover who must flirt with every woman; and now, Tyler, the over the top African-American Gay florist who is also a medium. Frankly, Tyler reminded me so strongly of Charlaine Harris' character Lafayette from the Sookie Stackhouse novels and later Alan Ball's "True Blood" version that I wondered how in the world she allowed herself to write this character. I just wish Frost would move away from the clichés and stereotypes.
The secondary story line involves a new manager replacing Tate as director of the government unit Cat used to work for. This story line is so boring. Frankly - maybe Frost should let that whole government story line die away. She's created such an interesting story line with the vampire network anything involving the human government just seems stupid.
One Grave at a Time was a letdown. It didn't move the overall story forward in an interesting way. The new characters were 2 dimensional stereotypes, and the sex scenes were weird. Really - having sex while flying in the air just because you can. O.o
So - where is Frost going with this series? Maybe it's run its course? I think that many great characters and stories are ruined because they are extended beyond their natural expiration date. Maybe an author can't let go of the character or the publisher can't let go of a success. And when you are as talented as Frost, your misses are much more noticeable. She is held to a higher standard. Unfair? Maybe but I don't think so. Now I ask myself - if Frost had carte blanche what would she write?
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Does a great job of making characters believable and keeps you turning the page. I love all her books.