Although this is the first book in a series, I read it second due to a mix-up on my part. Now that I've finished it, I think I'm actually glad that I...moreAlthough this is the first book in a series, I read it second due to a mix-up on my part. Now that I've finished it, I think I'm actually glad that I made a mistake! While I really enjoyed this book as well, I think the second book was better. This book is really focussed on developing the characters and their relationship, while at the same time introducing details and information about Frost's vampire mythology. I did appreciate how she was able to really lay the information out in plain English under the guise of Bones teaching Cat. However, I felt this book was just a bit slower to really draw me in and it took longer for me to really warm up to Cat. Part of this was probably due to the lack of suspense when Cat met Bones for the first time since I already knew what happened due to the second book, but overall I think it was just a bit slower-paced in general.
Luckily for me, I knew that the ending in this book was not final, having already read the second in the series. I imagine my enjoyment of the book would have been slightly colored by the sadness in the ending. I don't find Cat's mother to be a very likeable character (I imagine I'm not supposed to), so the sacrifices Cat makes for her make me cringe.
The other thing that bothered me slightly was Bones' way of speaking. It seemed almost over-the-top British to me; like Frost was trying a bit too hard to be sure we knew he was British. Maybe it was just that it's so much more noticeable in print than in person, or maybe I'm just missing England, but it did give me pause a few times.
After reading both books in this series, I am anxiously awaiting Book 3 from the library, and can't wait for the 4th to come out in July. I'm contemplating adding these to my personal library as well - they are just that good!(less)
Once again, I really enjoyed this book. There's something about the main characters that I find really appealing. I found this book to be very action-...moreOnce again, I really enjoyed this book. There's something about the main characters that I find really appealing. I found this book to be very action-oriented compared to the first two, almost *too* much - I had to flip back in the book a couple of times to remind myself of what had happened or who exactly a particular character was, but I was probably reading a little too quickly!
It was interesting to get more background on both Bones and Cat, and of course fascinating to learn more about how the vampire world works. The concept of a hierarchy is not a new one, of course, but I liked the detail on how to become head of your own line, how to combine lines, etc. I also appreciated meeting other vampires, although it was a little confusing until I got them all sorted.
This series is one that has made it to my "I'd like to own these books" list! (less)
I really enjoyed this latest installment in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones are headed on vacation together until they discover...moreI really enjoyed this latest installment in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones are headed on vacation together until they discover the Dreamsnatcher is after Cat.
I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect from this book; it seemed to me like a lot of the issues were resolved at the end of At Grave's End. I was a bit surprised by the twists in this book, which was a pleasant surprise. At the same time, however, it seemed to be similar to a general trend that I keep noticing in multi-book series lately.
For parts of the book, I wanted to knock Cat and Bones' heads together (not that it would really do any damage to either of them..) but I really enjoyed seeing more detail into the vampire world and piecing together more of Cat's history. Cat's little quirk was somehow not surprising to me, which is unusual since I never seem to guess correctly about this sort of thing.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book and I think it played a key role in the series, really cementing Cat and Bones' relationship and establishing their place in vampire society. I am looking forward to the next two books and learning more about Spade and Mencheres as well, but I can't wait for the next Cat & Bones installment in the Night Huntress world.(less)
I found that I didn't love this book quite as much as Jeaniene Frost's other books. Perhaps this is because I wasn't as drawn to Denise, although I al...moreI found that I didn't love this book quite as much as Jeaniene Frost's other books. Perhaps this is because I wasn't as drawn to Denise, although I also think she wasn't quite as well developed as a character as she could have been. At any rate, I enjoyed it, especially the glimpses of the other characters I have come to know, but it's not one of my favorites. (less)
Unfortunately, I realized about 30 pages in to this book that I had gotten the series order mixed up - this is actually the 2nd book in the series. By...moreUnfortunately, I realized about 30 pages in to this book that I had gotten the series order mixed up - this is actually the 2nd book in the series. By then I was hooked and didn't want to stop reading while I wait to get the first book from the library - and now that I've finished, I think it was the right decision. I don't feel like I was missing any important details or information and I really enjoyed this book!
The world Jeaniene Frost has created in this series is nothing special, really - a world like ours, but with vampires running around. The vampires themselves are quite typical in many ways, too, and vampire hunters are as bad-ass as usual. In fact, some things about this book reminded me a bit of the best parts of Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series (before it deteriorated into vampire erotica).
The main character, Cat, is very likeable and while I think her relationships with her colleagues could have been a bit more developed (perhaps there is more of this in the first book) but in general I really enjoyed getting to know Cat and the other characters. I did feel a bit bad for one human in the end, but all in all the casualty count wasn't too high.
I am looking forward to getting the first & third books in this series from the library soon and can't wait for more to come out!(less)
I picked this book up on a whim, after seeing it on a "recommended bestsellers" shelf at the bookstore. The title and cover drew me in; I didn't reall...moreI picked this book up on a whim, after seeing it on a "recommended bestsellers" shelf at the bookstore. The title and cover drew me in; I didn't really know what it was about. I really enjoyed it however. I have always been interested WWII, particularly stories about individuals rather than general situations, and this book really fit that category!
I had never heard of the Vel d'Hiv or learned much about the round ups in France, so it was really interesting to learn about a new aspect of WWII.
I found the parallel storylines to be frustrating at first, as I usually do, but in the end I felt that it worked out well. (less)
I enjoyed this anthology, it wasn't fantastic but it was quite good. I found the In Death installment to be very interesting - I like seeing Eve faced...moreI enjoyed this anthology, it wasn't fantastic but it was quite good. I found the In Death installment to be very interesting - I like seeing Eve faced with things that aren't easily explained, and to see her faced with moral dilemmas. The other three stories were entertaining, if not necessarily new or special.(less)