Quinn's Reviews > This Side of the Grave
by Jeaniene Frost (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: paranormal-romance, library-book, urban-fantasy
Although Frost’s Night Huntress World series is supposed to be a spin-off, it really isn’t. It doesn’t just compliment the original series, it’s actually just the SAME FREAKING SERIES. So if you don’t read them strictly in order (and by that, I mean the spin-off books MUST be read in between specific Night Huntress books), then the Night Huntress World books will be completely spoiled, and the Night Huntress books wont make any sense.
It’s pretty damn rude of a writer to force readers to start and continue a second series just so they know what the hell is going on in the first one. VERY BAD FORM, no matter how enjoyable the books. Because readers don’t deserve to have MAJOR spoilers just because they don’t anticipate or expect that it is critical for the two series to be read in a very specific order, here it is (so far):
Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Grave's End
Destined for an Early Grave
First Drop of Crimson
Eternal Kiss of Darkness
This Side of the Grave
In other words, don’t read this one until you have read the first two of the Night Huntress World “spin-off” series. OK…. So that ended up being a bigger rant than I had anticipated, but it really p*sses me off. So much so, that I have very little energy left for an actual review, but let me just say this:
I enjoyed This Side of the Grave, but it was very episodic. By that, I mean that it was exclusively plot driven with no character or relationship development to speak of, and the plot itself didn’t have a lot of relevance or impact outside of this particular book.
That said, I enjoyed Frost’s writing again, and it was nice to see Cat and Bones’ relationship back on track and Cat continuing to mature. Oh, and for what it’s worth, I didn’t at all find chapter 21 to be the new chapter 32 – not even close – so temper your expectations there.
It’s great to hear that Vlad will be the star of the next “spin-off” *cough* book, because he outshone Bones in this one.
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