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This Side of the Grave

(Night Huntress #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  60,555 ratings  ·  2,450 reviews
Danger waits on both sides of the grave.

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Avon (first published February 1st 2011)
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Pam If I had not seen this list from her website, I would have been totally confused.

Reading order of ALL novels, novellas, novelettes, and outtakes in th…more
If I had not seen this list from her website, I would have been totally confused.

Reading order of ALL novels, novellas, novelettes, and outtakes in the Night Huntress and Night Prince universe:

HAPPILY NEVER AFTER (ebook novella)
DEVIL TO PAY (ebook novella)
ONE FOR THE MONEY (a Cat and Bones novellette)
RECKONING (NOT a romance! Ebook prequel novella set in Bones’s point of view before he meets Cat)
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (a long Cat and Bones ebook novella)
SHADES OF WICKED (October 30th, 2018) (less)
Cara Cat states it in the book that currently it's been six years since she met Bones. This book picks up where the last left. Only after she left Bones to…moreCat states it in the book that currently it's been six years since she met Bones. This book picks up where the last left. Only after she left Bones to join Don was there an actual 'gap' in time (in years) between books.(less)

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Pardon me while I have a little rant. If you’re going to do a spin-off series, then it should be able to be read independently of the original series. Otherwise, it’s not really a spin-off series now, is it? It’s just all part of the one same series. You should NOT be able to spoil either series by not reading the spin-off series in between books of the original series, and vice versa.

Although Frost’s Night Huntress World series is supposed to be a spin-off, it really isn’t. It doesn’t just comp
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 World's Freakiest Bloodsucker Stars


First read 2/27/2014
reread 11/26/2015
Re reread 11/24/2019
reread 4/22/21

"Kitten, you've been a vampire for less than a year. During that time, you've blown the head off a Master vampire through pyrokinesis and frozen dozens of vampires into a stupor through telekinesis. Your abilities, plus your occasional heartbeat, are bound to frighten some people."-Bones

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"You know, in addition to your mind-reading abilities, I may have absorbed some sluttine
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-favourites
Another fantastic installment from Jeaniene Frost with This Side of the Grave.

Cat struggles with many things during this story, some of which grabbed my heart and pulled on my tears... I think a few of us could relate to some of her circumstances here. Again though, there are so many things to curl those lips up and laugh with and with the addition of our friends from prior books, it makes it a wholesome party to enjoy.

Jeaniene has definately become one of my favourite authors with her witty lin


I can expl…

I’m not saying that Cat isn’t the epitome of awesomeness.

I’m not saying that Bones isn’t one of the sexiest things out there.

I’m not saying that the side characters aren’t intriguing and fun to hang around with.

But look at the plot people:

Bad guy is after Cat for some ridiculous reason.
Cat goes after the bad guy.
Tones of random stuff happening.
Cat fights the bad guy.
Cat kills the bad guy.
The end.

Sounds familiar, right? You’ve read something like that before and still e
Sophia Triad
"Be still my non-beating heart"

Let's see...
Cat and Bones are in love
Cat and Bones have earth shattering sex (chapter 21 everybody!)
Cat and Bones fight against a deadly enemy (Bad bad ghouls!)

So, not many things happen in this book that move forward the main story. Just Cat feels more comfortable being a full vampire (flying is really awesome).
Mencheres and Kira (Eternal Kiss of Darkness) as well as Denise and Spade (First Drop of Crimson) make an appearance.
And Timmie, Cat's neighbour seven
It was quite good. Vlad rocks. :D
And I would appreciate more of Ian. He was there like for five minutes and the author almost just mentioned him! Like all interesting characters are being pushed out of the pages to promote other characters that are just simply annoying.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever done that thing where you say something and realize it came out very very wrong, and then tried to talk your way out of it, only to continue making it worse? I have... and I'll fill you in later... it counts as the most embarrassing moment of my life. So, I felt much better when Cat has this same problem twice in this book.

I'm hungry enough that both of you are starting to looking really, really good."
Vlad's lips curled. "Is this the part where I'm supposed to remind you that th
Helen 2.0
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vamps, pnr, own, read-17
Guys, I'm meeting Jeaniene Frost in Orlando at the end of July!!! afaadjfhsohfosndfjzhgljg
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG!! yeahhh... that rocks!! I totally thougt that the 4th book was the last... and now she brings out a 5th book!!!?? Jeanine Frost?! I love u!
haha... my fav *kick-ass heroine* vampire book series!! <3

PS.: I think I'll go crazy until it comes out! ...can't wait ^^
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Umm what is going on with me?*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Re-read: 08.11.2018
The fifth book in the series starts several months after book four (seven years from book one). It still centers around now turned vampire Catherine ‘Cat’ ‘Cathy’ ‘Kitten’ ‘Commander’ ‘The Red Reaper’ Kathleen Crawfield (27? 28?) and her vampire husband Crispin Phillip Arthur Russell III (Crispin was his human name) ‘Bones’ (247? 249?). Cat's been a vampire for less than a year, but that doesn't stop her from being special sti
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cat and Bones have had a very rough time of it lately and while they have come out on top in the last few battles, there still were loved ones lost and irreparable consequences. In this latest installment, Cat is still coming to terms with her new, mostly pulse-less status. She was unique as a half vampire, so it makes sense she wouldn't be a normal full one either. However, this spells trouble as a nasty Ghoul is using the threat of the "Red Reaper" to incite a war between the Vampires and Ghou ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.”

My favorite of the series - 'The Side of the Grave' holds the best qualities of the Night Huntress books while mainly leaving the small annoyances behind.

Cat has grown on me more since she's shed some of the annoying, in the face, immature attitude. Bones is still yummy and protective. Their relationship is in no way in the new stages anymore but they still keep it fresh. They work together as a tough team that - while some natural disagree
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

So... umm... what just happened? Ok, I liked Vlad and... that's just about it. Maybe Cat and Bones should retire or something because I don't feel them anymore. I like the mature Cat, and yet she's boring at the same time.

And Mencheres... I still have a problem with him having sex. I see him as this pharaoh mysterious figure. Him being a lovestruck horny guy, it doesn't work for me.

As for Apollyon, he's so unimportant, I don't know why he's in the book in the first place. Just so Cat has an anta
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Ho hum. Meh. A little slow.

I never would have thought that these would be words to describe a Cat and Bones book. I’ve always loved Cat and Bones and was looking forward to an enjoyable read. I found this book was slower paced and a little bit dull. Don’t get me wrong – there are some great and exciting scenes in the book, but for the most part, it was a dull read for me.

Cat and Bones were a little bland for me this time. Bones is subdued, very calm. Yes, he is still as sexy as only Bones can be
Deborah Obida
The quality of this series reduced so much in this, Basically nothing happened it was just repetitions of old stuffs and just a little new stuffs. I was bored half way through and the rest part that was new was really fun.

The writing is still great and I adore the character development, the plot not so much.

“As long as you’re with me, I can handle it,” I said, reaching up to touch his face. “I can handle anything with you.”

“I’ll always be with you, Kitten. Always,” Bones rasped before his lip
4 Awesome Stars.

In this fifth book we have Cat and Bones in the middle of an extreme war.
Ghouls and vampires are starting a war between them and when previous allies suddenly take different sides nothing good can come from that.
Since Cat is under threat she and Bones have to seek help with the most unexpected resources and once again, fight a dangerous war against their lives and this time, against their own species.
But well, Cat is Cat and Bones is Bones and they together are pure awesomene
Robin (Bridge Four)
Downgrade from 3.5 to 3 stars after the second read. #1 reason for that is the Ghoul movement against vampires makes no sense. Ghouls need vampire blood to be made, if there are no vampires how will they make more ghouls. Seriously the logic seemed a little flawed, but I liked Cat, Bones and Marie Laveau so it still gets 3 stars.

Cat and Bones are back stronger than ever together. What I love about this book is that there is no more miscommunication and stupid fighting between them. There is stil
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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Species tensions erupt in the supernatural world as extremist ghouls stoke hatred against vampires, their undead siblings. In this installment, ghosts on steroids (view spoiler) controlled by another paranormal figure of renown - voodoo Queen Marie Laveau - explode onto the scene. Will the powerful Marie be a friend or an enemy as she consolidates her power in New Orleans during the rising conflict?

Luckily for the vampires, Cat's friendship with Vlad (Dracula) bolster
Lonna | FLYLēF
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this fifth installment mainly follows Cat’s mysterious evolution and exploration of her intriguing, mystical powers, it continues to fuel to my desire for more of this lovely couple and their myriad adventures.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Will Cat and Bones ever get any peace? The answer to that question seems to be a big resounding NO! Thank goodness! Without their ability to piss off everyone in a 100 mile radius I wouldn't be able to obsess over everything about this series! This book continues the vampire vs ghoul war that seems to brewing because of Cat's unusual abilities now that she has been turned in to a vampire. But she not only has the paranormal war to worry about, but her mothers recently forced vampirism and her Un ...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars

I was so excited to get this book, and start reading it as soon as it came out! I've been on Cat & Bones withdrawals because the 4th book in the series was a bit mehh, and then we got 2 books in the Night Huntress World spin-off, and I was not so happy with Spade's, and I did liked Mencheres.

But here we are back with Cat & Bones.... Ahhhh... Opening scene... LOVED IT! I wouldn't mind having him shackled to a cave wall! After that though it started going really slow for me.

The story was
Emily May
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-uf, pnr, 2011
If I'm honest, this book would have got 4 stars had I not read the other 4 installments in the Night Huntress series. The story, in my opinion, was quite weak and I can't find much to interest me in Marie's character. It's surprising actually because she's another quirky and unique member of Frost's creations, and I so adore all the others. Frost's true gift lies in creating wonderful and memorable characters, with no repetitions amongst them; by that I simply mean all of them are very different ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had fun with this re-read. It appears that I did like this one a little more the second time around since I only gave the book 3 stars when I read it in 2012. This isn't the best book in the series but I still found it enjoyable. I hadn't planned to listen to this book when I did but none of the audiobooks I started were working for me but everything seemed to work when I gave this one a try. I ended up listening to the entire audi
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Ok, so this is going to be short and sweet since this is a later-in-the-series book.

I LOVED IT! Now, onto the inside flap cover...

I do have a question, inside flap, isn't Bones missing a nipple? I was looking (ok I was looking really hard) at the picture of Bones and realized his nipple (I think it was his left nipple since I don't have the book in front of me) or at least a portion of his nipple should be showing just on the edge of his leather vest. Ok, I didn't take calculations or anything b
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
5 stars because...

Ghosts are the weirdest thing here. And they go around unexplained much... Just very strange, in my opinion.

And even thought Cat and Bones are still made for each other... I love Vlad, and i ship him with Cat (Vlat)
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love how in this installment of the Night Huntress series, we have Bones and Cat happy.

It may sound cheesy, but there it is. In the last book Destined for an Early Grave, they were so far apart it hurt me to read it. While I love the tension of them at odds with each other, I hate how hard it is to read about what we know is a perfect-for-each-other-couple fighting.

In this book, they aren't fighting with each other. Bones' past isn't thrown in our faces, and they have a sweet and tender moment
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: devoted fans of the series
Shelves: pr-uf-crossbreed
This truly saddens me. Each of the first four books in this series were astonishingly entertaining, and I had begun to wonder if Frost would ever deliver a book without it being wrapped in perfect packaging and tied with a gorgeous bow.
Unfortunately, that time has come. While I figured Frost would have to hit a plateau eventually, I had hopes that that time would never come. Looks like This Side of the Grave is it. After being so pleased by the first four installments in this series, it is clear
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Arlene by: Buddy Read - Crystal
My review would be a broken record at this point. What can I say that I haven't mentioned already? I love the lore. I love Bones. I love the fierce action. I love Bones. I love the secondary characters especially Vlad. I love Bones. I love the steamy scenes. I love Bones. I love the relationship between Cat and Bones. I love Bones. See broken record.

One of my favorite paranormal series, but I must be clear... it's not a Young Adult book. Definitely not YA...
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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, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on ...more

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