Series: Night Huntress #5
Published by Avon Books
Pub Date: February 22nd 2011
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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 war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war…to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.
This Side of the Grave begins with, well…actually it begins with Bones in chains, rawr! Yes, hot, but aside from that, it begins with Cat and Bones meeting up a couple of vampires who have information about the recent ghoul attacks in Ohio. These attacks are happening because Apollyon, a ghoul with a hatred for vampires, is trying to incite a race war, and he’s using Cat as his scapegoat. Now Cat and Bones have to find him and stop him.
On one of their visits to Verses’s club, Cat and Bones pick up…Timmie!! That’s right! Timmie, as in Cat’s old geeky neighbor from when she was in college in the first book!! That was such a cool surprise! Of course, now Timmie is Tim, and he’s grown into himself…but he’s still a little geeky, as Cat and Bones were there to pick him because he writes to expose those in the supernatural world. I hope he makes more appearances in the series.
I don’t know what it was, but I was missing something between Cat and Bones. Maybe since no one is trying to get in between them in this book and now they get along, only bickering with regular married couple stuff. I don’t really know what it is that I was missing because it was still sweet to see them this way with each other.
I loveee the chemistry between Vlad and Cat! They crack me up! He’s like her annoying older brother who loves to pick on her. And I loved seeing Mencheres act more loosely. Obviously Kira is a very good influence on him. Denise and Spade also make an appearance, and Spade is still so awesome. Their relationship is a lot like Bone and Cat’s. Ian makes a cameo appearance, which was not nearly long enough! Cat’s old crew is the same as always. Tate still hates Bones and Cat’s mom is training with them!! That was pretty awesome.
I didn’t think I was going to be so sadden by Don’s outcome, but I did get a little teary eyed. And the twist in the end wasn’t too surprising, what with Cat’s new powers thanks to Marie, but I am curious to see it play out in the next book.
I do wonder if we’ll ever get to see a Cat and Bones wedding extravaganza! I would love it!
Overall, not my favorite in the series so far, but still VERY enjoyable. :)