alwaysanswerb’s #CBR5 Review 47: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

At Grave’s End is the 3rd book in the Night Huntress series, which is currently at 7 books and counting. Be aware that the following description (from Goodreads) kind of spoils the first two since it’s a series:

“It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.”

As the series progresses, Frost has found ways to keep making her heroes (Cat and Bones) more and more perfect and awesome, so there never really feels like there is any tension during any of the would-be fatal conflicts. This is basically because she writes vampires like omnipotent wizards and mages, rather than vampires. By that I mean, these vampires aren’t just stronger and faster with enhanced eyesight and hearing like we typically expect from vampires; they can also fly, and read minds, and be pyrokinetic, and… it goes on. Cat, for her part, is only half vampire, but she somehow has the speed and skill to take on “Master” vampires without breaking much of a sweat. And if she does sustain an injury, she only needs to drink vampire blood before it kills her, and in a matter of seconds she’ll be healed. That applies to any human, but because Cat is a half-breed, she can sustain an absurd amount of injuries before she has to worry about dying. For instance, in one battle in this book, she has her entire left arm chewed off by zombies, and not only does she not die from blood loss, but she doesn’t even notice it’s gone until Bones carries her inside and makes sure she gets blood. I understand that part of the point of a paranormal universe is that you get to make shit up, but the shit Frost is making up means that there aren’t any stakes in the conflict (SEE WHAT I DID THERE).

As for the romance, it was pretty boring in this installment. Very few “love” scenes (there was, like, one? maybe?) and this book saw the tortured inclusion of a would-be love triangle, except it can hardly be called that because it was really just one guy being really inappropriate and overbearing while Cat rebuffs him and insists, quite truthfully, that yes, she really is in love with her husband. Really, it’s not even suggested that the other guy has any chance at all, so it’s just embarrassing to read any parts regarding his unrequited love.

Overall, these books aren’t very good. I probably should have stopped after the 2nd book in the series, but I currently have up to 6 downloaded from the library so I’ll probably end up finishing those so I have some books to bitch about in my Cannonball reviews. So far, neither 2 nor 3 lived up to the intrigue and suspense of the first book in the series, and I doubt the rest will.

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