Sunday, August 28, 2011

Audiobook Review - Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4) by Jeaniene Frost (5/5 stars)

Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4)Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
  400 pages
Publisher:  Avon
Release Date: July 28, 2009
ISBN: 978-0061583216
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Night Huntress series
Source: Audiobook through
Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.  The sixth book, One Grave at a Time, will be out on August 30th of 2011.  I enjoyed this book a lot more than the third one.  A lot happens, a lot of the characters go through some drastic changes.  The majority of the book had me on the edge of my seat and I can't wait to find out what happens next!  I listened to this on audio book, as with the previous books on audio, this audio book is extremely well done.  I think listening to these is even more fun than reading them!

This takes place about a year after, At Grave's End.  Cat and Bones are finally trying to take a vacation when they find out Cat is being hunted by a vampire called the Dreamsnatcher who says he is her husband; Cat has no idea who he is. Of course this ticks Bones off to no end.  Things are very dangerous for Cat because the Dreamsnatcher can kidnap humans in their sleep.  Add to this rumors that Cat wants to be turned into some sort of uber-ghoul and it makes the vampire politics in this book very tense.

Cat and Bones are really put through the ringer in this book.  The first part of the book is very dark.  Bones is angry at Cat, Cat is upset about her lost memories and can't even sleep because of fear of being snatched.  Both Cat and Bones do a number of stupid things that could have been avoided had they communicated better.  

The good thing that sets off all of the bad in the first half of the book is Vlad.  Vlad is present in a big way in this book and proves his steadfast friendship to Cat over and over again.  It was fun to learn Vlad's history and to watch him interact with Cat; he is one of my favorite characters in this series.

The other good thing about all the bad that happens in the beginning of the book is that we get to see Cat and Bones work through all these issues and become a stronger couple after it all.  Lots of interesting things happen to Cat's powers later in the book, this was fun and exciting to read about.  I was a bit confused with how the whole deal about Bones gaining a bunch of power from Mencheres was dropped in this book, but whatever, hopefully it will come up again in the next book.

As with previous books this is more of an urban fantasy than a paranormal romance.  The plot moves quickly, there is never a dull moment.  Parts of this book will break your heart, but fear not it gets better!  The book ends well and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book with Cat and her new abilities.

Overall a very strong addition to this series.  I enjoyed this book a lot and have no complaints.  I loved that we get our witty Cat and Bones banter back.  The beginning of the book is very dark and parts of it will break your heart, but that just makes the second half of the book even more awesome.  It was great to spend so much time with Vlad in this book.  Some really interesting things happen with Cat and her powers too, so I am very excited to see where Frost goes with all this in the fifth book, This Side of the Grave.

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