Sunday, February 1, 2015

Barb's Book Review... At Grave's End

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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.

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*** small spoiler alert ***

Its a new day in the lives of Cat and Bones. As the team builds in strength and endurance they keep up their pace with hunting the bad vampires and ghouls. The only problem is.. the last three attempts at catching vamps has not turned out so well. Her cover has been blown over and over again. Don and the team agree its time to get another woman to play bait. But they have a new case next week so there is no time to acquire, train and fill in a new recruit to the team. Tate has the idea of using Belinda a vamp they have in house -in a cage as it is and use as a fighting dummy- to be the decoy. This way Cat can run the team and be on the opposite side of the fangs. Reluctantly she agrees. Even though she hates Belinda for many reasons.

Also, Don mentioned Bone’s having been on the team for 3 months now.. he still had a promise of sorts to keep. He would turn on of the team members into a vampire. To Cat’s surprise Tate volunteered. Not sure why but the mix of feelings between Cat and Bones shows they think they know why. No matter what Tate does, he will never get Cat. She loves Bones. Until the end of her existence. But they set up to do just what they planned. They will make  Tate.. the first of many.

The feelings Cat had about Belinda should have been listened to. Because during the mission that next week -which was held at at a Chuck E Cheese that had had a family disappear from it and a video showing a man with green eyes in the parking lot- things got weird. Not only did Kat and a few others get placed inside with the real customers they had a kid with them. Don has supplied a 9 year old kid to play bait with Cat. At first Belinda acts… normal. Bitchy and contrite but she plays along.. until she sees her escape is possible. Belinda flips the paces and shares secrets of the hideout and God only knows what before she runs off. Killing one of Kat’s younger, newer team members. Though… it didn’t end well for Belinda, not really. Cat chased her down and staked her ass. HA! Payback is a bitch. But then again, the damage had been done.. one of the men in the Chuck E Cheese had escaped.

As scheduled.. Cat, Don, and a few other observers watched Bones turned Tate. It took hours for it to kick in but when it did it wasn’t all that bad. Of course he was ravished and had to get used to being a.. vampire. Tate being Tate though he didn’t want Cat to watch him like that. So.. she was sent to her office by herself. What else was there to do? After a few long hours in there her mom calls, asking if she can still come to the wedding. Cat can’t believe her ears. They make plans for Cat to come over and talk about the wedding plans and such while Bones goes to the airport and picks up Annette. She is coming in to help with Tate.  Now, nothing here is ever simple, right? Right. So when Cat gets to her moms, things go from normal to def-con 5 in a blink of an eye.

Her mom opens the door and there is a vamp standing behind her. And… (drum roll) Max. Yep her nasty ass father is behind her a gun in one hand and a rocket launcher in the other. Do you think he meant business? Erm… yeah. Nasty bastard gets Cat inside and then she realizes her mother’s been mind controlled. But when it was lifted her mom went on the offensive. Nothing was going to stop Max though. His partner tied Cat’s mom up by the neck and stood her on a 3 legged chair. Talk about overkill. But it forced Justina to watch Max torture Cat. He had already stabbed knives through her wrists so she couldn’t fight him. And he was enjoying himself. Especially because he thought he was going to get away with it.

Thanks to the airport losing Annette’s luggage Bones had tried to call Cat and got no answer. That through up a red flag. She always answers. He knew where she was going.. so he got to the home -with Annette- just as Max ripped out Cat’s throat. Bones went to feed Cat his blood while Annette cornered Max and called Ian. Cat would be traumatized by this but she would make it. Once called Ian tossed Max out of his line. He disowned him basically, so now he was Bones to torture until he was ready to kill him. Don and the team showed up to clean up and then Bones took Cat and her mom to their home. Of course she had armed guards now but that was okay.

With everyone adjusting and the compound being moved since Belinda obviously gave out too much information since Max and his flunky -who happened to be the vampire that escaped them at Chuck E Cheese- had found her other they had to start over… just to make sure they keep everyone safe. As more time passes Bones is contacted by his grandsire; Ian’s -Bone’s sire- sire wants a meeting with him. Seems he wants to join forces by merging their families to make one big family. He sees war coming and this maybe the only way to stop it. But at the ceremony party all hell breaks loose. People -humans and some vampires- started blowing up… Talk about an O.O moment. When all is said and done they all make it out alive and find out who is after them.

Seems the grand sire's wife -who is bat shit cray cray- is after Bones. All thanks to a  vision the grandsire had about bones killing her. But honestly the heffa only solidified the fact that the very vision he has would now come true.. no matter what. She attacked and threatened him but not only that she endangered Cat. As Max can vouch for that is not a smart thing to do at all. Things would be getting crazier and crazier. Now missions are in play to capture some of Petra’s hierarchy. if they could get them they could get to her. This goes on and things get crazy. As if we thought anything different would happen. Though no one saw what would happen next coming.

Bones and the others left to meet an informant of Petra’s but when the helicopter came back to meet with Cat and the rest of her team at the grandsires Colorado home Bones wasn’t there. When Cat tried to call him on his cell.. a woman answered. Four words made her whole world stop turning.. “Is this the widow?” Petra had killed him? Everyone was packed up and the house was vacated but nothing was really in focus for Cat. When they landed in Canada outside yet another of the grandsire’s homes Cat went for a walk that lead her to some cliffs. Time sat thinking made her attempt to do something stupid but Vlad -a friend yet nemesis of Bones’ who has been there for a while- spoke to her. He managed to get through to her when no one else could. Then the Reaper was back. Fighting spirit and all.

The next night there was a ceremony to make Cat the new master over Bones’ line -as Bones had wished- but again trouble finds them. There was a vamp who didn’t want to be under her. So Cat was challenged. And when his lifeless body hit the floor it was over. But… then Petra showed up. And as Vampire law went as the grandsire’s bitch, I mean wife she could but there was to be no fighting at official ceremonies and what not. Once the she-bitch -Petra- left Cat was challenged by 8 more vampires… all of which died, painfully. Haha. Days had passed since Cat had slept, or eaten… so many things. Cat was still in a daze, who could blame her. Tate had talked to Don and gotten some sleep meds called in for her and as she slept a loud noise woke her. The she heard him…

Bones. Bones was in the house. Seems things went wild and he had almost been killed. But luckily things changed and he was able to escape. But was completely dehydrated. He had managed to call Dave -the only number he could remember- and was rescued by Don. When Tate called Don to get the meds for Cat Bones went to that pharmacy and sniffed out Tate’s scent and followed him to the house. But now they all have a task at hand. One that means life or death. the whole reason bones was there was a set up… but who set him up? Tate of course is his choice and he has him shackled down in the basement. But Cat and the grandsire know better. It couldn’t be Tate he wasn’t that kind of a man. So the hunt begins.  What they find is yet another person that Petra has fucked and not in a good way. Holding peoples families and loved ones to get them to do their bidding. Despicable!

They have the one they brought back from that same fight to try to get information out of.. but he isn't talking. But all torturing, I mean talking ends when a swarm of… things swarm around them. Petra yet again has struck. Sending a mass swarm of undead -zombies- after them all. it was a hard, dangerous fight. Many lives were lost but they managed to get the zombies down and got away from the house in Canada. Don was working on a media frenzy trying to get enough rep tape over everything to cover up the zombie mess. (LOL) When Cat wakes up she is in North Dakota. Her friend Denise’s husband had been killed in the attacks. 18 vampires and ghouls and in addition 4 more humans were killed. The only thing that will make everything right is now to kill Petra.

The events that unfold from this are like a chain reaction. They find, they seek, they destroy anyone and anything that gets in the way of the end goal. Death to the death dealer. Its rather poetic..

Again, I enjoyed this immensely. Very thankful I have this series on audiobook and ebook as it makes it easy to listen and work on days when I can’t sit and read while I answer phones and such. So.. on to the next one!

Keep the pages turnin’!

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