Friday, February 6, 2015

Barb's Book Review... This Side of the Grave

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)
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.

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*** small spoiler alert***

Bones and Cat are at it again… do they ever rest? No. It doesn't look that way. Just think if they did, we wouldn't have near as good of a time as we do keeping up with them. (laughs) Seems ghouls are killing unmastered vampires. What does that mean? Any vampire that is not under the protection of a master is being hunted down and killed. Why? Who knows. At this point is just a secret race to find out what is going on and why. Also, there is a human reporter that Don’s team keeps having to use resources to cut down his stories of the paranormal. Come to find out said ‘reporter’ is none other than Timmy. He was Cat’s neighbor when she was in college. The one Bones threatened to neuter more than once. (LOL)

So now they have to find Timmy, keep themselves from being made as snooping into the vampire deaths and deal with Cat’s ever growing new diet. What can go wrong with that…? Well nothing at the moment. There are no ghouls out and about in Ohio. Bones and Cat take off to new Orleans to talk to Marie (Majestic) and see what she has to say about this. Are they alone? No, they have Vlad close but not in the city with them. Avoiding Bones home there they check into the Ritz. Who would to think to look there? Right? Well…. ghouls can. When coming back to the hotel from a flying lesson Cat was attacked in the elevator. A fight that she was out numbered with a human man and child in the elevator with her. She managed to get the girl out but the man and Cat were dropping quickly. She used her new abilities to get her and the man out of the elevator. Hurt but they were alive.

Bones takes on the rest of the ghouls until there is only one left. He flies them to Vlads and after Bones and Vlad manage to get answers from him… he is disposed of. Then they go to see Marie… and things go a little not so good. Marie has a feeling about Cat’s powers. She forces Cat to drink a glass of her blood. And… she goes crazy. Marie’s blood makes her go into a trance of sorts. Her sex drive is out of control and it literally takes Bones shagging her almost non stop to keep her under control. Thankfully Mancheres is able to get a plane to them and fly them to his home in Virginia. When Cat wakes up she is mortified to learn what she has done, even if she had no idea of what she was doing.

Cat having Marie’s Voodoo Juju bloodin her is making ghosts come to her. She is now a ghost magnet, or ghost whisperer… (laughs hard) And then things get really interesting. Fabian -Cat’s ghost friend they brought home from New Orleans- tells Cat that ghosts are a bit repelled by garlic and weed.. (laughs) So Bones helps her make a concoction that will help her get the ghosts away from her. Even if it makes her stink. And they put a plan into action. One that has to work if they want to get the ghouls. Mencheres, Cat and Vlad are teaming up to search for the head ghoul while Bones, Spade and Denise -Cat’s best friend who was changed into a shapeshifter by a demon; who changes to look like Cat- are in Ohio and making their ways around the bars and places there. Making it like Cat was actually there. No one would get that close to her to know it wasn’t really Cat.

As Mencheres, Vlad and Cat get with Dave -a former member of Cats military team; the ghoul Bones made after he died- after he came back from a rolly of sorts with the ghouls. Apparently they want to take out vampires, take over then kill Cat. HA. Like that was news. But what happens next... kind of blows all their minds. Fabian, Cat’s friendly ghost gets pissed. Because as usual no one even thinks to even think about ghosts and where they stand in this. Yeah, wraiths and remnants can be bad ass. But a ghost no one would think about them. According to Fabian if there are enough ghosts in one place they can get enough power together. It does make a few things come into view for Cat.

Then after about a week the greatest idea... the one that would help them find the ghouls crazy leader hit Cat. Made Bones and Mencheres thinking she had lost her mind. (snorts) But it was the best she could do and it was an idea Marie had given her.. after remembering a question Marie asked her while she was crazed. Then piecing together all of the nonchalant comments and things Marie said while in her home. Cat thought they had been threats but all along Marie had been giving her a way to find the ghouls. Ghosts. Who else could go anywhere and be all but undetected. It took them... 6 days to find him. Then the time to pounce was on.

And what an attack it was. A dozen vampires attacking the ghouls as they gathered at a rally. It was strength on strength. And a pissed off Cat after the ghoul she wanted. The ones that hadn’t been killed were captured. Made to watch the showdown between Cat and Apollyon. This would end in one of two ways…but then the coward Apollyon was showed. He refused to fight, refused to take a weapon.. he was a big coward for all to see. But in the end he did die, as the Vampire Council rep that was fighting with them had ruled. But the story doesn’t end there… never does…


I enjoyed this story but I felt I was lost through parts of it. Large parts. Like with Denise and the whole shapeshifter thing. The last book she was human and now she’s not and she is married. I was like wait.. did I start the wrong book? But over all the story once it got going was good.  

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