Title: Up from the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: The Night Huntress
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. Halfway to the Grave
2. One Foot in the Grave
3. At Grave’s End
4. Destined for an Early Grave
5. This Side of the Grave
6. One Grave at a Time
Date Started: December 8
Date Finished: December 10
Format: Mass Trade Paperback from my local library
It’s actually been quiet over the last few months for Cat and Bones. But all of that is about to change when Cat’s uncle Don shows up and tells them that he’s worried about Cat’s old team. They haven’t been to their homes in three weeks. Concerned, Cat goes back to the place she thought she’d never go again, to her old team’s compound to talk to Madigan. He tells them cheerfully that every member from her old team is dead and that if he sees either of them again, he’ll have them killed on the spot.
Not convinced of her friend’s deaths, Cat and Bones talk to Don, but he is STILL hiding how Madigan and him know each other and every time they summon him to ask, he leaves. With help from the Ghoul Queen of Louisiana Marie, they get him to stay and spill his secrets. Before Don got to know Cat, they only hired her because of her weird geneology. They were taking her blood and other fluids and not only testing it but implementing it into test subjects as well. The results were miraculous, and Madigan wanted to breed Cat, but Don wouldn’t allow it and had him fired. But that didn’t stop Madigan from continuing on with his experiments. So Cat does the unexpected and tries to draw Madigan out by proposing a meeting between the two of them. It doesn’t go how she plans.
This book was fantastic. It was such a whirlwind of action that I found it hard to put it down. I read a good 75% of it at work on Monday, which is really rare (with the last book I only read 180 pages or so). The revelation that these experiments were done using Cat’s blood and…revealed much later her eggs was just mind blowing and slightly disgusting. Could you imagine working for a government operation and having them take your fluids to test on other humans? Gross. I also kind of liked the revelation of who Katie – a test subject that was in the compound with the members of Cat’s team – was and Cat’s reaction to finding out that information.
Denise was also an interesting character. Her development since book 2 is crazy and I can’t wait to read the ‘spin off’ that gives me more information about her demon linage. As for the character of Ian he’s been a thorn in my side – and Cat’s – since book 2, but this book really made me appreciate him more. Especially in the last fifty pages or so. And Frost again had me really going at page 116 when – spoiler alert – she ‘killed’ off Bones again! Did anyone else know that he could fake being dead? No? Jeez. Talk about a little warning next time!
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. From what I got from the epilogue this is the final book in The Night Huntress series, and that was one hell of a way to end it. I can’t wait to read more from Frost.
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