La Crimson Femme
Review: Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
★★★ ½ @Jeaniene_Frost #OtherHalfoftheGrave #NetGalley
Every story has two sides with there are two people involved. Full disclosure, I didn't read the blurb. I saw Ms. Frost publishing a new book and I wanted to read it. She is an auto-buy and auto-read author. After reading the book, I went back and read the blurb. The blurb is spot on. If you have never read a book in the Night Huntress series, this book can be read as a standalone. For those who have read the series, this story shows a different perspective of the same events.
When I first came upon Ms. Frost, I fell in love with her snarky dhampire, Cat. She was quite defensive and had some serious identity issues. Her self loathing was a bit much and sad. Her family situation was not ideal. Meeting a real vampire, Bones was a shock. Seeing this all again from Bones' perspective was fun. We are brought back to how Cat was like when she was young and living a dangerous life of hunting vampires.
There are a few things I find jarring in this story with references to current day offerings that didn't exist when Cat's story first came out. Specifically Uber Eats didn't exist then. Still, these oddities aside, watching Bones try to understand and protect Cat is hilarious. This poor man's patience is tried over and over again. On top of this, Bones tries to woo Cat who is a bit oblivious of it. Seeing from Bones' perspective painfully shows how young, idealistic, and inexperienced Cat is in comparison to Bones. Since I know how Cat has grown after all these books, looking back is so much fun. Her potential is so great. Bones sees it too.
The ending to this book is fantastic. This trip down memory lane from a different view is recommended to everyone who loved the original series.
*provided by NetGalley