Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

There’s always one more grave to dig.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

My Thoughts:

Up From the Grave concludes the amazing Night Huntress series. This story shows Cat RUSSELL (yes, the shouty caps are intentional) 🙂 in a light that the readers have never seen her before. There were such amazing emotional highs and lows in this book that I just didn’t know if I was going or coming–each one more intense than the last. Frost has always had the ability to deliver a potent, intriguing, and sexy story. And she did not disappoint with Up From the Grave. I will say now…there are no chapter 32 moments in this story. In fact, the smexy times between Cat and Bones are almost muted in this story. However, where there was not the blazing, sheet scorching passion between them, there was a depth to their love and loyalty one another that I haven’t seen in any of the other books. There were surprise revelations from beginning to the very end, even down to how Don became a ghost.

We are able to see and say goodbye to all of the characters we have come to know and love over the years. And, can I say…DENISE IS THE BEST FRIEND EVA! Her dedication to Cat was just amazing, and unexpected and it took my breath away. Finding out about Katie was also an expected twist. I was listened to the audiobook at work and at that reveal started yelling, “No…no…no…no…no!” in my office. I’m sure the people in the surrounding office thought I was going crazy but they just don’t understand the power of this series! *wink*

As I drew nearer to the end of the story, I got a little teary knowing that an emotional goodbye to the series was eminent. Frost promised a happily ever after, and honestly, I just didn’t see it. Especially after the Law guardian…well…you just have to read that part for yourself. Let’s just say that I was sobbing feeling the depth of Cat’s emotions at that moment. And, Bones *sigh*…Bones proved in this story why he is now and will forever be one of my most favorite book boyfriends. He demanded Cat’s trust in this story and totally earned it. In spite of the horrible odds, he totally showed Cat that she could bank her trust in him.

Although Up From the Grave is the end for Cat and Bones, I am cautiously hopeful that Frost has some generous kernels to create a spinoff series of some kind. Katie’s life has enough fodder to spark stories for years to come. But seriously…we never got to see Ian have a happily ever after. We need to see a woman tame Ian. We need it. 🙂

Those of you who love the Night Huntress series will appreciate the depth and potency of this high octane read. Frost definitely outdid herself on this one.

Ratings Detail:

Rating for female protagonist: 5★ Rating for male protagonist: 5★ Steam Level: 5★ Plot Viability: 5★ General Storyline: 5★ Story Ending: 5+★ Ease of Reading: 5★ Audiobook narration: 5+★ Cliffhanger: No – But hopeful for a spinoff

Overall rating: 5★

Other Books in the Series:

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)   | My Rating 5★
One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)  | My Rating 5★
At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, #3)  | My Rating 5★
Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)  | My Rating 5★
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)  | My Rating 5★
One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6)  | My Rating 4★

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