Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1.1
Published by NYLA on April 26, 2022
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Ever wondered what Bones was thinking and feeling when he and half-vampire Cat Crawfield first met? Or how their story might differ if he were the one telling it? Now, relive the beginning of Cat and Bones' bestselling love story through Bones' point of view, which reveals a darker, sexier take on their early days, as well as a deeper dive into Bones' past, the vampire world, and other things that Cat didn't see when their story was told only through her eyes in Halfway to the Grave.
Cat had her say. Now, it's Bones' turn.
The Cat & Bones books in the Night Huntress series are all told in Cat’s point of view. In this way, we learned about vampires and other supernaturals much as Cat did, a bit at a time. I loved the humor of the snarky dialogue which lightened the often violent battles.
In The Other Half of the Grave, we get Bones’ point of view for the first book and a little of the second book. It’s a much different experience. The feel is darker and I didn’t find as much humor. What was here was much more information about vampires, their abilities and rules. Many of these things took 4-6 books from Cat’s view to learn. Now there’s a much better picture of how Bones lived and worked.
There is little sense of Cat’s college efforts and friends, her money struggles, and very little interaction with Justina. Of course, we don’t get Cat’s inner dialogue with herself as she learns and grows in knowledge and feelings for Bones.
There is also the staggering admiration, respect, attraction and love which Bones feels for Cat. It’s overwhelming how hard he works to support her, help her, protect her, and make her life better. He is so patient with her learning more about vampires and coming to accept they are like people, some good, some bad. Bones also tries to make her see how amazing she is and to stop listening to others who don’t realize it. He doesn’t push her and lets her make her own choices.
The story is the same but a different perspective. I like having the whole picture, but would not have enjoyed this as much without the original version in Halfway to the Grave. So you can read the original without this, but I wouldn’t read this without the original. It’s a worthwhile addition to the world.
We are currently doing a Read-along on this blog of the Night Huntress world, which you can read more about HERE.
Read-along Grand-Prize Giveaway:
For a US winner, this will be 12 digital copies ( your choice of her books) generously provided by Jeaniene Frost (US only) but they can be from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo.
For an Intl winner, it will be $50 at Book Depository.
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I love Cat and Bones, so I very much want to read Bone’s perspective! Thanks for sharing your great review~
Thank you Eva. It’s great to get that extra perspective.
I didn’t even know this was coming! Fantastic review, Anne💜
Thank you! Well I am keeping up with all the Jeaniene Frost stuff especially well with the Read-along this year.
I can’t wait to read this one! I’m glad she agreed to let this be the ebook I could pick for winning the other competition you held, it’s the only one I don’t have lol
yes you should get it this week as it’s released on Tuesday. She will be very busy so it might take a few days.
I am so glad that you enjoyed this one, Anne. It was so nice to see this familiar story from Bones’s perspective.
yes it was great to get another prospective. It felt great but was quite different in feel for me. I was glad to see how much Bones loves Cat but that was already apparent from his actions really. Now we just know so much more about the vampires and the rules, so it seems even more outstanding how protective he was.
I’ve been looking forward to this one and catch myself looking to see if it’s out yet. I miss getting all the latest from Net Galley but now that I’m not an active blogger it wouldn’t be right for me to request. Anyway, great review!
It’s out today Lorna. I’m sure some libraries will have it too.
Thanks, I just went to Amazon through your page and got it!
I hope you love it!
I will have to add this. I really hope to continue this series.
Well I’d love it if you would read 1-2 with us. We are about where you left off, although we are doing the two books about Spade and Mencheres now and will come back to Cat & Bones in early June.
Jennifer had a similar take with her review. I may see if the library has the audiobook, eventually. I haven’t re-read the first book in so long… I don’t know if I’d feel lost or not.
Well I had just read the first book again after almost 12 years and wow it was just as amazing as the first time. I think Cat’s point of view has more humor and sarcasm. And we don’t know as much about the vampire world, at all. In this version, we learn so much more about the supernatural rules and we see how dedicated Bones is to Cat and how unusual that is in the world.
I’m actually planning to read this starting TODAY and I’m super excited. I checked out the narrator sample and I approve, so I’m doing audio. Can’t wait to get those missing years from Bones’s POV!
Bones is amazing. I enjoyed this but for very different reasons than with Cat’s POV. Enjoy!
I haven’t read any book in this series – yet! They caught my eye! 🙂
Well you are welcome to join us in the Read-along this year. We are 5 books into the world however. I binge books to catch up on a series but not everyone wants to do that.