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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