Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #11
Published by HarperAudio on January 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Length: 8 hours, 41 minutes
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Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her....
Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity....
Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust - the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity....
I did a complete revisit of this Night Huntress series (along with Spade’s and Mencheres’ stories, I plan to revisit Vlad and Ian, but haven’t done so at the time I’m writing this). I love this world and the characters the Frost created here. They are all such fun. The entire story arc of this series has been fun too. Which makes this book very bittersweet, even the second time through. Even though I know I will still get to see these characters in future books set in this world, I know that I will not have Cat and Bones as the primary anymore. I also miss this great story arc we’ve been following for seven or nine or eleven (depending on how you count the books and if you include any of the spin off stories). For me, I’m at nine, since I didn’t include Vlad in my revisit yet.
The last book in a series is always hard. You know this is the last hoorah and you want everything to end perfectly and exactly the way you want it. However, every person has a different ending in mind, so the author cannot please everyone. I’m sure it is harder on them than for us, as readers. Most of the time, authors also like to fit all the characters from the series for just a little bit of page time before walking away from them. And as readers, at least for me, I love to do the same. And Frost does exactly that with this book. We get time with everybody and even get to meet a new person which changes everything.
I will say my biggest disappointment in this book is that after all of this time, Cat and Bones still have trust issues between the two of them. I feel like so many of their issues would be resolved with basic communication (isn’t that always the truth, and yet, still so hard to do at times). I just feel like they are both so bad about hiding things from each other to protect them, but then also overreacting when they misread something. I feel like they should question each other if they think something seems wrong. But then, I guess that would remove a lot of the story, so I also get it.
Personally, I had a great time with the entire series and felt this book wrapped up the Cat and Bones story really well. It is a fast paced story with a lot going on, and also in the introduction of that new character. I’m glad that Frost has continued writing in this world. I love that we got Vlad and Ian’s stories. I’m hoping we will get to see a few more (Marie Laveau is number one on my wishlist. I also wouldn’t be sad to read about Tate, Dave, Juan, Cooper or Annette).
Favorite quote that kinda sums up the book for me. I also love how it shows that Ian hides his smarts behind his lecherously.
Then the person I least expected to take my side strolled into the kitchen, wearing nothing but a bed sheet wrapped around his hips.
“Why do you bother, Crispin? You married a fighter, so stop trying to convince her that the sidelines suit her better.”
“The day you love anyone but yourself is the day I’ll take your marital advice, Ian,” Bones bit back in an icy tone.
“Then today is that day,” Ian replied sharply, “for I love you, you wretched, pig-headed guttersnipe. I also love that arrogant, overprivileged dandy smirking at us”—a wave indicted Spade, whose aforementioned smirk vanished—”as well as the emotionally fractured, malfunctioning psychic who sired me. And you, Crispin, love a bloodthirsty hellion who’s probably killed more people in her thirty years than I have in over two centuries of living, so again I say, don’t bother trying to convince her that she isn’t who she is.”
I’ve been a huge fan of Tavia Gilbert’s narration of this series from the beginning. For one, I think she’s a wonderful performer, as I’ve listened to her read several different stories outside of the Night Huntress world. But I also feel she picked wonderful voices for each of the characters. I think Bones’s voice suits him to a tee. I think his cockney accent suits how he grew up in an 18th century British brothel, where Ian and Spade’s voices are a much more cultured British accent. People tend to either love or hate his accent. Personally, I’m a huge fan. (as a matter of fact, I tried The Other Half of the Grave and struggled with the new narrator. I will admit that I didn’t give him much of a chance and will give it a try again). I also feel like Gilbert does an amazing job with the amount of snark in this series. If you’ve never tried any of her audiobooks, you’re really missing out and I highly recommend giving her a try. And if you’re a fan of this series, I recommend Angie Fox’s Demon Slayer series.
Listen to a clip: HERE
Who said (enter the answer in the Rafflecopter, don’t put in the comments)
Who said “Of course. Who else could cause such trouble?”
There are other options in the rafflecopter for you to enter discussion questions and quotes to share.
The quote for Who said ““Whatever she might have been worth to him alive, she’s less dangerous to us dead”. ” in Twice Tempted is Cynthiana.
The villain was Szilagyi and Cynthiana.
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I thought it might be fun to link up reviews so we can find them all easily. It can be a link to Goodreads or a blog, or wherever you have a review (short or long).
Quotes you readers shared from Twice Tempted:
“You should be afraid, very afraid. Before, I told you if you wanted to end things between us, I would let you go, but, Leila” – his voice deepened – “I lied. “
“What’s Wrong?” I repeated, days of pent up grief and stress making my voice shrill. “You slapped smoldering body parts onto me without even a warning, that’s what’s wrong!”
“What happened to the steering wheel?”
“It was in my way when you needed help.”
“I didn’t expect you to be happy but I didn’t think you’d get homicidal. ”
“I left my phone in the car while I found someone to eat”
“Vlad’s smile held a hint of savageness. “Love is a terrible weakness. It gives your enemies a perfect target, clouds your judgement, makes you reckless… and that’s on a good day”
“I don’t blame you for being upset, Dad. If my daughter told me she was marrying the undead Prince of Darkness, I’d flip out, too. You don’t have to like it or approve, but you can’t stop me, and I hope…” I swallowed to relieve the lump that suddenly shot into my throat.” I hope you’ll be at my wedding.”
“You’re using sex as blackmail?”
“I lost my concern for social niceties when you shot my friend up with liquid silver,” I replied in an even tone.”
“They call you Vlad the Impaler, not Vlad the emasculated. “
COYER FB Chat – Sunday October 9
Challenge is adopting our Read-along. You can read about COYER and join that challenge HERE. On the Sunday after the review posts, they will host a FB room (like we do for COYER book club) at 12 PT, 2 CT, 3 ET and 9pm Europe, for a one hour chat. You do not have to join the COYER challenge to participate, only the Facebook group.
If you can’t attend, there is also a Facebook messenger chat which has been fun and active, set up following the live chat.
Here’s your to-do list:
- Find your copies of these books, borrow them from a friend, get them at the library or buy them.
- Read Book 12, Bound by Flames, by November 4th.
- Make note of a favorite quote or two as you read the book.
- If you haven’t read the books before, make a list of questions you have for the discussion. If you have read them, please don’t spoil new readers.
- Link up your review on Goodreads, FB or other site to the post.
- Join the COYER book chat on the Sunday following the post.
- Enter the giveaways!
We are doing one book every 3-4 weeks, posting on Fridays. We will have a review for the books with the team here at Books of My Heart plus some of our friends. We are following the author recommended reading order.
Oct 7: Up from the Grave – Melanie
Nov 4: Bound by Flames – Sophia
Dec 2: Into the Fire – Berls @ Because Reading
Q & A with Jeaniene Frost
Miss a post?
Jan 14: Halfway to the Grave – Melissa @ Tea & Books
Feb 11: One Foot in the Grave – Victoria @ First of All
Mar 11: At Grave’s End – Kimberly @Caffeinated Reviewer
Apr 1: Destined for an Early Grave – Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
Apr 29: First Drop of Crimson – Kai @ Fiction State of Mind
May 20: Eternal Kiss of Darkness – Jen @ That’s What I’m Talkin About
Jun 10: This Side of the Grave – Brandee @Unconventional Bookworms
Jul 8: One Grave at a Time – Lorna
Aug 5: Once Burned – Lexxie @Unconventional Bookworms
Sep 9: Twice Tempted – Angela @ Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Jeaniene Frost has also been kind enough to commit to a Q & A post of 3-5 questions. I will post her answers in the December 2 post.
Bonus round – Read a Series in a Month January 2023:
Jan 8: Shades of Wicked – Carole @ Carol’s Random Life in Books
Jan 22: Wicked Bite – Robin
Feb 5: Wicked All Night – Anne
These are Sunday posts. There will be one COYER FB Chat at the end of the series on Feb 5th.
Be sure to enter the giveaways!!!
For a US winner, this will be one 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 a print copy of Shades of Wicked from Book Depository.
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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