Audio Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted February 5, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 9 Comments

Audio Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene FrostUp From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #7
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Published by Avon on 01-28-2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8.7 hrs
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

There's always one more grave to digLately, 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.

You really should read Home for the Holidays and Twice Tempted before reading Up From the Grave. But if you don’t mind a spoiler for Twice Tempted or a “when did we find that out” moment when something is mentioned that was revealed in Home for the Holidays then you can go ahead and read Up From the Grave.

I love the Night Huntress series. Especially books 1-4. I’ve reread them 3 times and would have read them a 4th for the ending but I read out of reading time.  So it pains me to say that Up From the Grave was my not favorite book in the series but I did enjoy it more than the previous book, One Grave at a Time. Frost managed to wrap all the key points in the series and give Cat & Bones their HEA.

I had three issues with Up From the Grave that kept me from giving it an A rating….
  1. One Grave at a Time introduced a new story arc that felt rushed in its wrap up in Up From the Grave.
  2. Déjà vu …  we are lead to believe something that was already used in an earlier book? I can’t go into what so that I don’t spoil anyone. But I thought it was a hardship on Cat that didn’t need to be used again. (Shrugs)
  3. New character and their storyline. Again I can’t go into details without spoilers.
But if I over look those few issues it was fun to have most of  the gang present in this last installment of the Night Huntress series. I think Frost gave Cat & Bones great send off. It left me feeling warm and fuzzy about the gang and how they have become a more than just friends to each other. They are a blended family that will die for each other and I could see them decades (not in the real world because this is fiction) down the road still getting together to have fun and probably kicking some ass.
Everyone … we’ll see you again, some soon, some later, but as vampires say, until again.”

I got a little teary eyed while hearing that line at the end. It’s not a goodbye but a we’ll meet again. So here’s hoping that Cat 7 Bones will show up again at some point in our lives maybe through Vlad’s last book or if Frost decides to give us anymore Night Huntress World books.

Up From the Grave is a MUST read for the series fans. I think most people will be satisfied with the ending.

 

 

“Shame on you, Crispin. Married how long, and you haven’t spanked your wife with a metal spatula yet?”

I’d gotten used to Ian’s assumption that everyone was as perverted as he was, so I didn’t miss a beat.

“We prefer blender beaters for our kitchen utensil kink,” I said with a straight face.

Bones hid his smile behind his hand, but Ian looked intrigued.

“I haven’t tried that … oh, you’re lying, aren’t you?”

“Ya think?” I asked with a snort.

Ian gave a sigh of exaggerated patience and glanced at Bones.

 

Tavia Gilbert’s narration has grown on me after listening to the first book, Halfway to the Grave and Once Burned (Vlad’s 1st book). I’m still not loving her voice for Bones but I can deal with it. Tavia has a nice reading voice and her female voices are done well and she does an ok job with the male voices (expect Bones IMO). But over all the narration is doable and I would give Tavia another try with a different book to see how her narration works for different characters.

 

 

 

 

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning narrator with more than 150 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs. Click here for examples and reviews.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.

Tavia’s presence is realistic and compelling without being melodramatic; her voice is ideally suited to professional and corporate voiceover work. In addition, she is an accomplished actress and singer. Her warmth, breadth, and range offer countless possibilities for producers.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene’s books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com

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9 responses to “Audio Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  1. Nicole Sloan

    I’m a huge, and I mean HUGE fan of this series, Cat & Bones have been my #1 couple since I met them. That said, I do think they deserved a better ending, the whole story felt rushed, there were a lot of WTH?-moments. It’s not that I didn’t like the book, I did, but that was it, for me it was just OK. The plot was SO predictable, as soon as I read the prologue I was like “Oh God, no, please don’t let it be THAT!”, but it was *sigh*… There were so many things that felt out of place, only there to wrap everything up. The one thing I did love about this book is Ian.

    • TheBookNympho

      Yeah I found myself trying to remember what happened in the previous book. I pretty much forgot it’s plot. LOL

  2. One this days I’ll continue this series, I”m still on a strike over Bone’s voice…LOL, and what it seems to be a one man effort..LOL
    I’m gonna have to trust you, and hope that his voice grows on me too 🙂

  3. I had one more problem with Up From the Grave (Trust issues–still?) but overall I enjoyed it. I evidently skipped the book before this one (I have it requested from the library) and have no idea why.

    Tavia-I love all her voices except for Bones though I admit it bothered me less in this one than in the others. I think it is because Bones didn’t do a whole lot of talking other than in short bursts.

    🙂

  4. Amy Ryan

    I loved Up from the Grave the only thing that kind of let me down for the book was that Tavia changed the character voice for Bones made him sound almost like Spade…Bones is not posh and it kept annoying me listening to the whole book and I am a huge Night Huntress fan 🙂 Tavia is a great narrator though one of my top 5 favorites along with Lorelei King (Charley Davidson series), Angela Dawe (Psy/Changeling), Renee Raudman (Kate Daniels) and Justine Eyre (Guild Hunter novels) she acts out the books and puts a lot of enthusiasm into it 🙂

      • Amy Ryan

        Yeah I can’t fault any of the narration for Vlads books 😀 I’m so used to the character voices for the Night Huntress books that any change whatsoever I pick up on and I’m visually impaired so can’t read print at all and live off audiobooks so when I go to re-read this series it’ll annoy me every time I listen to Up from the Grave now on 🙂 for me the Bones character by voice wasn’t in the book I had to keep pausing and rewinding a few seconds to actually pick up on the fact it was Bones speaking…

        Tavia also narrates Laura Wrights Mark of the Vampire series which is great too if you liked her narrating 🙂