Series: Night Huntress

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


Audio Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Audio Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted March 11, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

This is my 3rd reread of Halfway to the Grave and this time around I checked out the audio from the library. The narration is good all but for Bones’ voice. I HATE it. When I first read Bones I pictured Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was the British accent and the bleached hair plus his cheeky humor. I’m so glad that I didn’t do my first read of this book on audio. Tavia Gilbert’s Bones would have killed him for me. Ok that is my only compliant. Let’s move on to the book review….. I first read Halfway to the Grave WAY before I started blogging so I decided it was time to write a review about it and all it’s glory. […]


Review: Home for the Holidays by Jeanine Frost

Review: Home for the Holidays by Jeanine Frost

Posted December 23, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

Cat and Bones along with most of the gang are celebrating Bones’ birthday in this short story when something goes wrong. Like an attack on Annette and a long lost family member shows up. I loved this short so much more than the last full length novel, One Grave at a Time. We Cat and Ian working together to save the rest of the gang which was just a hoot. He unzipped his pants and tugged them down. I whirled just in time, barking, “I don’t care what you think, your junk does not have special abilities. And I already heard about the piercing,” over my shoulder. Not much can be said without spoilers but just know that fans of Frost’s Night Huntress series MUST read […]


Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Review: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

Posted September 8, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

I have been looking forward to reading One Grave at a Time ever since I finished This Side of the Grave. I am an enormous fan of The Night Huntress series. I have a love/hate relationship with Cat; I love her because she is one of the most kick ass heroines I’ve ever read but I hate that she gets to have wild monkey sex with Bones. {runs to grab my copy of One Foot in the Grave to re-read Chapter 32} One Grave at a Time picks up where This Side of the Grave ended. So we get to see Justina, Tate and Don, of course. A plot line gets started with the old team that doesn’t get wrapped up but I’m sure we […]