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Review: One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost

Submitted by Doll Believer on October 13, 2011 – 9:55 am7 Comments

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Book: One Grave At A Time
Series: Night Huntress book 6
Release: August 30th 2011
Reviewer: Believer
Source: Personal Library
Purchase: - Barnes & Noble

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

I think that Cat & Bones just jumped the shark in this book. The other Dolls think I’m being polite because they think the shark was jumped in the last book. None the less, book five in the Night Huntress series finds Cat & Bones and their motley crew of allies fighting a 500 year old poltergeist serial killer who is ready to kill his next group of victims on Halloween. But how do you stop a ghost?

Frost leads us through Cat & Bones Ghost Busting 101as they consult with ghosts, then with mediums and then with a group of paranormal investigators. Really the only thing missing was to call the Catholic Church in and perform an exorcism. And why they didn’t do that Frost only knows. So why do we care if every year a nasty ass ghost comes back to life and then rapes & kills three innocent women? This is the question Bones poses at one point in the story putting into perspective that yes it is a terrible thing but in light of ALL the terrible things going on in the world why prioritize this? Cat responds quite simply along the lines of because we can.
Alright – but really – this may be the real issue with this book. The Challenges that Cat & Bones have faced in books one through three were so tough, so huge, so amazing and now they are battling a poltergeist. Hmmmm. Well – he’s a very nasty dude but the whole story is just kind of “Meh.”

Here’s the problem. Frost is a really talented writer. Her action sequences are tight and explosive! Her dialog is snappy. She mixes in super natural creatures from vampires to demons. And while she didn’t create vampires she certainly created a very new approach to the mythos when she created a half vampire who becomes a full vampire but must drink from the dead instead of the living. Oh, and when she drinks from the dead she can absorb their powers. That is creative! What isn’t creative? Bones – who so strongly resembles Spike from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, I have a hard time separating the two in my mind; Juan, as the Latin Lover who must flirt with every woman; and now, Tyler, the over the top African-American Gay florist who is also a medium. Frankly, Tyler reminded me so strongly of Charlaine Harris’ character Lafayette from the Sookie Stackhouse novels and later Alan Ball’s “True Blood” version that I wondered how in the world she allowed herself to write this character. I just wish Frost would move away from the clichés and stereotypes.

The secondary story line involves a new manager replacing Tate as director of the government unit Cat used to work for. This story line is so boring. Frankly – maybe Frost should let that whole government story line die away. She’s created such an interesting story line with the vampire network anything involving the human government just seems stupid.

One Grave at a Time was a letdown. It didn’t move the overall story forward in an interesting way. The new characters were 2 dimensional stereotypes, and the sex scenes were weird. Really – having sex while flying in the air just because you can. O.o

So – where is Frost going with this series? Maybe it’s run its course? I think that many great characters and stories are ruined because they are extended beyond their natural expiration date. Maybe an author can’t let go of the character or the publisher can’t let go of a success. And when you are as talented as Frost, your misses are much more noticeable. She is held to a higher standard. Unfair? Maybe but I don’t think so. Now I ask myself – if Frost had carte blanche what would she write?


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Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to read story books. She devoured them because they were full of magical possibilities with every turn of the page. Then the little girl grew up and school work occupied more and more of her time. Eventually the little girl graduated from school, trading in poets & prose for business management & autobiographies. Magic was left behind in her quest for the top and the world became a place filled with “paradigm shifts”, ROI & financial reports. Before she knew it, the girl was a woman who felt out of touch with the world’s magic until she met Birth and her sister Death. While Birth filled her with wonder & happiness; Death filled her with sadness & loss. And so one day she set aside the management books and instead picked up a paperback story filled with vampires, shifters & telepaths. Lo and behold, her passion for these stories blossomed and the woman became a believer in the magic of reading, again. My name is Believer9200 and I believe in the magic of stories because they give me hope.
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  • Amy @ bookgoonie says:

    Interesting. I just read the 1st in the series and loved. But I did start recognizing a little works stealing. Maybe I’ll slow play reading through the series ;)

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    • Doll Day says:

      The first books are really, REALLY good! I think I began to lose a little bit of interest in the stories after book 4. The first 4 are definite Keeper’s:)

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    • Doll Noa says:

      I’m with Day on this one. Chapter 32 is like a household name but things just started fizzing out for me 2 books ago… I am however waiting impatiently for the Vlad spinoff ;)

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  • Doll Day says:

    Wow! I haven’t read this one yet, but honestly…after the last book I didn’t have that burning desire to read it. I think you have a good point, when author’s like Jeaniene Frost have proven their talent with incredible books we do tend to hold them to a higher standard. It’s just the way it goes. :(

    Thank you for the honest review!

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  • says:

    I have read the first 3 books in the series but thats it. I hate when book series has jumped a shark. Bones is still one of my fave vamps :)

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  • Lori Strongin says:

    Bummer that this one is a bit of a let down. I was lucky enough to win the first book in the series and have been looking forward to reading it, but now I wonder if I’ll just stop with book three and savor the good, rather than wading into the not-so-good. Kinda makes me wonder if authors should stop while they’re still ahead with a popular series, rather than force it to continue when the plots/characters are working against you.


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