[At Grave's End + Night Huntress #3 + Jeaniene Frost + Read Mar 2014 + 4★]
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.
[My Thoughts & Favorite Quotes]
TRUST & BETRAYAL + MAGIC + ALLIANCES & ENEMIES
“We are not helpless.” Bones’s voice was never more controlled. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was chipper. “Many times in our lives we’ve been powerless, but not this night. Right now we have the power to choose the manner in which we die. If you have been a master of nothing else in all your days, you are now a master of this moment. And I for one am going to give such an answer to this insult that others will dearly regret not being by my side to see it!”
✳ This is the third book in the Night Huntress series and although the reading was not as exciting as the other ones, still kept my attention until the end of the story.
✳ Since Cat and Bones got back together in One Foot in the Grave their relationship is getting stronger despite all the dangerous and complicated situations.
“Want to know one of the things I’ve loved most about you?” […] “That you never lorded your age over me. Yeah, there’s nothing I’ve seen or done that isn’t old news to you, but you’d always treated me like an equal. Well, now you’re treating me like the pathetic little girl Max accused me of being. You want to have your nasty event without me? Fine. But whatever I would have seen later wouldn’t have come between us as much as what you just pulled did.”
“I’ll be back before you know it.”
✳ In this book the author gives emphasis on the secondary characters - they all have important roles. I loved Vlad and his sense of humor. I can't wait to read Night Prince - spin-off from the Night Huntress series featuring Vlad as the hero and a new character named Leila as the heroine.
✳ But back to At Grave's End, the thing (or better yet, the someone) that annoyed me the most - Tate. To be honest, I'd never liked him and he needs to move on! I wasn't even surprised when Bones thought he was the traitor.
“That was a warning. The next one won’t be. Did you think you could just slide into Bones’s place and I wouldn't miss a beat? You lay your hands on me again and I’ll finish you, Tate.”
✳ And what I loved the most in this book - the magic. Mencheres, the most powerful one + Bones and his new abilities + Vlad and the fire control + the mind reading + zombies!