Review: Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Unlike early fans of the series, I'm a late arrival. Which means I didn't have to wait for each book to be released and read #2-4 back to back. Which might have influenced my reviews just a little bit.

I can honestly say that this is my least favorite of the Night Huntress books so far. I really didn't enjoy it as much. It's not terrible by any means, but it did come across as melodramatic and repetitive.

Cat and Bones are settling into their lives as husband and wife: vampire style. That is until a vampire named Gregor interrupts their honeymoon in Paris by invading Cat's dreams and insisting she is married to him and not Bones. And that Mencheres stole those memories from her. Added to that is the fact that Gregor is capable of abducting people while they are dreaming and it causes Cat to have some serious doubts about who she really is and what she wants.

There is relatively little action in this book compared to previous installments. Much of the book is spent with Cat trying to figure out what is the truth, what is a lie, and which person to believe. It's an internal kind of book, which could be why I didn't enjoy it quite as much. We see quite a bit more of Vlad, who I still love, and find out more about Cat's past and Mencheres' presence in it.

Perhaps what bugged me most about the book was the reliance on the tried and true trope of misunderstanding to add dramatic tension.  Much of the bad stuff (read sniping and bickering) that happens between Cat and Bones is entirely due to failures in communication. Had either one of them opened their mouths and simply TALKED, the drama and angst could have been avoided. And this reliance on convention irritates me given how out-of-the-box the series normally is.

Still, it's a fun next installment in the saga that is Cat and Bones and well worth reading. I just felt it was the weakest of the series so far.

My Grade: B-

1 comment:

  1. I've read all the books and #1 & #3 are my favorites. I reviewed this book this week on my blog and I too felt it was a disappointment compared to the rest of the series.