Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking those links, I will receive a small commission from the sale at no extra cost to you.Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7, Night Huntress Universe #11) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on January 28, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (343 pages)
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There's always one more grave to dig Lately, 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.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains blood, gore, violence, death, dismemberment, and discussions of suicide.
Up From the Grave is the final book of the Night Huntress series, and yes, you must read the previous six books. The other Night Huntress Universe books are optional, but fun additions. Cat and Bones are getting ready for one final battle after Cat learns some disturbing history from her uncle. Now, it’s up to her to track down the man who has been doing genetic experimentation on humans and vampires alike. But there are more truths for Cat to uncover and she is not ready.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Up From the Grave. How could this series possibly end?! Especially, since it had been a couple of years since I last read the previous books in this series. It did take me a couple of chapters to get reacquainted with the characters and the overarching plot, but once I was in it, I was in it! This is almost my second favorite book of the series. It has some issues that kept me from wholly loving it, but it was still a great finale to this up-and-down series.
A couple of minor things stopped me in my tracks when flying through Up From the Grave. When Cat is looking for allies, she tries to appeal to Marie Laveau by comparing being a hybrid vampire to being Black. Yep, she did that. Then she compares east Detroit to Nazi Germany. Can we not, please? Those comparisons were completely unnecessary and didn’t add anything but annoyance to the narrative. Even Marie’s “shut it, white girl” felt wrong and out of place.
Other than that, Up From the Grave was a worthy ending. It felt complete. It’s mostly happy, and certainly leaves room for more spinoffs. Or even more books about Cat and Bones. Although I would love series about Denise and Katie. I think the latter is most likely, but a girl can hope for both!