Read Along: ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
Welcome to the next Night Huntress Read Along! It’s been tons of fun so if you missed our last discussion on HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE click here to catch up.
We do have a giveaway for participants of our read-along! The details are being worked out, but it will definitely contain the first six books of the Night Huntress series (all the books that we’ll be discussing between now and January) and possibly some other goodies! You’ll get an entry for each post you participate in the discussion for! Make sure to pick the correct option from the Rafflecopter for the post you are commenting on.
Next Read Along Dates:
December 3—AT GRAVE’S END
December 17—DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
January 7—THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
January 21—ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
Release Day Review: January 28—UP FROM THE GRAVE
Jeaniene’s ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE (Surprising!!!) Tidbit:
One Foot In The Grave had the biggest revision from the version I first wrote to what appeared on the shelves in 2008. **Spoiler warning for readers who haven’t read this yet!**For starters, originally, there was over a seven year gap between the time Cat left Bones and when they were reunited (published version was only four years). Secondly – and I’ve never revealed this in public before – Cat’s relationship with Noah, her “rebound guy,” was also much more serious. Because of Cat’s grief when Dave died, plus the extended time difference and the impact it had on her loneliness/determination to get over Bones, in the original version, she made a terrible decision and eloped with Noah right after Dave’s death. So when Bones finally tracked her down, Cat was married, which made their reunion at Denise’s wedding even more problematic.
Of course, when my editor read this draft, she said (paraphrasing for succinctness) “Oh, HELL no!” and then proceeded to explain how this would not go over well with readers. Since I’d written the book long before I even sold my first novel, and thus well before Halfway To The Grave released, reader reaction had never occurred to me ;). My editor then further detailed how it wasn’t even a good love triangle because everyone knew Cat’s relationship with Noah was doomed since she was still in love with Bones (not to mention she never loved Noah to begin with.) So having Cat marry Noah in a knee-jerk grief reaction wouldn’t better the plot, and it would only lessen the emotional impact when Cat and Bones made their vampire vows at the end of One Foot In The Grave.
Once I considered all those things, I agreed and revised. The result was cutting out about 20K words from the beginning of One Foot that was Cat’s relationship with Noah (including meeting his parents and crashing their car!) I agree that the result was a much better story, although one day, I might release that chunk of One Foot as a “behind the scenes” free tidbit, if I can find that version from so many years ago.
Julia: Cat and Bones, back on track! I like Cat with four years of seasoning under her belt (though yes, Kate, she still seems hella young). Mainly I like that she’s started to trust Bones. I mean, c’mon, it’s BONES. My continued issue with this series is that the world building around the main characters always seems a little light, as if a spotlight follows them through the gloom and everything outside the light disappears as soon as they pass. This syndrome also impacts secondary characters, who take awhile to emerge as three dimensional. Don, for example, is still on the cusp of feeling “human” at the end of book two.
Side note, this installment of the series reveals that Bones is not Spike, but rather, Superman, as he can fly and is faster than a speeding bullet (ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound still not validated, as he was distracted by epic sexing of Cat before said ability could be tested).
I found Ian intriguing, despite being kind of rapey, and was a little disappointed to have the door slammed on any and all alternate supernatural dating so early in the series. How will Cat and Bones keep the spark alive?
Kate: So I really hope everybody got to the end of this one because I would just like to comment on how ridiculously young Cat still feels! The whole challenging Max stunt was terrible and it always makes my stomach sink a little. Also, it is frustrating that we miss out on about four years of Cat’s development – especially because it doesn’t feel like she is four years older. And, it would have been cool to see how her interactions with her team evolved into what they were in the book.
Still, I love how Bones and Cat get back together, and this book makes it clear the series is focused on their relationship (after skipping the four years where they were apart), if you hadn’t already gotten that impression from book one.
Kristina: That four year time jump was pretty big! I would have also liked to see some of Cat’s work in those four years. But yes I agree that she seems so young compared to the Cat we know today. Julia-I am going to be sacrilegious and say I almost wish for less epic sexing just for a demonstration of Bones leaping a tall building. That man sure has stamina. I know immortal vampires all have amazing stamina but seriously I was tired after reading their epic sexing. I feel like this book kind of gets the ball rolling in regards to the overarching storyline and setting up most of the characters we know and love. Okay except Vlad. He hasn’t been introduced yet and I am eagerly awaiting his introduction.
Julia: A huge deal is made of a particular sexual encounter between Cat and Bones in this book, but to be honest, it wouldn’t have even raised my eyebrow if I hadn’t known it was coming. Frost wants to show the limits that supernatural sex can go to, and I think she does a great job. If you have a tireless lover that could erase all soreness with a drop of blood, would you ever stop? As established in the Twilight series, vampires take sex very, very seriously and apply themselves to it very, very diligently. I respect that in an undead creature.
Kate: Anytime when Bones and Cat’s mom, Justine, are verbally going at it. I just LOVE it when he can make her speechless. (The bathroom scene at the wedding is a favorite.)
Kristina: While I appreciate the epic undead sexing by Bones I am going to say that I loved the scene in Ian’s house. Its has everything: tension, twists, smack talk, and an awesome fight scene with Cat. Also we need a moment of silence for another one of Cat’s poor human boyfriend’s. At least Nate was given a mind wipe.
Questions for readers: (Feel free to answer these or comment on anything else in the book!)
What was your reaction to the infamous Chapter Thirty-Two?
Who is your favorite from Cat’s team of human commandos?