Read Along: ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
Welcome to the LAST Night Huntress Read Along! Its been a lot of fun re-reading this series and we hope you enjoyed reading along with us. Check back with us for the review of the last Night Huntress book by Jeaniene Frost, UP FROM THE GRAVE (releasing January 28, 2014). If you missed our previous Night Huntress discussions click here to catch up.
Don’t forget that we have a giveaway for participants of our read-along! The winner will get the first six books of the Night Huntress series and 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. The giveaway will close a week from today.
Release Day Review:
January 28—UP FROM THE GRAVE
Jeaniene’s ONE GRAVE AT A TIME tidbit:
Long before I ever started writing about Cat and Bones, I saw a documentary about the witch hunts that had swept through Europe and other places from the fourteen hundreds on. One of the spurs of this awful movement was the Malleus Maleficarum, or Hammer of Witches, written by Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (although Sprenger’s authorship has come into question by historians). No one knows how many innocent people were executed based on the premises set forth by the Malleus Maleficarum, but guesses range from tens of thousands to a couple hundred thousand. Even back then, I wanted to write about this to give those mass murderers some long-overdue, fictional justice.Fast forward several years. I was writing either my second or third Cat and Bones novel when I had a dream about a ghost stalking Cat. He wasn’t like any enemy she’d faced before because he could sneak up on her without warning (that whole de-materializing thing) and she couldn’t kill someone who was already dead. When I woke up, I wondered who this ghostly enemy was and why he was after Cat. Then, just like that, I remembered the infamous witch hunter, Heinrich Kramer. Ghosts were already well established in the Night Huntress series and I’d wanted to do more with them in future books, so the story seemed to write itself in my mind. Kramer also provided the foil needed to keep Cat and Bones from focusing too closely on the other antagonist introduced in One Grave At A Time, Jason Madigan. For extra research, I consulted with paranormal investigators to learn more about hauntings and common tools of the “ghost hunting” trade, but the idea that marijuana and garlic repelled ghosts did not come from them. I wrote that just because it amused me :).
Kate: ONE GRAVE AT A TIME freaked me out the first time I read it (way back in 2011!) and definitely freaked me out again the second time around. With enough time in between readings, I couldn’t remember the way everything was resolved, aside from “Cat and Bones win.” The twists in this one definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and now with the whole cliff-hanger of Madigan and him taking control of the secret vampire-fighting government department, I’m not sure how I could have forgotten! At least now I only have a week to wait to find out.
Cat and Bones’ relationship in this one wasn’t as much of a focus as I felt in previous books, and sexy-times were sadly kept to a minimum, but there was plenty of sexual tension and innuendo which was enjoyable. Otherwise, I felt like Kramer was one of the more viscerally dislikable villains of the series (maybe second to Max…). Aside from the things he did to women, he was also present in a way that other bad guys hadn’t been – he spent so much of the book trying to terrorize Cat that we really had a chance to come to hate him. And as a result, in my brain, I kept screaming at Cat – GO TO MARIE! Even though I understood the possible complications of that act. In the end, I suppose it was a good thing they managed to trap him all on their own. And I can’t wait to hear about the magical vampire hair growing trick!
Kristina: I agree with Kate about being freaked out reading ONE GRAVE AT A TIME especially since I was reading this one close to Halloween. The action was pretty constant in this book which was fun. I really really did not like Kramer and kept hoping he’d get caught already. I bet his picture would be next to the word ‘psychotic’ in the dictionary were he real which thankefully he is not. I really enjoyed the later books when Marie comes on board and gives Cat her dose of zombie/ghost(?) magic and ONE GRAVE AT A TIME does give us some excellent Marie infused Cat magic time.
Kate: Easily any scene with Tyler in it. The man was hysterical.
Kristina: I will ditto Kate again and say anything with Tyler in it and his awesome dog.
Questions for readers:
Now that we’ve hit the end of the published series, who is your overall favorite character? Least favorite? Spookiest bad guy?
Which of the books (so far!) is your favorite?
What do you think is coming in UP FROM THE GRAVE?
About the author
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