Read Along: THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
Welcome to the next Night Huntress Read Along! We are getting ever closer to the last book in the series, 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 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 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:
January 21—ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
Release Day Review: January 28—UP FROM THE GRAVE
Jeaniene’s THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE tidbit:
This was the first Cat and Bones novel I’d written that didn’t have big chunks revised/deleted during the process. After several books, finally, I was getting the hang of staying “on plot” and not meandering into the literary woods! (at least, that’s what I tell myself :)). In fact, the biggest dispute I had in revisions was over quoting a sentence of song lyrics. In the scene where Vlad allows himself to be attacked by Remnants to force Cat into mastering her new abilities, he starts singing to distract her (and himself) from what the Remnants were doing. The song was “Run This Town” and I wanted to quote the first line: “Feel it coming in the air, hear the screams from everywhere.” My editor was okay with me quoting that, believing it fell well within the “Fair Use” allowance for copyright. However, the Powers That Be at my publisher were worried over getting sued, so they told me to take the lyrics out. I was so determined to keep them in the scene that I wrote to Jay-Z’s label, Rock Nation, asking for official permission to use the sentence. *grin* They never responded, thus, I was only allowed to mention the song title.
This Side Of The Grave is also the first Cat and Bones novel where their relationship stayed solid throughout. The conflict is mostly external, because the ghoul/vampire tensions Cat and Bones had tried to avoid in Destined For An Early Grave came to fruition anyway.
Julia: As much as I enjoyed Cat’s growing powers, reading this book without having finished any of the parallel books in this world made me feel left out. Clearly, Spade and Menerches’s romances were stories shared elsewhere, and I wish I had experienced them first hand before reading their results. Don’s illness felt… incomplete. I still didn’t feel like he and Cat had had enough page time for me to feel attached. Apolloyon’s nefarious plot seemed laughable, even more so once it was revealed that he had done this exact same thing before (sheesh, predictability, much?). This series continues to fascinate me for the mechanics, but feel flat for the characters.
Kate: Apolloyon always struck me as the one of the lamest villains in the series. Marie would have been a much more satisfying opponent in this book, but I do like her as an ally (as I’m sure Cat and Bones do too)! Like Kristina says, Cat seems to be growing up a bit, and watching her explore her new vampire powers as one of the only-ever of her kind is great. Plus, I love all of the characters in this series – Justina and her incredible resolve to fight vampires and not give up in her life, Dave going undercover with the ghouls, Fabian, the ghost, Vlad, Menchares, pretty much everybody (even though Tate manages to be a bit of an idiot still). All in all, quite a bit happened in THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE and even though the villain was a bit lame and not all that much of a fight, I love seeing the world and all the characters again.
Kristina: We get a much more mature Cat further into this series which is really nice as it shows that she is learning and growing and develops as a character. I really liked Marie Laveau being the Queen of New Orleans/ghouls aka zombies and it was fun to see Cat play around with her new ghost powers and I adore her new ghost friends! Oh and the first chapter of this book is really awesome especially since its a fun play on Cat and Bones’ first meeting in the cave. I had forgotten about Timmy coming back in this series and was happy to see him alive and any scene with him was hilarious just in his reactions to events. And I should insert my obligatory “Vlad is awesome and funny and cool in this book” mention. He is “awesome and funny and cool in this book”. There.
Kate: Vlad continues to be one of my favorites, and I especially like the scene when he pushed Cat to use her new ghost-controlling powers, even if it could have possibly been bad for him. Also, while the wedding ceremony at the side of Don’s sick-bed wasn’t exactly happy, it was a touching moment. And lastly, when Cat finds out about how she acted after drinking Marie’s blood…. “Get me some silver…I’m going to kill myself.” That whole scene is pretty hysterical.
Kristina: “If you ask me if I sparkle I’ll kill you” and “Premature inflammation! Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it!”
Questions for readers:
What were your favorite scenes or quotes for THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE?
Have you read the other Night Huntress world books (FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON or ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS)? Did you feel like you were missing out on something if you hadn’t read them?
What do you think of Marie making Cat drink her blood?
About the author
- Giveaway: Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan KlausJuly 15, 2014
- Deadly Destinations: Gina Rosati & win AURACLEAugust 8, 2012