Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Avon
Released on January 28, 2014
I have that song, ‘Turn Out the Lights the Party’s Over’ running through my head right now as I begin this review of the final book in the Night Huntress series. I run with both fear and excitement when I get to this point because I love the series and I’m so afraid of wrap-up books. It’s a tricky thing to get it right. Well, Ms. Frost got it nearly perfect which is to say that this book took me on an awesome ride engaging my emotions for much of the book. It kept me strung so tight for so long that I was nearly sagging and still twitchy watching for just one more twist to grab me near the end. Pssst, I like it when an author does that to me so we’re all aces here.
Cat just knew that things had been too quiet and relaxed for too long. In her world, this means that a very huge disaster must come bearing down on her and those she loves to make up for it. The guys from her old unit have gone missing, her Uncle Don refuses to spill his secrets and Cat can’t get anything out of the jerk who replaced Don as the guys’ boss. Cat and Bones have their ways to extract the info they need from a recalcitrant ghost including a road trip with Tyler and Dexter to visit The Big Easy and the Queen of the Ghouls. Visiting Marie Laveau is always a dangerous prospect, but it offers the first of the many hard hitting reveals for Cat that include the fact that Madigan is dipping into stuff that may send the vamps and ghouls back into war if Cat and Bones can’t stop him and what’s worse, he has a powerful shadowy backer that has his own agenda. In the crosshairs of it all, stands a surprising, lethal yet innocent prize that everyone wants either dead or very much alive.
Marriage has been good and the love between Cat and Bones still radiates with heat, but they still have to work at it particularly when it comes to schemes that involve deadly danger.
[quote]Emotions blasted me with such force, I backed up until the wall stopped me. Then there was no where to go as a geyser of tormented anguish flooded me, drowning my anger under its depths. It turned into glaciers of ruthless resolve that chilled my sense of betrayal until it crystallized and shattered. Finally, an inferno of love swept over the remains, burning all my hurt with its searing, excruciatingly beautiful flames.
Without meaning to, I slid down the wall. I’d thought my emotions would buckle Bones if he could feel them, but I was the one too shaken to stand against the onslaught of his. It didn’t negate what he had done. Instead, it affirmed it. What we felt for each other couldn’t be reasoned with, controlled or tamed and with the maelstrom still swirling inside me, I knew Bones would do the same thing again despite it delivering a crippling blow to both of us.
“I love you, Kitten.”
How puny those words sounded compared to the emotions strafing mine, but his voice vibrated as he said them. He crouched down beside me.
“I would never hurt you that way save for one reason: to keep you safe. I can live with your anger, your retribution- bloody hell, despise me if you must, but don’t expect me to behave as if you aren’t the most important thing in my life. You are, and I will let no one, yourself included, bring you harm.” pp. 195-196 Cat and Bones from Up From the Grave[/quote]
Cat and Bones are joined by the whole gang on this one because it will take all of them to succeed against the latest threat. The grand finale had me gulping tears and stunned by a feeling of betrayal. I was also a little blurry-eyed at the end for the farewells. This one definitely leaves things with closure yet a feeling that we could see Cat and Bones in action once again.
The plot was intense and kept up the pace from cover to cover. Cat gets a nostalgic tone to her narration once in a while showing she senses this is her last time recounting an adventure to save the world. There are a few Cat and Bones moments, but don’t look for too many scorchy scenes. They’re not absent, but they aren’t the focus either. All the regulars show up for time spent together even a brief one with Vlad for a crossover scene. Ian is his usual smack-worthy self. Still hoping to someday see him meet his match. I loved the new challenge that is set before Cat and Bones for their future. Wish I could get some peek-ins now and then to see how it goes.
All in all, this was an abso-fab read that checked off most of my boxes for a worthy finale. Those looking for a strong and engaging UF series to tackle should give the Night Huntress books a try. Cat never disappoints as a heroine and Bones will weaken your knees every time.
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