Grade: 3 stars out of 5
In an unexpected installment of the Night Huntress series, Cat and Bones are back. In This Side of the Grave, Cat continues to learn more about her powers and build up her network of powerful friends and powerful enemies. Readers may need to read about the companion series to fully understand what happened with some of the side characters, or at least read their synopses. Other than that, This Side of the Grave is fairly straight-forward.
This Side of the Grave was not my favorite installment to the series. The tension was too heavily played for such a quick ending. The bad guy wasn’t really hard to deal with since Cat pretty much kills him in less than a page. Things happened in This Side of the Grave but more so internally than externally. Cat is dealing with a load of stress especially in terms of family relationships, but other than that nothing “action-y” happened. The ending was grrr—a cop out.
This Side of the Grave is a filler installment where readers calm down and have a little peek on how the characters grew up. Cat and Bones have an equal footing in the relationship, and things do get STEAMY in the novel. Vlad starts to shine in the series. (I am really hoping Vlad will be the next star in the Night Huntress World series).
Published: 2011, March 1; mass market paperback