This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress Series #5)

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress Series #5)

by Jeaniene Frost

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“Cat and Bones are combustible together.”
—Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels


Cat and Bones are back! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jeaniene Frost returns to her remarkable Night Huntress paranormal series, pulling out all the stops on This Side of the Grave. The incomparable team of half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her all-vamp husband Bones face their most terrifying challenge yet as they race to prevent a “species war” that could devastate humans and immortals alike—and are forced to seek help from their sworn enemy, the Ghoul Queen of New Orleans. Gripping, intriguing, and hot as Hades, This Side of the Grave is where Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, and Christine Feehan fans definitely want to be!

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ISBN-13: 9780061783180
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Series: Night Huntress Series , #5
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 96,644
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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This Side of the Grave 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 926 reviews.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
As an avid follower of The Night Huntress series I have never had anything, but wonderful things to say about this series. Jeaniene Frost is one of the best authors I have come across in my years of reading. Her ability to create a story with an action packed storyline and a mouth water romance makes her one of the best author out there. The first of this series, Halfway to the Grave, was a book that I just happened to pick up when its cover caught my eye at the grocery store. Just pages into that first book I was astounded by the outstanding abilities of this author to create a book, so exceptional that I could not put it down finishing it within twenty four hours. After five books I can say without a doubt that this author is not losing her touch, and blows most others out of the water. Cat and Bones are characters that readers can't get enough of. Their books promise readers lust, romance, and compassion that will keep them coming back for more. Over the books of this series have experience the wide array of supernatural characters and a magic and mysterious world; with every new book we build more knowledge and expand this fictional world. Although, don't underestimate this authors ability to include all of the well loved characters in the prior books as well. As the friends and foes grow Cat and Bones have been tested to the limits, and back again. In the past two novel the relationship of Cat and Bones has been a major player in the suspense of the novel. This Side of the Grave seemed to offer a little release of tension for that relationship, which I found to be a relief. The storyline of this novel took more of a lead in this book which allowed the story to expand farther around these two favorite characters. Cat character is noticeably changing over the book of this series; this book take a moment to reflect on this growth of this character. This was a surreal moment to actually grasp the changes and growth of her character from the innocent young girl that previewed in Halfway in the Grave. Our journey has been enlightening, empowering, and promising; but Frost seems far from done with this tremendously intense world. As tragedy strikes in the most unlikely place in this novel I found myself sad to have seen the changes so soon, but I believe this expanded Cat's character further in this small edition. Due to this changes the future of The Night Huntress series will be changing, but that shows promise as well. It is always entertaining to see the appearances of characters from the Night Huntress World Series books still fighting along side Cat and Bones, and look forward to seeing the future for this spin off series as well. The story of Cat and Bones are books that I recommend to everyone when recommending books. This fifth installment only adds fuel to my desire to spread the word about this excellent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First let me say that I am a huge fan of this series. I have read all the books several times and have fallen in love with all the characters. Like most, I was anxious for this next installment. This has a good story line but lacked some of the sexual tension, playfulness and snarky comments that the previous books had between the two main characters, Cat and Bones. Don't get me wrong, I still liked the book and will continue to read the series hoping Jeaniene Frost will bring back some of what I love about these characters. I'm also anxious to see if she continues her Night Huntress World series. I would love to read some stories dedicated to Ian, Tepesh and Tate. Still recommend the series
JC_Rubio More than 1 year ago
This exactly what I needed after finishing the so Dark, complex, and layered series I was reading. I laughed a lot while getting my Bones and & Cat Dose. The plot was weak, so the humor kind of made up for it. I hope the next book in the series is really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been really enjoying this series - the character dynamics are interesting and the story is compelling. My only disappointment is at the end end of EVERY book so far, it ends abruptly. It honestly feels like the author reached a word limit and just. stopped. There is potential to elaborate and tie up loose ends while still teasing for more story later - and she just doesn't do it.
Masquerader888 More than 1 year ago
I have put off reading this book for quite a while because the previous book in this series, Destined for and Early Grave, left me feeling kind of disappointed in where the series was going. I should have had more faith. This book knocked it out of the park, and addressed all the character points that had me disappointed in the last book in such a way as to allow character growth and open up avenues for further development within the world she created. In short, Ms. Frost is a genius, and while I cannot promise never to doubt again, I will try to keep this experience firmly in my mind and at least promise to give her the benefit of the doubt and see it through. As far as I am concerned she has earned that right and the most precious gift I can bestow on an author, my trust. This Side of the Grave picks up about two months after Eternal Kiss of Darkness, reuniting us with our favorite redhead and her irrepressibly roguish husband. Cat and Bones again face the threat of a vamp/ghoul war incited by the peculiarity—not of her half vamp status anymore—but of her disturbing abilities as a vampire with an occasional heartbeat. The whole gang reunites in this one, including cameos by all of our world book couples as well as the frightening Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau, our friendly ghost Fabian, friends and family from the compound and of course my personal favorite side character Vlad (Who I am thrilled to know has his own series, Night Prince, coming out soon...which in part fueled my fervor to work my way through the titles sitting on my shelf so that I could go out and get and then devour Vlad’s story with zero guild. Only one book left to go and quite a while until release I think I’m good. :). This book, to me, was all about characterization and growth. While the action scenes kicked butt, the plot was complex without being Machiavellian, and I truly enjoyed all the wit that was heavily sprinkled throughout with a tongue-in-cheek disregard for propriety, including writing in a scene with Joan of Arc; the real magic was in Cat’s growth as a character. Honestly, without this I don’t think I would have been able to continue reading the series, but Ms. Frost managed to round out her main character in a way that made her a more complete individual while still retaining her flaws. A hard thing to do when she is still the main push behind the series, as you don’t want her perfect…then it becomes a bore…but you can’t have her too dense…or people begin to lose patience. I think Ms. Frost managed to reach that plateau of balanced without losing momentum very well, and I am looking forward to seeing where she takes the story next. The one plus side to waiting so long to read this book is that I now have the next one in the series just sitting there waiting to be read. I can’t wait.
beausug More than 1 year ago
Another absolutely amazing installment in the Night Huntress series. These books are all incredible. Just when you think you can't love Cat and Bones any more than you already do, you read this and the admiration only grows. It's nice to see a more mature and vulnerable Cat in this story. To look back to the first books when she barely seemed to think anything through before she acted, to this force to be reckoned with, is heartwarming. Another bonus, Vlad, Mencheres, Denise, Kira, and other favorites make appearances in this book. There is nothing not to like about this book other than the fact it had to end. Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are so amazing! I can't say enough about them. They have everything: romance, action, sorrow, laughter. And of course Bones is the sexiest vampire out there. He is ruthless and volatile, but also tender and caring. Cat is kickass as can be, and together they are able to overcome everything thrown their way. I recommend the whole series and can't wait for more Cat and Bones action!
Noel29 More than 1 year ago
I loved it. The only part I didn't like was that it ended. I wished the next book was out already.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
In this 5th book of the series, we find a more mature Cat, learning to reflect before acting given the catastrophic results in the previous two books because of her leaping before looking. She and Bones are settling into their marriage, becoming more comfortable with their relationship but still keeping the steam in it! Cat's maturing isn't just limited to her decision making but also extended to the other people in her life. She's more contemplative and is thinking beyond the obvious and is learning to work as a team with all of the talent surrounding her. In this story, she's having to deal with a rogue ghoul who is trying to use her "half-breed" origins to make other races frightened of her. Cat's display of skills, though temporarily borrowed, doesn't help matters. There's a lot more strategic thinking and execution in this story, which makes it a less stressful ride but a lot more interesting. Many of the secondary characters from the past appear as well. There are still highly emotional moments that will tug at your heartstrings and tear ducts. And, the ending is just as climatic as those in the past. Another winner in the ongoing saga of Cat and Bones.
kasboes More than 1 year ago
loved this book and the whole series Bones and Cat are great together lots of excitment and steamy if u love this kind of story read Black dagger Brothershood series its also hot and steamy with a good on going plot these are keepers to re-read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite of the Night Huntress series. The story unfolded very slowly and seemed to drag on. I found myself reaching for other books between chapters and struggled to pick it up again. I have enjoyed the other books in the series, but didn't really care for this one. If you enjoyed the others and want to keep up with the story, you'll have to read this one too. But it was not an enjoyable experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the story of Cat and Bones (love their romance). The plot was good. I love the characters - they are not wimpy at all. I also like the fact that the author concentrated on the story instead of detailed sex (which has a tendency to get boring since there is nothing new about sex). I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have absolutely fallen in love with all the characters in this series...especially Cat and Bones. I can't seem to get enough of them. I anxiously await the next one. I hope the story will continue for many books to come. Even though I thought this one did not have some of the edge the other ones had. It was still very enjoyable. I am hooked on the series.
Amkrogen More than 1 year ago
Another great book. I love all the characters in this series!!!
Caroles_Random_Life 5 months ago
I had fun with this re-read. It appears that I did like this one a little more the second time around since I only gave the book 3 stars when I read it in 2012. This isn't the best book in the series but I still found it enjoyable. I hadn't planned to listen to this book when I did but none of the audiobooks I started were working for me but everything seemed to work when I gave this one a try. I ended up listening to the entire audiobook in just a couple of days and enjoyed my time back in the Night Huntress World. The last two books in the Night Huntress Universe focused on other couples so I was glad to see Cat and Bones back in the lead for this installment. Cat and Bones find themselves in the middle of a conflict between ghouls and vampires. They have to play their cards very carefully in order to get the outcome they hope to see. I really enjoyed seeing a little more in regards to Cat's developing powers and some of the more interesting side effects she encounters in this book. There are some other developments in this story that aren't easy for Cat to deal with. I love the characters in this series. Cat and Bones are always awesome and together they are amazing. I love the way Bones has no problem telling Cat what he feels and doesn't hesitate to do so. I also have a lot of love for the larger group. I loved getting to see Spade, Denise, Mencheres, and Kira play a part in this installment. Vlad was amazing in this book. I love his scenes with Cat even if he tends to steal a lot of her spotlight. I cannot wait to get to his books as I re-read this series. Tavia Gilbert does such a fantastic job with this series. I love all of the voices that she uses for the different characters but I think she might deserve some kind of award for the voice she uses for Bones. It is absolutely perfect. I think that one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book more than I did the first time I read it is her narration. She was able to bring this story to life in the most amazing way. I would recommend this series to others. While I don't think that this is the strongest book in the series, I had a good time with it and can't wait to read more books in this wonderfully crafted universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it .
Nikk1s on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed TSOTG, but it's not the best of the series. It was slow paced and relatively anti-climatic. It served to show how the characters are maturing and give direction for the series in the future. It's like a bridge from the immature, impulsive, quick trigger Kitten, to the mature fighter/lover/wife Cat. Bones shows us once again why he's so incredible. The humor and one liners made it a fun read. I felt like a lot of focus was given to Vlad to possibly create interest in the next VH World book that will feature him. I really liked the inclusion of Veritas. She's a powerful ancient and I can't wait to learn more about her.
Reader_Barbara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5) by Jeaniene Frost is awesome! It continues the adventures of Cat and Bones, who are facing more trouble than they know what to do with. I honestly loved this book & had been anxiously awaiting the release to see what Cat and Bones got into next. But, I have had the worst time trying to write a review of it. I've been trying off and on for several days, but every time I write something it feels too spoiler-ish and I start over. I figure that if you are reading the series, you certainly won't be disappointed and if you're not familiar with the series, start it. Go buy or download or borrow Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) and get started. Cat is an incredibly interesting character who continually evolves over the course of the series & Bones is, well, Bones is freaking hot :) If you like a little spice with your vampires, et al, read Jeaniene Frost.Enough said.
bibliophile.brouhaha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
BTW - GIVEAWAY on my blog for a signed copy of TSOTG going on right now!Oh my God! My little Kitten is all grown up!You think I jest, but I am COMPLETELY serious. TSOTG presents us with a Cat that has matured considerably from the Cat whom we¿ve seen in the past four books. She¿s still tough as hell and won¿t hesitate to liquidate any threats to her and her loved ones, but this Cat seems to weigh her possible decisions and their consequences a lot more thoroughly than she did previously did. You would think that becoming a full-on vamp would free her from such pesky mortal concerns; on the contrary, now that she is armed with the knowledge that she could live thousands of years, she seems to be more conscientious with her actions and how they could affect those she cares for. After all, one wrong move. . . well, she¿s got a long time to live with guilt.The maturity extends to her relationship with Bones, who, as always, is still ***NomNomNom*** and delivers the best lines that melt this SqueeGirl¿s heart. Observe:¿No matter what happens, you will never lose me,¿ he whispered. ¿I am forever yours, Kitten, in this life or the next.¿-page 245I don¿t how to explain it other than Cat really becomes brave and honest about her love for Bones in this one. . . in some ways, it makes their passion for each other seem a little quieter than in the previous books, but it¿s a beautiful sort of quiet that only comes from true intimacy and acceptance of the other. Rest assured that this quiet does not extend to the bedroom scenes ***blushes***. I totally would elaborate on that, but since my blog typically focuses more on the YA side of things, I¿ll be a bit demure on the subject. . . let¿s just say the that Cat really compensates for an anticipated prolonged absence ;)Now, you can get the jist of what happens from the synopsis, but here are SOME things you can count on:***We knew Marie/Majestic was crazy like a fox from DFAEG, but we really get a true grasp of how far her deviousness and ruthlessness can go in this one. That girl is not a chess player - she owns the freaking board!***Um, if you thought that Cat's acquiring and handling of Mencheres' and Vlad's powers was something to see, you ain't seen nothing yet.***Vlad is back and awesome as always. IMO, he has the best one-liners in the book.***A certain someone is back from HTTG.***No Annette and little Ian, but he makes the most out of his fabulous line.***More Mencheres and Kira, and Denise and Spade! And I just love how Mencheres is showing different parts of his personality! I actually liked him better in this one than Spade!***Justina does her level best to give Cat heart failure with her new career choice. Unfortunately, Cat's heart breaks due to another family member. . . ***We learn a little more personal information about Tate that I found very revealing. . made me have some real sympathy for him.***Jeaniene is wonderful and gave a preview of Book #6, One Grave at a Time, at the end of this one (expected publication in September 2011).I really enjoyed TSOTG. There was action and intrigue, as always, but somehow this book seemed a little quieter in tone than the first four, and there was certainly less drama between Bones and Cat. This book, out of all them, really felt like it was Cat's book, too, and not so much the story of Cat & Bones' relationship. Maybe it¿s due to the growth and maturity that Cat and Bones have found in each other, but I also felt that this book may be a bridge of sorts to things that are coming - a quiet before the storm, if you will. Cat did some real introspection in this one, particularly about her feelings towards Bones ¿ it felt like foreshadowing to me, and it made me so incredibly anxious for book #6.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat and Bones have to finally defeat Apollyon who is trying to start a war between ghouls and vampires using Cat's half-breed heritage as the trigger. Cat is also trying to adjust to being a "freaky vampire' in that she feeds on other vampires rather than humans. She also absorbs the power of those she feeds from making her very cautious in her choice of dinner. She adds another power when she sees Marie Laveau to try to see which side of the war she will be on. Great episode! I laughed and cried -- sometimes on the same page.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Night Huntres series. It also reminded that I enjoy this original series so much more than then the romantic based Night Huntress World series. In this volume, Cat is facing the fact that her uncle Don is dying. There is also a new nemesis who is driving ghouls and vampires into a fatal fued with each other....he is truly trying to incite them into a war no one else seems to want. After messing with the voodoo Queen of New Orleans (truly a scary character) Cat finds herself with new and scary powers that she must learn to use and deal with. Cat and Bones relationship is strong and still enjoyable. Frost does a great job of keeping things hot and exciting between this married couple. Now romance readers can see it can be done, maybe we will start to see this more in other series. They are romantic but a lot of the banter and play between them still exists. There is a particularly funny and charming scene where Bones tries to teach Cat to fly. Take my word for it, but you must read it! The humor isn't contained to the Cat and Bones relationship. Cat has a great wit and I love reading books told from her perspective. When Cat has some decidely 'uncomfortable' side effects from her powers, some of the funniest bits of the book are made. I chuckled out loud several times. This is a rarity for me, but I enjoy when a book drives me to that. Also the conflict is well set up and resolved. I enjoyed several new characters that appeared in this book and hope to see them all again in the future. What kept this from being a five star book? Something did bother me as I was reading. Cat isn't as hard as she used to be. She says a few times that she is, or other people acknowledge her as being a bad a## but I don't see it, at least not to the degree she once was. She suffers from too many inner conflicts and she wants to save everyone she can. This is odd for me because I like when she is vulnerable and when her goodness shines through but I also miss my tough as nails Cat. Maybe future books will be able to find a better balance of the two side to one of urban fantasy's best heroines.
age51179 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So just finished the latest Jeaniene Frost "Cat Crawford" book. Quick read a little lackluster compared to her previous books. I felt built up and let down by a blah ending. Did she have a head cold when she wrote this one? I am hoping that this was just a build up to her Fall 2011 book that is coming.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After so many books within this series, it never gets old and there is always something new and exciting going on. Since Cat has been changed over to a vampire, her strange eating habits and other things are not yet known to the supernatural population yet, something is stirring in the distance. Bones and Cat have to figure out a way to keep Cat alive in the process of an almost war with the ghouls. Word on the street is that the Ghoul population is about to rise up and take the upper hand, which they think they deserve because the vamps have had it for so long. But the mastermind behind the whole stand up and fight is someone that has it out for Cat and feels that because she is so different that he can create a ghoul-vamp hybrid using her. Along with her old friends from the previous books, things haven't really changed a whole lot, but Cat's world is going to get kicked upside down from sideways with the loss of someone very close to her. Which was a sad point in the story because this person has been throughout the previous books in the series. I'm not going to go into too much description of the book just due to spoilers. Of course, this book had a lot of action in it and was very well-written because the world that Cat and Bones exist in is very twisted! I really enjoyed reading book 5 and am looking forward to the series continuing on and meeting some new characters along with the old ones.
HCross9820 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike many of the other Night Huntress fans, I didn¿t have a 2 year wait between DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE and THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE. I was lucky enough to introduced to this series via audiobooks. When the this series was released at late last year, I devoured each book as it was came out. This series is a witty, sexy, and emotional joyride, that you never want to end.Cat¿s really come into her own in this book. She didn¿t want to hide or apologize for what she has become. She finally understands what it takes to be a leader and keep your people safe. Sometimes violence is the only alternative, when your authority is being challenged. She is also finally completely letting her walls down when if comes to Bones. She has always loved him and been attracted to him, but she¿s always held a bit of herself back. She finally laid all her cards on the table for the husband.As in all of the previous Night Huntress Series books, THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE¿s secondary character are just as amazing as it¿s primary characters. I probably love Vlad just as much as I love Bones. He is hysterical! When he steps into a screen, you know you are in for a treat. He really is instrumental in helping Cat realize what it means to me a leader. It was also wonderful to get to see Night Huntress World characters Denise and Spade, along with Kira and Menchere. While it was great saying hello to old favorites, we also had to say goodbye an important characters. Though this character wasn¿t always my favorite, he always did what he felt was right. He will be greatly missed!I have always felt that Jeaniene Frost¿s writing in The Night Huntess Series is bloody brilliant! She has a very good balance of humor, drama, sexuality, and heartfelt emotions. I mean who else could come up, ¿garlic plus ganja equaled ghosts be gone¿? This book have sooo many amazing quotes from this book. One of my very favorites was, ¿Ask me if I sparkle and I`ll kill you where you stand.¿ I honestly laughed out loud on the plane, while listening to this audiobook. I¿m pretty sure the other passengers thought I was crazy!If you are a fan Jeaniene Frost`s series, I recommend that you pick up this series on audiobook. Reading this book and listening to it, are two totally different experiences. Never in my mind, could I dream up the amazing accents that Tavia Gilbert uses in this series. The characters range voices range from New Orleans honeyed French Creole to proper British gentlemen, and Tavia make them all shine!If you are a big fan of the Urban Fantasy genre, this series is a MUST HAVE on your book shelf. I recommend Jeaniene Frost¿s Night Huntress World series also. This series is meant to complement the Night Huntress Series, and give you a glimpse into the lives of some of my other favorite characters.
Slion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿This Side Of The Grave¿ is the 5th installment in the Night Huntress series from Jeaniene Frost and finds us 7 years into Cat and Bones relationship. That fact alone I think took me back as a reader, but I guess with the events over the last several books plus 2 world novels, the time fits. The new threat to our duo comes in the form of the ghoul, Apollyon, and his campaign to cause a vampire-ghoul war. It seems Cat¿s past half-breed status, even now as a vampire, can be used to fuel the fires of rebellion. Based on past histories of similar circumstances, Cat¿s ever changing powers due to her strange eating habits, and her weird schizophrenic heart-beat; Cat can be portrayed as someone who will tip the balance of power for the vampires. Ahhh, what would the world be like if Cat and Bones were not fighting for the right for her to exist and them to be together? It seems her whole life she has either been either been fighting for acceptance in one form or another. This new battle requires Cat and Bones to make another trip to New Orleans and visit our favorite Queen of the Ghouls, Majestic. The question always remains when visiting Marie. Will you live to have walk away with a powerful ally or will you die knowing the enemy¿s smile. As with every other novel in her series, I found this latest installment enjoyable from start to finish. The one thing about each installment of J. Frost¿s novels is that each additional one reveals something different about the nature of our central characters allowing us, as readers, to appreciate them for all their nuisances. This novel shows us Cat and Bones as a more mature couple, who have had to survive many hardships, and have held on tight and strong. With this history, Cat still holds back a part of her feelings and fears, because the threat of death separating them is still fresh in her mind. But as Cat has to face the reality of death, she also has to realize that love is eternal, and her walls crash to the ground. Bones has always been a man comfortable with all his actions and emotions and it put a smile on my face to see Cat finally lose this last wall between them. The novel also has many of our past characters coming out to play along with their new playmates. Spade and Denise make an appearance as husband and wife (nice) and show off some of her more otherworldly skills. Mencheres and Kira have a larger role in this book and I have to say it put a smile on my face to see that some of the starch was left out of Mencheres¿ shirt since he started getting laid again. Vlad of course is ever present and has one of the best lines, ever. I think his wit gets sharper in each book and these nuggets of his personality are just so tasty. Cat emotionally has to deal with some hardships when comes to her family, her uncle and mom being the only people left in that circle. Her protective nature over the people she loves might not be her un-doing when there is no fight for Cat to battle. Fabian is back as our ¿team¿ ghost and his relationship with our group proves to be more prophetic as the battle with Apollyon and his loyal ghouls is fought. There was no lack of action in the book or emotional roller coasters to trace as Cat and bones try to make the supernatural world safe. I recommended the book and gave it 4 stars.