October 4, 2010

One foot in something blah

That's it, I have had it!
I have been struggling to get through the second book in Jeaniene Frost's Night huntress series for the last week and I swear it is just getting worse.
I am now 79% in to it and I am going to do the unthinkable... Review the book without finishing it!

One Foot in the Grave - Book 2 in the Night Huntress Series

By: Jeaniene Frost

Published: May 2008
Pages: Paperback 386 pages
ISBN 13: 9780061245091 
ISBN 10: 006124509
Format that I read it in: Kindle for iPhone 

You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.

Sounds cool huh? Read the first book and loved it did you? Haven't read the second one yet... Well, just my humble opinion here, don't bother.
If you are looking for the same snappy witty dialogue that Halfway to the Grave was riddled with you won't find it here. Okay so I lie a little, you will find it in stinted bits and pieces but it will be so suddenly turned on and off that you will think you just got a case of whip lash.  

I admit I was quite enjoying the book until around halfway through. Then Bones and Cat teamed up to find who is after her. This should be where things get exciting and cool, but it wasn't. The scene that happens (sorry not going to be more specific because I don't want to be one who has spoilers) just didn't make that much sense to me. It felt like it was just thrown in there to add some drama that doesn't really pan out to much. Maybe it will be something hugely significant to the ending, but I just don't have that much patience!

Then the story starts skimming like a rock on water - This happened then this happened and that happened and it was 3 weeks later blah blah blah. The story did jump in time-line a bit at the start but it had some substance to it. The stuff that happens later on literally jumps from thing to thing in a paragraph. 

I have just reached the first longer, detailed sex scene of the book. Well that staked it for me. Total fizz!!!! I really don't know what happened in this one but the book started out to be promising and turned out flat as a pancake. I can't stress it enough, flat   as   a   pan   cake!

I am just so disappointed by the dialogue aspect. The first book was laden with it and it was snappy, easily digestible. Here Frost seems to have tried to do more description and be a little less dialogue heavy. This ends in there being bursts where Cat comes out with total attitude only to have the fire fizzle out by the next page. It's like Frost has held back and then it come out in bursts because it couldn't be contained.

Maybe there is something I am missing, maybe I am a tired grumpy old fart. But right now, as it stands this book rates as a 1/5.

If I get to the end and something massive happens to change my mind, I will happily come back here and bite my tongue.



Anonymous said...

I'm not impressed that you'd write a review without finishing a book.

Angela said...

Sometimes I think that I need a break from something and to come back to it. I did/do enjoy this series. Maybe give it a try again some time ;)

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Chazz said...

Well in all fairness I warned you that I hadn't finished the book and I did vow to bite my tongue if I turned out to be totally wrong about everything by the end of the book.

I wonder if I posted something positive without finishing the book if the same comment would have been made?

Straylights said...

I agree with you that the second book had a completely different feel to it than the first one. The relationship between Bones and Cat was just so...awesome ( for lack of a better word lol!) in the first novel and I was definitely looking forward to it in the second book but it was lost. And trust me, Cat gets no better, she's still a whiny annoying bitch in book 4. But I can't get enough of this series! It's too bad you didn't enjoy it! Have you tried reading Frost's "spin off" series? I really enjoyed Eternal Kiss of Darkness. If you aren't totally turned off to Frost you should try it out and if you don't like it then I give you full permission to cuss me out LOL :D

Straylights said...

P.S. I'm following you now :)

Natalie said...

I agree with Straylights,partly because I love her, but in a big part...I recommended these books to her! Seriously, the 2nd book does take a different turn, and Cat does get on my last nerve...but there is something about this series that just keeps me coming back. She certainly hasn't passed the point of no return (ahem, Laurell K Hamilton) and I still find her books VERY enjoyable. Give it a try...you can't miss out on Vlad...

PS - I am now ALSO your humble follower... :-)

Chazz said...

Ooo thanks for following.

I haven't totally given up on the book. I am still reading a bit each night. I just can't read big chunks like I did the first book.
I will make it through and I now need to know about Vlad apparently so I will read on and conquer the series hehehe

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