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
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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.