Up From the Grave Audiobook by Jeaniene Frost (review)

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Review of: Up From the Grave Audiobook
Jeaniene Frost

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On January 30, 2014
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Up From the Grave Audiobook

By: Jeaniene Frost

Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert

Published by: Harper Audio 01/28/2013

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8 hrs and 41 mins

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Reviewed by ML Simmons

This book is very bittersweet.  It is the last book in the Cat & Bones series.  While I understand that Ms. Frost must end the story where her muse tells her she must, it is very sad to see them leave early.  I was overall happy with the ending.  I think ending a series is an extremely difficult thing to do.  No one ever seems happy with how the story ends, you always want something to have a different outcome than what actually happens.  I have been disappointed with the ending of many series, and while this one didn’t knock my socks off, I was not disappointed like I was with some others.

This review will be pretty vagueand I’m sorry about that, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.  There is a bunch of action.  Bones and Cat are in trouble as always.  I’m a little disappointed in the lack of trust between the two of them.  After all of these years, they still don’t trust each other when planning and continue to go behind each other’s back. I wish that after all this time, they could learn to work together and trust each other’s abilities.

There are several large plot twistsand I’ve seen both good and bad responses to them.  For me personally, I kind of liked how everything ended up, at least in part.  I don’t know how to give more detail without revealing anything. I know, it leaves a lot to be determined, but I’ll just have to say, read or listen to this book to find out more.

Pretty much every character shows up in this book, some more than others.  Don has a large presence and proves he still isn’t winning any father of the year awards.  There is tons of Ian, which was great.  I really hope that he gets his own book before Ms. Frost walks away from this world completely.  We also get some quality time with Spade and Denise, Mencheres and Kara, a small cameo from Vlad (his wedding to be exact).  I was really surprised that we didn’t really see Justina, she is mentioned, but didn’t have a single line.

We get to see a new side to Mencheres.  He has a human who is trying to recover some data off a damaged hard drive.  This human is seventeen years oldand Mencheres interacts with him like he was a seventeen year old human as well.  Fist bumping, and even says, “You are the shit”.  That was a little weird, but it was nice to see that he was “human”.

I will say that I’ve loved this series from the very beginning, and while I feel that the series has had ups and downs, overall, I love Cat, Bones and the gang.  I will miss them greatly.  My favorite quote in the entire series is from Bones in This Side of the Grave, “Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.” I spit my drink all over my desk when I heard that. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Frost has waiting in the wings with her next project.

The Author

Jeaniene Frost

Up From The Grave Audiobook narration


Tavia Gilbert


Tavia Gilbert narrator

Tavia Gilbert did a great job as always with the narration. She has done the narration for this entire series and for the spinoff Night Huntress World and Night Prince books.  I love the voice that she does for Bones with his British accent. I also love the way she does Ian’s voice and he has a large part in this book. She does a great job with how Cat thinks inside her own head and brings out Cat’s snark well. I can’t say enough good stuff for her narration of this book and all the series and spinoff books

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  1. I enjoyed it but thought it was a little rushed. Ian needs his own book already and I hope that we get some kind of follow up (through the other books that are still continuing) about the end. I didn’t mind the twists because I didn’t think it was all that shocking. I just would have liked more time at the end.

    • I’m the same way. I liked the twist, I thought it felt right. I do felt it could have had a little more, which is why I didn’t give it a five star review. I so, wanted it to be. I think we will still be seeing more from them in future books, or at least I hope so.

    • I agree. I hope Frost writes a book or two in the NH World. Like Ian and even Annette. Maybe even Tate.

      • I agree. I’m hoping to ask about it at the signing on Sunday. Though, I think you are going to one sooner than I am, so you’ll have to let us know.

        • I asked Frost tonight about anymore books in the NH World and she said their will probably be at least one more but she would not say who’s book it was at this time.

          • Well, that wasn’t very nice. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ll probably ask again, just in case she is in a more sharing mood tomorrow. 🙂

  2. LOL That quote is indeed hilarious!

    I know what you mean about series enders, no matter what the author won’t win and yes, it is always bittersweet.

    The good thing is she has a spin off right? So at least you still get to read about the gang even if the more popular Cat & Bones have been retired.

    • We know for sure that we have at minimum a Vlad book to come. I’m really hoping she continues with at least Ian. Maybe even a Tate.

  3. I bought my copy and then realize I am still two books behind. I am glad you felt it wrapped up nicely.

    • I enjoyed it. I’ll miss the gang. I hope we get a few more in the world so that they won’t be gone completely. At least I know that I have one more book with Vlad at minimum. 🙂

  4. This is the last book? Okay, then I’m probably going to try and zoom through the series soon. I already have the first book, so that’s one less excuse.

    • Yes, this is the last one. Ms. Frost was originally contracted for one or two more, but she felt that the story had played through and was ready to be ended. I agree with her. I’m glad she didn’t just draw it out to have more books for contract’s sake.

      I think you will enjoy the series. It is a lot of fun with some great action.

  5. I was surprised by how much I liked this one. I thought that Frost did a really good job on all fronts. It was definitely hard reviewing this one without any spoilers; I struggled with that too. I hope Ian gets his own book, and I can’t wait for Vlad’s 3rd novel later this year!

    • Books like this are the hardest for me to review. There are so many spoilers, it is hard to talk about many of the good points without ruining it for the people who haven’t read it yet.

      I’m going to a signing this Sunday. I’m going to see if I can get Ms. Frost to say if she will give us an Ian book, or possibly more. I will share if I find out.

  6. I loved that line too! omg I about died. Such great humor. I’m sad to see it end as well but glad she didn’t just add fluff to keep it going. I went to a signing of hers last night and she mentioned that she was sure Bones and Cat would pop into other series she writes as guest characters so we’ll get to see them again 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear that we’ll still get to see some of Cat and Bones. They are such great characters. I agree that their story should come to an end, but it will be good to have them come visit from time to time. 🙂

  7. Just saw bittersweet and last book in the series, so I a running away to the first post (I don’t want any spoilers).
    See you at your first post of this series 😉

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