Published by Avon Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4) on July 28th 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger
Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they've fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it's time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She's having visions of a vampire named Gregor who's more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn't know about.
Gregor believes Cat is his and he won't stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor's hold over her. She'll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she's ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.
This review may contain some spoilers.
Destined for an Early Grave is the 4th instalment of the Night Huntress series. I am a big fan of Jeaniene and I visit her blog regularly. I was really looking forward to Destined for an Early Grave, especially after watching her book trailer and I wasn’t disappointed. Have I mentioned how much I love the artwork of this book? It’s just beautiful (I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I also know that people judge you by the cover of your books!). This book starts with Cat and Bones on their first proper vacation (a much needed one at that). Cat begins to have recurring dreams that she can’t remember when she wakes up. In Paris, Mencheres, a master vampire, informs the pair that Cat has been targeted by the dreamsnatcher, Gregor, who will try to kidnap her through her dreams.
This book emphasises Cat and Bones’ insecurity. After everything they have been through, Cat still doesn’t trust Bones fully and before long Bones lets his pride come before the woman he loves. Vlad really shines in this book. His friendship with Cat is beautifully written. In fact this book shows how important friendship and family are. I hope to see a lot more of Don (Cat’s uncle) and I can’t believe I’m saying this, Justina (Cat’s mum). Addition of Fabian, who is a stroke of genius, even though his introduction was a bit rushed I found. Also, as much as I like Tate whom has an unrequited love for Cat, I’m glad that he has taken a back-seat in this book.
This book, for me, was an improvement from the last book. The plot is tighter and emotions run high. I was holding my breath by the end of chapter 17. Jeaniene has a magic touch when it comes to setting the scene, dialogue delivery and drawing readers to Cat’s emotions, such as the humorous scene where Cat meets Marie, the Queen of Orleans.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down. The only reason I didn’t give it 5/5 is that the situation between Cat and Bones goes on a little too long. I just can’t wait for the next Night Huntress book to come out! Also a spin off from the Night Huntress series, First Drop of Crimson is guaranteed to be great.