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Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2009 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Frost’s dazzling blend of urban fantasy action and passionate relationships makes her a true phenomenon.” (Romantic Times)

Destined for an Early Grave holds big changes and many surprises for fans of the series, and should not be missed.” (Darque Reviews)

“Sexy, nonstop thrills.” (Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Captain Motorcycle 10-08-14
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    "My least favorite so far, but still really good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is part of an amazing series.


    What other book might you compare Destined for an Early Grave to and why?

    Nothing else I've found so far.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Kat.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't like how they retconned Gregor into the story and they killed a few people off that took me by surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    Still really good but, I didn't like some of the directors they went with the story.

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    stacy 05-30-14
    stacy 05-30-14
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    "Not a good story"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't think I will get any more in the series


    Any additional comments?

    The plot wasn't well developed, the charters trite and uninteresting, The plot "twists" were unimagined. There were even plot holes. Overall the story was fine, but uninspired.

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    Sharon R. Myers 05-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Jeaniene Frost! Can't get enough"
    Where does Destined for an Early Grave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great I an listening to all of these. Looking for more!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kat blew off Gregor's head!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Rodney died


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming I would like to hear more on Denise & Spade. Also, it would be nice if Kat' s mom found love again

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    Elissa BLANCHESTER, OH, United States 03-21-14
    Elissa BLANCHESTER, OH, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Cat and Bones!!!"
    What did you love best about Destined for an Early Grave?

    Another great adventure for Cat and Bones. I like the combination of action and romance in these books. I am completely sucked into this world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat and Bones of course! Cat is such a strong female lead and she is funny. I hate to read/listen to books when the female lead is whiny and whimpy. I usually can't finish those books. Cat can kick some butt! Bones is so dedicated to Cat and I love that.

    I also love Vlad. What a character! Who would have ever thought Dracula was a sweet hearted vamp. He helped Cat through some rough times...I hope we see more of him.


    What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tavia is the best narrator ever. I miss Cat and Bones voices when I am not listening to the Night Huntress series.


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    Amazon Customer 02-10-14
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    "MORE OF THE SAME AWESOME!"

    In this installment of Cat and Bones' life things get really interesting. Seems there was another vampire in Cat's life before Bones. Worse yet, Mencheres knew it. Cat has alot to face in this book, her prejudices against vampires that she is still carrying around, her fear that Bones really isn't in it for the long run, and her humanity. Frost really outdid herself with this book, you are in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I will give this my usual for adults only rating, excellent for the narration, and worth the cash or credit.
    Author's Recommended Reading Order
    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE
    ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
    AT GRAVE’S END
    DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
    FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON
    ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS
    THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
    ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
    ONCE BURNED
    TWICE TEMPTED
    UP FROM THE GRAVE

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    Malinda 01-24-14
    Malinda 01-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great series addition <3 Cat & Bones"

    4.5-5 stars

    This was another great addition to the Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones are as good as always but have some problems to deal with in this book, both personal and not.

    Cat was born a half-vampire and has had a tough life because of it. One bit of luck in her life was meeting Bones (a 200+ years old vampire) and their love for each other. Their relationship has had difficulties (including a 4 year separation) but they've worked hard to get back together and Cat and Bones will do what is needed to stay together. Unfortunately, in this book, Cat and Bones run in to someone that is trying very hard to split them up and may have a better chance at ti than anyone else ever has.

    Cat used to work for a government agency that hunts bad vamps and either takes them out of captures them. After Cat almost lost Bones in the last book, she decides that she cared about him more than her job and quits to spend more time with Bones. They're taking a much needed vacation when issues start showing up to disturb their peace in the form of Cat having bad dreams about a vampire named Gregor. Gregor is a vampire that has the ability to see some future events. He saw a vision of Cat years ago and decided that he wanted her for his own. He is a dream snatcher that has the ability to come to people in their dreams and if he touches someone in their dreams he can transport that person to him. When he starts showing up in Cat's dreams but she doesn't realize what they mean at first. She can't remember much of them except that Gregor keeps telling her that Bones isn't her husband. This unsettles them but they decide to keep going on their vacation until they're attacked by Gregor's people. Apparently Gregor is tired of not being able to get Cat from her dreams and has decided to try to take Bones out and kidnap her. They try to run but Gregor follows them and it becomes evident that Gregor is somehow able to track them no matter how hard they try to fool him. Eventually they realize that Gregor is managing to get info out of Cat's dreams even when she doesn't realize he's there.

    The major issue becomes the strain that the running and/or dealing with attacks puts on both Cat and Bones. Bones loves Cat dearly and has never had the danger of losing someone he loved so much before and it makes him stressed and also makes him act like kind of a jerk. Cat loves Bones but gets caught in a spiral of depression due to some pills she starts taking to try to stop her dreams. In her depression, she lashes out at Bones and he's so stressed he doesn't handle her well. In general, Cat and Bones go through a lot of crap while trying to deal with the crap Gregor heaps on them. It doesn't help when it comes out that Cat has a brief past with Gregor that she doesn't remember and Gregor is using it to try to get her back, saying they are bound together. Cat doesn't care about that and just wants Gregor to leave her and Bones alone. In her effort to work things out she makes some moves that piss Bones off and unfortunately doesn't get Gregor to back off. Gregor takes it even further, starting to spread rumors to the ghouls, telling them she's seeking power by wanting to turn in to a ghoul/vampire hybrid and tries to get the ghouls to go against Bones and Cat because of this. After much heartache and some major misunderstandings between Cat and Bones, Cat finally makes a major decision and decides to ask Bones for help with this decision. In the process of their discussion, Cat and Bones thankfully manage to talk things out and get their relationship back on track. Things are just getting back on track for them when Gregor strikes again and there's some major issues before everything is settled. Cat's mother has a major hurtle to overcome and a beloved secondary character is lost in the fight. Things are tough in the end and I wondered if things would really turn out ok for a few minutes but fortunately they do. Cat and Bones come out ok in the end and are able to get their HEA back on track (at least until the next book).

    I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great addition to the series. I hated seeing Cat and Bones having problems but it was nice in a way because it lets you know that even characters that are perfect for each other can have relationship troubles and still work things out. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D

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    Shawn knightdale, NC, United States 01-07-14
    Shawn knightdale, NC, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Completely Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Destined for an Early Grave to be better than the print version?

    I think this is a great series no matter if you read it or listen to the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destined for an Early Grave?

    When Cat learn about what happens to her mom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This was the best book in the series in my opinion, so I can't just name one scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening to this book. The narrator is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    This series is definitely worth a credit.

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    Tara M. North Carolina 11-11-13
    Tara M. North Carolina 11-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Home Run!"

    Another series that I strongly recommend. Cat and Bones' relationship is tested in this book. Just like all of the other books this one is packed with action, romance and friendship!

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    Amy J 08-19-13
    Amy J 08-19-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Sorry Cat & Bones but could only give you 3 stars"

    I love this series. This is the only book out of all of them I am only going to listen to once. While there are many things in this story I appreciate and some of the plot twists are integral to future story lines the actions of both Cat and Bones really irritated me. There is a lot of angst in this novel, like on par with young adult dramas. The resolution of which I feel was both forced and very convenient for the author. The drama involved in this particular aspect of the story made me lose both respect and affection for Cat and Bones, which pains me to say. Although, by the next book both were back and well situated in my good graces. I can't in good conscience recommend skipping this book and moving on to the next as there are some really important developments that take place. Including some insight into Spade and his love interest that is featured in a spin off novel.

    Oh, and Tavia Gilbert, as always, did a phenomenal job narrating this book. She is incredibly talented and always positively contributes to my listening experience.

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    Heather 08-15-13
    Heather 08-15-13
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    "I love this series!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Frost never fails to get my attention and Tavia Gilbert does an excellent job with the narration. I was skeptical when starting this series... so many vampire novels are either overly predictable or overly unimaginable. I did not think i would be able to finish the 1 st book and now i cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

    Totally recommend this series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destined for an Early Grave?

    This book was slightly more angsty than the first 3 books and had several surprises. Cat's mom being turned was both surprising and heart wrenching!


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