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One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
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One Foot in the Grave

by Jeaniene Frost

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Series: Night Huntress (2), Night Huntress Universe (2)

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Ottima anche questa prova di Jeaniene Frost! Il secondo volume della saga Night Huntress non delude e, anzi, se possibile risulta perfino migliore del primo.

Dalla separazione da Bones, avvenuta cinque anni prima, Cat è cresciuta e maturata riuscendo a conquistarsi una sorta di tranquilla routine giornaliera. Combatte per il distaccamento speciale dell'FBI, ha degli amici, frequenta perfino un uomo, fra una missione suicida e l'altra. La sua vita è regolare e si impegna costantemente per dare il massimo in quella che ormai è diventata una missione: cacciare vampiri che hanno ucciso degli umani; il fatto che sia lei stessa vampiro, per metà, non la sconvolge più di tanto.

E' rapida, spietata e ad assolutamente letale: è la Mietitrice Rossa.

Purtroppo però, la sua falsa tranquillità non è destinata a durare e alla fine il suo amore per Bones la spinge a compiere un errore che metterà in moto una serie d'eventi che la porteranno allo scoperto, o meglio fra le braccia di Bones che questa volta non avrà nessuna intenzione di lasciarsi sfuggire la sua Micetta.

Cat cercherà in ogni modo di resistere alla forza che inevitabilmente la trascinerà verso il suo vampiro ma nulla varrà la sua resistenza, nemmeno l'arrivo di una ex fiamma del passato di Bones, nonchè sua "figlia di sangue", riuscirà a tenerli separati...

La storia coinvolge immediatamente e cattura l'attenzione del lettore che si ritrova a vorticare assieme a Cat mentre abbatte un vampiro che la voleva rapire, o volare da una vetrata con Bones mentre cerca di sfuggire da un cecchino.

Bones è un personaggio assolutamente favoloso, per niente servile ma decisamente disposto a prendersi quello che vuole alla sua maniera senza, però, violare la libertà della sua donna, non si tira indietro facendo lo zerbino ma non si mette neanche a fare il super macho della situazione che deve "proteggere" Cat ad ogni costo da ogni minimo problema, sa perfettamente che la sua donna è capace di difendersi, l'ha addestrata lui dopotutto, ma è sempre pronto a sorreggerla e aiutarla quando serve... Nonchè a darle una bella lavata di testa quando si comporta da ragazzina immatura. Non dimentichiamo che la differenza d'età fra i due si conta in secoli, mica brucolini.

Cat è un personaggio femminile veramente azzeccato: piace perchè non è piagnucolosa nè patetica ma, anzi, è divertente, impulsiva, schietta e a volte tremendamente imbarazzante. C'è di bello che, alla fine, per quanto testarda, non è una specie di Terminetor in gonnella, ricorda in un certo senso l'Anita Blake dei primi tempi, quando ancora non si era trasformata in Dio.Io.Posso.Tutto.

I personaggi secondari sono tutti molto ben curati e si amalgamano benissimo con la storia "d'amore" fra i due protagonisti, non a caso stiamo parlando di un Urban Fantasy: azione e amore si completano in egual misura.

Traduzione ben fatta, copertina niente male (anche se da un Adult Fantasy ci si aspetterebbe qualcosa di più "maturo") e prezzo equilibrato e coerente. C'è da dire, inoltre, che la saga principale è comporta da soli 4 libri, il che è un altro punto a suo favore visto che attualmente vanno tremendamente di moda le saghe infinite... Ma visto che i nostri portafogli infiniti non sono, Jeaniene Frost ha tutto il nostro rispetto! ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Took me a while to finish this. Damn you work and house renovations....braking into my reading time! But I loved this! I love the fact that Cat has turned into this serious, hardcore, military type and still keeps her awesome, sarcastic sense of humor...And OMG....Chapter 32....that's all I have to say about that, lol. Can't wait to start the next one :) ( )
  beautyandtheblog | Feb 13, 2017 |
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  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
One Foot in the Grave
4 Stars

Four years have passed since Halfway to the Grave and Cat is still doing her vampire slayer thing only now she works for the government. While she is dedicated to her job and her team, she has never gotten over the love of her life, Bones, and when the opportunity arises to show mercy to his maker, Cat makes a life altering decision. This sets off a chain of events that puts her loyalties to the test and may even result in the loss of her freedom.

The plot is exciting and action packed with new information on the structure of the vampire world and some compelling twists and turns in Cat's personal life. Unfortunately, the romance is somewhat of a letdown as I was expecting more for Cat and Bones's reunion considering the way she left him and the build up in the first few chapters. The way it plays out is far too easy and oversimplified with anger, angst and hurt feelings glossed over very quickly.

Another irritating element is the fact that virtually every man in the book, with or without a pulse, has the hots for Cat. Don't get me wrong, Cat is a very likable kick-ass heroine but she's not ALL that! As for the infamous chapter 32, maybe my expectations were too high. Yes, it is exceedingly steamy with some very original positions but it lacks the intensity of emotion that characterizes a truly excellent love scene (see Kate and Curran in Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds for references).

In terms of the supporting cast, Frost is particularly skilled at incorporating each and every secondary character, both major and minor, into the story without making them seem superfluous. From Cat's enigmatic boss and loyal teammates (Juan is a definite favorite) to her obnoxious mother (someone should slap that woman), not to mention Bones's mates in the vampire world (Mencheres and Ian have definite potential), each and every one contributes to the overall Night Huntress world.

Overall, the solid world building, exciting story and engaging characters make this a worthwhile series and I look forward to getting to the next installment. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I just LOVE this series!!! Cat is a great strong female character! Bones is well....sigh.....I am addicted to this series!!!!!! ( )
  MzKitty | Sep 18, 2016 |
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To my father. You are now, and will always be, my hero.
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I waited outside the large, four-story home in Manhasset that was owned by a Mr. Liam Flannery.
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Life's a bitch and then one stabs you.
I opened my mouth -- and had nothing to refute that with. Damn people who argued using logic. Talk about unfair. (pg 224)
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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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061245097, Mass Market Paperback)

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 him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick 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 she tries to keep things professional between them, she'll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won't let her get away again.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:29 -0400)

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Now a Special Agent working to eliminate the rogue undead, half-vampire Cat Crawfield reluctantly teams up with Bones, her vampire former lover and mentor, when she is targeted for assassination by a dangerous adversary.

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