Review - Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #4
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: December 22, 2010
Date Read: October 16, 2019
Length: 9 hours 34 minutes
Source: Purchased
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.
My Review

I am loving my re-read of this series!  I loved this book when I first read it almost seven years ago and I loved the audiobook just as much now.  I had planned to listen to something else but something made me put everything aside to spend a little bit of time with Cat and Bones.  I am so glad that I listened to that little voice in my head that told me to forget my plans and listen to this book because it was exactly what I needed.

This is the fourth book in a series that does need to be read in order since each book builds on the events of the previous installments.   Cat and Bones were in a pretty good place at the start of this book.  Things looked pretty calm but of course, that can't last for long.  Cat and Bones have a small issue with Cat's ex that will be much more complicated than you could even imagine.

I love the characters in this series.  Cat and Bones are both awesome and I love them together.  Vlad plays an important role in this book which was a big plus for me.  Vlad is such an interesting character and I love his friendship with Cat.  All of the key players from the series play a role in this story and there is a couple of nice additions as well.

Tavia Gilbert does such a good job with this series.  I adore the voice that she uses for Bones.  It just feels so real to me.  The dialogue in this story flowed absolutely wonderfully and I thought that she added a lot of emotion to this story.  I loved the story when I read it on my kindle but there was something almost magical about experiencing it through the audiobook.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  This book was fantastic even with the unnecessary relationship drama.  There were times that I wanted to shake the characters for their behavior but there was never a time that I wasn't enjoying myself so it doesn't even matter.  I cannot wait to continue with my re-read.

The Night Huntress Series

Book #1 - Halfway to the Grave - My Review
Book #2 - One Foot in the Grave - My Review
Book #3 - At Grave's End - My Review
Book #4 - Destined for an Early Grave
Book #5 - This Side of the Grave
Book #6 - One Grave at a Time
Book #7 - Up From the Grave - My Review
About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author whose works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series.  To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. she sounds very desperate, I hope she didn't actually get sent to her grave early. would be quite disappointing

  2. I read these years ago and Cat and Bones remains one of my favorite urban fantasy couples.

  3. I love this series. I want to do this for a Read-along one year because I definitely would like to reread them. I haven't listened to this series on audio though. Fantastic review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. sounds like one for the reading list. i know a lot of characters go through an inordinate amount of drama, but as long as the story keeps giving i can overlook it. sometimes it makes it seem real. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. I finished the series a while ago but I still need to read the spin off novels

  6. I enjoy getting a reunion of sorts with this wonderful series through your audio reviews. :)

  7. I tried it ages ago and did not connect, but often with books like this I have a feeling I should do audio ;)

  8. This sounds like a fantastic series and I am happy that you are enjoying re-reading it.

  9. I really need to start this series! Great review!!

  10. Great review and glad to see you're still loving the series. It's another one I'm wanting to get started on. And the covers for all of the books are so thrilling!

  11. I know I say this every time you review one of her books, but I really need to dive back into this series.

  12. I loved this series and look forward to a re-read at some point!

  13. I had never heard of this book before and I really love vampire books! So I am going to have to check out this one for sure now. Especially if it is just as fantastic upon reread. Glad you loved it for a second time ^.^

  14. I enjoyed this series back in the day but I stopped at book #6. Sigh. I want to read them again.


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