May Contain Spoilers
Wah! I was disappointed with Destined for an Early Grave. It seemed so forced and pointless, compared to the previous installments of the series (which, let’s face it, are nothing more than escapist shenanigans. There’s a naughty vampire – let’s kill him). Let’s make an excuse for Cat and Bones to argue, break up, and get back together again. Sigh. Not what I was hoping for.
When Cat starts having weird dreams, she and Bones end up in Paris. There she discovers that she just might be married to Gregor, an older, stronger vampire than Bones. But Mencheres dragged her from Gregor, wiped all memories of him from her mind, and sent her back home. Really? How convenient! So when Cat was 16, Gregor snatched her away from her mother, manipulated her, forced her to marry him without her having any idea of the consequences, and she just forgot about it?? Meh.
One of the things I like about Cat is her I don’t take crap from anyone attitude, as well as her compulsion to save those she loves. When Gregor’s forces are about to overwhelm Bones’, she agrees to go with Gregor to save the vampire she loves. This opens a whole new can of grief for her, and this is where the book really went sideways for me. Bones is beyond peeved that Cat went off with their now mortal enemy instead of letting him handle things, and now he is so pissed at her he walks out on her.
Most of the book is Cat and Bones not talking to each other, or thinking that the other is having an affair. It did not engage me. I left so disconnected from the story until the big fight at the end, when everything seemed to get back on track again. I love this series when Cat and Bones are working together to solve some problem or destroy some enemy, but when they aren’t communicating or working together? Nah, it just doesn’t work as well for me. I do have the next book checked out from the library, but if I feel as ambivalent after I’m finished with it, I’ll be taking a breather from the series.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
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.