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Danger waits on both sides of the grave.With the mysterious disappearance of masterless vampires, a species war is brewing between vampires and ghouls that would kill mortals as collateral damage. Cat and Master vampire lover Crispin "Bones" seek help from dangerous ghoul queen of New Orleans Marie, whose voodoo powers rouse ghosts into unstoppable killers of the undead. TDanger waits on both sides of the grave.With the mysterious disappearance of masterless vampires, a species war is brewing between vampires and ghouls that would kill mortals as collateral damage. Cat and Master vampire lover Crispin "Bones" seek help from dangerous ghoul queen of New Orleans Marie, whose voodoo powers rouse ghosts into unstoppable killers of the undead. The cost may prove more treacherous supernatural war, with repercussions Cat never imagined....

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ISBN : 9780061783180
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Number of Pages : 357 Pages
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This Side of the Grave Reviews

  • Quinn
    2019-02-18 18:50

    Pardon me while I have a little rant. If you’re going to do a spin-off series, then it should be able to be read independently of the original series. Otherwise, it’s not really a spin-off series now, is it? It’s just all part of the one same series. You should NOT be able to spoil either series by not reading the spin-off series in between books of the original series, and vice versa.Although Frost’s Night Huntress World series is supposed to be a spin-off, it really isn’t. It doesn’t just compliment the original series, it’s actually just the SAME FREAKING SERIES. So if you don’t read them strictly in order (and by that, I mean the spin-off books MUST be read in between specific Night Huntress books), then the Night Huntress World books will be completely spoiled, and the Night Huntress books wont make any sense.It’s pretty damn rude of a writer to force readers to start and continue a second series just so they know what the hell is going on in the first one. VERY BAD FORM, no matter how enjoyable the books. Because readers don’t deserve to have MAJOR spoilers just because they don’t anticipate or expect that it is critical for the two series to be read in a very specific order, here it is (so far):Halfway to the GraveOne Foot in the GraveAt Grave's EndDestined for an Early GraveFirst Drop of CrimsonEternal Kiss of DarknessThis Side of the GraveIn other words, don’t read this one until you have read the first two of the Night Huntress World “spin-off” series. OK…. So that ended up being a bigger rant than I had anticipated, but it really p*sses me off. So much so, that I have very little energy left for an actual review, but let me just say this:I enjoyed This Side of the Grave, but it was very episodic. By that, I mean that it was exclusively plot driven with no character or relationship development to speak of, and the plot itself didn’t have a lot of relevance or impact outside of this particular book.That said, I enjoyed Frost’s writing again, and it was nice to see Cat and Bones’ relationship back on track and Cat continuing to mature. Oh, and for what it’s worth, I didn’t at all find chapter 21 to be the new chapter 32 – not even close – so temper your expectations there.It’s great to hear that Vlad will be the star of the next “spin-off” *cough* book, because he outshone Bones in this one.3.5 stars

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-01-23 15:58

    5 World's Freakiest Bloodsucker Stars*Spoilers*First read 2/27/2014 reread 11/26/2015"Kitten, you've been a vampire for less than a year. During that time, you've blown the head off a Master vampire through pyrokinesis and frozen dozens of vampires into a stupor through telekinesis. Your abilities, plus your occasional heartbeat, are bound to frighten some people."-Bones"You know, in addition to your mind-reading abilities, I may have absorbed some sluttiness from your blood,"-CatThe hits just keep coming for this series. This Side of the Grave, the 5th book in the Night Huntress Series, was another kick ass addition to this already amazing series! Is there anything Jeaniene Frost can write that I won't love? The answer to that is a big resounding No! "You!" Timmy burst out, losing the smile while he blanched. "God, Cathy, you're still with him?" I smothered a laugh at the incredulity in his tone. "Yep. Married him, too."-Timmy and Cat"As long as you're with me, I can handle it," I said, reaching up to touch his face. "I can handle anything with you." "I'll always be with you, Kitten. Always,"-Cat and BonesIn this book a war is looming with the ghouls, Apollyon the lead ghoul, is saying that because Cat still has a heart beat at times it means she can still become a half vampire half ghoul hybrid with the power to take over both races. Of course he is just using Cat as a reason to start a war with the vampires. Cat isn't going to sit around while he uses her to kill tons of vampires and she doesn't plan on ending up like the only other half vampire in history, Joan of arc, killed to stop the war. Can she stop Apollyon before he spreads his hate and stop this war, or will she lose her head trying?"I love your hands," he sighed. "You think I look like an angel? Well, Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home."-BonesMy Bones:"You once told me you could stand many things." My voice was raspy from all the emotions battering against those well-honed inner defenses. "So can I. I can stand whatever Apollyon dishes out, can take the bigotry from others over what I am, the freaky ghost juju from Marie, all the craziness my mother can throw at me, and even the pain of my uncle dying. But the one thing that I would never, ever recover from would be losing you. You made me promise before to go on if that happened, but Bones" - here my words broke and tears spilled down my cheeks - "I wouldn't want to."-CatThis book was full of sweet emotions for me. Bones and Cat had some very tender moments and some smokin' hot ones too. I thought the opening of the book, the little cave role reversal scene was adorable. Some of the things Bones says, swoon, God that man is perfect! Cat pulls some sexy bedroom moves in this book that took me back to famous chapter 32 from book one. Their relationship felt stronger in this book, more intense. 5 books in and we as readers have had tons of moments to build up a relationship with the couple to invest, to fall in love, and I am so in love with them. There was this cute, funny scene where Bones is teaching Cat to fly that I just loved. Bones and Cat are two of the most memorable, amazing characters I have read to date. "Your instincts kicked in under duress. Falling from this height should make you experience similar duress, allowing those instincts to take over again," he replied with more calm than was fair. "Come on, Kitten, jump. Or I'll throw you off." "You throw me off this bridge, Bones, and you'll have a lot of celibacy in your future!" -Bones and CatMy Cat:"No matter what happens, you will never lose me," he whispered. "I am forever yours, Kitten, in this life or the next."-BonesEven though Bones and Cat are fucking awesome characters they are not the only ones that shine in this series or book. Vlad and Mencheres had some really good parts in this book too. I loved that Mencheres and Cat really made up in this book. When Cat apologized for all the times she had been unfair to him, because of all the power he has, made me so happy, and I felt like it was a turning point in their relationship. Vlad was hilarious in this book. He really stood out. I am madly in love with Vlad almost as much as I am with Bones. Much slower, I turned around to see Vlad examining his fingernails, as if his hands weren't still ablaze in the flames that had blasted the ghoul's head off moments before. "What the hell was that?" I gasped. "Premature inflamulation," he replied. "Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don't like to talk about it."-Cat and VladThere was a little of Ian in this book, but not nearly enough. The part of the book with Don (view spoiler)[ Don dies (hide spoiler)] I cried, like for real cried! And I was really glad Tate could finally show a little respect for Cat and Bones's relationship. Maybe it's a turning point for him too!"Sneaky, manipulating, merciless bloodsucker . . ." A chuckle drifted up to me. "Pillow talk already? You'll have me hard before we're even back in our room." "Well, I hope your hard self enjoys flogging the bishop tonight!" I snapped. His laughter only increased. "Really, luv, I'm impressed. Wherever did you learn such a salty expression?"-Cat and Bones"You know, Marie said it wouldn't happen that bad again, but just in case . . . if I do this and safely put the Remnants back, then all of a sudden start coming on to you, I don't mean it. It's just the aftereffects of being connected to the hungers of the dead. Not me suddenly having a crazed desire to jump on your jock." Vlad threw back his head and roared with laughter. Pink tears gleamed from his eyes before he reined himself in to just a few lingering chuckles. "I'll be sure to thwart any jock-jumping attempts you might make on me or anyone else,"-Cat and VladThis book was so good. Like in all of the books, there is a major kick ass fight. Cat, Bones, and their friends are super bad-asses of course and win. Then at the very end there was this little surprise (view spoiler)[ Don is a ghost (hide spoiler)]. I loved the whole book, no complaints. I know shocking right! Another great book in this series. If you haven't read it , you should check it out, but start with book one!"World's freakiest bloodsucker, right here," I went on. "And you know what? If that makes some of you uncomfortable, too bad. If it makes some of you so uncomfortable you want to start shit with me about it, step right up and see if I don't eat the hell out of you next!"-Cat["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alkyoni
    2019-01-19 19:48

    Do.Not.Shoot.I can expl…I’m not saying that Cat isn’t the epitome of awesomeness.I’m not saying that Bones isn’t one of the sexiest things out there.I’m not saying that the side characters aren’t intriguing and fun to hang around with.But look at the plot people:Bad guy is after Cat for some ridiculous reason. Cat goes after the bad guy.Tones of random stuff happening.Cat fights the bad guy. Cat kills the bad guy. The end.Sounds familiar, right? You’ve read something like that before and still enjoyed it, right? Then what went wrong with this one?There are so many subplots all over the place, one random event happening right after the other, that it really felt more like a messy attempt to get into this book as many previously introduced characters as possible, instead of actually building a story. It was like a parade; one character showing up after the other to take care of some minor detail. What was the purpose of Timmy’s presence in this book exactly? Even if it’s got something to do with the next book, it could surely wait till then, where his appearance would have something to do with the plot.The relationship between Cat and Bones is different this time around and even though I was happy that Cat didn’t follow the pattern of doing things her own way with disastrous results, I dare say that it was… boring. It didn’t even have the spark and humor that defined the previous books. Sweet talking and loving gazes are nice and all but, to me at least, they felt a little over the top for an UF book. Boring??? Dude, did you ever read Chapter 21?Yes, I did. Hot stuff, but the reason that I enjoyed the relationship between these two in the previous books wasn’t just the sex; it was their banters, Cat’s sarcasm, Bones' dry humor. ..Where did all that go? “Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand” – BonesOk, ok, that one was good.Ok, it was VERY good but for the most part of the story I actually had to force myself to sit down and read it and that was surprising, considering that I had read every previous installment in one sitting.I can understand how most fans of the series might find this to be extremely interesting and fun; these books are more loved because of their characters rather than their plot or world building.To me however, this felt like some kind of Extras feature on a DVD's Special Edition…Oh look, it’s Cat’s neighbor from the first book. Awww, it’s the ghost that Cat met in that other book. Look, Look! It’s Mencheres and Kira, see how happy they are together?Spade and Denise! What a couple!Ah, the guys from Cat’s secret government job, remember them?Yes, yes, very exciting. Can we now get on with the plo…VLAD I LOVE YOU!..t?

  • Jilly
    2019-01-21 23:31

    Have you ever done that thing where you say something and realize it came out very very wrong, and then tried to talk your way out of it, only to continue making it worse? I have... and I'll fill you in later... it counts as the most embarrassing moment of my life. So, I felt much better when Cat has this same problem twice in this book.I'm hungry enough that both of you are starting to looking really, really good."Vlad's lips curled. "Is this the part where I'm supposed to remind you that this is just the leftover power talking and you don't really want to cheat on Bones?""Not that kind of hungry!" I gasped, eyes bulging that Vlad thought I'd just casually thrown out that I wanted him and Mencheres to double-team me. "I meant hungry like drinking you guys' blood. Not hungry for... you know."Without thought, my gaze flew to the areas in question before skipping away once I realized what I was doing. Then my cheeks actually tingled with mortification as Vlad let out a long, hearty laugh. Mencheres, more courteous, pretended to suddenly find something fascinating in the door frame, but I saw his lips twitch."My dear Reaper," Vlad said, still laughing. "Did you just check out our--""No!" I interrupted at once, almost lunging toward the staircase. "I'm tired and still dazed from the Remnants and... fuck it, I'm taking a shower. I mean, not a cold shower, because I don't need that"--Oh Jesus, I was only making this worse--"because I am cold already, and I need to get hot. I mean, warmer. Oh, just shut up!” Okay, it's not quite as bad as my thing, but still. Bad.I actually asked a lady if she "had a little baby in there", while patting her pregnant belly, only to have her tell me that she wasn't pregnant. That's right. I patted her belly!!! like a freak. Like a crazy lady. And, then, did I just do what I should have done and apologized profusely, run away, change my name and appearance, and move? No!!! I tried to "fix it" by telling her it was her dress that looked like a maternity dress, and the fact that she was resting her hands on her tummy. That's right. I went on to insult her clothing, her posture, and basically tell her she was fat. Did I then run away? NO!! I still kept trying to make it better. By the time I left the poor woman alone, she had probably killed me hundreds of times in her head.On the positive side, I have never asked another person if they are pregnant again in my life. I even was with my bestie when she gave birth and watched her daughter being born, but never asked if she was pregnant.Live and learn, y'all.Anyway... This book was better than the last one because Cat and Bones' relationship troubles are over. Thank goodness. That was brutal. They are still acting like horny teenagers at their first unchaperoned party in front of all of their friends, but at least they are getting along. Get a room, already. Sheesh!To replace the angst of the last book, we have sadness in this one. Someone we care about dies. And doesn't even have to decency to come back as a vamp or ghoul. So rude!! This is not something we do in paranormal/urban fantasy books. Our characters are supposed to live forever - in some form or another. Don't be making us remember the reality of the cold grave in all of our futures! That's as rude as the public snogging sessions between Cat and Bones.Fuck you, Dylan! I heard your mom say she doesn't love you!Basically, this book is the usual kind of story: powerful dude wants to kill Cat, so Cat and friends set out to kill him instead. Bloody battles ensue. It was pretty good. Some of the bloody fighting was kinda cool. Bones was beating one dude with dude's own arm that Bones severed. It was the vamp version of "stop hitting yourself". I liked that.Nuggies are next up on the list.Everything moved along at a good pace and it was entertaining. But, one thing I wanted to mention was that the author tried to do another "famous" sex scene chapter after all of the hoopla over chapter 32 in the second book, but it didn't land as well for me. Let's just say that a mouth full of hot wax and other stuff isn't really a turn on. If I want to eat wax and questionable material, I'll eat a chocolate-covered Twinkie. They have those now, and the hubs actually bought them. I think there are still some left in the box. After a week. That's a huge statement in a house full of 20-something gamer boys on summer vacation.Also, I have a question: why does the vamp physiology have to include bloody sperm? I mean, I get that blood is their diet and that they cry bloody tears, but that's not reason enough. Is their saliva bloody? How about their sweat? Ear wax? Why can't they just shoot blanks, or nothing at all? Or, I don't know - NOT bloody sperm? It (obviously) takes my mind down a gross path that I don't want to travel, and I get distracted. Ick.(Oh Jamie! How did I end up loving you after you did this? (Not to mention the fucking his sister thing))Alright. I admit I am easily distracted. But, the world is a shiny place. I can't help it.

  • Helen 2.0
    2019-02-07 23:35

    Guys, I'm meeting Jeaniene Frost in Orlando at the end of July!!! afaadjfhsohfosndfjzhgljg

  • Dia
    2019-01-25 18:36

    OMG!! yeahhh... that rocks!! I totally thougt that the 4th book was the last... and now she brings out a 5th book!!!?? Jeanine Frost?! I love u!haha... my fav *kick-ass heroine* vampire book series!! <3 PS.: I think I'll go crazy until it comes out! ...can't wait ^^

  • Kt
    2019-02-06 17:41

    Cat and Bones have had a very rough time of it lately and while they have come out on top in the last few battles, there still were loved ones lost and irreparable consequences. In this latest installment, Cat is still coming to terms with her new, mostly pulse-less status. She was unique as a half vampire, so it makes sense she wouldn't be a normal full one either. However, this spells trouble as a nasty Ghoul is using the threat of the "Red Reaper" to incite a war between the Vampires and Ghouls. They must scramble to round up their allies as well as try and find away to stop the war that could destroy them all. They seek out the help of Majestic, the Queen of New Orleans. The biggest question is not whether or not they will get her support, but if they will survive her "help" if she gives it, because one never knows just what the VooDoo Queen may have up her sleeve.Cat has really had just about all she can take of dangers and threats to herself and her loved ones. So when her "borrowed" powers start causing her problems she scrambles to find a way to tone them down. She tells Bones that she isn't meant to handle them since she isn't a master vampire. This may be true, but when push comes to shove, she will do whatever it takes when her loved ones are at risk, even if it means using powers that wreak havoc and completely overwhelm her. However, I think most of her problems with the powers is that when she tries to use them, she over thinks it, as well as refuses to accept them as her own. Granted, they are only borrowed, but until they wear off, they belong to her, and I think if she could learn to accept them, she just might surprise herself.I was so thrilled to see Cat and Bones fully together in this book. Their separation in the previous book was very hard to bear and they are by far my favorite fictional couple. In this book it seems they are closer than ever, and Cat is really trying to not repeat the mistakes of her past. Every time she has the inclination to run off on her own to try and save the day, she stops and takes a moment to talk herself out of it. She finally has come to terms with the fact that where she goes, Bones will, and no matter how much she may want to protect him, he will always be there at her side whenever danger strikes. Bones has even made some major strides in accepting that she will always have to be hip deep in the action and that he can't keep her on the sidelines either. I'm sure there will always be some tension between them as they are both extremely strong willed, but in the end they could not be more perfect for one another.Since this is my favorite series, there always is the fear that the latest book will not live up to my admittedly high expectations. However, after reading this book I realized my fear was completely unnecessary, as this book was every bit as good as its predecessors. Be prepared for plenty of high stakes, heart pounding action, and plenty of steaminess. The book was jammed packed with emotions, and the ending will leave a smile on your face. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. If you haven't checked out this series yet, you don't know what you are missing.

  • Rane
    2019-02-14 20:46

    I give credit to the Night Huntress series and my GR friends who told me about the greatness of this series from the Bones Train in getting me back into the PNR genre again. Revisiting Cat and Bones is always a fun experience, this time around though I wasn’t engaged like I was in the earlier novels. Not that I didn’t enjoy this installment of the Night Huntress series, but found it more of a short story/filler in the overall of the series. Much of what happen in this novel was like a repeat on what happen many times before. Cat learns something new about her vampire power, someone wants Cat dead, Cat get into a big dramatic fight and Cat kills the evil guy. Much of what happen in the novel was very anti-climatic something I’m not use to seeing in the Night Huntress series, am used/spoiled on JF always having me at the edge of my seat page turning to see what happens next. This felt like I already knew what was going to happen before it did. Of course just because the story didn’t shine, it didn’t mean it didn’t make leaps and bounds in other parts, mostly the strong relationship between Cat and Bones the backbone of the Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones have had their troubles, with Cat running into trouble with Bones getting her out of trouble, then the misunderstandings. We get none of that THANK YOU! Nope, we have a mature Cat whose stop running and started thinking. You see a true balanced “adult” relationship between two “sometimes”-stubborn people who just make it work. You see how they do anything for each other and have each other’s back through thick and thin. The best thing was that the final true wall that had stood around Cat’s heart was finally taken down and the final true acceptance between Bones and Cat that made it all that so much sweeter…. And spicy! Because a NH book without at least one steamy hot, blushing bright red yummy scene is not a true NH books, and although the now infamous Chapter 32 may have a running mate with this books Chapter 21, with Cat taking the driver seat and making candle wax not only hot but smokin’ hot. With the new mature relationship between Cat and Bones one of the bright spots of the book the other was Vlad! That boy is such a scene-stealer, and here being myself a Spade fangirl, now can say call myself a Vlad fangirl. I adore love him and just can’t wait, can’t wait for his own series. The readers get see a little more behind Vlad and this made me wanting and waiting for his own book, I just hope his leading lady is just as cool ;] This installment was good like a visit from an old friend and hearing everything is going good for them, and ending up being a good comfortable revisit and chat.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-02-06 16:55

    “Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.”My favorite of the series - 'The Side of the Grave' holds the best qualities of the Night Huntress books while mainly leaving the small annoyances behind.Cat has grown on me more since she's shed some of the annoying, in the face, immature attitude. Bones is still yummy and protective. Their relationship is in no way in the new stages anymore but they still keep it fresh. They work together as a tough team that - while some natural disagreements come up - have each others backs. There's some sex scenes but nothing too overbearing to where it ruins the plot. Most of the magic of that was lost on me after the first few books, but thankfully Frost mainly concentrates on story over steam.Vlad is hilarious and steals any page he walks on - he's definitely my favorite character, will have to try his side book although I have a feeling that through his viewpoint he may lose some of the mysterious charm he has now. He has a tough side that works with the series but he also brings in needed humor. Bones and Cat have some humor as well but it works even better with ol' Drac around.Marie as the voodoo queen is creepy and brings a dark grittiness to the series that it needed. Sure, it was dark before, but this brings in a different element when the actual dead become so heavily involved. It almost reminds me of old school Anita Blake black noir feel when that series was actually good.Mancheres and his new lady love bring in the charm too as more sides of the ancient are seen when sparks fly. Cat adopts some new powers that make her stand out compared to other UF series characters, and I'm glad the author embraced the vulnerable feel with these powers instead of letting it go to the main character's head. The villain was interesting to fit with the story's flow, although not a particularly strong opponent in the end.There's a truly sad occurrence with a family member, but there's a small cliffhanger on the last pages that holds a punch of humor and made me smile and feel better about that plot turn.Cat will never be a favorite of mine, but she's more endurable - and when paired when some creative side characters who make it impossible to turn my eyes away, the story shines. Now officially a fan of the series.

  • Deborah Obida
    2019-02-19 20:00

    The quality of this series reduced so much in this, Basically nothing happened it was just repetitions of old stuffs and just a little new stuffs. I was bored half way through and the rest part that was new was really fun.The writing is still great and I adore the character development, the plot not so much.“As long as you’re with me, I can handle it,” I said, reaching up to touch his face. “I can handle anything with you.”“I’ll always be with you, Kitten. Always,” Bones rasped before his lips closed over mine.Even though he was inside the house, I could still hear Vlad’s sardonic mutter of “Where’s a tissue when I need one?”

  • AH
    2019-02-02 21:57

    Ho hum. Meh. A little slow.I never would have thought that these would be words to describe a Cat and Bones book. I’ve always loved Cat and Bones and was looking forward to an enjoyable read. I found this book was slower paced and a little bit dull. Don’t get me wrong – there are some great and exciting scenes in the book, but for the most part, it was a dull read for me.Cat and Bones were a little bland for me this time. Bones is subdued, very calm. Yes, he is still as sexy as only Bones can be, but he doesn’t seem to have the Bones charm that he had in the earlier books. Married life, perhaps? Cat seems to have matured a little more and she seems to think before she speaks and acts. Mencheres, with all of his power, still felt like a flat character to me. I felt that his only concern was Kira and having sex with Kira. Nothing else really stands out about him. I was pleasantly surprised by several characters. I have grown to love Marie the ghoul queen. She is probably one of the most interesting characters in the book, if not the series. What a calculating, devious lady. Marie is certainly a scene stealer. I am looking forward to more of her in the next books. The story picked up when Vlad entered the picture. I love Vlad. To me, he seems like the real vampire. He also had a great line:”What the hell was that?” I gasped.“Premature inflamulation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.”Cat’s mother, Justina always seems to surprise me. In the latter books of the series she seems to take a “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” attitude. She is becoming a favorite of mine.A Night Huntress book does not seem complete without the steaminess and sexiness of our lead duo, Cat and Bones. Chapter 21 delivers on the hotness factor. A very interesting use of candles, Cat. I did think that the chapter was kind of thrown in, like it didn’t belong so soon in the book, but I’ll take it. I also loved the scenes where Bones is teaching Cat how to fly. Cat’s fears and frustrations at her lack of flying ability and Bone’s confidence guiding her were very well done.On to the villain, Apollyon. As a villain, he wasn’t particularly evil, wicked, scary, or strong. I kind of saw him as an obstacle for Cat to overcome. The battle scenes were well done, but in the end we all knew what would be his outcome.For the OCD readers out there – if you are reading this series in order – a good way to read would be to read Night Huntress books 1 to 4, then go to Night Huntress World First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness before reading this book.

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-02-10 17:55

    "Be still my non-beating heart"

  • Catarina
    2019-02-08 22:36

    4 Awesome Stars.In this fifth book we have Cat and Bones in the middle of an extreme war. Ghouls and vampires are starting a war between them and when previous allies suddenly take different sides nothing good can come from that. Since Cat is under threat she and Bones have to seek help with the most unexpected resources and once again, fight a dangerous war against their lives and this time, against their own species. But well, Cat is Cat and Bones is Bones and they together are pure awesomeness so you already know what you can expect from these book. This story was pretty good, but for me, it was not the strongest one so far. It was missingsomething(something being a thing I can’t define. Maybe the Wow Factor). Nonetheless, it was a book that I loved to read in one of the most amazing PNR series I’ve read. Seriously, these books are like Cheetos: once you have the first one, you can’t stop until you have them all. Rating:4 stars. Storyline:It was unpredictable which was a really nice thing. It was enjoyable, full of action and romance. Exactly as expected with these books. Writing Style:First person, female POV. Addictive writing. Character Development:I really can’t say anything more about these characters except that they are amazing. Cat and Bones are definitely one of my favorite book-couples and they were great this book. And after all the blows of the last one I really needed that. The thing with Don sucked, but well, was not completely unexpected. Steam:HOT moments. (Oh, chapter 21!) HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-01-30 15:38

    This book was such a disappointment. It's sad, really. Admittedly, the last one wasn't much, either, but I didn't expect two crappy ones in a row. I finished it this morning, and I don't even remember what it was about. Absolutely nothing interesting happened. Cat and Bones are running around trying to prevent a war, Mencheres is having loud sex (yuck), Vlad doesn't even have a girlfriend (I'm guessing that will be fixed in the next Night Huntress World book, that seems to be Frost's modus operandi) and Justina is joining Tate's crew. This series has been one of my favorites for so long that I feel like I just lost a friend. So where did it all go wrong? For me it was around the time Cat turned into a full vampire. She's suddenly a fucking Superman, absorbing powers from just about everyone - vampires, ghouls, who cares?! It all makes perfect sense. Doesn't it? She can now fly, even though young vampires normally can't even dream about it, she reads human minds, occasionally spits fire, AND she can control ghosts. Hundreds of them. So with this going on throughout the book, Don coming back as a ghost was a complete surprise. A shock even. Riiiight! I knew it before he even died. Repeating the (in)famous chapter 32 wasn't much of a success either. I don't even want to go there, you'll see for yourselves soon enough. I have a question, though: was I supposed to yawn during this highly anticipated sex scene? Oooh, I forgot the "your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home" line. What's up with THAT?! Bones lost about ten points with that one! You live for more than 200 years, and that's all you can come up with? It's just... so corny! AND pathetic. All in all, it didn't deserve the three stars, but that's how I rated it. Call me sentimental, I don't care. It should have been two stars, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

  • Lonna | FLYLēF
    2019-01-25 22:31

    While this fifth installment mainly follows Cat’s mysterious evolution and exploration of her intriguing, mystical powers, it continues to fuel to my desire for more of this lovely couple and their myriad adventures.

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-02-14 22:34

    3.5 StarsI was so excited to get this book, and start reading it as soon as it came out! I've been on Cat & Bones withdrawals because the 4th book in the series was a bit mehh, and then we got 2 books in the Night Huntress World spin-off, and I was not so happy with Spade's, and I did liked Mencheres.But here we are back with Cat & Bones.... Ahhhh... Opening scene... LOVED IT! I wouldn't mind having him shackled to a cave wall! After that though it started going really slow for me.The story was ok enough, but it wasn't GREAT. I had really high expectations for this book, and didn't feel like it met them 100%, even though it was a good book (I did rate it 4 stars!) I mainly feel like Cat lost some of her spark and spunk from the beginning of the series, and she didn't feel like she was as confident. And although she was funny at times, sometimes she got a little on my nerves. And that's not good since we're getting the story from her POV.Bones was amazing in this book however! OMG! I'm in love with him, he can do no wrong! His connection to Cat felt rekindled in this book where it was a bit lacking in the last NH book. And yeah, of course, that brings up the elephant in the room... Chapter 21!!!! I knew before hand from comments on GR to watch out for that chapter, so I paid extra attention, I might've read it twice ;) It was HOT, YOWZA, INTENSE and did I mention REALLY HOT? It has been compared to Chapter 32 of One Foot in the Grave, and I'll agree it gives it a run for the money. It all depends on your preferences. I actually went back and re-read Chapter 32 after finishing this book to be able to compare with a fresh image. There's a lot of biting involved in both, except OFITG was Bones doing the biting, in TSOTG was Cat. But biting aside, I think this book gives us a little bit more intense view of what else they were doing aside from all the biting ;) And I loved seeing Bones lose control! Enough said!One of my favorite lines in the book is from Bones, when he tells Timmy to ask what he wants about vampires but then he says "If you ask me if I sparkle I'll kill you" LMAO!Vlad... where do I start... He's the best! He had the best lines in the book ("Premature inflammation! Very embarrassing, I don't like to talk about it!" Come on! I was ROTFLMAO) There was plenty of him in this book and I still want more!Mencheres... 2 things.... 1 - Him having sex with Kira while Bones and Cat where waiting to see and could hear him... LOL 2 - The shorts and t-shirt at the airport?!?!? That I would have to see!Ian... Not enough of him in this one. I would love to see his character developed a bit more, I know he has to mature before he can get his own book but he has the potential. And I couldn't believe his comment about Veritas... I always picture her as a kid! Even though she's old as dirt.The twist at the end.... I could've used at least one more page after the last word!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?!? I'm dying to read the next book and see what the hell happened there!!!!!

  • Michelle, the Bookshelf StalkerQueen of the Undead
    2019-01-29 15:32

    Ok, so this is going to be short and sweet since this is a later-in-the-series book.I LOVED IT! Now, onto the inside flap cover...I do have a question, inside flap, isn't Bones missing a nipple? I was looking (ok I was looking really hard) at the picture of Bones and realized his nipple (I think it was his left nipple since I don't have the book in front of me) or at least a portion of his nipple should be showing just on the edge of his leather vest. Ok, I didn't take calculations or anything but come on? Where is the man's nipple?Also, I forgot what Vlad is supposed to look like? Someone, anyone, please give me a description so I can imagine all his good juicy details. Did I just say juicy? Wow.

  • Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
    2019-01-21 15:47

    5 stars because... Ghosts are the weirdest thing here. And they go around unexplained much... Just very strange, in my opinion. And even thought Cat and Bones are still made for each other... I love Vlad, and i ship him with Cat (Vlat)

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2019-01-28 23:31

    I love how in this installment of the Night Huntress series, we have Bones and Cat happy.It may sound cheesy, but there it is. In the last book Destined for an Early Grave, they were so far apart it hurt me to read it. While I love the tension of them at odds with each other, I hate how hard it is to read about what we know is a perfect-for-each-other-couple fighting.In this book, they aren't fighting with each other. Bones' past isn't thrown in our faces, and they have a sweet and tender moment where Cat breaks down the last wall she's held between them. There is, of course, the Big Bad. It's Apollyon, the leader of the ghouls. He is still trying to start a war between the vampires and the ghouls. He says that since Cat is a half-breed, even though she's pretty much a full-vampire now, she could still turn ghoul. So they need to kill her so she can't take over and rule all of the supernatural creatures. Right. It's kind of a big deal, since he's been trying to do so for ,oh 600 years or so. So killing Cat is nothing personal, right? Just business. But Cat is a bit more grown-up in this book. She doesn't make decisions without including Bones, and she doesn't run off half-cocked, and she doesn't do anything brash or foolish. I loved that. I have so wanted Cat to mature a bit more. Her mom has a *ahem* new role. I won't spoil it (Highland Hussy zips her lips). Tate has a couple of good scenes, and Don, oh Don, he has such an important role and I can't say one word about it without spoiling it! And it's not a small spoiler either!The breakout star of this book? Vlad. Without a doubt, I heart Vlad. My favorite line has been quoted everywhere, but it's worth the mentions. Cat is trying to convince Bones and Vlad to let a ghoul who'd tried to kill her go free as a gesture of goodwill. Suddenly the ghoul's head explodes."What the hell was that?” I gasped.“Premature inflamulation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it."The main reason I gave this book 4 rather than 5 flames is that Marie had such a huge role in both this book, and in the last book, and I don't know, I guess I was expecting...more from her. She has the potential and just wasn't utilized enough. She was the catalyst for some of the action, no doubt, and she was right there at the end, but I felt for as huge a role as Majestic is, she could have been in it more.Now onto the fun part...ch. 21. Ah, yes, I see you've heard of this? Yes, folks, ch. 21 is the new ch. 32. If you wear glasses, they will fog whilst reading ch. 21. I will say only one thing about it *hot candle wax* and I'll leave it at that.Oh, but one really huge giant tip?Read the Night Huntress World books First Drop of Crimson and Eternal Kiss of Darkness first because this book WILL SPOIL THEM. I wish I'd known. I have them on my tbr list, but if I had known this I'd have made a point to read them last week . sigh.http://www.demonloversbooksandmore.co...

  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    2019-02-11 23:55

    Will Cat and Bones ever get any peace? The answer to that question seems to be a big resounding NO! Thank goodness! Without their ability to piss off everyone in a 100 mile radius I wouldn't be able to obsess over everything about this series! This book continues the vampire vs ghoul war that seems to brewing because of Cat's unusual abilities now that she has been turned in to a vampire. But she not only has the paranormal war to worry about, but her mothers recently forced vampirism and her Uncle Don's secret to contend with as well. This book was great, it delved more in to the world of vampire and ghoul politics and had all the characters come in from all the other books as well. I liked seeing Vlad and can not wait for his book to come out in the Night Huntress World spin off series. I also liked seeing Kira and Menchere's as well, and when Cat and Bone's caught, or rather heard them in the act it was fricking hilarious. That is another aspect I like about these books is the humour, at times they can be dark and bloody, but I love the touches of humour she adds as well. Not to say that there aren't a few poignant moments as well, the parts with Don made me cry like a baby and I thought it was very moving. Now as for Cat and Bones, the central characters, I love their connection and complete love and trust they have in eachother, which has really grown over the last four books. Cat has got to be one of my favourite heroines, she is funny, smart and can totally kick ass without being in-your-face irritating and over the top hardass. s for Bones, I am completely in love with him! And we may have another Chapter 32 situation in this book! Chapter 21 anyone?So another great installment in the series and I can not wait for more!

  • Didi
    2019-02-19 20:56

    ~~~~ 4 STARS OR 8/10 ~~~~Do you know what the best thing is about this series?There are never any cliffhangers used in place of a good story to keep readers invested! Do you know why people keep coming back to read more?Because it's not the cliffhanger that keeps us coming, but the incredible stories.With every instalment there's a build from the previous book but things are always mostly resolved inclusively. This was of course a great read. I love Cat and Bones. They're a perfectly compatible couple and strong as hell. The last book was quite angsty with the massive blows to Cat and Bones's relationship. It was difficult to read and hard to fathom that this couple would get to a point that being together was in jeopardy.Luckily, our famous duo resolved their issues and came back stronger than ever---all in the same book! So this instalment had us seeing a new and improved Cat and Bones. Cat has definitely matured and has faced every insecurity head on. She's not afraid of who she is or what she feels for Bones. Bones is and will always be Bones...a gorgeous and fanatically loyal partner--they are married--to his one and only. These two are explosive together and I love it.This time around a war is brewing between ghouls and vamps. But it's all false propaganda given life by Apollyon, the leader of the ghouls. Marie, the all mighty voodoo queen is back and more cunning than ever. The action is awesome but I've come to expect no less from JF and this series! Loved it!

  • Arlene
    2019-02-05 23:52

    My review would be a broken record at this point. What can I say that I haven't mentioned already? I love the lore. I love Bones. I love the fierce action. I love Bones. I love the secondary characters especially Vlad. I love Bones. I love the steamy scenes. I love Bones. I love the relationship between Cat and Bones. I love Bones. See broken record.One of my favorite paranormal series, but I must be clear... it's not a Young Adult book. Definitely not YA...

  • Lady Heather
    2019-01-24 16:42

    LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!!One thing about Ms. Frost's books is that you laugh (out loud), you get excited and thrilled right along with the story .... and yes I was a blithering idiot near the end of the story feeling Cat's pain and loss.I hope Ms. Frost writes about Ian and Vlad soon... these boys so needs to settle down.

  • Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-02-06 23:54

    5 STARS This book is AWESOME!!! *****SPOILERS*******5th Installment of This Side of the Grave or TSOTG as everyone hasbeen calling it, totally blew me away. I think I can safely say this ismy fave of all the books in this series. With the exception of Ch 32,ofcourse.Cat now a full pledge vampire is learning how to use her powers aswell as her place in the undead world. She has also matured ineveryway. Most importantly her decisions to do things. No more quickand harsh decisions for our Heroine.Her Relationship with Bones also matured to a full pledge marriedcouple who continue to do things by mutual decisions and not behindeach other backs.Frost was able to keep thier relationship still full of LOVE, LUST,and continues with FUN by bantering with each other. Let me tell you,they still cannot get their hands off eah other. There is a Ch. 32 butnow Ch in 21 *wagging eye brows* that includes wax. Wootwoot! And a scene where they confessed how much they love each other...not thatthey really need to, but made me tear nontheless.In this book, Apollyon instigates an uprise/war between the Ghouls and Vamps. Not only this threatens the life of our heroine, it threatens the peace of the undead world. And we can't have that.This brought Cat and Bones' friends come together to help defeat the "evil". Amongthe friends are Mencheres and Kira, Spade and Denise, Vlad, Tate,Justina, Don, Dave and Fabian. Others made a come back likeMarie/majestic, Timmy, Veritas and Ian.In the end, the major problem with the leader is resolved proving yetagain that CAT is a KICK ASS HEROINE. No worries, Frost left alot ofopen scenerios for her next installment.The book ended with lots of posibilities to new friends(ghosts) andfoes(Marie and her ghoul followers). Although we lost someone in thisbook, Frost managed to end it with a sentence that made me smile, hugmy nook and sigh.I cannot wait for the next NH book and the long awaited Vlad's series. Yay!Fave scenes:-Plane ride with Mencheres-Ch21-Flying lessons with Bones-Anywhere Vlad was in-Emotional scene with Bones-Bones meeting Winston for the first time. "You. Me. Exorcist"Fave Quotes:Bones:~"Keep squirming luv. Rubs me in all the rigt places...~"Four hours of sleep while holding you is far more benificial to methan eight hours of tossing and turning because you're not there"~No matter what happens, you will never lose me...I am forever yours,Kitten, in this life or the next."~[mencheres]"held you immobile wih his power while I shagged you inthe back of the plane."~"don't say anything, especially stop. You're in for it now."Cat:~"you throw me off this bridge, Bones, and you'll have alot ofcelibacy in your future!"~"Sneaky, manipulating, merciless bloodsucker"Vlad:~"prature inflamulation... Happens sometimes....."~"I know I'm delicious. Nummy..nummy."*** I can go on and on and on..

  • Lora
    2019-01-28 23:42

    This truly saddens me. Each of the first four books in this series were astonishingly entertaining, and I had begun to wonder if Frost would ever deliver a book without it being wrapped in perfect packaging and tied with a gorgeous bow.Unfortunately, that time has come. While I figured Frost would have to hit a plateau eventually, I had hopes that that time would never come. Looks like This Side of the Grave is it. After being so pleased by the first four installments in this series, it is clear why I'd have high expectations when starting the fifth installment. And while I did enjoy it, I don't think Frost came even close to her potential with this one.The plot is an obvious direction that most fans of this series have probably thought of before. With two equally powerful species coexisting for millennia, they're bound to clash at some point, right? Cat's abnormalities just happen to be the catalyst that sets it off, making hers and Bones's attempt at some peace and quiet be shoved to the back burner once again.This idea of a species war could've been explosive and entertaining, but instead it mostly felt forced and anticlimactic. Something about the plot (specifically, its execution) just felt off to me. THANKFULLY, Cat and Bones's chemistry is still there, and there are plenty of erotic and emotional moments between them that help to revive the story.Two words: Chapter. Twenty-One. If you're a fan of chapter thirty-two in One Foot in the Grave, you'll most likely enjoy chapter twenty-one in this. Think chapter thirty-two, only reversed, and with an extra splash of kink.I enjoyed getting to see the couples from the spin-off series (Mencheres and Kira, Spade and Denise) in their wedded bliss.There is, as with all of Frost's novels, comedic relief. Bones wouldn't be Bones if he didn't make you crack up at least a few times. Although I did feel that there was far less of that in this installment than in the previous books.(view spoiler)[I have to wonder if Ian will end up with Veritas, the Law Guardian who's as old as Mencheres. He makes a sexual comment about her towards the end, and while this is Ian we're talking about, it could happen. (hide spoiler)]Honestly, I feel like crap for having said anything even remotely cross about this book. I feel like I'm kicking a favorite pet here. But I have to give credit where credit is due, and I don't feel that Frost deserves as much credit with this one as she did with her previous novels.I'm crossing my fingers that One Grave at a Time will bring back the magic of the first four books in this series.

  • Emily May
    2019-01-19 20:30

    If I'm honest, this book would have got 4 stars had I not read the other 4 installments in the Night Huntress series. The story, in my opinion, was quite weak and I can't find much to interest me in Marie's character. It's surprising actually because she's another quirky and unique member of Frost's creations, and I so adore all the others. Frost's true gift lies in creating wonderful and memorable characters, with no repetitions amongst them; by that I simply mean all of them are very different, unlike Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld, where I find that all of the Lords are different looking versions of the same character.For one, Cat is a heroine that I can relate to in so many ways (even now she has become a vampire). She's awesomely quirky and sarcastic, ruthless when she needs to be but compassionate as well. But then all the characters have distinctive traits, complete with their own sense of humour and extremely quotable lines (that I completely abuse on my blog). Even in this book, which didn't quite grab me as much as the previous ones, I cared all the way through what would happen to each and every one of them. It had so many varied elements that make a novel an instant favourite: humour, sadness, mystery, smut...I find it much more difficult writing reviews like this when I really enjoyed nearly every aspect of the book. I'm out of my comfort zone when I don't have whiny, so-called heroines to tear apart, or equally annoying brainless men who are used to try and sell a novel by repeatedly emphasising their looks and obvious lack of personality. Bones, on the other hand, is the most perfect and sexy kind of hero to have. I would start going on about his and Cat's awesome sex scenes again but people who read my reviews will start thinking that's all I talk about (hehe).However, Ms Frost, that cliffhanger was hardly necessary, was it? I was always going to read book number 6 when it comes out in August(!) without you being cruel and giving me something to tear my hair out about until then. It reminds me of Karen Marie Moning's ending to Dreamfever, which was an even worse cliffhanger than this one. I nearly went crazy with the not knowing what the hell was happening until bloody Shadowfever was released. Some authors are sadists.

  • Rhonda
    2019-02-15 16:35

    ****************slight spoiler, not pertaining to the plot*************Let me start by saying, that, I liked this book. This is the first book in the series that I have given less than 5 stars to. Let me explain. I love Jeaniene Frost!!! She has given me so many hours of entertainment, whether it’s with the Night Huntress series, or the Night Huntress world. Frost has written some fabulous characters that I love dearly, and have enjoyed watching them evolve, especially Cat and Bones. I really liked the plot to the story in this book, but the pacing was slower to me. I thought there was a little to much time spent with Don, on the second trip to hospital. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate her feelings for Don, and her loss. But the whole renewing vows part, I thought was unnecessary at that point in the story, I mean , the man is taking his dying breaths. And then how abruptly the Apollyon situation was handled.One of the things I love about this series other than the stories, is Bones and Cat’s sex-capades , and there was one hot scene between them and the rest were a tease. The scene would start, then fade to black. WTH??? I felt like I missed Bones some in this book, but I was rewarded with Vlad!! Love Vlad!! I really enjoyed seeing everyone, Mencheres, Spade (briefly), and the reemergence of Timmie was fun too. I loved the humor, from the bantering between Vlad and Cat, Vlad and Bones, Vlad and goul,, and all the funny things that go on in Cat’s head, and funny scenes between the characters. Vlad kinda steals scenes in this book, and it was terrific!! I like that Cat matures even more, and I liked seeing the relationship between Cat and Bones mature as well.I had a lot of fun with this book, recommended to all the Night Huntress fans!!

  • Erica Ravenclaw
    2019-01-31 20:34

    Bored.So boring. So many paragraphs of things I already knew. So many useless words. I mean, listen, this is typical in the beginning of a long running series, gotta keep the readers in the know and all that jazz. But, the entire book? Nah. Stop. Countless paragraphs started with "I can't do xyz because of that time I did 123 *reference some shit that happened in previous books* then go on to talk about it in detail? Like, I read that book. I KNOW WHY YOU FEEL THIS WAY. WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THIS BOOK WHY THE FUCK ARE WE TAKLING ABOUT A FEELING YOU HAD IN THE SECOND BOOK!?! Entirely too much inner dialogue happening. I skimmed so much. I had to for the sake of self-preservation. However, for the parts that did have actual plot development were awesome.Marie is fantastic as a character. FANTASTIC I SAY. I've loved her from the jump.Also, Vlad. Because. reasonsI'm putting Cat and Bones on hold and switching gears to the Night Prince series. Overall, this whole world has been a wonderful escape. Very few authors can hold my attention to read everything they have ever written back to back. I can't seem to stop, so I'm riding this wave till the end.

  • Kristi
    2019-02-01 19:44

    this was my least favorite so far.

  • ♥Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
    2019-01-26 20:00

    First things first, lets get some favourite quotes out of the way shall we?Pg 339 – “Am I the only one who has wood over that little vixen?”- Ian.Pg 273 – “I know, Im delicious. Nummy...nummy,”- VladPg 134 – “Premature inflammation,” he replied. “Happens sometimes. Very embarrassing, I don’t like to talk about it.”- VladPg 82 - “Ask me if I sparkle and Ill kill you where you Stand,”- BonesI feel like I have had a reunion of sorts after reading this book. Get what I mean? I spent so long reading this series to have it abruptly finish. Now we have been reunited. It was hell for me to watch all my friends read this before me. But Im an individual..pfft..I don’t need to read the same book as everyone else at the same time. But mind you, if you had all waited for me, I wouldn’t have minded.In this novel, Cat and Bones are ‘vomit in my mouth'happy and married. But with Cat being a full Vampire and have a weird arse appetite for vampire blood she is having some settling in problems with the undead community. This nasty, nasty ghoul has taken it upon himself to use her as a sacrifice to start an all out war between races. There are only two things that would have made this book better. First – WAY more sex. There was only one little wonsome sex scene. The infamous chapter 21!! It was lengthy – Ill give it that. But after all the hype I read in certain people’s spoilers *cough Ange cough* , I was expecting more, maybe along the lines of a ménage with Vlad. Or just sex with Vlad, period. Gawd I love that Vampire.Two – WAY more Vlad. Yes he was in it, but Im kinda a Vlad fan and I would love to have seen some nice sexual tension between him and Cat. He has the wittiest lines in the book. I actually stumbled on my treadmill while I was reading and laughed that hard at his ‘premature inflammation’ comment.I’ll spare the rest of you my boring review and since I don’t like to spoil I will stop with the details here. But in ‘This side of the grave’ we see everything from ghouls, vampires, ghost, illness, and sex and most importantly Bones, Cat, Vlad and Mencheres. Pretty much what we have come to expect, right?