Revisit Cat and Bones in this companion anthology to the Night Huntress series, and see what could've happened.
With deleted scenes - some never before seen by the public - and alternate histories, forgotten side plots, additional love scenes, and increased personal revelations, this anthology is the culmination of a decade's worth of hidden work that went into Cat and Bones' story. While writing the fourth book in the series, author Jeaniene Frost, at the insistence of her husband, pursued the idea of getting the first one, Halfway to the Grave, finally published. Paring her stories down to only the scenes that kept the pacing taut and advanced the main plot was a ruthless process.
Though she loved the original versions of the stories, it is sometimes a necessary evil to "kill your darlings", as Stephen King would say. In the end it was worth every strike of the pen - Cat and Bones became a reality. The Night Huntress series went on to be a New York Times best-selling series, winning awards, spawning several spin-off series, and amassing a cult following across the nation.
Here, Jeaniene Frost has amassed all of her extra writings from the first four books that have been heretofore hidden away on old disks and CDs and in long-forgotten emails, and guarded behind password-protected files, to reveal the what-could-have-beens in the lives of Cat, Bones, Mencheres, Vlad, and more.
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A middle aged woman who hates running & uses audio books to drown out her mind screaming for mercy.
I brought this based on other readers reviews but I honestly was not expecting much. I thought this was an attempt to get more money off the readers by feeding them scraps left over from the series. How wrong was I. These outtakes were not scraps ....they could have been & in my view should have been in the original series. They add depth to the story, all well written & are not any 'left overs' on a cutting room floor. To say I loved it is an understatement. Nothing left me disappointed & I loved the author's comments. A real gem
I am a Wife, a Mum and a Grandma. I am also strong willed and wilfil at times. I have worked all my life and drempt for wining the lottery
I have always loved the Cat and Bones.
It wasn't until I read this book that I realised how brilliant the previous books had been. I will have to reread them.
Some of the outtakes I feel should have been part of the published work, especially the final chapter which I particularly enjoyed.
I have to say firstly that when I saw this book title & what it was about I was dismissive as I loved Cat & Bones just as they were, but!!
This book is a marvellous addition to the Cat & Bones collection it fleshes out things you didn't know you really needed to know & alternate scenes which I thought were all brilliant even if I did want to write hate mail for a start as a true Cat & Bones fan lol, as for the audio books which I love listening to (that is an understatement) I would just like to say a huge thank you to Tavia Gilbert your Bones voice especially still makes me smile, you are the true character voices no others would be good enough.
A 1st class book with author insight & an even bigger thank you to Jeaniene Frost for imagining & bringing these characters & their friends & foe to life for I have laughed & felt so sad & all the emotions in between along the way with your creations.
"LOVED IT! MADE ME WANT TO RELISTEN TO THE SERIES!"
ALL OF IT!! If you are a fan...listen to it right now!
It was like visiting old friends...alt endings, other stories...it was very entertaining!
Tavia is a true artist, I love listening to her..she is great...she brought this whole series to life for me..I would listen to anything she narrated!!
I wish they would make this series into a movie!
I was thrilled to see this available on audible, and about kicked myself I didn't notice it for a month! I enjoyed these extra stories, and alternative versions...it was like visiting old friends, I laughed and shed some tears...I was excited for Cat and Bones..and disappointed some times too...The dress shop was HILARIOUS! And I loved the alt middle to book 4 at the end...I hate that this series ended, but I do like that I get to visit these characters in other books and novellas...This set of stories made me want to give this whole series a relisten...and I probably will..it will be the 4th time I think...but who is counting?
"A MUST for any JF fan"
Wow, just wow!!!! I really enjoyed the authors notes and reasoning why the scenes never made it into the original books. Reading all the deleted or cut scenes took me back through all the books without having to re read them all over again. This was most definitely a treat for her Fans, thanks you Mrs. Frost!!
"Inspires to reread series"
I wondered how this book would go and if it would be worth a credit. Albeit, the series is phenomenal, an outtakes and deleted look didn't seem like a good read. But I'm glad I spent that credit because it is definitely worth it! I've enjoyed this book so much that I realized how much I miss Cat, Bones and their posse. The alternative and deleted scenes were explained why they were cut and added context helped me understand which scenes they were a part of. It brought my love and interest for this series back to life!
Tavia Gilbert transcends each character's uniqueness sublimely. I love her interpretation. Frost and Gilbert is an awesome tag team duo. The top in my handful of favorites.
I'll be starting from the beginning (again) of this series now. So, go and spend your credit or purchase this audiobook. It's a worthy investment.
"Awesome addition to the series!!"
The Night Huntress series is one of my favorites. I was bummed out to see the series end so getting the chance to hear more of Bones and Cat’s story is fantastic! The outtakes and deleted scenes are easy to follow thanks to the author comments letting you know where the scene would have been. I could not stop listening I ended up listening all night. This is an awesome addition to the series!
"How Do I Love Thee?"
Outtakes From the Grave (Night Huntress 7.5) Jeaniene Frost/Tavia Gilbert
This is a compilation of deleted scenes, pieces of books and ideas that were either cut out or never made it in to the published versions of the Night Huntress Series. This is one of my all-time favorites and the first Audible book series that really hooked me into the paranormal romance genre. It's smart, sexy, funny and just totally awesome.
Tavia Gilbert is the PERFECT narrator for this series. I love it when a fabulous series ends up being narrated by just the right person to perform it, and this is definitely one of those times. I thank Jeaniene Frost for doing the work to make this anthology happen. This compilation is like a love letter to the fans. I actually started getting a little choked up during the intro. Cat and Bones are as much beloved to me as Harry and Dumbledore, so I can get a little emotional. If you knew me, you would understand the gravity of that statement.
Heat factor is about a 6/10 (if 1 is Jane Austen and 10 is Lora Leigh). The sex is hot and frequent but not to the point where it takes center stage or detracts from the story.
Favorite moments: The short story of when Cat and Denise first met and Juan's unfortunate incident of calling Cat Kitten. The alternate stories before the reunion in book 2 and after the heartbreaking piano scene were great, though I am glad the published versions were the ones that "made it in."
If you love this series half as much as I do, get this now. You will not regret it. If you haven't experienced this series yet........WAIT........WHAT? Go put Halfway to the Grave in your cart right now!! WHAT are you thinking? You don't have time to read reviews!
Great to hear the deleted scenes! Always enjoy Bones & Cat scenes! Most excellent! The editor should have allowed the wedding dress & wedding dress scene in the book. Now a days marriages seem to be a throw away option & I don't believe represent the happily ever after as it once did. Happily married for 20 years!
"An education in writing and fun"
This was so educational about the writing process and all the revisions that make up the final product. Loved all the deleted scenes and alternate storylines. So glad this exists. :)
"Wow, wow, wow!!"
Reading this book made me long for my beloved Cat & Bones! I know the series has ended, but oh, how I miss them. I'm going to read them all again right away, 4th time now btw. If you haven't read this series, get on it, it is by far the best, in my humble opinion, it is the series on which the rest are judged. Funny, romantic, dramatic, and an easy read, they are to be devoured. If you have read the series, which ended a few years ago, this book is just plain awesome! Brings you right back to the first time you read about the firey redhead and her super sexy vampire beau. Sigh. Loved it.
"Gosh I missed this novel :)"
I did not think I would enjoy deleted scenes... I am sooooooooo wrong! I did not realize how much I missed Bones and Cat, I think I will go back and listen to the whole series again. I did not like Tavia's narration for Bones in the beginning, but by the third book she just grew on me and I can't imagine anybody else narrating Bones at this point. Thank you to both Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilber for wonderful job!
Loved it! It was like Cat and Bones in alternate universes. I'm really glad the editor convinced Jeanine Frost to make the changes, but I love being able to read what was originally written. Cat and Bones are a super couple and I love them and their adventures. You just can't miss with them.
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