Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Monday, March 28, 2011

Halfway to the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Pages: 358
Publisher: Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 1, 2007
Series: Night Huntress, #1
Buy: Amazon, Borders, B&N
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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
First Sentence:
"I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck."
Catherine "Cat" Crawfield has always been looked at funny, but what do you expect when you're the only half-breed vampire in legend? In her small town, she can't catch a break between the insults against her unwed mother and the talking about her extra-curricular activities. Good thing she's got a vendetta against her mother's rapist, Cat's biological father, that has her killing every vampire she can. It helps with the stress.

Then one night, Cat finds a vampire at her local haunt that surprising turns her down, but offers her a surprising deal that could make or break her career. How could Cat resist Bones, the sexy, English gentleman who actually is exhibiting signs of a moral conscious? Taking the deal with Bones turns out to be the best things that ever happened to Cat. She not only learns to fight equal to the vampires she hunts, but she learns that each vampire is different, and not all of them are bloodsucking monsters. Take for example the one training her against both of their better judgments?

When the lines between sides are blurred, it's up to Cat to figure out where to go from there; to fight against the monsters who have haunted her for her whole life, or to stand up alongside the very person she's dedicated her life to extinguishing?

Halfway to the Grave is the first book in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. In a nutshell, it is the story of a half-vampire trying to carve herself out a place in the mixed up world where both of her species are at war. I absolutely love Cat's wit and humor! It was another "this book is so funny, I laughed out loud and got strange looks" circumstance. The comebacks are killer! Cat is so snarky! I put off reading this series for a while because I thought it was another vampire-hunter-falls-in-love-with-a-vampire situation, but oh, how wrong I was. This series is so much more than vampires and R-rated love scenes. I recommend it to fans of paranormal and urban fantasy, also to readers who enjoy Kerrelyn Spark's Love at Stake series and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

  • Killer fight scenes
  • Snarky dialogue
  • Lightning comebacks
  • Hallo, Bones! -insert drooling-

Let Downs:
  • Too much awesome, not enough book
  • Mega addiction to get hands on next book

Halfway to the Grave is a promising series beginner with serious attitude and addictive properties!

Cover: 5 ~ Characters: 5 ~ Writing Style: 5 ~ Plot: 4 ~ Ending: 4


Happy reading!

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  1. I love this series! It just keeps me wanting more at the end. I finished the second book awhile back and I have the 3rd waiting for me to read it. Awesome review! I can't wait to see what you thought of One foot in the grave. :D

  2. YAY!! I'm so glad Cat & Bones have another fan!!! :D I love this series!