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Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeaniene Frost
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Book Description

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 newfound 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.


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    Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel! --Romantic Times

    Jeaniene Frost is dynamite. Halfway to the Grave is dark, sexy, and supernatural, blended with a touch of humor. I dare you to disagree--Cat will have you staked in five seconds flat. --Cheyenne McCray, New York Times best-selling author

    Jeaniene Frost takes Urban Fantasy head on and makes the genre her own with a winning blend of humor, sex, and real emotion that will leave readers eager for more.--Kathryn Smith, USA Today best-selling author

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE has breathless action, a roller-coaster plot, flashes of dark humor, and a love story that will leave you screaming for more. I devoured it in a single sitting and I can't wait for the sequel. Sign me up for Jeaniene Frost's fan list! --Ilona Andrews, New York Times Bestselling Author

    About the Author

    Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen 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 with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
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    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000W94FU0
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    208 of 222 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all urban fantasy fans.... November 6, 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    No one believes in vampires... but Cat Crawfield knows better. She's been hunting them for the last 6 years, ever since learning her father is a vampire, a monster who raped her mother. Cat hunts partially to appease her mother, who fears Cat's unusual abilities. But then Cat meets Bones....

    Bones isn't like the other vampires. Although he is a master vampire, he doesn't want to kill Cat or even stop her from killing other vampires. Instead, he has a proposition for Cat: work with him to kill specific vampires and he'll teach her all he knows. Will Cat be able to overcome her prejudices long enough to work with Bones?

    HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is the first book in a series from Jeaniene Frost, and it is incredible! Jeaniene Frost has put a new spin on the vampire hunter theme with this spectacular urban fantasy. While there are shades of Buffy, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is by no means a carbon copy.

    Cat is a spunky heroine, dedicated to avenging her mother. She doesn't want to like Bones, or any other vampire for that matter. After all, her mother has drilled into her head just how evil vampires are... and just how evil the vampire half of Cat is. Killing vampires is the only way she can redeem herself, or is it?

    Cat's desire to do the right thing is admirable. Her feisty attitude is fun but it is her dedication to her mom that makes her so likeable. Bones is the perfect vampire to team her up with. His calm and patient demeanor contrasts well with Cat's impulsive nature.

    Readers should note that while there is some romance in the tale, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is not a paranormal romance nor is the ending necessarily complete.
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    70 of 83 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! November 5, 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    When I started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but after a couple of pages I was totally hooked. The author found her stride and took off running delivering a story that was interesting, exciting, funny and just totally enjoyable. I hope she has planned on a long series. Her name has most definitely been put on my list of favorite authors.

    Just a little advice - when you plan to read this book make sure you set aside time to read it from start to finish without stopping. I wish now I had started reading it on the weekend instead of having to snatch moments to read a little bit at a time. The book definitely deserves your full, undivided attention. You won't be disappointed.
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, cliched, but it goes fast May 26, 2010
    By ADP
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I'm reading this for a book club, so I wanted to finish it. I like all sorts of books, from literature and poetry to teen novels and fast, light reads. This definitely fits into the last category.

    But even fast and light books should have some quality. Otherwise, they're not fun and you get distracted by the missteps. Don't get me wrong, I think the author sincerely enjoys writing this stuff and likes her characters. But I don't think that means it's worth reading, overall. Here's why:

    - The dialogue is painful. The main male character, Bones, literally cannot go one sentence without saying "luv," (yep, spelled L-U-V), "bloke," or "mate." Ok, we get it. The main female character, Cat, actually thinks, "You go, boy!" !!! I am embarrassed for Cat.
    - Bones' nickname for Cat is Kitten.
    - His nickname is Bones because he when he was buried after getting changed to a vampire, he saw lots of bones. (I'm not loving these nicknames.)
    - The author/story is transparently trying to manipulate a reader's feelings. It feels like a baseball bat to the head: First you're supposed to hate Bones because he treats her like a sadistic ass, then you're supposed to fall in love with him because he realizes he's wrong about her and then falls in love with her. (You're not alone if you're feeling skeptical about this sudden deep love.) He's "bad" (a vampire) but protective of Cat (sound like Twilight?), so we're supposed to swoon. There are numerous examples of this. There's really no nuance in it.
    - Cat is just such a slow thinker sometimes. There are many situations in the book where you think she *must* know it's a trick, or that something is up, but she doesn't until it's too late.
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    131 of 167 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Debut December 18, 2007
    By Dryad
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I very much wished to like this novel. The author seems highly personable, I am drawn to supernaturally oriented works, and it came recommended.

    Certainly, the author put energy into the work, and the cover art is lovely. The premise is that the half-vampire, half-human vampire slayer Catherine is in a romance with a full-blooded mercenary vampire, Bones. Together, they fight more malevolent vampires, and the plot is essentially sex and slaying. This all takes place in Ohio, which is inexplicably porous to dark fantasy.

    The author gets tangled in her own web. On one hand, Catherine, a product of a vampire's sexual assault upon her human mother, becomes an avenging angel against the evil undead and sexual predators. Yet the author never misses a chance to put her in provocative clothing or in a highly sexual situation to titillate the audience.

    There is little or no character development, and the character Bones is indeed a charmless copy of Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." His accent is a caricature, throwing out "blimey," bloke," or "luv" at any opportunity.

    The prose ranges from the cliche ("This was the moment of truth") to the awkward ("Inside my belt were jammed other deadly goodies") to the redundant ("His tone was immediately apologetic. `I'm sorry...'" ).

    This is just my opinion, but other authors do this genre much better, such as Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, or the early Laurell K. Hamilton. Or if you are into classic vampire tales, I'd go with Matheson's "I Am Legend" or King's "Salem's Lot." I'd check them out before this one.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
    I love this book it's a tad predictable in areas however there are other areas that take you by surprise.. it's a perfect balance. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    I was very impressed. This book had me wanting more from the first chapter the banter between the characters is addicting. You will be laughing out loud at Cat's antics. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by K.M. Kearns
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
    First of the Night Huntress series will keep you reading from start to finish. I've already downloaded the next book to see what's in store for Cat and Bones next. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Darlene K.
    5.0 out of 5 stars This series is fantastic.
    Jeaniene Frost is on my must-buy list. This series is fantastic.
    Published 11 days ago by Coop
    2.0 out of 5 stars Didn’t like the characters
    I didn’t find any of the characters interesting and did not enjoy the writing.
    Published 15 days ago by Scout1846
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Just purchased book two and thre. ..I've just found my new SERIES !!!!
    Published 17 days ago by Jenea McNair
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pretty good paranormal romance
    It's a pretty good paranormal romance! It's no Fever Series, but then, nothing is really. Anyway, this book is good! The characters are entertaining and funny. Read more
    Published 18 days ago by Elizabeth Hunt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in love with Cat and Bones
    This was the first book by Jeaniene Frost that I read. When I finish I knew that I was hook. I bought all her books and read it twice over again.Fell in love with Cat and Bones. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Ann Moen
    5.0 out of 5 stars The story. Just WOWED me!
    When I borrowed Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost from the library a few weeks ago, I did not have any expectations whatsoever. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Zeee @ I Heart Romance
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
    I'm on my third or fourth round of the series. It is fast and c easy and captivating. On to the next....
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    Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the new 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 with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

    For more information on Jeaniene's books, including reading the first 20% of her novels, deleted scenes, and more, go to: http://www.jeanienefrost.com/

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