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Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2007
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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To start off this wasn't necessarily UF. At least not enough as opposed to a cool vampire romance and it sorta leans more on Vampy Romance instead of UF. I tried so hard to get into this. I took a lot of breaks. I think Cat bothered me somewhat. Ok..well a lot. So, I understand her anger and wanting to get some sort of revenge for her mom. Just to be clear her mom was completely unfair to her. Telling her all those years she's a monster and she needs to work hard not to let it out. Mom of the year goes to? At first I was like yay Cat kill them vamps! Then I thought well she really had no other reason to kill vampires it just seemed too simple...revenge. I mean yeah some of them probably but I doubt all were as nefarious as she thought. Heck maybe all the ones she killed deserved it. My point is not all vampires are bastards. When she killed she really didnt care. She saw vampire and decided he needed to die regardless. She killed only 16 up until she met Bones. She was a bit cocky until Bones taught her a bit of a lesson and he needed to teach it. She might be strong because of her vampire half but she was not as good as she thought she was. He easily kicked her tail. She also had no real knowledge of vampires. Cat was right in being wary and untrusting of Bones at first. Once she warmed to him she still freaked a little and in essence hurt his feelings. Saying all that I didnt hate her just not a favorite character to read. Bones...very mysterious and vague about his motives. Under it all though he's a good guy and we knew it. Too bad Cat had so many issues and couldnt see past her prejudice until the end. It was exciting at first and then slowed down a lot pace wise. It was like that throughout the book. I know this is a series but this book seemed not as put together as it should. Some parts are great and others not so much. I dont think I'll be continuing on but those who love it enjoy. :)
This is the first book in the Night Huntress series so everything is new. Cat and Bones meet in this book and what a meeting it is. Cat is half vampire and rather unique because of it. She has spent her time going to college by day and hunting vampires by night. Bones is a charismatic vampire that proves to be a challenge for Cat. These two were so much fun together and I really enjoyed watching them meet again for the first time with this re-read.
Tavia Gilbert does an amazing job bringing this story to life. I am honestly rather mad at myself for not listening to this one before now. She does such a wonderful job with all of the characters in this story. I was especially impressed by her voice for both Cat and Bones. They are the focus of this story and their voices were so different from each other and I have to say I loved Bone's accent. I thought that the narration of this story really took things up a notch with exciting scenes suddenly feeling even more exciting.
I really enjoyed how the story was laid out. The world building in this book happened without stalling any of the action of the story. The story just seemed to flow from the very first page without ever slowing down. I thought that this book had a little bit of everything. It was exciting with a lot of action, sexy, romantic, funny, and even a bit heart wrenching at times.
I would recommend this series to others. It is a series that really does need to be read in order so this book would be the right place to start. I am really looking forward to continuing with my audio re-read of this excellent series very soon.
Even though I ultimately loved this book, I still thought the beginning was a bit... eh. I did some quick searching and it looks like this was actually Jeaniene Frost's first book. Which figures since the beginning certainly read like it, but she quickly found her stride and sucked me right in. When things really started to pick up, it felt like I was watching an action movie. I know I say that often, but I feel like it's a sign of excellent writing when the book just comes "alive".
Honestly, the only issue I had with this book was Bones' overuse of the word "blimey". The first few times, I thought it was cute, but after a while I kept thinking he needed a new word. ASAP. Other than that, I really enjoyed watching Cat come out of her shell... I also wanted to slap the crap out of her mom (smh). She got on my nerves FAST.
But enough of that. Cat and Bones... AMAZEBALLS!!! I need some time to come to terms with the ending, but believe it when I say book 2 will be on my literary menu in the near future.
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