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Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #1)

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Vampire Book Club Group ReadHalfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
Jeaniene Frost

Published: 2007 (Avon)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 5 stars

Catherine Crawford kills vampires. She’s been hitting the bars to find undead to slay since she turned sixteen and her mother finally told her what she is: half-vampire. Incredibly rare, Cat’s mom was raped by a vampire. She holds the vampire part of her daughter against Cat. That means our heroine is doing her damnedest to take out everyone of those murderers she can. As a half-vampire, Cat has increased speed and senses, but you won’t find her drinking blood for sustenance.

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostThis plan worked just fine until the night she met Bones. The master vampire pegged her as hunting his kind immediately. On the upside, he also kills vampires. The bounty hunter strikes up a partnership with Cat. He’ll train her, make her stronger and she’ll get to kill vampires — just the ones he picks. Cat’s on board, but spends the weeks of training hating Bones. In the process, though, Bones challenges Cat to recognize who she is and accept that being part vampire isn’t a bad thing. She has this strong prejudice built in for their kind, often at the expense of her own self-esteem. Bones makes her question her life, who she is and forces her to decide if she can really love herself. Oh, and he’s super hot. Bonus.

Jeaniene Frost crafts characters you want to know in real life — or in the case of the big bad, maybe you’re happy he’s fictional. Both Cat and Bones come with baggage. They’re real, and it makes it that much easier to fall for them. The romantic story arc is natural and progresses with plenty of questioning. This isn’t a paranormal romance where the heroine blindly falls for the hero. Cat makes him work for her trust, her love, and the readers reap the benefits.

Halfway to the Grave is action-packed, funny and sexy. It’s the paranormal trifecta. Jeaniene Frost should be on your auto-buy list. I promise, after reading Halfway to the Grave, you’ll want to immediately read the rest of the series.

(Note: Halfway to the Grave is our group read for January. Feel free to add comments on this review, or keep an eye out for the date of our Twitter discussion chat. Full details on the January group read can be found here.)

5 Responses to “Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #1)”

  1. Sara H says:

    Great review!
    Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series totally opened up the world of PNR/UF to me. I could read this series over and over again and never get tired of. Fantastic character development, the roomance is smart and so very sexy, and the dialogue is witty, never contrived and smart. It makes me want to grow up to be an ass-kicking, half vampire!

  2. Gillian says:

    Brilliant spoiler free review, i haven’t read these books but will be very soon on the strength of it :-)

  3. cher says:

    Love this series! How can you not love Bones??

  4. Cynthia says:

    This is one of my favorite series! Cat and Bones are spectacular together. I love the supporting characters throughout the series like Mencheres and Spade.

  5. Paula Weston says:

    After reading your recommendations on this series for a while now, I finally read Halfway to the Grave this week. Instantly hooked. Am nearly halfway through One Foot in the Grave and it’s fair to say I would now use the term ‘addictive’. :)

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