Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

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Blurb
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.

 
Dina’s 3.5 Star Review

This was an entertaining romp for somewhat standard vampire fare. The fun twist on this tale is that our heroin, Cat, is half human half vampire, and despises herself for it. She is the product of a vampire date-raping her mother, and has been raised to hate the vampire in herself. She is filled with anger and self-loathing, and tries to make amends for her birth by slaying vampires. This eventually leads her to cross paths with Bones, an incredibly sexy and chiseled vampire who falls for Cat. As a bounty hunter tracking and killing vampires himself,  he decides to partner with Cat and train her to be a more effective slayer. As he falls in love with her, she tries to resist his seduction because of her vampire prejudice, but eventually succumbs to her desire for him in a couple of steamy love scenes. These scenes weren’t as raw and descriptive  as a Bared to You or 50 Shades, but were still respectably rated R, if not rated X. Bones eventually teaches that there are good and evil vampires, just as there are good and evil humans. With his help she learns to accept and even embrace the vampire in her.

I initially found Cat to be a bit annoying with her blind self pity and snotty attitude. She was full of piss and vinegar while battling vamps, but cowered to and coddled her bitter and prejudiced mother. Sometimes I just felt like slapping her. However, it was satisfying to see her transform in attitude, behavior and skill as she started to fall for Bones. Bones was likable from the very start with his cheeky British humor, bad boy looks, and unapologetic desire for Cat. This book was fast paced and a fun read. I really enjoyed the fight scenes, especially the kick ass, gore filled finale. I could see it making a visually stunning action sequence in a movie – a la Underworld or 300. 

This is the first in the series of Dark Huntress novels. I am putting Book 2 on my “to read” list. Although I’m looking forward to seeing what happens between Cat and Bones, I don’t feel compelled to pick up the next book immediately. I will check out some other books first, but will come back to Cat and Bones sometime soon. 

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the 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 information on Jeaniene’s books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com

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