Books of My Heart is hosting a year long read-along of the Night Huntress world books by Jeaniene Frost. COYER has adopted the read-along this year and is hosting chats for each book. You can see the schedule by clicking here. This is my first time reading the series though Halfway to the Grave has been sitting on my TBR shelf since it first came out. I’ve always enjoyed paranormal romance / urban fantasy, and vampires hold a soft spot for me. I’m excited to dive in. I’ll be posting reviews for each book the Friday before the chats. If you’d like to join us, find our group on Facebook here.
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2009-10-13
Length: 384 pages
Reviewing Kindle from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2022 Backlist Reader Challenge, 2022 Beat the Backlist, COYER 2022
Meet the vampire world's supercouple Cat and Bones in this special 10th anniversary edition, with a "director's cut" collection of deleted scenes!
"Cat and Bones are combustible together." - Charlaine Harris
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 C
Spike and Buffy. Sookie and Eric. Elena and Damon. All favorite vampire and human couples of mine. Now I can add Cat and Bones to that list. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is the first book in her series Night Huntress that introduces us to the half-dead Catherine Crawfield and the paranormal world of vampires.
Cat is an interesting character in her own right. She’s half vampire, half human, and jokingly calls herself half-dead. Raised to hate vampires by her mother, Cat spends her days as a college student and her nights killing vampires. One night doing what she does best, Cat comes across a vampire far stronger than any other she’s encountered.
Bones rivals Eric as my favorite vampire (and that is saying something because no one else has come close). He challenges everything Cat has been raised to believe. Bones pushes Cat outside of her comfort zone. He trains her so she won’t be defenseless against the stronger (i.e. older) vamps and makes a deal with her. She’ll quit killing every vampire she encounters and work with him to take down the truly bad ones.
With no real choice in the matter (at least she doesn’t think so), Cat agrees and so begins the story. I loved the dynamic between these two. Banter can make or break a book for me, and theirs is spot on. This made it easy to buy into the romance that buds between them. Now the romance is spicy, but keep in mind that this is more urban fantasy than romance. There is a ton of action mixed between those spicy scenes. The action really drives the plot and kept me engaged from beginning to end. This book can be quite horrific at times with details of what happens to Cat’s mother and others as well as the gory vampiric deaths she encounters, however there is enough humor to offset it.
Overall I really enjoyed Halfway to the Grave. I buddy read it with Berls, Stephanie, and Anne, and it helped being able to discuss some of what was happening as we read. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, I highly recommend it.
Join us for book two One Foot in the Grave on February 11th.