Author: Jeaniene Frost (author website)
Release Date: November 1st 2007
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
What's The Deal?
The Night Huntress books, by fabulous evil-author, Jeaniene Frost, are, hands down, one of most favourite UF/PNR series. So, because I can, every Saturday for the next few weeks, I'm going to dig up reviews of the first five books, and the two Night Huntress World books. I would love to hear your thoughts on these books. Love them? Hate them? Can't wait for a double dose of Vlad with the Night Prince books next year?
Guys, I'd love your feedback: would you be interested in a competition to win a copy of the first book or most recent book in the series, or the Bite Before Christmas short story collection? Is it worth it? Or do you all already have it? Let me know. If there's interest, I'd love to evangelise folks to this series, and give away a copy or two of the book when I'm done.
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.
Review:Interestingly enough, the first book in the series, was, at the time, one of my less fave books in the series, but the more space I put between reading Halfway To The Grave the more I love it (and I love the rest of the series even more).
Halfway to the Grave is paranormal romance at its smoking hot best. This is not YA dressed up as PNR; Cat and Bones are on fire. I could seriously almost leave it at that.
I've heard a lot about the Night Huntress series, and was very glad to finally get my paws on the books. But Halfway to the Grave did bother me on a few levels. Some bits of dialogue were so cheesy they had me laughing out loud ("Don't kiss me like a woman, and treat me like a child." Seriously.), and for the first half of the book I wanted to shake Cat.
Come the second half of this book, it really hits its stride. Cat graduates from wanting to be tough, to the real deal. She goes from being a scared, naive child to the strong 'night huntress' she's meant to be. While she really bothered me at first, and I was struggling to see past her prejudices and bigotry, she makes up for it with gusto come act 2. If you're reading, and feeling discouraged, the story is really worth sticking with. The cheesiness backs of, and the story get very, very good.
The book also has some seriously funny moments and dialogue ("Lucifer's bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!"), one of the many things in the book recalling (yes, you knew we were getting there) Joss Whedon's brilliant-brilliant-brillant, Buffy.
But that on its own wouldn't be enough to make Halfway To The Grave float. What is really happening here? Cat and Bones. The story works as a vehicle for the smoking hot scenes between Cat and Bones, and the fiery attraction they have for one another. I appreciated that while the story between the two could turn into another Bella and Edward (except that Cat can throw a few punches), this relationship is not a dictatorship. Oh, sure, Bones has his opinions and is more than happy to tell Cat what to do, but she'll give as good as she gets. For every moment Bones is jealous and controlling, Cat gives back twofold. It's the fierce possessiveness the two have for each other that is so darn sexy.
In addition to kickass romance and slaying, there was in interesting side story in Cat overcoming her prejudices, and the relationship with her truly vile mother, Justina. You could complain along the lines of ‘why would she put up with that?!’, but it’s simple: the woman’s her mother, and she’s all Cat has ever had. You remember what it was like to stand up to your folks for the first time, right? And this is a truly emotionally abusive relationship. Anyone who has been through an abusive relationship should be able to relate. What the relationship between Cat and her mother bring about in the ending of this book is heartbreaking, but you know things are going to work out in book 2. Suggestion? Make sure you have One Foot In The Grave on standby for when you turn the final page of Halfway To The Grave.
I don't know why, but for some reason I was expecting to be disappointed with Halfway to the Grave. I was thrilled. The book is worth reading for the Cat/
Books in This Series:
- Halfway To The Grave
- One Foot In The Grave
- At Grave's End
- Destined For An Early Grave
- First Drop Of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)
- Eternal Kiss Of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)
- This Side Of The Grave
- One Grave At A Time (September 2011)
- As yet untitled book 7, expected 2012.
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