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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.

Topics: Bounty Hunters, Female Protagonist, Supernatural Powers, Sex, Crime, Vampires, Assassins, Love, Death, Murder, Urban, Ohio, Exciting, and First in a Series

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ISBN: 9780061744822
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Finally finished this one. It wasn't bad and I think I'll read the rest of the series because the ending did surprise me (I mean, I knew what sort of had to happen, but the specifics of it were surprising). I'm hoping some of the Young Woman Angst is dealt with because, although it is essential to the protagonist, it started to grate on me, or maybe it was just how it was expressed that got on my nerves. It might also be that, because I was listening to an audio book, the narrator's voice characterizations got on my nerves. The narrator didn't SUCK, and she was great as a first person vocal choice, but one of the tricky parts of any first person narrative is Other Characters, in that the convention requires pretending for a while that everything is regular ol' Third Person Omniscient with Commentary. Anyway, for whatever reason, it didn't go down smoothly, whereas it might have if I'd been reading rather than listening.

Also, I'm not as big a fan of vampire sex scenes as I was some years ago, so that sort of made me speed through sections (When I speed through the sex, there's a problem). Again, that might have been the narrator (some things just play better in the Theatre of the Mind) but I didn't find it erotic or even so very essential to the story to have the gory details, but I'm guessing that's more me than the book. It's another convention of the genre.

In general, I liked the characters, the set up, and the plotting. I'll keep reading until either I finish the series or I get tired of it. I hope that Neurotic, Insecure Kick-Ass Chick is not the sum and entirely of the main character.more
I don't have a lot to say about this because there isn't anything to pick apart; this will be half a review. I was initially hesitant to even pick the book up because I am so tired of vampire stories. I heard good things about this one but at one point I had it home from the library and it didn't look that interesting. I had too many books so I sent it back. It was only after seeing even more good things about it that I went back and looked at it again. I am so glad I did as the book was so good I couldn't put it down.

It has everything I look for in an urban fantasy: lots of action, lots of peril, a strong heroine who saves the day a lot, a gorgeous and kind leading man who is wonderful. He is dangerous to bad guys but not at all scary around her. He's protective but she's puts him in his place when he is being too much so. She doesn't allow him to baby her. He's not dark and brooding, he's easy going and in good humor most if the time! It's a believable world and the vampire mythos is interesting in that there is one. There's even a creation story versus an evolutionary one about how vampires came into existence!

The heroine is hot but she dresses like a normal person most of the time and isn't lusting after spiked heels as she's running for her life. She is untrained to begin with but before she is really take seriously as a vampire hunter, she trains and trains and trains. That is so refreshing. She is believably capable of going after them. More than once I thought of Buffy. The vampires don't just fall into her lap either: there is a lot of sleuthing and trial and error before getting she and the hero get their vamp.

I like that the mom is neither good nor bad, that she does both. I also love that the heroine is blind to the bad as is appropriate for a daughter. I love that vampires aren't all black and white either. Relationships in general are great in the book and the love story is perfect. I really like that although she's young and does stupid things, he is mature and doesn't play mind games back. And best of all, I can actually understand why an old vampire would fall in love with her.

So the book was perfect for me and I am alredy requesting the next one from the library. I highly recommend this book even if you are sick of Twilight-esque vampire stories. It's that good.

Hunh. I did have a lot to say after all.more
This book is like a box of movie-theater candy: no nutritional value, probably not what you would choose if you could have whatever you wanted, but at the right time and the right place, it really hits the spot.

Honestly, I'm not sure why I liked this book. When I remember it, all I can think of are plotholes big enough to drive a truck through (Cat the blushing-virgin-cum-practiced-seductress' relationship with Bones the altruistic-bad-boy-vampire is high on the list; also anything to do with law enforcement), characters that never seemed real and were rarely likable (see above; then add everyone else in the book), and a splashy, utterly ridiculous conclusion. The vampires have glowing green eyes and some of them fly and Cat runs around in skanky dresses throwing silver knives. It's not just trashy, it's campy.

But...I did like it. For all the bad things I could say about it, it was still good escapist fun. It's full of drama and silliness and sexual tension. Bones is enough of a bad boy that it makes your heart go pitter-pat when he goes soft for a girl, and it goes pitter-pat when he's not so nice, too.

This is heavily qualified praise, but if you are on the lookout for the kind of zoning-out, guilty pleasure read I've described, this will do just fine.more
This book is a perfect example of 'good trash'. It's basically shameless escapism for people who like to grin at:

1) Killing the bad guy. (The heroine, Cat, might be only half vampire, but she's mighty quick with a silver stake.)

2) The tropes of modern society. (Frost has a razor sharp satire knife, and damn if she didn't cut me a couple times.)

3) Vicarious sex. (I seriously wish the sex was a bit less graphic, because my pre-teen daughter found my copy while I was cooking dinner and the first 25 pages got her wanting to read more. Just for the record, there is no graphic sex in the first 25 pages...but I hid the book just to be sure she doesn't read any more before I return it to the library tomorrow.)more
Halfway to the Grave
4 Stars

Tavia Gilbert's does an exemplarily job with the various voices, however, her heavy low class British accent for Bones takes some getting used to.

Bones is an obvious carbon-copy of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (bleached blond hair, dark eyes and a British accent - really, how unoriginal can you get?). He starts out as an obnoxious, supercilious git but his swagger conceals a well-developed sense of justice and he is ultimately revealed to be a real sweetheart. Cat is a likable heroine with some great kick-ass moves but she is also naive, prejudiced and judgmental - at least she seems to realize this and makes an effort to get past it.

The real problem is that Cat and Bones's chemistry is a little meh. Yes, they have the witty banter thing going on in spades but the rapid progression of their physical relationship is somewhat disappointing - more in line with paranormal romance than urban fantasy. Yes, they have an intense spark of attraction in the beginning, but the sizzle dies out quite quickly and by the middle of the book they sound like an old married couple.

The plot gives new meaning to the term "human trafficking". It is well-developed with some truly excellent action scenes. The ending is very satisfying and I'm intrigued by the direction the story is taking with the government agency involved in investigating the paranormal - it really appeals to my inner X-File.

Overall, not the brilliant masterpiece I was expecting given the hype but it is a fun read and I look forward to seeing what happens next with Cat and Bones.more
I didn't get on with this book, which surprised me as I love the genre and had read so many good reviews. The level of writing is inconsistent with the target audience: many things are over-explained as if for a young audience, yet there are quite explicit sex scenes. A lot of aspects of the story didn't gel for me or were glossed over, and the supposed chemistry between the two main characters just wasn't there. I will not be reading any further with this series.more
Loved this book full of humor and suspensemore
A fun, if forgettable, little confection of a read. I'm not terribly familiar with the parameters of the romance/paranormal romance genre, so I don't really know how this book compares with its peers, but I enjoyed it for what it is.

"Halfway to the Grave" is an action-packed, sexy yarn in which our "half-vampire" heroine, Cat, comes into her birthright as a slayer of undead under the tutelage of suave, nubile, non-evil vampire Bones (who is an obvious tribute to the character Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Given a setup like that, this book could have easily dissolved into a frothy mess of fangirlish wish-fulfillment, but the author is thankfully careful enough with the material to largely avoid this mistake. Cat's insecurity and self-loathing are true character flaws, not virtues in disguise, and it keeps our protagonist engaging. Frost's prose is capable -- it doesn't clunk, but it doesn't sing, either.

Not so great aspects: the setting is as convincing as a studio-lot facade -- we are told the events occur in Ohio, but the action unfolds across an assortment of dance clubs, empty back roads, and dwellings that seem entirely disconnected. Full focus is given to the developing relationship between Cat and her super-hot vampire mentor, and background characters -- including Cat's mother, whom we are to understand has had a huge impact on her daughter's psyche and attitudes -- are thin as skim milk. Cat definitely grows and matures over the course of the story, but by the end, she seems more like mini-Bones than her own person.

The third act definitely seems meant to set up a framework for the rest of series, so it's possible that this first novel suffered a bit due to the need to establish the characters and situations. I will at least read the second book in the series to give the author more of a chance.more
3.5 stars. Pretty typical urban fantasy/paranormal romance, which delivered everything I thought I'd get -- violence, vampire love, action, etc. -- all except for one aspect: the love scenes were a lot more explicit than I expected. Not that that's a bad thing...more
Any book that makes me laugh this much deserves at least four stars, in my opinion. Add in a great story, exciting plot, super sexy vampire, kick-ass female lead, and excellent storytelling and you have Halfway to the Grave. The story being told through the Night Huntress series is unique – you often get vampire/vampire, human/vampire, werewolf/vampire, or any other combination therein, but never before have I read half human-half vampire/vampire. I love it! Cat is such a great lead. She is very innocent and naive, yet she goes out every night hunting vampires to try to pay for a sin that was not hers. Bones is just….wow. I love the chemistry between them and their banter. I actually read Once Burned before this series, and fell in love with Frost's writing then. I knew without a doubt I was going to be reading this series as well. I just wish I would have started sooner!more
Favorite Vamp series ever! Cat and Bones are absolutely dynamite together. I laughed at their banter the whole way through.more
I love a good paranormal read and always on the look out for the next best one. Stumbling upon Jeaniene Frost and the Night Huntress series was a pleasant surprise. It has everything I could ask for, lovable characters that grow on you, to an interesting plot that keeps you hooked until the end. Love, sex, seduction and vampires - what more could you ask for?I love Jeaniene Frost's writing, it's easy to follow and I ended up unable to put down the book so I read it every chance that I had - finished it within a few days. Cat is a kick-ass vampire hunter who really brings the book to life. Her personality keeps you both entertained and amused throughout the book. I love the fire that brews within her, but I dislike the character who put it there, her mother. Cat's mother reminds me of a crazy bat lady.Bones, the vampire of the story and Cat's love interest is absolutely addicting. I love the the dynamic hot relationship between Cat and the way the two met was hilarious. The book does have it's laughs and is filled with adventure and action as Cat and Bones team up to take out the baddies. Jeaniene Frost has managed to create a unique and interesting world in the night huntress series where the characters make it more alive.more
The first half of the book was like fanfic based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not just because of the British Blond Vampire, but because the author recycles tropes common in Buffy/Spike fan fiction. Things like the heroine being heavily prejudiced and judgemental when it comes to vampires until the hero shows her how wrong she is. Or that she has lost her virginity to a jerk who dumped her right after the bad sex. Or that the supposedly kick-ass heroine needs to be saved by the hero time after time. In fact, the first half of the book is all about how awesome the hero is in all ways possible. He's so awesome that even as a vampire he has friends even among the living while the heroine has none. The author glorifies Bones the same way many fanfic writers glorify Spike, and Cat is turned into a sidekick, which often happens to Buffy in fanfic, too. The trouble with this approach is that everything interesting about the characters is lost. I like flawed characters, and Bones is way too perfect to fascinate me. Cat, on the other hand, has all the potential to be intriguing: she's only half-human in result of her mother being raped by a vampire. Until she meets Bones the most important relationship in her life is with her mother, and it's very twisted to say the least. Unfortunately the author chooses not to explore that relationship; we don't even get to see them interact until very late in the book.I read the book halfway and skimmed through the rest. The plot picks up and turns from romance to suspense, but I didn't care enough about the characters to appreciate that. The ending suggests very different kind of surroundings for the next book of the series, but as promising as that is I won't be reading more Night Huntress.(For clarification: I'm not saying Halfway to the Grave is fan fiction;I have no way of knowing that. To me it simply reads like one.)more
I've become a Cat & Bones fan! Narrator Tavia Gilbert does a great job. Her voice for Bones is a little higher pitched than I'd truly love but the characterisations are very well done. I really enjoy listening to her.more
I really enjoyed this book, love the character and the ending didn't see that coming. Can wait to get the next onemore
“Halfway to the Grave” is the first book Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. I have to say first and foremost, wow! What a great start to a series, one I’m sure I am going to enjoy. Not only is the book packed with action and romance, but it is also full of humor that at times I was literally laughing out loud. This author’s sense of humor is on track and hilarious.This story follows Cat, a vampire/human hybrid who was created when her mother, whose human, was raped by a vampire. She learns at 16 that she is half vampire and human and in order to gain love and affection from her mother, who despises vampires she begins to hunt and kill them, all under her mother’s approval. Really? Personally, that is the last thing I would let my children do but for the sake of the story, okay. Cat goes from being an amateur vampire slayer to being a force to be reckoned with after she teams up with Bones, the master vampire who teaches her all about killing vampires. Throughout their developing friendship Cat and Bones manage to kill some evil vampires and fall in love.I felt as though the story contained a lot of great action and steamy romance/sexy scenes. Bones’ character is one that I have truly grown fond of and I am looking forward to his appearance in the upcoming novels. Cat is also someone I could see as a definitely entertaining should she exist in real life. This novel is a great read, and one I didn’t want or seem to be able to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some action, a little romance, and a lot of laughter. In my book, it gets 4.5 stars out of 5.more
Buffy meets Blade meets Harlequin Romance with a whole lot of cheese thrown in for good measure. Yes, it is extremely formulaic and predictable and the cheese is the canned variety, but the author know how to write good characters plus the occasional cheese is exactly what is needed.more
Unpleasant heroine, unpleasant hero. I'm not sure who this Spike person is the hero is said to be modeled after, the hero talks and acts like a hooligan/chav. The first thing he did was smacking the heroine around a bit, if a beautiful relationship grew out of that, good for them. I just don't want to hang around and witness it.more
I won't delve into the plot, you'll only need to go through every other review to see the break down - I'll only mention the main things that makes this book (& series) stand out to me (I figure more people are likely to vent their personal disapproval for their own reasons/tastes... So I'll just counter one!)This book (& series, mind you) is just pure fun. I love love love that I've actually laughed out loud at the beautifully crafted rhetoric. The best part is that you aren't necessarily expecting or looking for laughs but when intertwined with drama & action vibes it becomes VERY well received Another thing I feel is important to mention is Bones. Need I say more?? Finally I feel there is now a new gauge I will now use to measure my books by, is the unable-to-put-down-ability.There seems to never be a good spot to decide to stop - only way that'll happen is if and when you fall asleep (and yes, I do have personal experience in accidentally forgetting to sleep while tangled up in this book) Happy reading!Livmore
This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. It's the novel that introduced me to Jeaniene Frost's writing, and I am so glad that I picked it up from the library that day a few years ago. Cat and Bones are two of my favorite literary characters, and Frost's writing is hilarious. She has a fantastic sense of humor apparently, and it transfers into both Cat and Bones. Bones is the funniest of the two with his obscene humor. My favorite quote from this book is: "Love to do it in a truck."As the first book in the series, Halfway to the Grave explains the world that Cat, our heroine and narrator, lives in. However, the explanation of the world does not slow the pacing down. There is plenty of action going on as Cat learns about her world and shares the information with us. Her first lesson is that things are not as clear cut as they seem. This book seems to be saying that you can't generalize people and judge entire groups of people. I think that's a wonderful message, and I support it wholeheartedly.Cat, half vampire and half human, is a snarky, kick-ass character who refuses to get pushed around. She has an attitude problem and is stubborn as hell. That's the best part about her in my opinion. I hate female characters who just lay down and die *coughBellaSwancough* without their men. She doesn't even want to like Bones, and at first she doesn't. She actually tries to kill him when they first meet. Thanks to her upbringing, she is very prejudice against vampires, and she kills them indiscriminately. Bones makes it one of his missions to show her the error of her ways.Bones is the kind of hero that you can't help but love. He's a 200+ year old vampire, and he can kick some major ass. He's a vampire assassin. Yes, you read right, he's a vampire who kills other vampires. Why, you ask? Well, you'll just have to read and find out. He is an extremely complex character with a terrific sense of humor. He's brave and loyal, and even though he's a killer, he has morals. I know, that sounds strange, but it's true. He looks out for Cat and protects her at all costs, and he trains her to be a better fighter on her own. Instead of expecting her to depend on him and wanting to be the knight in shining armor, he instead makes sure she can take care of herself. Not too bad for a 200 year old, eh? Very progressive.The world that Frost builds is believable, even though vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural nasties exist. For everything that may have the chance of seeming unbelievable, she explains perfectly. Frost obviously put a ton of work into her world building and mythology.The pacing of the story is spot on and it's an extremely quick read. We start with Cat carting a dead body in her truck and getting pulled over by the police. The suspense builds from there, and you will not be able to put this book down.Jeaniene Frost has built a believable and fascinating world complete with interesting and complex characters. Throw in action and romance, and you have a winning combination. The Night Huntress Series is a series that you don't want to miss.more
I LOVE this series! Cat and Bones baby!! Not for younger readers! The steamy scenes will creep into your dreams! Lots of action! Another must read series!more
I have to ask myself why I waited so long to read this book. I was a fan of Cat and Bones before even picking up this book. I am a huge fan of short stories and short story anthologies. For the last few years, I have been running into Cat and Bones (separately and together) in various short story collections. Even without reading a novel from which they came, I fell totally in love with these characters. I finally decided that I should pick up one of the novels and read it since I enjoy them so much. I am pleased that I did.Cat is a fantastic character! Cat is an incredibly strong female protagonist who can kick vampire ass like nobody’s business! It helps that she is part vampire herself. I found this to be a very interesting characteristic of Cat’s, which made for an equally interesting plot point. I’ve encounter vampire hybrid-type characters before, but none that were half vampires. For Cat, she’s inherited the “good” parts of being a vampire: heightened senses, increased speed, less susceptibility to injury. Blood drinking isn’t required for Cat. She didn’t inherit that but of nastiness from her father.Cat as a person is equally interesting. To repay the vampire world for her vampire father raping her human mother, she hunts and kills vampires all by herself. She does this to gain a measure of revenge for her mother, but also to prove to her mother that she is not a monster like her father. What Cat’s mother thinks of her is extremely important to Cat. Any child of rape would have issues in this arena. That her mother’s rapist was a bona fide monster just pushes Cat to try to atone for the wrong done her mother and to ensure that her mother never views her as a monster. This made Cat incredibly human to me. She is desperate to obtain her mother’s approval and love, even if that means she risks her own light on a nightly basis.And then there’s Bones. I puffy heart adore Bones. And what isn’t to be adored? He’s ancient, he has a sexy accent, he has a punk rock look, and he is totally bad ass. Baddies of the world beware if you cross paths with Bones because he will smite you in a way that will fill me with glee. He’s just too delicious for words.The pairing of these two characters is truly epic. Especially since they hate each other when they first meet. There’s lots of sexual tension, great action scenes, and fabulous bonding that occurs between these two characters.The plot packs so much action into a relatively small novel! In the hands of a lesser author, this could be a bad thing, but not here. Frost fills each page with plot-furthering action, character-building action, and tops the whole thing off with vampirey goodness. The plot moved so quickly that I had trouble putting this book down! I was mesmerized by the characters and the plot.My only real complaint was that the ending was less than satisfying. My opinion of the ending changed a bit once I read the second novel, but my initial reaction was that it was far-fetched, even for an urban fantasy world, and just not the ending I was hoping for.I really enjoyed this novel! I am already reading additional books in this series and I would definitely recommend this book to loves of urban fantasy and speculative fiction!more
Catherine or Cat was let into the secret that she was born out of wedlock after her mother was raped by a Vampire, leaving her with some special talents, unusual strength (for her size), enhanced hearing, vision and sense of smell and a quickness which allowed her to defend herself against three bullies who accosted her after school. She lived with her mother and grandparents in rural Ohio. As a youth, she was painted with the same brush of intolerance that had condemned her mother for having a child without being married. Her mother coached her to hide her talents but, shared her hatred for Vampires and enlisted her daughter to actively hunt and kill them without regard for her daughters life. Her hatred was so raw that she may not have considered the risk but, wanted to make sure her daughter didn't exhibit any of the traits of her father and lived a life of fear that her daughter would turn into a monster some day too. Cat read everything she could about killing Vampires but, most of the public information available to her was inaccurate and fraught with myths and old wife's tales, dangerous when counted upon for attempting to hunt and kill the undead. Cat was a slender redhead that while attractive, always dressed down in baggy shirts and jeans. She was a good student but, her mother's mission distracted from her education. Luckily, she was smart too. She proved to be a capable Vampire killer as most those she encountered were so eager to take advantage of her sexually and make her into food, they frequently underestimated her until she had them staked through the heart. Her mother drove her on without any regard for what Cat may have wanted out of life. Her grandparents were also quick to believe the worst about her late nights, thinking she was actualizing their worst fears. She had never had an opportunity to cultivate any friendships and wasn't liked at school. Her life was limited to school and hunting Vampires. After stacking up a list of sixteen killed vampires, she encountered one who wasn't so easy and was rendered unconscious and taken to his lair. Luck was with Cat, her captor was a Master Vampire but, didn't hunt humans. He was a Vampire hunter himself, killing or capturing Vampires for their bounty. Cat's activities amused him and he was taken by her spunk and good looks. He was able to see beyond the baggy dress and rural manners and felt sympathy for this unusual half breed as well as a growing attraction towards her. He became her mentor and trained her in the skills necessary for her to become even a more successful huntress. After her training, they worked as a team and Bones, (her benefactor) shared his bounty with her and shared her life. Their adventures are exciting to follow and Cat's messed up sensibilities frequently creates tensions between them and limits their abilities to become close friends. Their activities bring them to the attention of the Vampire that is controlling the Vampires in their area and they are sought targets. The evil Vampires have connections in government and law enforcement that makes their activities even more dangerous. The story of Cat's evolution from a brow beaten teen into a self sufficient, self confident young women and her finding love in her life with a Master Vampire in spite of her mother's hatred for that species, is a tribute to Cat's fiesty disposition and optimistic belief in possibilities. A heart warming story in an undead world.more
I was surprised to find myself really enjoying this book. Labelled a romance at my local library, I almost put it down, but ultimately couldn't. Looking forward to the next in the series.more
OMG i have to say, what an amazing book! it was an awesome ride from start to finish. Full of action, twits and change of events. This is like the best Paranormal romance i have read in a long time, i wish i had found about this book sooner. I love the characters and the Cat is not a push over she says and does what she wants and what she means, so bad-ass!!! The ending left me kind of angry like i don't know why it has to happen this way but it is totally understandable why Cat makes this sacrifice for Bones. I will be looking for book 2 soon, dying to read what happens next to Cat and Bones. Loved it!more
I have been wanting to read this series for a long time. I ended up getting the audio book on sale at Audible.com. This was an absolutely excellent book. The audio book was very well done and even made the story more fun. To date there are five book in the series; the sixth book One Grave at a Time comes out in August 2011.Twenty two year old Cat has always known she is half-vampire, she has been trying to constantly prove to her mother that she's not evil by slaying vampires in her spare time. Then Cat tries to slay the wrong vampire and ends up confronting a vampire named Bones. Bones is trying to stop a vampire run human slave ring and he would love to train Cat and have her help him on his mission.Initially Cat comes off as a bit whiny and shrill, but she grows on you over time. Cat is an interesting mix of warm understanding, compassion and blood-thirsty vampire killer. Bones is the one who really steals the show; he is ruthless yet kind and understanding and sexy all at once. There is a lot of humor throughout too, which breaks up the tension and had me laughing out loud a number of times. Frost is very good at creating witty dialogue between the characters.The thing that Frost does an absolutely outstanding job on is creating tension between Cat and Bones. Cat and Bones have excellent chemistry but have trouble with timing a relationship between all the other things going on. Frost does a wonderful job of making us wish Cat and Bones could just make it work out between themselves over and over again throughout the story. Somehow it never gets old and you constantly yearn for them to be happy together. There are also some excellent steamy scenes between the two; they are all very tasteful and well done.While the training and tension between Cat and Bones is what propels the story forward the most, there is a great plot here too. The mystery behind the missing girls and which vampires are involved is well done and engaging. The world created is nothing special, pretty much your typical vampires in the shadows kind of world. I am hoping that the world is expanded on and filled out in future books. Some of Cat's personal issues will break your heart; the way her mother treats her and some of Cat's past relationships really make you wish she could finally get a break. There is plenty of action in this book too, making it heavy on the urban fantasy side and not strictly paranormal romance.The book ends well, but will have readers desperate to read more. What happens at the end made me sad and mad beyond belief, but I think it will make for an excellent story.Overall I was absolutely enraptured by the story. The characters are what really drive this story. Cat and Bones are interesting, have a lot of depth, and have absolutely wonderful chemistry. The tension between the two is exquisitely done and made the book hard to put down. I am dying to read the next book in this series, One Foot in the Grave. If you are a fan of vampire urban fantasy or vampire romance you have got to give this series a try.more
I had very mixed feelings before starting this book. I'd heard so many good things about this series overall so when I got the chance to bookswap this with a blogger, Ruby from Ruby's Reads, I took it immediately. I started the book, liked the beginning and then I stopped. It took me sooooo long to pick the book up again and even then, I found myself constantly picking up and dropping it again.I didn't know what it was. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, and the plot was mysterious. So why couldn't I get into it?To be honest I still have no idea. I tried so hard to like this book. And I did. But the first half was excruciating for me. The second half picked up and I loved what was happening. But I'm still so confused as to why I couldn't stand the beginning. I'll try and divide the review in halves, since the first half of the book conflicts with me for the second half of the book.1st Half:Cat is something fierce in this book. I love her determination to fight the vampires after what happened to her mother. Even if I was bored with the book, I fell in love with her attitude instantly. She was raw, she was tough, and eventually, she could admit her faults without seeming annoying like a lot of characters do.And then there's Bones. The mystical, magical, and much sought over - by the entire vampire lovers community - vampire Bones. I have heard SOOOO much about this vamp and even though I'm Team Werewolf all the way, some vampire books really get me. But Bones didn't attract me whatsoever. Yes, he was clever, snarky, and British - I mean who doesn't love the British right? The accent. Duh. - but I did not like him. Not even a little bit. But I had a whole bunch of people insist to give him a chance because they said he was amazing. I guess it was his personality that made me feel so put off by him...Usually, I get annoyed when the pacing in a book is too fast. Unless everything in the plot is clear or beginning to tie up, I do not like things going so fast. This part of the book for me was TOO SLOW. This has never happened to me before. I usually get bored with a book or drop it because I simply don't like it. But everything was moving too slowly for me to enjoy so as a result, I read this too slowly.2nd Half:Cat has gone through so much. I really admire her for her headstrong behavior but she needs to realize how some people treat her like shit. I understand that (view spoiler)[her mother got raped by a vampire and her grandparents are old fashioned but that doesn't give them the excuse to treat her like she's dirt which is basically what they did the entire book. (hide spoiler)] I felt so bad for her because on top of everything, the way people treated her is sad.Even from the beginning of the book, I strongly disliked Cat's mother for her selfish behavior when it came to Cat. There was not one instance in the book where she ever seemed to be worried or concerned for Cat. She didn't even seem to love her. I remember one specific part in the book where Cat is speaking to her mother on the phone and she says I love you Mom. And what does her mom say? I have to go. Seriously? What is that?The only time she worried about her daughter was when she believed her daughter to be possessed by evil vampires, which is ridiculous by the way. She even threatened to disown her and never speak to her again. That is such an awful thing to do after her own daughter put herself in death's grasp time and time again, all for her. I tried reminding myself that she had been raped and no one believed her but to treat her daughter like that disgusts me. If I ever met her, I'd slap her shitless (hell I'd do worse than that) cause she's so damn self-centered.Bones has me on the fence when it comes to him. I do like him, a lot more than I did before, but I still feel fishy about him. Although I have to say, I am leaning more towards the liking Bones side and who knows, maybe the next books will have me insane for him, just like everyone else.The plot sped up. Thank god too. I was able to finish the ending very quickly. And I liked how everything tied together.But the ending. DEAR GOD THE ENDING! I got really mad. I'm not going to reveal too much in case people who haven't read the book are reading this review but I'm just going to say what was going through my head when I finished: WTF???????? So mad and unsatisfied right now. Just thinking about what happened makes my fingers itch. Seriously Cat? Why? How could you do that to Bones? Grr...so mad right now.But overall, I liked the book. I still have my problems with it but I will continue this series. I have a few Goodreads friends telling me to trudge on so I will because the series apparently gets better and that's what I'm hoping for. Besides, I have a feeling I'll be a Bones fan in no time. Only problem is, it will definitely be awhile before I get the next few books. Borders is closing which is my main source of book buying, my local library is the most pathetic excuse for a library ever built because there's hardly anything there and I'm just really bummed. And they don't have the second book there either so unless I do another book swap with someone for the second, I'll be waiting for a long time.Rating: 4 out of 5 Starsmore
I got caught up in the story immediately and read it straight through, carried by the action and emotion. Cat is a kick a$$ heroine with a unique background and a touching mix of vulnerability and bravado. Bones (who reminds me a lot of Spike) is a few hundred years old and as they work together he breaks down Cat's prejudices and a relationship develops.I enjoyed the quick wit, and attitudes of the main characters. They develop well and Cat in particular is so well grounded that her motivations and actions seem real and natural.The storyline is solid with well paced action, violent but not explicit.This is a really strong start to a series and I am eager to read more.more
I enjoyed this book quite a lot and I will look forward to reading the rest of the series hopefully.Cat Crawfield's mother was raped by a vampire and Cat was born only 5 months later, she has gone through life feeling like a freak. Since she was 16 she has been luring vampires to attack her so she can kill them but she meets her match when she lures Bones, a master vampire to her car. When he discovers what she is he makes a bargain with her to train her to help him kill vampires as Bones is a vampire bounty hunter who lives in a cave.Bones has been trying to bring down a vampire named Hennessay who has been kidnapping and killing young girls as it turns out with the help of a human in high power but Bones and Cat maange to destroy this particular network. Cat is injured and ends up in hospital where a proposition is put to her by Don Williams an FBI agent who leads a new group set up to investigate paranormal disturbances. Cat does not want to join them but realises it would be for the best to keep both her mother and Bones safe.This is a different sort of vampire story, so far there does not seem to be a governing body that has set some rules as there are in other novels of this genre but there still are good vampires and bad vampires.more
My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis series is one of the many good things that have come out of me joining Goodreads (essentially an on-line book oriented social networking site similar to this one). Never in a million years would I have picked this book up off the shelf. In fact, I probably never would have ventured near the shelf since it would be in the Romance section. "Halfway to the Grave" was one of the books chosen for a monthly group read, and I was very hesitant to even give it a chance. After the first 50 or so pages, I still wasn't 100% sold. I liked Cat, and the plot held a lot of promise, but I wasn't feverishly tearing through the pages. Enter Bones. Oh my dear goodness! His character came alive for me from the get-go and that was all it took for me to be hooked. Granted, at first his voice sounded a lot like the Geiko gecko in my head....but I got past it.As soon as Bones graced the pages, both Cat's character and the plot became "real" for me. I like Cat's flippant swagger- it makes her strong enough to not come across as Bones' little girl sidekick, and it certainly keeps their verbal sparing interesting. I laughed out loud several times while reading this because of their interactions. Not exactly what you would expect from a vampire hunter romance novel.*SPOILER*I had some qualms about how the book ended. Cat going to work as a vampire hit woman for a super secret division of Homeland Security made me raise an eyebrow, and not necessarily in a good way. Cat leaving Bones had me yelling (quietly, and in my mind) "what are you doing?! You are so stupid!" The two things combined made me wonder if the majority of the book had been a pleasant anomaly and that the rest of the series was going to suck. No pun intended.There were so many great scenes and one-liners it was hard to choose. Two of my favorites:“With a sigh I sat at the bar and ordered a gin and tonic. The first man who tried to kill me had ordered it for me. It was now my drink of choice. Who said I wasn’t sentimental?”“Don’t kiss me like a woman if you’re going to treat me like a child.”more
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Finally finished this one. It wasn't bad and I think I'll read the rest of the series because the ending did surprise me (I mean, I knew what sort of had to happen, but the specifics of it were surprising). I'm hoping some of the Young Woman Angst is dealt with because, although it is essential to the protagonist, it started to grate on me, or maybe it was just how it was expressed that got on my nerves. It might also be that, because I was listening to an audio book, the narrator's voice characterizations got on my nerves. The narrator didn't SUCK, and she was great as a first person vocal choice, but one of the tricky parts of any first person narrative is Other Characters, in that the convention requires pretending for a while that everything is regular ol' Third Person Omniscient with Commentary. Anyway, for whatever reason, it didn't go down smoothly, whereas it might have if I'd been reading rather than listening.

Also, I'm not as big a fan of vampire sex scenes as I was some years ago, so that sort of made me speed through sections (When I speed through the sex, there's a problem). Again, that might have been the narrator (some things just play better in the Theatre of the Mind) but I didn't find it erotic or even so very essential to the story to have the gory details, but I'm guessing that's more me than the book. It's another convention of the genre.

In general, I liked the characters, the set up, and the plotting. I'll keep reading until either I finish the series or I get tired of it. I hope that Neurotic, Insecure Kick-Ass Chick is not the sum and entirely of the main character.more
I don't have a lot to say about this because there isn't anything to pick apart; this will be half a review. I was initially hesitant to even pick the book up because I am so tired of vampire stories. I heard good things about this one but at one point I had it home from the library and it didn't look that interesting. I had too many books so I sent it back. It was only after seeing even more good things about it that I went back and looked at it again. I am so glad I did as the book was so good I couldn't put it down.

It has everything I look for in an urban fantasy: lots of action, lots of peril, a strong heroine who saves the day a lot, a gorgeous and kind leading man who is wonderful. He is dangerous to bad guys but not at all scary around her. He's protective but she's puts him in his place when he is being too much so. She doesn't allow him to baby her. He's not dark and brooding, he's easy going and in good humor most if the time! It's a believable world and the vampire mythos is interesting in that there is one. There's even a creation story versus an evolutionary one about how vampires came into existence!

The heroine is hot but she dresses like a normal person most of the time and isn't lusting after spiked heels as she's running for her life. She is untrained to begin with but before she is really take seriously as a vampire hunter, she trains and trains and trains. That is so refreshing. She is believably capable of going after them. More than once I thought of Buffy. The vampires don't just fall into her lap either: there is a lot of sleuthing and trial and error before getting she and the hero get their vamp.

I like that the mom is neither good nor bad, that she does both. I also love that the heroine is blind to the bad as is appropriate for a daughter. I love that vampires aren't all black and white either. Relationships in general are great in the book and the love story is perfect. I really like that although she's young and does stupid things, he is mature and doesn't play mind games back. And best of all, I can actually understand why an old vampire would fall in love with her.

So the book was perfect for me and I am alredy requesting the next one from the library. I highly recommend this book even if you are sick of Twilight-esque vampire stories. It's that good.

Hunh. I did have a lot to say after all.more
This book is like a box of movie-theater candy: no nutritional value, probably not what you would choose if you could have whatever you wanted, but at the right time and the right place, it really hits the spot.

Honestly, I'm not sure why I liked this book. When I remember it, all I can think of are plotholes big enough to drive a truck through (Cat the blushing-virgin-cum-practiced-seductress' relationship with Bones the altruistic-bad-boy-vampire is high on the list; also anything to do with law enforcement), characters that never seemed real and were rarely likable (see above; then add everyone else in the book), and a splashy, utterly ridiculous conclusion. The vampires have glowing green eyes and some of them fly and Cat runs around in skanky dresses throwing silver knives. It's not just trashy, it's campy.

But...I did like it. For all the bad things I could say about it, it was still good escapist fun. It's full of drama and silliness and sexual tension. Bones is enough of a bad boy that it makes your heart go pitter-pat when he goes soft for a girl, and it goes pitter-pat when he's not so nice, too.

This is heavily qualified praise, but if you are on the lookout for the kind of zoning-out, guilty pleasure read I've described, this will do just fine.more
This book is a perfect example of 'good trash'. It's basically shameless escapism for people who like to grin at:

1) Killing the bad guy. (The heroine, Cat, might be only half vampire, but she's mighty quick with a silver stake.)

2) The tropes of modern society. (Frost has a razor sharp satire knife, and damn if she didn't cut me a couple times.)

3) Vicarious sex. (I seriously wish the sex was a bit less graphic, because my pre-teen daughter found my copy while I was cooking dinner and the first 25 pages got her wanting to read more. Just for the record, there is no graphic sex in the first 25 pages...but I hid the book just to be sure she doesn't read any more before I return it to the library tomorrow.)more
Halfway to the Grave
4 Stars

Tavia Gilbert's does an exemplarily job with the various voices, however, her heavy low class British accent for Bones takes some getting used to.

Bones is an obvious carbon-copy of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (bleached blond hair, dark eyes and a British accent - really, how unoriginal can you get?). He starts out as an obnoxious, supercilious git but his swagger conceals a well-developed sense of justice and he is ultimately revealed to be a real sweetheart. Cat is a likable heroine with some great kick-ass moves but she is also naive, prejudiced and judgmental - at least she seems to realize this and makes an effort to get past it.

The real problem is that Cat and Bones's chemistry is a little meh. Yes, they have the witty banter thing going on in spades but the rapid progression of their physical relationship is somewhat disappointing - more in line with paranormal romance than urban fantasy. Yes, they have an intense spark of attraction in the beginning, but the sizzle dies out quite quickly and by the middle of the book they sound like an old married couple.

The plot gives new meaning to the term "human trafficking". It is well-developed with some truly excellent action scenes. The ending is very satisfying and I'm intrigued by the direction the story is taking with the government agency involved in investigating the paranormal - it really appeals to my inner X-File.

Overall, not the brilliant masterpiece I was expecting given the hype but it is a fun read and I look forward to seeing what happens next with Cat and Bones.more
I didn't get on with this book, which surprised me as I love the genre and had read so many good reviews. The level of writing is inconsistent with the target audience: many things are over-explained as if for a young audience, yet there are quite explicit sex scenes. A lot of aspects of the story didn't gel for me or were glossed over, and the supposed chemistry between the two main characters just wasn't there. I will not be reading any further with this series.more
Loved this book full of humor and suspensemore
A fun, if forgettable, little confection of a read. I'm not terribly familiar with the parameters of the romance/paranormal romance genre, so I don't really know how this book compares with its peers, but I enjoyed it for what it is.

"Halfway to the Grave" is an action-packed, sexy yarn in which our "half-vampire" heroine, Cat, comes into her birthright as a slayer of undead under the tutelage of suave, nubile, non-evil vampire Bones (who is an obvious tribute to the character Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Given a setup like that, this book could have easily dissolved into a frothy mess of fangirlish wish-fulfillment, but the author is thankfully careful enough with the material to largely avoid this mistake. Cat's insecurity and self-loathing are true character flaws, not virtues in disguise, and it keeps our protagonist engaging. Frost's prose is capable -- it doesn't clunk, but it doesn't sing, either.

Not so great aspects: the setting is as convincing as a studio-lot facade -- we are told the events occur in Ohio, but the action unfolds across an assortment of dance clubs, empty back roads, and dwellings that seem entirely disconnected. Full focus is given to the developing relationship between Cat and her super-hot vampire mentor, and background characters -- including Cat's mother, whom we are to understand has had a huge impact on her daughter's psyche and attitudes -- are thin as skim milk. Cat definitely grows and matures over the course of the story, but by the end, she seems more like mini-Bones than her own person.

The third act definitely seems meant to set up a framework for the rest of series, so it's possible that this first novel suffered a bit due to the need to establish the characters and situations. I will at least read the second book in the series to give the author more of a chance.more
3.5 stars. Pretty typical urban fantasy/paranormal romance, which delivered everything I thought I'd get -- violence, vampire love, action, etc. -- all except for one aspect: the love scenes were a lot more explicit than I expected. Not that that's a bad thing...more
Any book that makes me laugh this much deserves at least four stars, in my opinion. Add in a great story, exciting plot, super sexy vampire, kick-ass female lead, and excellent storytelling and you have Halfway to the Grave. The story being told through the Night Huntress series is unique – you often get vampire/vampire, human/vampire, werewolf/vampire, or any other combination therein, but never before have I read half human-half vampire/vampire. I love it! Cat is such a great lead. She is very innocent and naive, yet she goes out every night hunting vampires to try to pay for a sin that was not hers. Bones is just….wow. I love the chemistry between them and their banter. I actually read Once Burned before this series, and fell in love with Frost's writing then. I knew without a doubt I was going to be reading this series as well. I just wish I would have started sooner!more
Favorite Vamp series ever! Cat and Bones are absolutely dynamite together. I laughed at their banter the whole way through.more
I love a good paranormal read and always on the look out for the next best one. Stumbling upon Jeaniene Frost and the Night Huntress series was a pleasant surprise. It has everything I could ask for, lovable characters that grow on you, to an interesting plot that keeps you hooked until the end. Love, sex, seduction and vampires - what more could you ask for?I love Jeaniene Frost's writing, it's easy to follow and I ended up unable to put down the book so I read it every chance that I had - finished it within a few days. Cat is a kick-ass vampire hunter who really brings the book to life. Her personality keeps you both entertained and amused throughout the book. I love the fire that brews within her, but I dislike the character who put it there, her mother. Cat's mother reminds me of a crazy bat lady.Bones, the vampire of the story and Cat's love interest is absolutely addicting. I love the the dynamic hot relationship between Cat and the way the two met was hilarious. The book does have it's laughs and is filled with adventure and action as Cat and Bones team up to take out the baddies. Jeaniene Frost has managed to create a unique and interesting world in the night huntress series where the characters make it more alive.more
The first half of the book was like fanfic based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not just because of the British Blond Vampire, but because the author recycles tropes common in Buffy/Spike fan fiction. Things like the heroine being heavily prejudiced and judgemental when it comes to vampires until the hero shows her how wrong she is. Or that she has lost her virginity to a jerk who dumped her right after the bad sex. Or that the supposedly kick-ass heroine needs to be saved by the hero time after time. In fact, the first half of the book is all about how awesome the hero is in all ways possible. He's so awesome that even as a vampire he has friends even among the living while the heroine has none. The author glorifies Bones the same way many fanfic writers glorify Spike, and Cat is turned into a sidekick, which often happens to Buffy in fanfic, too. The trouble with this approach is that everything interesting about the characters is lost. I like flawed characters, and Bones is way too perfect to fascinate me. Cat, on the other hand, has all the potential to be intriguing: she's only half-human in result of her mother being raped by a vampire. Until she meets Bones the most important relationship in her life is with her mother, and it's very twisted to say the least. Unfortunately the author chooses not to explore that relationship; we don't even get to see them interact until very late in the book.I read the book halfway and skimmed through the rest. The plot picks up and turns from romance to suspense, but I didn't care enough about the characters to appreciate that. The ending suggests very different kind of surroundings for the next book of the series, but as promising as that is I won't be reading more Night Huntress.(For clarification: I'm not saying Halfway to the Grave is fan fiction;I have no way of knowing that. To me it simply reads like one.)more
I've become a Cat & Bones fan! Narrator Tavia Gilbert does a great job. Her voice for Bones is a little higher pitched than I'd truly love but the characterisations are very well done. I really enjoy listening to her.more
I really enjoyed this book, love the character and the ending didn't see that coming. Can wait to get the next onemore
“Halfway to the Grave” is the first book Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. I have to say first and foremost, wow! What a great start to a series, one I’m sure I am going to enjoy. Not only is the book packed with action and romance, but it is also full of humor that at times I was literally laughing out loud. This author’s sense of humor is on track and hilarious.This story follows Cat, a vampire/human hybrid who was created when her mother, whose human, was raped by a vampire. She learns at 16 that she is half vampire and human and in order to gain love and affection from her mother, who despises vampires she begins to hunt and kill them, all under her mother’s approval. Really? Personally, that is the last thing I would let my children do but for the sake of the story, okay. Cat goes from being an amateur vampire slayer to being a force to be reckoned with after she teams up with Bones, the master vampire who teaches her all about killing vampires. Throughout their developing friendship Cat and Bones manage to kill some evil vampires and fall in love.I felt as though the story contained a lot of great action and steamy romance/sexy scenes. Bones’ character is one that I have truly grown fond of and I am looking forward to his appearance in the upcoming novels. Cat is also someone I could see as a definitely entertaining should she exist in real life. This novel is a great read, and one I didn’t want or seem to be able to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for some action, a little romance, and a lot of laughter. In my book, it gets 4.5 stars out of 5.more
Buffy meets Blade meets Harlequin Romance with a whole lot of cheese thrown in for good measure. Yes, it is extremely formulaic and predictable and the cheese is the canned variety, but the author know how to write good characters plus the occasional cheese is exactly what is needed.more
Unpleasant heroine, unpleasant hero. I'm not sure who this Spike person is the hero is said to be modeled after, the hero talks and acts like a hooligan/chav. The first thing he did was smacking the heroine around a bit, if a beautiful relationship grew out of that, good for them. I just don't want to hang around and witness it.more
I won't delve into the plot, you'll only need to go through every other review to see the break down - I'll only mention the main things that makes this book (& series) stand out to me (I figure more people are likely to vent their personal disapproval for their own reasons/tastes... So I'll just counter one!)This book (& series, mind you) is just pure fun. I love love love that I've actually laughed out loud at the beautifully crafted rhetoric. The best part is that you aren't necessarily expecting or looking for laughs but when intertwined with drama & action vibes it becomes VERY well received Another thing I feel is important to mention is Bones. Need I say more?? Finally I feel there is now a new gauge I will now use to measure my books by, is the unable-to-put-down-ability.There seems to never be a good spot to decide to stop - only way that'll happen is if and when you fall asleep (and yes, I do have personal experience in accidentally forgetting to sleep while tangled up in this book) Happy reading!Livmore
This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. It's the novel that introduced me to Jeaniene Frost's writing, and I am so glad that I picked it up from the library that day a few years ago. Cat and Bones are two of my favorite literary characters, and Frost's writing is hilarious. She has a fantastic sense of humor apparently, and it transfers into both Cat and Bones. Bones is the funniest of the two with his obscene humor. My favorite quote from this book is: "Love to do it in a truck."As the first book in the series, Halfway to the Grave explains the world that Cat, our heroine and narrator, lives in. However, the explanation of the world does not slow the pacing down. There is plenty of action going on as Cat learns about her world and shares the information with us. Her first lesson is that things are not as clear cut as they seem. This book seems to be saying that you can't generalize people and judge entire groups of people. I think that's a wonderful message, and I support it wholeheartedly.Cat, half vampire and half human, is a snarky, kick-ass character who refuses to get pushed around. She has an attitude problem and is stubborn as hell. That's the best part about her in my opinion. I hate female characters who just lay down and die *coughBellaSwancough* without their men. She doesn't even want to like Bones, and at first she doesn't. She actually tries to kill him when they first meet. Thanks to her upbringing, she is very prejudice against vampires, and she kills them indiscriminately. Bones makes it one of his missions to show her the error of her ways.Bones is the kind of hero that you can't help but love. He's a 200+ year old vampire, and he can kick some major ass. He's a vampire assassin. Yes, you read right, he's a vampire who kills other vampires. Why, you ask? Well, you'll just have to read and find out. He is an extremely complex character with a terrific sense of humor. He's brave and loyal, and even though he's a killer, he has morals. I know, that sounds strange, but it's true. He looks out for Cat and protects her at all costs, and he trains her to be a better fighter on her own. Instead of expecting her to depend on him and wanting to be the knight in shining armor, he instead makes sure she can take care of herself. Not too bad for a 200 year old, eh? Very progressive.The world that Frost builds is believable, even though vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural nasties exist. For everything that may have the chance of seeming unbelievable, she explains perfectly. Frost obviously put a ton of work into her world building and mythology.The pacing of the story is spot on and it's an extremely quick read. We start with Cat carting a dead body in her truck and getting pulled over by the police. The suspense builds from there, and you will not be able to put this book down.Jeaniene Frost has built a believable and fascinating world complete with interesting and complex characters. Throw in action and romance, and you have a winning combination. The Night Huntress Series is a series that you don't want to miss.more
I LOVE this series! Cat and Bones baby!! Not for younger readers! The steamy scenes will creep into your dreams! Lots of action! Another must read series!more
I have to ask myself why I waited so long to read this book. I was a fan of Cat and Bones before even picking up this book. I am a huge fan of short stories and short story anthologies. For the last few years, I have been running into Cat and Bones (separately and together) in various short story collections. Even without reading a novel from which they came, I fell totally in love with these characters. I finally decided that I should pick up one of the novels and read it since I enjoy them so much. I am pleased that I did.Cat is a fantastic character! Cat is an incredibly strong female protagonist who can kick vampire ass like nobody’s business! It helps that she is part vampire herself. I found this to be a very interesting characteristic of Cat’s, which made for an equally interesting plot point. I’ve encounter vampire hybrid-type characters before, but none that were half vampires. For Cat, she’s inherited the “good” parts of being a vampire: heightened senses, increased speed, less susceptibility to injury. Blood drinking isn’t required for Cat. She didn’t inherit that but of nastiness from her father.Cat as a person is equally interesting. To repay the vampire world for her vampire father raping her human mother, she hunts and kills vampires all by herself. She does this to gain a measure of revenge for her mother, but also to prove to her mother that she is not a monster like her father. What Cat’s mother thinks of her is extremely important to Cat. Any child of rape would have issues in this arena. That her mother’s rapist was a bona fide monster just pushes Cat to try to atone for the wrong done her mother and to ensure that her mother never views her as a monster. This made Cat incredibly human to me. She is desperate to obtain her mother’s approval and love, even if that means she risks her own light on a nightly basis.And then there’s Bones. I puffy heart adore Bones. And what isn’t to be adored? He’s ancient, he has a sexy accent, he has a punk rock look, and he is totally bad ass. Baddies of the world beware if you cross paths with Bones because he will smite you in a way that will fill me with glee. He’s just too delicious for words.The pairing of these two characters is truly epic. Especially since they hate each other when they first meet. There’s lots of sexual tension, great action scenes, and fabulous bonding that occurs between these two characters.The plot packs so much action into a relatively small novel! In the hands of a lesser author, this could be a bad thing, but not here. Frost fills each page with plot-furthering action, character-building action, and tops the whole thing off with vampirey goodness. The plot moved so quickly that I had trouble putting this book down! I was mesmerized by the characters and the plot.My only real complaint was that the ending was less than satisfying. My opinion of the ending changed a bit once I read the second novel, but my initial reaction was that it was far-fetched, even for an urban fantasy world, and just not the ending I was hoping for.I really enjoyed this novel! I am already reading additional books in this series and I would definitely recommend this book to loves of urban fantasy and speculative fiction!more
Catherine or Cat was let into the secret that she was born out of wedlock after her mother was raped by a Vampire, leaving her with some special talents, unusual strength (for her size), enhanced hearing, vision and sense of smell and a quickness which allowed her to defend herself against three bullies who accosted her after school. She lived with her mother and grandparents in rural Ohio. As a youth, she was painted with the same brush of intolerance that had condemned her mother for having a child without being married. Her mother coached her to hide her talents but, shared her hatred for Vampires and enlisted her daughter to actively hunt and kill them without regard for her daughters life. Her hatred was so raw that she may not have considered the risk but, wanted to make sure her daughter didn't exhibit any of the traits of her father and lived a life of fear that her daughter would turn into a monster some day too. Cat read everything she could about killing Vampires but, most of the public information available to her was inaccurate and fraught with myths and old wife's tales, dangerous when counted upon for attempting to hunt and kill the undead. Cat was a slender redhead that while attractive, always dressed down in baggy shirts and jeans. She was a good student but, her mother's mission distracted from her education. Luckily, she was smart too. She proved to be a capable Vampire killer as most those she encountered were so eager to take advantage of her sexually and make her into food, they frequently underestimated her until she had them staked through the heart. Her mother drove her on without any regard for what Cat may have wanted out of life. Her grandparents were also quick to believe the worst about her late nights, thinking she was actualizing their worst fears. She had never had an opportunity to cultivate any friendships and wasn't liked at school. Her life was limited to school and hunting Vampires. After stacking up a list of sixteen killed vampires, she encountered one who wasn't so easy and was rendered unconscious and taken to his lair. Luck was with Cat, her captor was a Master Vampire but, didn't hunt humans. He was a Vampire hunter himself, killing or capturing Vampires for their bounty. Cat's activities amused him and he was taken by her spunk and good looks. He was able to see beyond the baggy dress and rural manners and felt sympathy for this unusual half breed as well as a growing attraction towards her. He became her mentor and trained her in the skills necessary for her to become even a more successful huntress. After her training, they worked as a team and Bones, (her benefactor) shared his bounty with her and shared her life. Their adventures are exciting to follow and Cat's messed up sensibilities frequently creates tensions between them and limits their abilities to become close friends. Their activities bring them to the attention of the Vampire that is controlling the Vampires in their area and they are sought targets. The evil Vampires have connections in government and law enforcement that makes their activities even more dangerous. The story of Cat's evolution from a brow beaten teen into a self sufficient, self confident young women and her finding love in her life with a Master Vampire in spite of her mother's hatred for that species, is a tribute to Cat's fiesty disposition and optimistic belief in possibilities. A heart warming story in an undead world.more
I was surprised to find myself really enjoying this book. Labelled a romance at my local library, I almost put it down, but ultimately couldn't. Looking forward to the next in the series.more
OMG i have to say, what an amazing book! it was an awesome ride from start to finish. Full of action, twits and change of events. This is like the best Paranormal romance i have read in a long time, i wish i had found about this book sooner. I love the characters and the Cat is not a push over she says and does what she wants and what she means, so bad-ass!!! The ending left me kind of angry like i don't know why it has to happen this way but it is totally understandable why Cat makes this sacrifice for Bones. I will be looking for book 2 soon, dying to read what happens next to Cat and Bones. Loved it!more
I have been wanting to read this series for a long time. I ended up getting the audio book on sale at Audible.com. This was an absolutely excellent book. The audio book was very well done and even made the story more fun. To date there are five book in the series; the sixth book One Grave at a Time comes out in August 2011.Twenty two year old Cat has always known she is half-vampire, she has been trying to constantly prove to her mother that she's not evil by slaying vampires in her spare time. Then Cat tries to slay the wrong vampire and ends up confronting a vampire named Bones. Bones is trying to stop a vampire run human slave ring and he would love to train Cat and have her help him on his mission.Initially Cat comes off as a bit whiny and shrill, but she grows on you over time. Cat is an interesting mix of warm understanding, compassion and blood-thirsty vampire killer. Bones is the one who really steals the show; he is ruthless yet kind and understanding and sexy all at once. There is a lot of humor throughout too, which breaks up the tension and had me laughing out loud a number of times. Frost is very good at creating witty dialogue between the characters.The thing that Frost does an absolutely outstanding job on is creating tension between Cat and Bones. Cat and Bones have excellent chemistry but have trouble with timing a relationship between all the other things going on. Frost does a wonderful job of making us wish Cat and Bones could just make it work out between themselves over and over again throughout the story. Somehow it never gets old and you constantly yearn for them to be happy together. There are also some excellent steamy scenes between the two; they are all very tasteful and well done.While the training and tension between Cat and Bones is what propels the story forward the most, there is a great plot here too. The mystery behind the missing girls and which vampires are involved is well done and engaging. The world created is nothing special, pretty much your typical vampires in the shadows kind of world. I am hoping that the world is expanded on and filled out in future books. Some of Cat's personal issues will break your heart; the way her mother treats her and some of Cat's past relationships really make you wish she could finally get a break. There is plenty of action in this book too, making it heavy on the urban fantasy side and not strictly paranormal romance.The book ends well, but will have readers desperate to read more. What happens at the end made me sad and mad beyond belief, but I think it will make for an excellent story.Overall I was absolutely enraptured by the story. The characters are what really drive this story. Cat and Bones are interesting, have a lot of depth, and have absolutely wonderful chemistry. The tension between the two is exquisitely done and made the book hard to put down. I am dying to read the next book in this series, One Foot in the Grave. If you are a fan of vampire urban fantasy or vampire romance you have got to give this series a try.more
I had very mixed feelings before starting this book. I'd heard so many good things about this series overall so when I got the chance to bookswap this with a blogger, Ruby from Ruby's Reads, I took it immediately. I started the book, liked the beginning and then I stopped. It took me sooooo long to pick the book up again and even then, I found myself constantly picking up and dropping it again.I didn't know what it was. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, and the plot was mysterious. So why couldn't I get into it?To be honest I still have no idea. I tried so hard to like this book. And I did. But the first half was excruciating for me. The second half picked up and I loved what was happening. But I'm still so confused as to why I couldn't stand the beginning. I'll try and divide the review in halves, since the first half of the book conflicts with me for the second half of the book.1st Half:Cat is something fierce in this book. I love her determination to fight the vampires after what happened to her mother. Even if I was bored with the book, I fell in love with her attitude instantly. She was raw, she was tough, and eventually, she could admit her faults without seeming annoying like a lot of characters do.And then there's Bones. The mystical, magical, and much sought over - by the entire vampire lovers community - vampire Bones. I have heard SOOOO much about this vamp and even though I'm Team Werewolf all the way, some vampire books really get me. But Bones didn't attract me whatsoever. Yes, he was clever, snarky, and British - I mean who doesn't love the British right? The accent. Duh. - but I did not like him. Not even a little bit. But I had a whole bunch of people insist to give him a chance because they said he was amazing. I guess it was his personality that made me feel so put off by him...Usually, I get annoyed when the pacing in a book is too fast. Unless everything in the plot is clear or beginning to tie up, I do not like things going so fast. This part of the book for me was TOO SLOW. This has never happened to me before. I usually get bored with a book or drop it because I simply don't like it. But everything was moving too slowly for me to enjoy so as a result, I read this too slowly.2nd Half:Cat has gone through so much. I really admire her for her headstrong behavior but she needs to realize how some people treat her like shit. I understand that (view spoiler)[her mother got raped by a vampire and her grandparents are old fashioned but that doesn't give them the excuse to treat her like she's dirt which is basically what they did the entire book. (hide spoiler)] I felt so bad for her because on top of everything, the way people treated her is sad.Even from the beginning of the book, I strongly disliked Cat's mother for her selfish behavior when it came to Cat. There was not one instance in the book where she ever seemed to be worried or concerned for Cat. She didn't even seem to love her. I remember one specific part in the book where Cat is speaking to her mother on the phone and she says I love you Mom. And what does her mom say? I have to go. Seriously? What is that?The only time she worried about her daughter was when she believed her daughter to be possessed by evil vampires, which is ridiculous by the way. She even threatened to disown her and never speak to her again. That is such an awful thing to do after her own daughter put herself in death's grasp time and time again, all for her. I tried reminding myself that she had been raped and no one believed her but to treat her daughter like that disgusts me. If I ever met her, I'd slap her shitless (hell I'd do worse than that) cause she's so damn self-centered.Bones has me on the fence when it comes to him. I do like him, a lot more than I did before, but I still feel fishy about him. Although I have to say, I am leaning more towards the liking Bones side and who knows, maybe the next books will have me insane for him, just like everyone else.The plot sped up. Thank god too. I was able to finish the ending very quickly. And I liked how everything tied together.But the ending. DEAR GOD THE ENDING! I got really mad. I'm not going to reveal too much in case people who haven't read the book are reading this review but I'm just going to say what was going through my head when I finished: WTF???????? So mad and unsatisfied right now. Just thinking about what happened makes my fingers itch. Seriously Cat? Why? How could you do that to Bones? Grr...so mad right now.But overall, I liked the book. I still have my problems with it but I will continue this series. I have a few Goodreads friends telling me to trudge on so I will because the series apparently gets better and that's what I'm hoping for. Besides, I have a feeling I'll be a Bones fan in no time. Only problem is, it will definitely be awhile before I get the next few books. Borders is closing which is my main source of book buying, my local library is the most pathetic excuse for a library ever built because there's hardly anything there and I'm just really bummed. And they don't have the second book there either so unless I do another book swap with someone for the second, I'll be waiting for a long time.Rating: 4 out of 5 Starsmore
I got caught up in the story immediately and read it straight through, carried by the action and emotion. Cat is a kick a$$ heroine with a unique background and a touching mix of vulnerability and bravado. Bones (who reminds me a lot of Spike) is a few hundred years old and as they work together he breaks down Cat's prejudices and a relationship develops.I enjoyed the quick wit, and attitudes of the main characters. They develop well and Cat in particular is so well grounded that her motivations and actions seem real and natural.The storyline is solid with well paced action, violent but not explicit.This is a really strong start to a series and I am eager to read more.more
I enjoyed this book quite a lot and I will look forward to reading the rest of the series hopefully.Cat Crawfield's mother was raped by a vampire and Cat was born only 5 months later, she has gone through life feeling like a freak. Since she was 16 she has been luring vampires to attack her so she can kill them but she meets her match when she lures Bones, a master vampire to her car. When he discovers what she is he makes a bargain with her to train her to help him kill vampires as Bones is a vampire bounty hunter who lives in a cave.Bones has been trying to bring down a vampire named Hennessay who has been kidnapping and killing young girls as it turns out with the help of a human in high power but Bones and Cat maange to destroy this particular network. Cat is injured and ends up in hospital where a proposition is put to her by Don Williams an FBI agent who leads a new group set up to investigate paranormal disturbances. Cat does not want to join them but realises it would be for the best to keep both her mother and Bones safe.This is a different sort of vampire story, so far there does not seem to be a governing body that has set some rules as there are in other novels of this genre but there still are good vampires and bad vampires.more
My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis series is one of the many good things that have come out of me joining Goodreads (essentially an on-line book oriented social networking site similar to this one). Never in a million years would I have picked this book up off the shelf. In fact, I probably never would have ventured near the shelf since it would be in the Romance section. "Halfway to the Grave" was one of the books chosen for a monthly group read, and I was very hesitant to even give it a chance. After the first 50 or so pages, I still wasn't 100% sold. I liked Cat, and the plot held a lot of promise, but I wasn't feverishly tearing through the pages. Enter Bones. Oh my dear goodness! His character came alive for me from the get-go and that was all it took for me to be hooked. Granted, at first his voice sounded a lot like the Geiko gecko in my head....but I got past it.As soon as Bones graced the pages, both Cat's character and the plot became "real" for me. I like Cat's flippant swagger- it makes her strong enough to not come across as Bones' little girl sidekick, and it certainly keeps their verbal sparing interesting. I laughed out loud several times while reading this because of their interactions. Not exactly what you would expect from a vampire hunter romance novel.*SPOILER*I had some qualms about how the book ended. Cat going to work as a vampire hit woman for a super secret division of Homeland Security made me raise an eyebrow, and not necessarily in a good way. Cat leaving Bones had me yelling (quietly, and in my mind) "what are you doing?! You are so stupid!" The two things combined made me wonder if the majority of the book had been a pleasant anomaly and that the rest of the series was going to suck. No pun intended.There were so many great scenes and one-liners it was hard to choose. Two of my favorites:“With a sigh I sat at the bar and ordered a gin and tonic. The first man who tried to kill me had ordered it for me. It was now my drink of choice. Who said I wasn’t sentimental?”“Don’t kiss me like a woman if you’re going to treat me like a child.”more
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