Thursday, September 3, 2015

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Review

"Flirting with the Grave...
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."
Why am I reading this book? Well, mostly because it is supposed to be funny (which it is). I decided that I need a little bit of humor to make myself laugh again. And this book does make me laugh and giggle. Though I decide to venture out of the genres I usually read (which is YA; Halfway to the Grave is Adult), I had a fun time reading this book.

Catherine Crawfield is a half-vampire, half-human. She tries to be deadly, but only ends up as a decent ametur in the art of slaying vampires. Prejudiced and angry, she hunts night after night for her mother's approval and to kill that dolt of a father. But when she meets Bones, she is up for a surprise and the biggest wake-up call of her life. Of course, she gets punched in the head for her horrible habits. 

Bones is a vampire, a sworn enemy of Catherine. But when he gets the best of her and makes a deal with Cat to train her into a darn killing machine, his fun and really perverted side comes out. To be short, he acts like a jerk and happily goes about shamelessly. Jeaniene Frost really pulls him off, and despite how perverted his dialogue and actions can get, he is an awesome vampire. (FYI, he is indeed sexy.) 

The plot is a blur. I blink, and the book is over. Snap of a finger. Just like that. I can't believe it, and I had to reread it in order to savor the action, the dialogue, and the world building. 

No sparkling vampires. (Thank goodness.) According to the book, vampires do not sparkle. Bones stick closer to the night instead of the day. Cat is lucky because of her half-human, half-vampire status. She is able to go through the day without being suspected as a vampire. Vampires exist in the modern world, just hidden like a underground world. 

The conflict is absolutely exhilarating. Cat becomes quite a killer, and she is a real maneater. Of course, she actually kills the man. Er... vampire. 

The romance between Bones and Cat is definitely front and center. Or at least, one of the things that are front and center. They are a ship-worthy couple. 

Overall, Halfway to the Grave is an entertaining and hilarious novel. Great start for Night Huntress (the series). Bones cracks me up whether he talks, and Cat is a deadly, deadly huntress. Some X-rated scenes, but okay. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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