Title: Halfway to the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Blurb: Half-vampire Cat (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 unlikely partnership. In exchange for help 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 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.
My Thoughts: HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is the first in the ‘Night Huntress’ series and was also Jeaniene Frost’s debut book. Cat is the result of her mother being attacked and raped by a vampire. He had only recently been turned which is why he was still able to impregnate. Not surprisingly Cat’s mum hates vampires, and has taught her daughter to hate vampires. Fair enough, but what I thought was really bad was that she sent her sixteen year old daughter out to kill vampires without a thought as to whether her daughter might get hurt in the process. It makes the relationship very confusing, Cat loves her mum but hates that she is expected to kill vampires, while mum hates the fact her daughter is half one of them. Cat meets up with Bones when she tries to kill him not realising there is a vast difference to the ones she has killed so far and an old master vampire. Bones and Cat form an alliance, he will let her live and help her find her father if she agrees to train with him to become an effective vampire killer. As well as learning killing moves she also has to dress up as a tart to lure them in. In fact there are a whole lot of uncover activities going on both looking for bad vampires at the behest of a secret Government agency and under the sheets – if you get my drift! Considering it is a book about vampires, with the occasional ghost thrown in it is very believable and Bones and Cat are well written, have great dialogue and complement each other. All in all HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is an action-packed, fast-paced read with lots of humour, vampires, vampire slaying and romance.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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