Book 1 in a series, but the plot is self-contained within the larger context.
Jeaniene Frost does a competent job spinning the yarn. Her universe shows good consistency. I’m not sure I’d choose another book in the series, but it is more that I think I’m satiated with this author than a general flaw. The characters are well enough written.
Tavia Gilbert does a good job. The book is lite and the voices match. For a more serious book one would worry about some of the accents, Bones’ English for example, but as it is they work well enough.
The main character’s internal dialogue could be annoying by its frequency; it is a first person point of view book. The tone of much of Cat’s dialogue is that of a startled rabbit, but that’s OK, too.
The story is intriguing enough that I finished the book; I was drawn to the characters sufficiently that I wondered what would happen. The sex scenes are fairly graphic, nothing kinky – other than it’s vampires, so be warned … but give it a try.
I had a hard time getting into this book. I just couldn't get into the characters. Cat was just too immature and arrogant and it took a while to get used to Bones' voice. It wasn't until almost the end that I became interested in the story. I'm not sure it was enough to continue listening to the series but I'll probably go ahead and at least listen to the second book to give the series a chance.
I bought this because it was on sale and since I've read all of Jeaniene Frost's books on Kindle I figured it was a no-brainer. Well I should have paid more attention to the reviewer who mentioned how distracting the narrator's voice for Bones is because it completely pulled me out of the story. I would compare it to Spike from Buffy but that's doing a disservice to James Marsters. More like a menacing Eliza Doolittle. I thought I'd get used to it but I'm halfway through the book and I'm giving up. This one's going back.
I encourage everyone to at least try the sample, though, because you may not have the same issue I did and it's really a fantastic, fun, sexy series.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Halfway to the Grave is what I call a "tweener" book. It is a romance sprinkled with humor, steamy sex and lots of vampire hunting/killing action. There is not any kind of complex plot line which requires concentration, and you will not have your guts wrenched with suspense or emotion. The main character (Cat) is smart and brave. Bones, her lover, is complex yet likeable and very romantic. The book was enjoyable, but there were times when I became bored and just wanted to get it over with. The ending is a cliffhanger, so you will likely want to continue to the next book in the series.
NARRATOR - Tavia Gilbert is an amazing narrator. She does a great job with Bones' Cockney accent as well as the minor characters -- drunks, ghosts, family, etc. I agree with many reviewers that Bones' accent is not the least bit sexy and I was very dissapointed at first, but I came to understand that it is the right accent when you consider his origin and childhood.
OVERALL - I wasn't in love with this book, but it is a nice, easy listen and good enough for me to move to Book 2.
Some listeners seem to have a problem with Bones' voice as performed by Tavia but they don't seem to understand that bones grew up very poor and has a Cockney accent. If you compare the way Spade (Charles) speaks then you can HEAR the difference in their places in society. I mean a pickpocket, male prostitute sent to prison in Australia... what do you want him to sound like?! That being said The performances of the characters throughout the book is amazing! I know I can't do what Tavia does so take it down a notch with the complaining about Bones' voice. The storyline is amazing and I really didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I knew I was hooked when I bought the second book BEFORE finishing the second book. I had the first book in my library a while before I started to listen and was lucky enough to get the next two books on sale while listening to the first. The whole series is amazing and just gets... better. I don't know how she does it but Mrs. Frost, you are an amazing author.
I got this book because it had good reviews but it just wasn't for me. Unfortunately I bought 3 books in the series all at once and I felt obligated to listen to them all. They did not get any better for me through the series either. I think this story is just geared for women. Some men may like the series but my guess is most will not. I can at least say that it wasn't so bad that I stopped listening to it.
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Story is full of well-described action scenes that lend toward the reader's imagination.
No doubt when Cat & Bones are getting to know each other. Both in the bedroom and out especially when Cat allows Bones to feed for the first time.
No. However, Gilbert did an impeccable job in both Book 1 and Book 2. Loved how she keeps all the characters distinguishable.
I would recommend listening/reading "Halfway to the Grave" and "One Foot in the Grave" back to back. However, I did not have a similar experience in "At Grave's End." It felt like that one (Book 3) was written by someone else altogether. Save Bones, few characters behave/sound the same as Book 2. Not sure what happened there.
Reading is great, but I LOVE audiobooks! I would never get this much read or done without them...
Never thought I'd ever read books with a topless male gracing the cover, but I read this book - and then the rest of the Night Huntress series and the spin-offs as well. (Even though Night Huntress series covers don't, check out the cover of "Once Burned" and you'll see what I mean.)
The characters are enjoyable and it's just a fun ride. The sex scenes get more and more graphic from one novel to the next, but that's not why I read the books (they would be just as good without those scenes - the chemistry between the main characters is almost more palpable before they get to the dirty deed). The action, sense of humour and fun characters keep it entertaining in a way that kept me coming back, even if the basic storyline lacked originality at times.
Tavia is great, Bones's accent even grew on me.
I quite enjoyed these books, so glad I took a chance on the over-done Vamp genre!
Great mix of action, humour and romance, I bought this book and now have purchased all of them. Tavia Gilbert gives a great performance its almost a dramatisation rather than a reading she does such a good job with the different characters.
It's not one that kept me in the car once I got to the driveway to hear another chapter, but I don't feel as if I wasted my money. It was good
in this series...yes