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 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.
Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.
©2007 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel!” (Romantic Times)
I have now I listened and read over 1500 books since 2010. Goodreads.com is a good way to find books and keep track of what you've read.
IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO GET INTO THIS BOOK. I THOUGHT IT STARTED OF KIND OF SLOW COMPARED TO WHAT I AM USE TO AND WHAT I WAS EXPECTING. OVER ALL IT WAS PERTTY ENTERTAINING. I JUST FINISHED LISTENING TO THE WHOLE SERIES (or whats availble) AND I WILL SAY BOOK 1 ISNT THE BEST BUT THE OTHER BOOK MAKE UP FOR WHAT THIS ONE IS LACKING. ITS IS DEFINITLY WORTH LISTENING TO. I ALSO LIKE HOW THE AUTHOR ENDS THE BOOKS. YOU DONT HAVE TO ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE BOOKS IN ORDER LIKE YOU WOULD DO IN OTHER SERIES.
Okay, I listened to the entire series within 2 weeks, so I'm only commenting on the first book and I will separately comments on book 6 (only because I had something specific to say about the last book).
This whole series is amazing!!!
Like other commenters have said, the author keeps the story moving so there are no lulls of boredom and only constant action. It's also very, very sexy, so brace yourself!
At first, I had a major issue with the main male character, Bones', accent (harsh British, not the sexy British accent of James Bond or someone else), but by the end of book 1, and definitely by the book 2, I found myself looking forward to hearing from Bones. (I die every time he calls her by her 'pet' name.)
The relationship between Cat and Bones is EPIC throughout the series. I love this couple! They are INTENSE!
I also have to give it up to the narrator, Tavia Gilbert. As you move through this series, she only gets better and better. Her ability to convincingly narrate the several voices and accents of the many characters is flawless. She can say a line without even telling you who is speaking and you know which characters are conversing. She is also the only narrator I've experienced who sounds like she's acting out the scene physically. Not so much in the first couple of books, but definitely by the last couple of books, she sounds like she's taking blows in the fights scenes as well as dishing them out. I really have to give this narrator props.
Books 1-4 are my favs. I felt like books 5 and 6 went a little stray (not to mention I hadn't realized two spin-offs were written about side characters which then feed into book 6 - - so I was a little confused about sudden new details in book 6 that I hadn't experienced since I didn't read the spin-offs). Despite the spin-offs, the author does catch you up on what happend briefly, but it felt odd not to read and experience the major events myself.
I'm looking forward to book 7 though. Book 6 definitely set up what the focus of book 7 will be...
It is hard to get excited about a main character who, although she is physically strong and a well trained fighter, is emotionally weak and not very intelligent. The book is written in such a manner that it is extremely obvious where the plot is going, but the character is very naïve and has not a clue as to what is going on and has the emotional responses of a teenager. She does not catch on to simple things a typical 14 year old would understand. It is hard to get excited about a character like that, I was disappointed.
If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you're very likely to love this one. Plucky, tough heroine, lots of humoristic twists and plenty of fangy drool-material. Quite bloodthirsty, dead sexy and completely addictive. Also great narrator - I love her Bones-accent.
Jeaniene and Tavia are a great combo. Bones is real and Cat is relatable. That is hard to accomplish apparently because so many authors struggle with realistic characters in the paranormal/fantasy genres. Jeaniene is worth every credit. Enjoy!
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This is a girl meets vampire tale and falls in love. But this girl is one gutsy person. She kills vampires with a vengeance. She teams up with a Vampiric bounty hunter (Bones) and the story unfolds. As with many of these novels there are several story threads all progressing at the same time. One is the romance and the other is the story thriller line. I think the romance is done reasonably well, and the plot is above average. However, the way she weaves the together is great. One minor commentary is the vampire gives up his secrets pretty fast eliminating mystery faster than necessary. Also, she introduced a character in the middle and he left the stage, at then end leaving me wonder what the heck?
Tavia Gilbert narrates the story. I am not a fan of voice she gives bones. Bones is British /Australian and the accent is borderline hookey. You do get used to it. This book will appeal to all folks who like supernatural fiction. There are seven or eight books in the series, this is the first. I will definitely read the next.
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 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 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.
Ok, so I'm really in split minds about this review. the book is amazing, no questions there. Cat spends a lot of the time saying things without realising, but that is literally the only qualm I have with the character's, plot and writing.
My real problem comes with the narrator. On the one hand she is perfect at portraying Cat, both as she speaks and as the narrator/Cat's inner monologue in a believable way. But, someone else should have taken on the job of portraying Bones. An American woman doing a poor impression of what I presume was supposed to be a cockney accent took the edge off the character (who is supposed to be devilishly charming, dangerous and masculine!) and in places it was downright painful as she mispronounced British idioms that she had clearly never heard before.
Thankfully the strong writing shone through!! Willing to give it another go for the next in the series- hopefully the narrator has practiced her English accent!
"Entertaining but British accent was hilariously unsexy"
As a vampire book lover, I did enjoy the story and was kept entertained throughout. However, as a British listener, I found the accent Tavia Gilbert used for the supposedly sexy Bones - was laughable! Probably one of the most unsexy accents in the UK and quite unrealistic - I don't know anyone who actually speaks like that, sounded more like an crazy old cockney bloke who's not left in the house in a century as oppose to an attractive century old vampire. It made the erotic bits of the story more of a comedy instead - I was literally laughing out loud at how absurd and unattractive it sounded - just totally wrong!
I thought it may have been a character choice but I've listened to a few other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert and all her English accents are the same. She really needs to see an accent coach because that's not how we speak in the UK.
However, maybe American listeners won't notice the awful accent - so despite everything it's still worth listening to.
"love this audio book! "
loved the narrators voice and how different each voice was from one charecter to another. spade and bones are my favourite as I just love how bad ass bones is. cat is a brilliant main charecter and you fall in love with the book. thank you .
"Really bad narration"
The narrator could try telling the story without using really bad accents
Put me off anything she narrates
Different narrator and/or stop trying to be English
I've tried to listen to a few books narrated by this person but have yet to make it through an entire book without some degree of cringing. She insists on trying to 'act' the characters by adopting strange accents. All it does is distract from the story. Just tell the story, we have imaginations that will suffice to characterise the individuals, no need for her own version of various European accents. A real shame as the story lines seem quite good.
"Great story, but oh the mockney!"
I really enjoyed this story but the narrators British accent was down right awful. Luckily as someone brought up on Marry Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I can withstand the worst of mockney accents. Will definitely give another in the series a go.
"Awful just don't bother"
The main character was just dumb, you the reader could see what was going to happen coming a mile off, None of the characters were at all likable, and its a story thats been done better a million times.
Made the heroine smarter and not made it so obvious to the reader what was happening.
Someone that didn't feel the need to do such awful accents!
The drink spiking, so clumsy and idiotic, also a few of the mother telling her she's evil scenes.
Probably the first audio book I've listened to where I'm shouting cop on to the characters.
"A halfling is not always a hobbit!"
Vampires Revenge Romance
I enjoyed the main person, Cat/Cathy/Catherine/Kitten. I like how she ticks. I hate, hate, hate her mother! I kept hoping a vampire would finish her off.
No. Like other reviewers said, her 'British English' is bad. I did not think it would be as bad as it was. I have not read the books so I can't
When two boys chat up Cat in the bar and the scenes after that, when she realises that there are good and bad people and good and bad vampires and she is starting to make her own mind up and not just follow blindly the hate speech from her mother. I think that is very fitting for our society where racism and religious hate are still very much part of our world.
I did enjoy the book, it was quite a good story and I might get the real books, but won't download another one unless they change the reader. Really, did nobody when recording this book point out that British people speak very very different?
"Junk food for the brain"
It's smutty chick-flick with vampires and violence. If you need to switch off your brain, this is a good way of doing it but you'll feel used and bloated afterwards and at some point you'll come back for more.
"Great listening, must read more........"
Twilight purely for human/vampire aspect,like story better
Not sure about the accent of Bones but it was a fitting narrative for the book
Mostly laughed, felt frustrated about her relationship with mother
Just brilliant, created good imaginary images and left me wanting more
"Quite a good start"
I quite enjoyed 'Halfway to the Grave' but it is not amongst my favourite all time audiobooks
This is my first Jeaniene Frost book & I did quite enjoy it although I'm not sure I would pick up the next volume as there are a lot of these type of novels around at the moment.
Tavia Gilbert's narration is brilliant as she sounds angelic one minute & demonic the next, she gives the characters colour
Nothing particularly moved me but I did enjoy the banter between Cat & Bones.
I'm not sure that I will continue with the series even though I did enjoy this story as I feel the deliberate non-ending almost obligates the listener to get volume 2, I'm just not certain I enjoyed it enough to go further.
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