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 am writing this review of the first book in the series after I have read all that Frost has written. Actually there are two series - Night Huntress and Night Huntress World that should be read in combination (Books 1-4 in Night Huntress, then Books 1 and 2 in Night Huntress World, and then back to Books 5 and 6 in Night Huntress.
The main character, Cat, is the coolest and she is tough. Cat is half vampire and half human (the only one in existance). I really love her and feel as if she is real. The main male character is named Bones. He is a vampire and is drop dead georgeous - he is super bad too. The dialogue in the book is snappy and funny. The action is fast paced and the interaction of the characters is fascinating. You are also introduced to Ghouls in this book. Even though this is a series, the book does come to a wrapped up conclusion. It does not leave you hanging, but leaves you wanting to know more about what happens to Cat.
Her mother grated on my nerves, but after the sixth or seventh book in the series, I have become to like her better (but she is still a major B...). I love Bones, but I do not like the voice the narrator has given to him. He really deserves a more suave and sexy voice rather than the broad cockney accent, but after two or three books in the series (Yes, he does reappear), I got over his accent and have come to think of it as Bones voice . The way he call Cat "Kitten" can make you shiver.
The sex scenes are pretty vivid, and, even though I don't usually like too much sex, I found them to fit the story and did not object. Cat and Bones are HOT.
In my opinion, this is the best of all the vampire series and you won't be dissapointed by the author or the narrator (except maybe for her "Bones" accent).
I very seldom give 5 stars (except for extraordinarily excellent books) and I give this a very solid 4 in all categories.
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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.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Ok, so Cat is half vampire and half human. She hunts down vampires as revenge for what her vampire father did to her human mother. He basically date raped her and Cat was the result. She meets Bones, a vampire, who threatens her into a partnership to hunt down vamps together. I have to say, from reading the other reviews I was a little put off because of the Spike and Buffy comparisons. And Bones does remind of me Spike. However, once I got into the story I forgot about that - I can honestly say that this book did not have one boring moment. The action kept me hooked and the characters were interesting, although I really don't like Cat's mother. But that is part of the fun-it sets up some good character development potential for future books. Cat's initial attitude that all vampires are evil (even though it is part of who she is) was drilled into her head by her mother. Plus the fact that she was an outcast her entire life because she was different. The romance aspect was perfect-there are some sex scenes, but they don't drag on and they advance the plot. I am not sure if I liked the way the story ended, but it definitely leaves you hanging for the next book. I will try the next book in the series, which will decide the direction this series is going.
I am a book lover and I enjoy fantasy and paranormal type of books.
Yes, I would listen again and I have. I truly love the story of a half-vampire half-human trying to make her way in the world trying to protect humans from the evil vampires.
I liked Cat and how she deals with her strange life in between the human world and the vampire one.
I believe that Tavia Gilbert's voicing of the characters made the book for me. She is a great voice talent.
I have to agree with another review on here. The Story was great and I hope they put more on audio! But the Voice of bones was done all wrong the English accent for this friend was much better and should have been used for the sexy male lead! but I am very glad I listened to it!
I don't know if Bones and Cat were brought to life the way Jeaniene imaged but they are awesome characters to me. Hats off to Tavia Gilbert who made Bones alive for me. What a great writer and narrator team. You make listening fun! The story was gritty, funny and sexy and more than what I expected. What a great surprise. You can imagine I was sorely disappointed to find only one available - I am waiting (rather impatiently )for more.
Halfway to the grave is one of my favorite PNR series, very interesting story, likable heroine and sexy british vampire. My problem with the audio version is Bones's british accent. The narrator is great at portraying Cat but there is a LOT to be desired from Bone's accent. I just couldnt listen to it, he doesnt sound manly or sexy at all. Book deserves 5 stars but the narator KILLED Bones which made me sad.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Once I start listering to the book, I just can't stop, literally. I'm sure most of us just can't stop falling in love with the characters. So entertaining and addictive. Though I have to warn those who have heavy work loads, cause in my case, this book kept me from doing my work for over a week.
I have loved this series for a long time. I was very excited to see that it has come out on audio book. Cat is a strong, but very human heroine. Bones is a very sexy, witty hero that reminds me a lot of Spike from "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." The book is every bit as entertaining and enjoyable the second time around. I look forward to being able to listen to the rest of the series.
The reader does a good job bringing you into the story. Great book!
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.
I actually enjoyed the storyline of Halfway to the Grave and would recommend it as a read but I found that the dreadful English Mockney accent Tavia Gilbert adopted for Bones just spoiled my whole listening experience - if only she'd stuck to her normal accent, the whole thing would have been much more enjoyable. Regrettably I won't be downloading the follow-ups because of this.
"A wild ride"
This book has everything: laugh out loud moments, action, romance, great characters and a fast-moving tight plot which makes it impossible to put down. The hero alone is worth reading the story to the end and the first person narrative is strong. The heroine borders on the psychotic and I can't say I exactly like her. In places, the violence was a bit graphic for my taste too. Despite this, I must confess I can't wait to read the others in the series, so here's hoping Audible gets the rest of them.
"Let down by narration"
I agree with the reviewer that commented on the 'English' accent the narrator adopted for Bones. It was completely wrong and devoid of any sort of emotional variations so made the story very one sided. A real shame as the remaining narration was good. I will try Book 2 but if the accent continues, that will be it!!
"OMG - If you cant do an English Accent - Don't Try"
This story is great, I'm still evaluating the vampire story line but first impressions is that it's great.
The thing that really raped my ears was the really really awful english accent, really awful!
Think the story has a lot of promise, but OMG - the accent. We're not all cockneys and even the ones that are don't sound like THAT!
Americans my find the pseudo cockney accent charming, but any English people out there will wince.
"Loved it when I read it but the accent!"
I have actually read all the Night Huntress books before I listened to this, so I knew I would love the story but I like to listen to audiobooks through out the day. This is book 1 in the series and a brilliant introduction to this fast-paced, fun and sexy world. The combination of fantasy, humour and action is a winning one if you're a fan of the genre (Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance). I have given this 4 stars simply for the reason that I got so irratated with the accent the narrator had given Bones! I always imagined it more Spike from Buffy than Artful Dodger from Olive!. Unfortunately the accent contiunes throughout the series on audio (appreciate they couldn't change the accent after the first, especially with the same narrator.) It does some what spoill the character, which really is a shame.
All in all this is a fantastic story and continues on into equally fantastic series. Worth a listen if you're a fan of Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris etc.
"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.
"story ruined by mock accent"
One character is English the performer gave a mock south London accent which is truly awful example "dawn" spoken as "don". The character which is also male sounds more girly than the bodice ripping seducer.
The female lead voice is okay and I bought this book based on the reviews and the sample of that voice.
This ones going back as the narrator attempt at characteriation is getting on my nerves.
"Ahhhh! Shades of Grey meets the Occult"
Loved it - currently downloading the next two books. The narration is very good and clear but the only sad thing is the peculiar East End of London x Australian accent for Bones which made it difficult to picture the tall chiselled featured vampire - because, for me, the accent conjured up a weaselly Cockney under-sized wide boy - what can I say? But it was also quite nicely occasionally subtly erotic and happily the action was fast-paced. Where I wonder are these amazing lovers - perhaps I should start searching for a nice vampire?
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