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Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1 | [Jeaniene Frost]

Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Catharine Neutral Bay, Australia 07-30-12
    Catharine Neutral Bay, Australia 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "loved the story hated the english accent"

    I loved the story and the romance between bones and cat, my only complaint would be with Bones' awful english accent! It is the least sexy accent I have ever heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nguyet ALLEN, TX, United States 07-28-12
    nguyet ALLEN, TX, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "should be put into the ground and buried deep!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i think teenagers would appreciate this book more than adults since the main character acts like a teenager through out the book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    make Cat act like a grown woman instead of a child. The female lead is a complete childish twit that only teenagers can identify with. I ended up rooting that one of the vampires would kill her to put me out of my misery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice of the male lead sounded like Eliza Doolittle with the cockney accent trying to immitate an australian native. It's very annoying and just ruins the entire mood of the story. Every time the narrator does his voice, I just cringe with laughter...it makes it really hard to imagine him as an manly lead. Then the way she voices Cat makes her sound like a teenage twit. I just want to slap that character in many parts of the book because she comes off so immature and a complete child.


    What character would you cut from Halfway to the Grave?

    Cat.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't buy this book unless you are a teenager. Go buy Dianne Duval's vampire series of books...it's just so much better and the characters are more mature than the ones here.

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    Stacy 07-16-12
    Stacy 07-16-12
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    "Well Written but meant for a Young Audience"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written and well read story about a 22-year-old college student coming of age...a little late. The characters are well defined and likeable but Cat, the 22-year-old half-vampire-half-human female, is immature...in a likeable way but still immature.

    The first thing she thinks about after waking up in Bones' bed is "What will my mother think?!?" and that's just one example of how young she is for a 22-year-old. She's still living at home with her mother and her ultra-conservative grandparents and still hides things from them as she tries to expand her world.

    Bones' calls her on her immaturity several times, in fact, he sometimes states exactly what I'm thinking as I listen. "oh come on...!!!" Despite her immaturity, Cat is a charming character.

    Bones' is interesting but I need more from his point of view. I feel like we don't get to know him very well and without that information it's hard to follow Cat as she falls in love with him. I'd like to see more internal dialogue from him as he learns more about Cat. I also wish he was stronger with her but that's just a personal preference. They work as a couple though there is a drastic age difference and a maturity difference as well.

    Overall I'm meh on this one...I do think the author is a skilled writer. I just don't think she's going to write characters that will pull me in. A younger audience would appreciate these stories more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 07-06-12
    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't get thru it."

    Maybe it gets better, but after about 2 hours, I couldn't take it anymore. I like paranormal romance, but I've read fan fiction more believable than this angst-ridden Mary Sue story, and everyone who complains about the terrible accent is spot on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-06-12
    Jessica LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.

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    "Could not finish it"

    This story is so uninteresting. I could not finish it. And the narrator is pretty terrible. The fake British accent for the main male vampire (ala Buffy) sealed the deal for me. I would not recommend purchasing this book.

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    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 05-05-12
    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "most frustrating main character ever"

    this was not the worst urban fantasy i've read/ listened to, but it had the most annoying main character. for the first time in my life, i actually yelled "what, are you that stupid?!" to an audio book, not once, but several times. aloud and in rooms with other people in them.
    i like flawed characters, they make the story more interesting, but her personality, impulsiveness, and inability to think ahead (or for herself at all in some cases) had me shaking my head more than once.
    the premise is interesting, the story not bad, but the main character killed this series for me.
    i'll stick to anita blake, gin blanco, kitty norville, and harper blaine as urban fantasy heroines (or anti-heroines) and leave cat to those who can stand to be in the same room with her.
    not for everyone.

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    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 03-23-12
    Daniel Aylett, VA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2010

    I mostly likes me some sword and sorcery, not really in to sifi but theirs a place in my library for anything from John Scalzi.

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    "a bad narrator can ruin a book"

    I only made it about 2hr in to the book cause the narrator was just too painful to listen to. It's hard to narrate a book when you only have one real to work with putting in bad accents and such to mix it up. The story seemed ok as far as I got but it wasn't worth the assault on my ears to go any further.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 03-07-12
    Carolynn Cedar City, UT, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Tough Start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Halfway to the Grave to be better than the print version?

    I never read the book. I listen to audio so I can get other things done during the day, and while driving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first chapters were hard to get through, but the story started to flow after that. the narrators voice and clipped speech, made the story line hard to listen to, making the story almost choppy. The book would have been a good book for teens


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Bones voice grated on my ears, and


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I started this series because I needed something new. At first I was not sure if I would beable to get through the book, but it turned out to be a fun read. The personal experiences were touching and Tavia tried to perform the correct feelings in to each part. But it was as if she tried to hard, or over did it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a fun read. This will be my first review that I am unable to recommend the audio-book. But I will say to read the other reviews and make your own decision. You might just enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie United States 07-12-11
    Marie United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2010

    I like any books that hook you within the first chapter. If a love story is involved even better.

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    "It is impossible to not fall in love with this ."

    I feel in love with the charatcters in this book. It would be impossible not to. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat. Tavia Gilbert does an amazing job acting this book out. It is hard to believe she was the only one reading. She was a joy to listen to. Loved it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K Pacific Grove, CA, United States 07-08-11
    K Pacific Grove, CA, United States 07-08-11
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    "Absolutely Addictive series!"

    This is the very first time I have checked for other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert. She is truly an amazingly gifted woman. Rarely can you find narrators that do not make you a little crazed with their inability to handle the opposite sex well. She on the other hand does that beautifully and every other person with various dialects. The characters are seamless and engrossing.

    This series through to This Side of The Grave is one of those that you get lost in! Looking forward to August for the next in the series.

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  • Joanna
    Elgin, United Kingdom
    5/20/11
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    "Disappointing narration"

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    Fleet, United Kingdom
    9/12/10
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    11/13/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    Great Missenden, United Kingdom
    8/11/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Danbury, United Kingdom
    6/22/11
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    "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!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • katie baro
    7/30/14
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    "Love the story but..........."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read the books and loved the story but i had to stop listening to the audio version because of the dreadful Brisih accent, I won't be buying the follow up books because of this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Countess_Dracul
    UK
    12/12/14
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    "Awful just don't bother"
    What disappointed you about Halfway to the Grave?

    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.


    What could Jeaniene Frost have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the heroine smarter and not made it so obvious to the reader what was happening.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

    Someone that didn't feel the need to do such awful accents!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Halfway to the Grave?

    The drink spiking, so clumsy and idiotic, also a few of the mother telling her she's evil scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the first audio book I've listened to where I'm shouting cop on to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Family
    Veltem-Beisem, Belgium
    9/29/14
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    "A halfling is not always a hobbit!"
    If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    Vampires Revenge Romance


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?

    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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. B. Potter
    UK
    8/20/14
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    "A rubbish English accent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bones .....A guy to fall in love with


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Most annoying English accent I have ever heard


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite author but badly read which is off putting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzymandias
    Mistworld
    6/3/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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