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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Amber
  • oakley, CA, United States
  • 06-19-12

love cat and bones!

What did you like best about Halfway to the Grave? What did you like least?

I love this story. I will say at first the narrator got to me, bugged me a little.. but i warmed to her a littler later.. i believe what got me was bones voice she does it a lil too high pitched for how wonderful he is. i think that's what i liked the least.
what i liked the best was the story as a whole. I mean it had a good mix of introducing a new series and the char actors with a nice flow of action and movement of time I appreciate who things didn't all happen in a matter of days or weeks.
this was an amazing start to a good series.. had situations you can relate to even true to the dangers of being in your early 20's (the bar incident). things that where hilarious (what was my hand doing there.. gripping that?) i would LOL a few times and the situations.

What other book might you compare Halfway to the Grave to and why?

i might have to think about this.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

i think i covered this.. the reader did change her voice for spoken words accents changed her voice for different characters (some thing that is a big pet peeve of mine when they don't) i just have an issue with bones voice.. soo high pitched sounding.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

i think i love it just the way it is. i especially love how the story grows with each book.

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Great diversion and entertaining!!!

What made the experience of listening to Halfway to the Grave the most enjoyable?

The banter between characters made me laugh out loud. Bones was intriguing, followed by Cat. Jeaniene made all the characters interesting and you want to learn more about them. I couldn't wait for the next book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bones has a beyond straight forward manner and says exactly what he wants without self monitoring. His smart %^&* comments are worth waiting for. He is the best character.

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't think the book would be half as good. I don't think a man could have portrayed Bones better or captured his nature. She was superb! I don't think my imagination could have brought him to life as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I kept cleaning the house with my ipod on just to hear the book and then I listened to the whole book again.

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I love Cat and Bones!

If you could sum up Halfway to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

Wonderful fiction series.

What other book might you compare Halfway to the Grave to and why?

Perhaps the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer's crossed with the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. I did enjoy her narration and would read other books read by Tavia.

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

There were many points in the book where I was moved. I don 't feel that I can choose just one.

Any additional comments?

I think Jeannine Frost has done an excellent job with book. I have already purchased all of the remaining books in this series to listen to.

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  • Roxana
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States
  • 05-22-12

Fantastic, sexy, fascinating love story!

Would you listen to Halfway to the Grave again? Why?

Yes, more than once. The story is beautiful, erotic and sexy but most of all Tavia Gilbert's voice is great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bones, loved his british accent and the tenderness he projects.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kat and Bone's first kiss

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

Yes, I laughed and cried.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this series to all who Love, have Loved or will love.


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Snarky, Romantic, and Action-Packed

The first in the Night Huntress series, this book kicks off the saga in butt-kicking style, with lots of laughs, action, and romance. The series stars half-vampire Kat and her vampire lover, Bones, who also happens to be a bounty hunter/hitman. In this book, they join forces to combat a white-slavery racket led by slimeballs of both the vampire and human variety.

I see that other reviewers have expressed disappointment in Bones' low-class accent in the narration, and I admit, it threw me off at first because in romantic books, the strong male English lead usually sounds more like Darcy from Pride & Prejudice, and less like a street-urchin. But the more I listened, the more I thought the narrator's accent for Bones was absolutely perfect. Bones doesn't have a upper-crust background, and the written wording and slang definitely suggests a cockney accent, so the narrator's take on it seemed to fit Bones' personality, especially once you accept the fact that Bones isn't, and never will be a Darcy. Why? Because Darcy's much too civilized in comparison, even if he is fantasy-worthy in his own right. But I digress...

Kat is a strong female lead, but she's also vulnerable, loyal, and innocent in more ways than she realizes. Oh yeah, and she's got lots of snark when the need arises. I listened to a good chunk of this with a big ol' grin on my face, even after the first time.

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Tough Heroine, great storyline, good narration...

What did you like best about this story?

There have been a lot of vampire books hitting the shelves recently...I'm tired of picking up cheesy reads with the same story line. This one is unique and makes you want to read more.

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  • Denise
  • Cortland, NY, United States
  • 05-03-12

Bones and Cat

Can't say enough great things about these characters Love Bones and Cat not many reads make me laugh out loud

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Completely derivative, but mildly entertaining

If you have been a fan (as I have) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood books), you probably won't hate Halfway to the Grave but you may have a major sense of deja vu. Put Buffy and Sookie in a blender and you will get Cat - as tough as Buffy with the naivety of Sookie. Now mix Angel and Eric and voila you get Bones - as virile and drop dead gorgeous as Eric with the purity of heart of Angel. Halfway to the Grave isn't just borrowing the vampire cliches, it flat out rips off some of its predecessors with an end result that isn't nearly as fun or entertaining as those it imitates. Certainly more entertaining than the vapid Twilight books, Halfway to the Grave is definitely not as interesting, clever, or well-written as Buffy on TV or the Sookie book series.

Tavia Gilbert doesn't take much away from this mediocre book, but she definitely doesn't make it any better with her narration. Her speaking voice with the narrative is fine, but she's not great with voices and much worse with accents. She makes Cat's Mom, Grandma, and Grandpa sound like characters from a Saturday Night Live sketch. Kind of hard to listen to but Jeaniene Frost has so little character development with any of them, it doesn't matter much. Gilbert's voice for Bones (our vampire hero) is much more difficult to listen to. I guess she is affecting what she thinks is a Cockney accent, but it is more of a caricature of a Cockney and she doesn't even get some of the words right. (She pronouced rogering as though it rhymed with ogre-ing! I'm no expert on Cockney accents, but I know more than Gilbert just from watching Brit-coms. Can't believe no one catches this stuff in production!)

The "Men in Black" ending leaves me with a debate. About 1/2 through this audiobook, I was sure I wouldn't listen to any sequels, but the ending does open a door that could allow Frost to cut a new vampire path and she is a decent writer so I'm not sure now. If Gilbert is the narrator, I'll probably pass, but with a better narrator, maybe Frost could get better.

Frost certainly does stick with the one absolute that guarantees vampire books are here to stay - sex with a vampire is always "shattering"!

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Laughed out aloud through the whole book!

What did you like best about this story?

This book was fun. It took me a couple of tries to get going with the book (my fault not the book's) but once I got to the point of Kat and Bones meeting - it was really good. I laughed out loud so often that I was constantly getting funny looks or the comment "What's so funny?" (listening on my MP3 Player).

What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s voice?

Good - Could Improve - This is the only problem I had with this book. Ms. Gilbert's voice for all of her characters, but one, was really pretty good and fit what you expected to hear.......but with Bones. Her English accent was hard on my ears. I struggled with Bones' voice because it was so high pitched. She had other guys with the right pitch but Bones came out sounding too high pitched for my tastes. I finally got to tolerating it by the second half of the book but would have preferred something different there. I would listen to her other books because like I said - all the other characters were great. Just wish she had chosen to do something a little deeper for Bones.

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I didn't get past the 2nd chapter

I brought this book on the review. I wish I'd heard the REALY bad english accent first. I could of saved a credit. the story might be OK but i couldn't listen past the second chapter.