Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Favorite Line: ” Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!” (p.222)
Halfway to the Grave is the first in the paranormal romance Night Huntress Series. We follow the life of Catherine Crawfield, also known as “Cat”, who just happens to be half-vampire and half-human. She helps with her family on their cherry farm and dreams of going to college someday, but at night she becomes a demon hunter.
The reason Cat became this demon slayer was for vengeance. Cat’s mother was raped by a vampire, and she has taught her that all creatures of the night need to be brought down and that they are the devil’s minions. Cat hopes to come across her dad so that she can stab him in the heart and do her mom justice. She does a good job taking out the evil in her community until she runs into an old vampire named Bones.
Bones is not just a vampire but also a bounty hunter, and accidentally runs into Cat in a bar. Cat tries to take him down but, to her surprise, this does not work. Bones does not know what to make of her because he has not met a half-breed or someone like her. They form an alliance and help each other take down the bad guys. Bones tries to convince Cat that not all vampires are the fruits of the devil, but it’s hard to convince someone contrary to what they have been taught all of their life.
This book was pure entertainment. I think the friction between Bones and Cat was so intriguing that it did in fact keep me on the edge of my seat. I adore hate/love relationships. The passion that encompasses those types of relationships is so engaging that it makes my heart skip a beat when couples finally realize what the deal is. Also, I loved the humor in this book. I found myself snickering to myself while reading it in the wee hours of the morning.
The problem I did find with the book is that the dialogue with Cat can become immature and eye-rolling. She actually calls Bones “suck-neck” and “ass-munch” It’s not as bad as some romance books that I have read, but there are moments. I can chalk it up to her youth and ignorance, but there are some moments when the reader asks themselves “does she really need to talk like that?” How can one become a bad-ass when one talks like this.
Cat’s mother, Justine, is a complete enigma to me. I am assuming Justine is slightly off her rocker due to the tragedy that happened to her, but the way she treats her daughter is off the wall and I find it extremely hard to sympathize with her. She tells Cat that she needs to kill vampires, but she herself has never done so nor has she ever taught Cat how to do it. She just lets Cat go off into the night and assumes Cat can handle it herself. Justine and the mother from Carrie by Stephen King should go bowling some time.
The ending to this book also has the dreaded cliff hanger that I detest so much. Romance readers will not find a happy ending in this book and it has too much sex to be considered an urban fantasy, but it’s still a good page turner and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
For: Romance readers who want books with bite!
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