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Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel Mass Market Paperback – 30 Nov 2007


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins World; First Printing edition (30 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061245084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061245084
  • ASIN: 0061245089
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost has always been drawn to the strange. As a child, she and her sisters would sneak out and watch horror movies at every opportunity. At 12, she began writing poetry. Shortly after that, she read her first romance novel, and it was love at first read! She knew she wanted to write her own novel someday, but figured she had plenty of time. That same "plenty of time" mentality also lingered past her teens and through her twenties, however. It wasn't until Frost was almost 30 that she realized she'd either have to start then--or resign herself to never doing it.

She chose the former. When she sat down to write her novel, she knew it had to have her two favorite elements in it: urban fantasy and romance. Everyone has a favorite "What if they were real?" creature. For Frost, it's vampires. The first time she went to Sunday school, her minister pointed to the cross on the wall and asked her if she knew what it stood for. With all of the logic of a 5-year-old, Frost replied, "Yes, that's what keeps the vampires away!"

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`Sure to please fans of Kim Harrison and Kelly Armstrong. Jeaniene Frost has a winner on her hands. I loved it!' (Yasmine Galenorn, New York Times Bestseller)

`Cat will have you staked in five seconds flat' (Cheyenne McCray, USA Today Bestseller)

`Halfway to the Grave has breathless action, a roller-coaster plot, flashes of dark humour, and a love story that will leave you screaming for more. I devoured it in a single sitting and I can't wait for the sequel!' (Ilona Andrews, New York Times Bestseller)

Halfway to the Grave is a fast-paced, sexy thrill of a book that takes the black and white struggle of good vs evil, and blends it to get every possible shade of gray. Jeaniene Frost takes Urban Fantasy head on and makes the genre her own with a winning blend of humor, sex, and real emotion that will leave readers eager for more. (Kathryn Smith, USA Today Bestseller)

Resuscitating the vampire genre with a daring, bold voice and sophisticated suspense, Halfway to the Grave signals a clear changing of the guard; armed with a barbed wit, sizzling romance and supernatural intrigue, Jeaniene Frost has clearly arrived. (Vicki Pettersson, New York Times Bestseller)

`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.' (Romantic Times)

. . . it has also become increasingly difficult to find something unique enough to stand apart from the pack. With it's edginess, humor, and engaging characters, Halfway to the Grave does it in spades. (Romance Reviews Today)

Halfway to the Grave is an outstanding example of urban fantasy romance. (Romance Junkies) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lesley70 on 23 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Crawfield kills vampires. Half vampire herself, she is trying to pacify her mother, who was raped by a vampire and subsequently became pregnant with Cat. At the beginning of the book we join Cat on one of her hunts, but instead of being the one doing the staking, Cat finds herself at the mercy of Bones the vampire. Deciding to work together, they join forces and pursue Hennessey a vampire who definitely deserves killing. Their feelings for one another deepen, but Cat will eventually have to make a choice between her own happiness, and the safety of those she cares about.

I don't think Halfway to the Grave is helped by being labelled a paranormal romance. I think if the romance had been allowed to develop more slowly over the course of the series and the urban fantasy pushed harder the book overall would have been stronger. As it is the relationship between Bones and Cat feels a little rushed. Also romance readers who prefer their endings to be tied up neatly need to be aware this is the first in a series.

Catherine's character doesn't really settle down for the first forty pages or so of the story. As she's a first person protagonist the story doesn't really settle down until then either. She's very much a contradiction, and I think some of this is down to inconsistency.

I find it very hard to believe that Cat at age 22 has never used hard swear words. So on p5 my suspension of disbelief went out of the window. This woman has been to school, presumably been to the movies, hangs out in bars trying to pick up vampires. I realize her mother is over protective to say the least, as are her grandparents but this didn't quite gel for me. There is an incongruity between her physical age and her thought processes, which feel younger.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Winters Kiss on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
'Flirting with the grave...
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 unholy partnership.
In exchange for 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 newfound 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'

'Half-way to the Grave' is the first novel in this edge-of-your-seat Night Huntress Series. Cat is a fiesty, engaging and compelling heroine. The reader is also introduced to the sensual and strong-willed Bones early on in the book. The developing beautiful relationship between Cat and Bones is a delight to read. This novel is an action packed page turner, which keeps the reader enthralled. I love the pace of this book, especially when it gathers speed towards it's exciting end. I finished this novel wanting to pick up the next. I eagerly await the sequel 'One Foot in the Grave', in April 2008.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Forsythe on 3 Jun. 2013
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Saying I'm disappointed in this book would be an understatement. I have close to two thousand books on my Kindle, many of them free, but I shelled money out for this one because so many people rave about it. I'm totally boggled. Why?

I love vampire based PNR, but this book had so many of the genre's tropes that I hate all in one place. The emotionally unstable, angry heroine who is also painfully virginal and unaware of her own sexuality. "I didn't like it before. I think something is wrong with me." Really? Despite how the whole thing worked out it never occurred to you that is was just bad sex? Her insistence on holding onto old slights so long that they become character traits. The way she went all embarrassingly cave-man possessive whenever a attractive female came around. Pet names, god the patronising pet names! The way Bones knew more about her abilities than she did. 22 years and she never noticed that she could see ghosts, for example, but he knew somehow. The constant reminders of female victimhood. (I'll be coming back to that one.) The characters complete unwillingness to communicate in any sort of civil manner, etc. (OK, some of those aren't necessarily tropes, just frequent occurrences to the genre.)

If I had to name the theme of this story it wouldn't be romance, erotica or even vampires. It would be women as sexual victims and the use of sex as a form of control and degradation. There are so many references to prostitution in this book I lost count. Cat's mother is considered a whore because she had a child out of wedlock. Cat is seen similarly by extension and even called one by her mother at one point. Sergio calls Cat one before their final encounter. Bones admits to having been a gigolo when he was alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stopped reading Sookey Stackhouse once everyone and their mother had climbed on to the vampire bandwagon. Frankly, there is nothing to beat Bram Stoker when it comes to blood, lust and a brilliant story; one book and he's created a whole nether world of offshoots.

This book was suggested - I won't say recommended - as of possible interest and that's what it is. It's all been done before, more or less, so the 'pull' was the possible English connection. This only partly worked unfortunately. The use of language in a book is all about understanding the differentials in a country so that you don't mistake one part of it from another. We don't say 'luv' at the end of every sentence, especially if we're over 200 years old. We might say say 'pet' during that period but - and here I go again - we certainly, most certainly would never say 'gotten'. I'm beginning to hate this word so much that it's becoming an obsession; rather like like killing the undead. If only' gotten' was a vampire.

And so to bed which happened rather too quickly for my liking. Okay, this is urban romance but for someone who has all the time in the world, Bones, shall we call him Crispin? seemed in a real hurry to bed the half-vampire who is either a misguided teenager at times or a hard-nosed twenty something killer at others and who seemed in an indecent haste to drop her guard, shall we say panties where Bones was concerned.

At one point in the book, when we discover 5 percent of the population is vampirical, I had to groan. The book was becoming a list of how to entice and then kill a vampire, all of whom seemed rather thick to me. There are only so many times when a silver dagger is an interesting end to a dead life.

There are good points in the book. J.
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