Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: Halfway to the Grave ( Night Huntress #1 ) by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, aiming for the father who ruined her mother. Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, captures Cat, and agrees to train her until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But a group of killers pursue them. Bones is as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.


Urban Fantasy


Cat is a half breed vampire with a human mother. She had some peculiar vampire ability that made her stronger than normal human. Her goal in life was to hunt down every bloodsucking vampire to avenge for her mother who had been raped by one of their kind. Every night Cat prowl the bar to find her target, but one night she finally met one Master Vampire that didn't fall into her seduction plan. 

Bones is a Master vampire hitman/bounty hunter/i-don't-know-what-is-his-agenda. He spotted Cat and knew something is not right with her. A human can't be that strong to kill off a vampire. He lured her in to interrogate her on who she is working for. Once they met, hilarious banter ensured and I just plainly can't get enough of them both. At one glance, Cat hated him and can't wait to stake him, while he was fascinated with this little human who was so damn fierce.

“Cat, hmmm? From where I sit you look more like a Kitten."
"It's Cat. Cat Raven."
"Whatever you say, Kitten Tweedy.” 

Suffice to say, Bones is one of my favorite hero who is totally badass, cocky, had crazy sense of humor, he even like to laugh at his own jokes and loves Cat unconditionally. Jeaniene also gave him a touch of humanity despite being a two century old vampire by giving us his background story and him liking to watch Court TV. Instead of feeling otherworldly and distance, Bones is a character that I can connect to and rooting for him to get his girl. 

“Nice to meet you, mate, and here's some advice: Don't even think about it. You try anything with her and I'll neuter you with my bare hands. ”

Cat reminds me very much of Kate Daniels with her sarcasm and her penchant to attract troubles. They strike up a deal to work together to kill of vampire mofo with Bones leading the mission and Cat acting as the human bait. As you can see with both of them together is the perfect concoction for some serious mayhem. She still have some serious prejudice towards Bones and vampire in general, but she decided they can work together in the meantime. After undergoing some death defying training with Bones, Cat's was even more kickass than before. 

"You're not a woman. You're the Grim Reaper with red hair!” 

One of the difference of this series compare to other of my favorite urban fantasy was that Cat and Bones got together really early in the series. I love the absence of the long drawn out romance that sometimes take up for a few books. I love those too, but is comforting to read about two people who gave in to their feelings and act on it instead of making all sort of excuses to avoid it. 

“I'm saying that I'm a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you're okay with that, because it's who I am, and you're what I need.” 

Anyway, there were some obstacles that they both have to overcome, for instance Cat's mum hatred towards vampire. Also the fact that Bones won't age and Cat do.

“Kitten, you still haven’t told her? Blimey, what are you waiting for?”
“The Second Coming of Christ!” 

Bones had been hunting after Hennessy, the evil vampire who had been leading a human trafficking biz to supply to the vampire community for years. Now Cat is on board with him as long as is include killing of one his kind, better yet an evil one. 

The ending is not a major suckball cliffhanger, but it does left me wanting to read the next book. I'm not sure how will Cat cope with her new situation and will things work out for her and Bones. 

“If you run from me, I will chase you, and I'll find you....”