Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Halfway to the Grave ~ Jeaniene Frost

Posted 26 January, 2022 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 14 Comments

Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Halfway to the Grave ~ Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by Avon on October 30, 2007
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchase
4.5 Stars

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 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.

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Oh wifey! I’m so excited to have started our re-read of the Night Huntress series for the COYER read-along. It’s been so very long since I was in Cat & Bones’s world and I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed them!

You know, when I started Halfway to the Grave, I realized I first read this series in 2011, before I even started blogging. And I had forgotten how much I loved both Cat and Bones. It was so nice to come back into the universe of the Night Huntress.

 

I have to admit that I’d completely forgotten how prejudiced Cat was when we first meet her. I mean, I understand the reasons behind it, but still. I was elated when she “pulled her head out”, so to speak. Did you recall how irritating this part of her personality was and were you as thrilled as I was when she realized how wrong she was?

Yeah, I had forgotten that as well. I mean, she had heard only bad things, and the way she had seen vampires behave, too made things a bit understandable. However, at the same time, it took her long enough to realize that not everyone from one group of people (or creature?) is the same as everyone else. I had completely forgotten how that part of her personality had grated on me – and maybe I was less irritated by that eleven years ago? I don’t know. But now, I definitely wanted to slap her a few times.

 

Bones. Yum. Bones I remember. But I fell in love with him all over again. His charm. His wit. His patience with Cat. His chiseled….um, I digress. LOL I admired so much about him. How he took the cards he’d been dealt and built a life he could be proud of. And how he brought out the better person in Cat. He’s just yummy all the way around. 😉 Did you adore Bones this time around as much as upon first meeting him?

Oh, yeah. Bones is so, so yummy. From his English accent to his fighting skills to his moral compass. And I also loved how he was always able to help Cat see things from a different perspective. It was exactly what she needed. I think I loved him more this time, to be honest 😉 

 

I enjoyed the suspense element, too. JFrost did well in creating a unique world, introducing us to an array of creatures, and weaving together all parts — human and paranormal. The disappearance of young women was relevant then and even more so now. I appreciated the mystery and tension this element provided. And I liked that JFrost concluded this storyline even though this isn’t the end of Cat & Bones’s story. Did you enjoy the suspense element?

I agree, the suspense, the universe, the creatures, and how Cat actually needed Bones to get to the end of some of these mysteries. I loved the suspense I think J Frost did very well in every aspect of the story and the plot. Because building this universe, with its mythology and creatures, and not info-dump us. Plus the characters were compelling and well rounded, too.

 

I liked that in Cat, JFrost gave us a strong, intelligent, but flawed character. Watching Cat grow emotionally and morally was a pleasure and I admired how JFrost redeemed her. Am I alone in feeling she needed to redeem herself even if I understood why she was the way she was?

I so agree – flawed characters are so much more interesting to read about. Especially when they are able to grow and mature the way Cat did. She definitely needed to redeem herself, she was as close-minded as most bigots are.

 

That ending. WOW. It’s a great setup for the rest of the series but it was also emotional torture. I may have teared up, wifey. But you know I’m a sap. 😉 One thing’s for certain…I’m eager to move onto the next installment.

Ha! We’re both saps, and proud of it, right? I was so surprised by the ending, because I had completely forgotten about that. So much so that I’ve already read the second book, I couldn’t wait.

 

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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About Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Brandee is a mom of 3 and a soon-to-be empty nester. She is also an avid reader, a genre omnivore, and a compulsive one-clicker - but she's in recovery. Besides being a reader, she's also a writer and hopes to divide the vast quantities of spare time she'll soon have between reading and finally publishing her first book.

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14 responses to “Blogger Wife Chat Review ~ Halfway to the Grave ~ Jeaniene Frost

    • I actually hadn’t read this one since 2007! :O I eventually got behind because I’m, apparently, not a patient fan. LOL I read the first 6 then…. It’s one of my favorite series, too, Anne, so I was ecstatic when you picked it for this year’s read-along. It’s going to be so much fun to revisit and get to chat about the books with my COYER friends. <3

  1. Jen

    I am enjoying everyone’s reviews for this one. (I’m not doing the whole series, but will do one of the standalone books later). I forgot so much about Cat – how YOUNG she was, how prejudiced she was. She changes so much over the course of the series. It’s a fun one to revisit!

  2. Berls
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    It had been forever since I read this as well and like y’all so many moments I had forgotten. I also think I felt more strongly about a lot of things – Cat was more irritating in her close-mindedness, Bones was even more swoon worthy, and the ending was even more gutting for me. I’m about halfway through book 2 now and experiencing a lot of the same wow “I had forgotten that” moments. Enjoyed your chat 🙂

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