Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Halfway to the Grave

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 nigh...

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Halfway to the Grave Reviews

  • Tatiana

    2.5 stars

    I feel a little torn about this book. Can't say I didn't enjoy it in some way, but at the same time I can hardly say anything in its defense.

    What I liked:

    1) Spunky dialog.

    2) Dirty talk.

    3) Steamy hooking-up - Bones is a very generous, attentive and giving lover, if you know what I mean.

    What I didn't like:

    1) This is not urban fantasy, this is paranormal romance. The majority of the book is dedicated to flirting, snogging, hooking up, and love confessions.

    2) Many complain that Bones is Sp

    2.5 stars

    I feel a little torn about this book. Can't say I didn't enjoy it in some way, but at the same time I can hardly say anything in its defense.

    What I liked:

    1) Spunky dialog.

    2) Dirty talk.

    3) Steamy hooking-up - Bones is a very generous, attentive and giving lover, if you know what I mean.

    What I didn't like:

    1) This is not urban fantasy, this is paranormal romance. The majority of the book is dedicated to flirting, snogging, hooking up, and love confessions.

    2) Many complain that Bones is Spike rip-off. Not sure about that, as I have never watched

    , but the story certainly reads like an indulgent fanfiction. It is a mix of non-stop snark/action/sex scenes (guess which ones I was constantly flipping to) with almost no character development or world-building to speak of.

    is filled with cutesy gratuitous scenes of jealousy, sex on the stairs, and proclamations of love - the stuff that any fanfiction is full of. The characters are defined exclusively by snarky/sexy dialog with almost no back-stories - Cat, for instance, has no friends, hobbies, interests, etc.; and the story fails to create any kind of sense of place - there is barely any description of anything - clubs, apartments, cities.

    I understand the appeal of this series, I honestly do. I enjoyed almost-blushing-virgin Cat and dirty-mouth Bones conversations and flirting very much. But you can't sustain a book, let alone a series of books on just dirty talk, no matter how entertaining it is. As for literary quality,

    has none. Not really interested in reading the sequels.

  • Kat Kennedy

    I remember someone explaining, chemically, how a cheese burger works. How the fatty meat combined with the fatty cheese and the white buns make a cholesterol parade in your blood stream that gives you endorphins that make you happy when you eat it. Something about that combination, seems to give our bodies a buzz. They were explaining that THAT'S why cheeseburgers and Mcdonald's in particular are so damn popular. They're addictive foods because we get addicted to the buzz of eating them.

    When it

    I remember someone explaining, chemically, how a cheese burger works. How the fatty meat combined with the fatty cheese and the white buns make a cholesterol parade in your blood stream that gives you endorphins that make you happy when you eat it. Something about that combination, seems to give our bodies a buzz. They were explaining that THAT'S why cheeseburgers and Mcdonald's in particular are so damn popular. They're addictive foods because we get addicted to the buzz of eating them.

    When it comes to reading, I'm not much different. Combine action + sex + supernatural and you may just have a readership. I guess I'm not the only one because publishers have jumped on this ship like it's the only one with booze and half naked young men and women grinding up against each other (see I'm trying to use subtle images to get you addicted to my reviews. Is it working?)

    They must have been delighted when Frost walked in the door because her novel is pretty much the combination of sex, action and supernatural elements without ANYTHING else. Most of the dialogue is about sex, arse kicking or discussing supernatural elements. This book is a cheeseburger. A big, greasy, delicious, ketchup covered cheeseburger.

    The sex orginates from Spike/Bones and Cat, our main protagonist who is a half vampire. Some other characters come into this story but they're not important because they're not having sex.

    They team up together to fight vampires. They stab, decapitate, crush, kick, punch, tear, bite, shove and knife their way through every single encounter. Kapowi! (See this is the action part of my review. Settle yourself in bitches, because you're about to get addicted!)

    The vampires in this book can be good or bad and their eyes glow green when they're using their Vampire Powers of Awesomeness TM. They mesmerize their prey into obediance and take "sips" out of them. (There! Bam! You're now addicted! Don't try to fight it, just give in and ride the pleasure wave)

    So, I enjoyed it in the guilty pleasure way that you enjoy a cheeseburger while you're eating it. Afterward though I felt vaguely dirty and lost. Life was sadly lacking in sex, action and supernatural. I went and kicked my husband in the head but to my IMMENSE surprise he didn't immedately tackle me and make love to me with blazing green eyes. I must be doing something wrong.

    The last part of the novel dragged a little bit until a vampire started throwing cars around - because we can't possibly go thirty pages without someone bleeding out of one or more places on their bodies...and then having sex. While being a vampire.

    See, I TOTALLY understand why this book was recommended to me. It's EXACTLY the kind of sexy, kinky shit I'm into and I really enjoyed it (so thanks!) but then I also recognize that this is a cheeseburger. It was SUCH a cheeseburger that I started to feel cholesterol moving through my synapses and forming some brain version of diabetes.

    Give it a go. It was fun, flirty, dirty, and quick (Oh my goodness, it sounds like a just described a hooker!)If I hadn't kept thinking to myself, "Damn you, Frost! Stop baiting me with supernatural smoochies!" then I would have been able to enjoy it more for what it is. Junk Food Fiction.

    Just remember, Kids. Junk Food Fiction is a SOMETIMES read.

  • Lyndsey

    Cat is a part vamp/part human, super-strength, vampire-slaying goddess with eyes that glow green when she gets riled up. She has been slaying since the age of 16. Bones is her sleek-and-sexy, bleach blonde, British vampire sidekick who also slays vampires for kicks. And for the bounty. Together they form a kick-ass team who love to heat things up on the dance f

    Cat is a part vamp/part human, super-strength, vampire-slaying goddess with eyes that glow green when she gets riled up. She has been slaying since the age of 16. Bones is her sleek-and-sexy, bleach blonde, British vampire sidekick who also slays vampires for kicks. And for the bounty. Together they form a kick-ass team who love to heat things up on the dance floor and in the bedroom.

    Buffy rip-off much?! YES. But if you expect that, it helps. The absence of Buffy has really been playing on my psyche lately, so this was

    . If you go in expecting something original, you WILL be sorely disappointed.

    Just because it's a derivative, doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable. Plus, I was in the mood for a

    p, which is exactly what this is. I think mood will definitely have a huge effect on how you view this book.

    Gawd - every time Bones spoke, I would start having to fan myself.

    I felt like I was having hot flashes.

    If you've read any of my Fever reviews (notably

    or

    ), you probably know that I can go a bit overboard with the love for my favorite male characters.

    Bones is what you would get if you mixed together two of my favorite things: soot-covered half naked firefighters and rocky road ice cream.

    DAMN! Wish I had a visual aid for that one. Hmmm, in fact I would gladly hand over a

    for such a picture!!

    He had me so sexually frustrated in the first half of the book that I was pulling out all my hair.

    And yes, I look

    like that.

    Part of my problem was that I wanted it to keep going with that much intensity. But halfway through the book, they are already getting it on. Not that it wasn't good, but I would have liked a little more

    . I wanted the to be tortured with it. But I'm weird like that.

    So technically, Cat is not a virgin but in the beginning she acts like one. She's very virginal. And at first, she blushes every time he says

    to her.

    And she's 22 and getting ragged on for staying out all night once. I can't

    her mom or her grandparents. Get the EFF over yourselves!

    I can

    justify giving this book four stars, but I decided that three would be too few. That doesn't mean that I didn't love it.

    I feel like I just need to add that

    where I loved Mac and cared deeply about the things happening to her, I really didn't care at all about the plot of this book or really even that much about the main character. The

    thing that kept me going was the relationship between the Bones and Cat, so I really hope that this changes in the sequels.

    So obviously, I did love Bones (no really?). But that's the main problem. He

    this book for me. If you take him out, this book is two stars, maybe. The rest of the story and the main character were not all that captivating.

    , I did find this artwork. It's supposed to be Buffy and Spike but it makes me think of Cat and Bones:

    This is your typical vampire slayin' and vampire layin' book. Besides the green glowy eyes that the vampires have, there isn't alot here that you wont find in another vamp romance, except for Bones. He makes it sooo worth it.

    Regardless of it's flaws, it's definitely a SUPERnatural fun ride. And really hot to boot.

    Oh Bones. *sigh* Oh Bones, oh BONES!! *smacks the desk with both hands*

    Trust me. With Bones - you wouldn't have to fake it.

  • Aestas Book Blog

    With one of the strongest long-lasting couples. Here's how I see Bones... are you drooling yet??

  • Kristen

    I won't waste time writing a review for a book/series that everyone but me seems to have read.

    I adored Cat and Bones. Their banter, chemistry, and humor was simply fabulous. I now understand why so many readers consider them their favorite paranormal couple. Even with the lame cliffhanger ending, which is no big deal considering the series is complete,

    is a great start to what looks to be an awesome series.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox

    I am ecstatic …….a fabulicious new series!!! Sexy vampires….what else could I ask for???? Cat & Bones are now my favorite vampire couple!!!!

    Cat is a sexy, kick-ass half-human/half-vampire determined to kill vampires…after all her mother was raped by an evil vampire, aka her father.

    Bones is

    I am ecstatic …….a fabulicious new series!!! Sexy vampires….what else could I ask for???? Cat & Bones are now my favorite vampire couple!!!!

    Cat is a sexy, kick-ass half-human/half-vampire determined to kill vampires…after all her mother was raped by an evil vampire, aka her father.

    Bones is a sexy ancient vampire, slayer of evil vampires with a fab English accent…yes, he’s British!!!! And GORGEOUS!!!!!

    I absolutely loved the humor and the interaction and dialogue between Cat & Bones is …let’s just say…TO DIE FOR!!! A love story…ooh I love it….

    A great blend of supernatural and urban fantasy world building – sexy, dark, romantic, witty, action filled plot, filled with fantastic characters…those male vampires..YUM…..imgsrc=”

    that left me wanting more.

  • kris

    I have no words about this book!I was aware that the series is addictive and really good but I didnt expect perfection and yes it was indeed perfect.The characters,the storyline and everything were so carefully developed and well written.Bones made me swoon so badly with his attitude/arrogance and his conversations with Cat either left me giggling or laughing out loud.

    I have no words about this book!I was aware that the series is addictive and really good but I didnt expect perfection and yes it was indeed perfect.The characters,the storyline and everything were so carefully developed and well written.Bones made me swoon so badly with his attitude/arrogance and his conversations with Cat either left me giggling or laughing out loud.

    I'm not going to focus on the storyline since it's full action packed.Just trust me , there is not a single boring moment.I literraly devoured the book and enjoyed every single line.

    She is half vampire but she hates them simply because of what a vampire did to her mother.She wants to kill every vampire that will stand on her way and she is doing it with flying colours until she meets Bones.Cat is

    your witty heroine.

    She is :a

    I think that I never liked a female character more.I had so much fun when I was reading her inner monologues.

    Ahhh this sexy english accent *sigh*

    What can I say?

    He is a protective vampire who is haunting someone.With Cat's help he believes that he will finally capture him.Bones is

    .The truth is that he will make you love him.You cant resist him or his charms.

    He is Cat's neighbor and I found him very cute.He is a naive human and he has no idea that vampires exist but eitherway he doesnt have the balls to say a word at Bones.

    The ending is so unexpected and there is also a cliffhanger.I cant wait to see how things will work out for Cat and Bones.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads

    GAH.

    So here's the deal: NIGHT HUNTRESS by Jeaniene Frost is one of the first UF series I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart.

    That being said, there are aspects that haven't aged well. At all.

    Things that were cornball the first time I read them in 2007 are borderline stoopid in 2015.

    Things like:

    Okay, that was always stoopid.

    How 'bout this:

    GAH.

    So here's the deal: NIGHT HUNTRESS by Jeaniene Frost is one of the first UF series I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart.

    That being said, there are aspects that haven't aged well. At all.

    Things that were cornball the first time I read them in 2007 are borderline stoopid in 2015.

    Things like:

    Okay, that was always stoopid.

    How 'bout this:

    Ugh.

    BUT.

    Bones is one of the most perfect love interests ever conceived.

    In fact, if he wasn't a vampire--not my favorite--he'd be a strong contender for Numero Uno Book Boyfriend (currently held by Clayton Danvers of

    fame).

    He's a Bad Boy. A killer for hire with just a touch of vulgarity that makes him intriguing rather than crass. Or maybe it's that his rough edges are more acceptable b/c he's also daring without being reckless, loyal, and oh-so-patient with his temperamental Cat.

    Being a bit temperamental myself, I appreciate that.

    He's also dead (HA!) sexy.

    BUT.

    And I'm probably digging my own grave here (PUNS, I has 'em), but he's also very obviously modeled after Spike. As in James Marsters from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

    What's wrong with that?

    Well . . .

    *glowers menacingly*

    HIS HEAD IS TOO BIG.

    It really is. And it widens oddly at his forehead. Almost like he's some Mad Scientist Super Villain.

    I want to like him, really, I do. And sometimes it's almost possible.

    But then there's this:

    SO. This reread I was on a mission. I was determined to find a suitable alternative for Bones-in-my-head. And I did. Behold, Justin Theroux:

    I was horribly disappointed to discover that he's only 5'9". BUT that's the awesome thing about Bones-in-my-head--I can stretch him to the 6'2" he's meant to be (preserving the aspect ratio, of course), and VOILÀ. Perfection. *takes a bow* *congratulates self*

    Catherine Crawfield is one of a kind.

    She's grown up knowing she was different, but any attempts to discuss her extras with her mother are met with anger and shame.

    So she does her best to hide her strangeness. Pretends to be "normal." Until, finally, on her sixteenth birthday, her mother tells her the truth: Catherine's father was a vampire who raped her. Five months later, Cat was born, premature but fully developed. To illustrate the point, Mommy Dearest stabbed her in the thigh to make her eyes glow.

    Just like her father's.

    The Monster.

    Catherine must be careful, you see. She has evil inside her and it wants out.

    Cat's mom . . . kind of a bitch.

    After that Cat makes it her mission to hunt and kill creatures like her father. Now she's twenty-two, and she's refined her technique, learned through trial and error the best ways to beguile then dispatch her prey.

    But one night, things don't go as planned . . . Her target isn't falling for her usual lines, and in the inevitable confrontation, he gets the drop on her and after being knocked unconscious, she wakes chained to a wall in a cave . . .

    Not good.

    That's when things get

    interesting.

    Suffice it to say that they--Cat and Bones--form an unwilling alliance, and thus begins Cat's education about reality vs. what-she's-been-told.

    And this is where another of the Big Problems rears its ugly head: the slut shaming.

    Given what you already know about Mommy Dearest, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Cat's formative years included a rather narrow-minded "Christian" perspective on dating and relationships.

    So it's understandable that she has a hard time with her world being turned upside down, what with learning that vampires aren't any more evil than humans and that sex is part of a healthy adult relationship.

    BUT that doesn't make her self-flagellation any easier to read.

    The only thing I can say is that it's a realistic part of her character development, not a long-running theme.

    Those are my only real complaints: the corn and the shame.

    I acknowledge that the whole Spike thing is completely superficial and subject to individual preference.

    And despite those issues, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost was still an entertaining read. The plot was interesting enough to hold my attention in the face of awful turns of phrase and sporadic bouts of self-loathing. It's pretty funny, too. And Bones more than makes up for any early deficiencies in Cat's character. Overall, far from a perfect first installment, but worth continuing. Recommended.

  • Debra

    ★★★★★

    is a 22-year-old half human/half vampire. Ever since she was a little girl her mother, a human who was once date-raped by a vampire and thus became pregnant with Catherine, has told her that all vampires are evil, demonic creatures that can't be trusted and

    ★★★★★

    is a 22-year-old half human/half vampire. Ever since she was a little girl her mother, a human who was once date-raped by a vampire and thus became pregnant with Catherine, has told her that all vampires are evil, demonic creatures that can't be trusted and that they all must be killed. So, for the past six years, Cat has used her superhuman strenght to hunt down vampires in her city and kill them without mercy. Then one night she runs into he vampire called

    who's a ruthless killer and bounty hunter. Bones turns out more powerful than her and he ends up kidnapping her and proposing her with a deal: he suggest the two of them to team up and hunt down the most dangerous vampires together, that way they'll be even more powerful. It's an offer Cat cannot refuse and soon she finds herself part of a powerful and merciless duo of vampire hunters.

    ❥ The

    : it kept me enthralled and captivated from the very first page. There was a perfect balance between the seriousness and suspense of action scenes and the humor and romance between the two main characters. The dialogue between Cat and Bones was hilarious and had me laughing out loud more than once.

    ❥ The

    : Cat and Bones are a dynamic, fun, sexy couple that complement each other perfectly. And Bones is pretty much my new favorite alpha male book boyfriend; he's smoking hot, a ruthless killer but he his tragic past and the patiente and care with which he treats Cat (aka his "Kitten") show that he also has a soft spot. And every time he calls her "luv" with his sexy Brittish accent, I melt a little inside. *sigh*

    Cat, on the other hand, is a badass heroine with a very tough, "to the point" attitude, which is very refreshing in a heroine. The only character that I'm not really a fan of is Cat's mother. But maybe she'll come around during the rest of the series...eventually.

    ❥ The

    ....all these elements turned out to be the perfect combination to keep me hooked from the very first page until the very last one. There were some very interesting twists towards the ending that I didn't see coming and that made me all the more curious to find out what's going to happen next in the fascinating, danger-filled lives of my new two favorite vampire hunters!

    There's not really a cliffhanger, but still, I'm already looking forward to starting the next book in this series soon!!

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    First read 2/20/2014

    Reread 11/19/2015

    My God I love this series. I loved this book the first time I read it and I love it more now. Night Huntress series is one of my all time favorites, and after years of reading it's still one of the best series I h

    First read 2/20/2014

    Reread 11/19/2015

    My God I love this series. I loved this book the first time I read it and I love it more now. Night Huntress series is one of my all time favorites, and after years of reading it's still one of the best series I have ever read! God but I love me some Bones and Cat! They are my favorite book couple ever!

    Cat hunts vampires. She has since she was 16. That was the day her mom told her where she came from. That her father was a vampire that date raped her mother. Having grown up with all kinds of weird abilities, Cat never fit in. Then her mom told her all the time that she came from evil, that evil lived in her, and all vampires are evil murderers. Cat went out every weekend picking up vampires. Killing every vampire she picked up so that maybe then her mom would forgive her for the way she was born. One weekend she bit off more then she could chew when she went up to a blonde vampire Bones. When she leaves with him, things don't go as planned and before she knows it she has been knocked out and chained to a cave with said vampire asking her who she works for! When she tells him her story, that she is half vamp and what her father did, he offers her a deal. Help him hunt vampires, as bait, and not only does she get to kill vampires with back up, but he will help her find and kill her father. Cat jumped on that deal. As her and Bones hunt they uncover a vampire sex, and blood slave ring. Will Cat ever let go of her vampire prejudice, and see that there are good and bad in both vampires and humans, or will she let her prejudice cost many lives maybe her own? Can Cat and Bones stop the bad vampires from killing any more young women?

    My Bones:

    Bones is oh so yummy! He is so sexy my panties melted. Damn that vampire got me hot! The things that vamps says Mmmm Damn!! He showed Cat that it's not being a vampire that makes a person evil, it's their heart. He loved Cat, all of her just for who she was, not even her mom did that. He kicked so much ass and embodied everything a vampire is suppose to be. I can't sing enough praises for Bones. He was smart, sweet, sexy, badass, brave, and caring. Why Bones Why aren't you real???? God but I wanna jump his bones. (lol)

    My Cat:

    I so have a girl crush on Cat. I loved her every bit as much as Bones. Her mom treated her like it was her fault she was born out of a rape, and that she was evil. Cat never knew true love. She hated herself, but she still cared deeply for others. She tried to do right. She wanted to help and save others so they wouldn't end up like her mom. I could understand why Cat felt the way she did and her actions. She felt very real to me. Even having the life she had she was still an awesome person. She was brave, strong willed, sassy, smart, and straight badass!

    This book's pace was great. It doesn't matter how many times I read it, once I start I can't put it down. Cat and Bones together are explosively hot. The book really built up their relationship. They are one badass vampire hunting team! Their love feels real, and tangible. I couldn't help but fall in love with both of them. I fucking hate her mother. Justina treated her daughter like shit. Justina made Cat pay for her fathers sins over and over, never accepting her and loving her. Jeaniene Frost did a great job of building the paranormal world in this series. I had a great understand of the undead world and never felt lost. The plot was action packed. There was blood, guts, spit, and ass everywhere. Towards the end there is a awesome fight where Cat and Bones are just handing everyone their asses. This book had it all. It made me laugh, smile, swoon, jump up and down in excitement, and cry. There is no HEA in the end it is a to be continued. And the ending OMG .......


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