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

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 new found 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.

Thank you, The Book Vixen for recommending this series to me!  Halfway to the Grave is the first in the Night Huntress series, starring Cat, a half-vampire, half-human who hunts and kills vampires in her spare time as retribution for the vampire who raped her mother.  Cat is tough, cocky and stubborn, with a "take no prisoners" attitude. She reminds me a lot of Rose from Vampire Academy, and also Rachel Morgan from Dead Witch Walking.  

The plot was more layered and intense than I was expecting, which was nice, and I liked Bones more than I thought I would.  I was looking for another Black Dagger Brotherhood or Rachel Morgan-type series, and that's exactly what I got---the perfect thing to tide me over until next year when the next installments in those two series come out!  If you're a fan of Kim Harrison, Vampire Academy, or the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you'll love Halfway to the Grave.  If you're offended by drawn out bedroom scenes every 100 pages or so, this one's not for you. 

One of the things I really liked about this book was the pacing.  Frost alternates between a minute-by-minute telling and jumping days to weeks ahead.  That kept the book feeling fresh and unpredictable for me.  Now for a warning:  DON'T start this one unless you have One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) in your possession.  There's a major cliffhanger ending!

Just One Gripe: 
The smaller characters were not well-developed.  This kept the book below five stars for me.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
I like Cat.  I love a strong, independent female lead.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  17/25


  1. This series tops my lists, and the books keep getting better! Make sure you check out the spin-off series!

  2. I love Cat and Bones! Don't you just love his accent??!!!

    I'm glad you like this series :)

  3. I absolutely love this series - I adore Bones & Cat is one of my favorite UF heroines :o) I'm adding links to all of your reviews


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