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Thursday, April 20, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @BlackstoneAudio

SERIES: Night Huntress, Book #1
AUTHOR: Jeaniene Frost
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: March 31, 2010
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 17 mins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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.

Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.

This series starter blew me away!

I recently listened to Reckoning, the prequel featuring Bones, and I really enjoyed it. This one was even better! I absolutely love Catherine “Cat” Crawfield, the half-breed offspring of a vampire father and human mother. Her mother was a victim of date rape, and Cat always knew she was different but didn’t know why. Her mother didn’t reveal the details until she was 16 years old. Cat takes it upon herself to rid the world of as many vamps as she can by trolling for them in bars and making it appear that she is easy prey. Her quick knife-work takes them by surprise. One night, Cat gets the brush-off from a vamp who is waiting to meet someone else. She does end up leaving the bar with him, but she can’t fool him with her act. Cat agrees to an alliance with this vamp, Bones, who tells her more about her father in one conversation than her mother has told her during her lifespan. He promises to help her find her father if she will work with him, and she will be permitted to continue to slay vamps but only the ones he authorizes. Bones trains Cat, and they end up developing feelings for each other.

Cat and Bones have an undeniable chemistry. It started off with snarky and sarcastic banter, but Bones made remarks here and there that revealed his feelings for Cat long before he spelled it out. I love seeing Cat embrace who and what she is, and she’s straddling a fine line between unleashing the evil inside of her (according to her mother) and living according to her nature. She also matures and understands that being a vampire doesn’t necessarily make you evil, no more than being a human makes you a good guy.

The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, and I totally get why Cat does what she does but I just want to shake her! I can’t wait to continue with the next book in the series, which is Happily Never After.

In the prequel, Reckoning, I thought that narrator Tavia Gilbert’s voice was a little too feminine for Bones. She does Bones just right in this one! She nails everything perfectly, and I will continue with the audiobooks for this series. I actually own this book in paperback format as well as a few more in the series, but I opted to listen as my library offers the series on Hoopla. Here is a sample of the narration:

5 stars!! It was superb, and I will likely re-read it. You should definitely put it in your TBR if you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal romances! It won the 2007 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy.

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah! So glad you loved this one. I was thinking about trying it as I'm always looking for a new series.


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