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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

Though I recently read the last book in the series, I felt like re-listening to it from the beginning, reminding myself what I loved so much about it. I remembered this series got me hooked from the first second and both Cat and Bones became characters I wanted to visit and re-visit as long as possible (then came the spin off series of Vlad - Night Prince - and all I wanted is Vlad - more more more!!!).

When I started organizing this blog I realized most of the books in this series don't have reviews since I read them before I started monitoring my reading through GoodReads - too bad! really! Then when I made my Series Pages I decided that this series will be the first I re-visited so I can enjoy it all over again and also review it properly. 

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was a joy listening to the Narrator Tavia Gilbert! I think I would rather have a more masculine voice for Bones but I'm just clutching at straws here since she really did an amazing job!

The book's written from Cat's POV. She is half human half Vampire (sometimes referred to in Vampiric lore as Damphyr) and though mostly I get itches from just hearing the concept of Damphyrs here I accepted it since it came to be in a rather exceptional circumstances - Cat's mother was raped by a young vampire. So young that his "swimmers" (using the exact words in the book) were actually still alive though the body carrying them was recently dead. Cat's mother carried her to term and delivered a healthy baby, maybe more healthy than the "usual" baby... Besides the fact she never got sick, she had an usual strength and somehow more perceptive than the average human. Cat's mother related to her how she was conceived when she was 16 and she has been killing "those sick bad Vampires" ever since. 

On one "lucky" night she encounters Bones who doesn't fall to her carefully planned trap. Instead HE traps HER. Never meeting a half breed before Bones isn't sure what to do with her. But after the initial resentments from both sides they struck a deal - Bones will train her to lure Vampires (also being able to fight them better than she did) and she would help him capture and kill the Vampires he is after. 

Though they start off quite hostile slowly but surly Cat falls for Bones. He is more honest about his feelings (which was rather sweet) saying he fell for her right from the beginning. Yeah, I could actually see his point as he described how she looked like to him, the things she said and how she behaved. Though a little suicidal she is one hell of a kick ass bitch! 

Cat struggles with her feelings for Bones and her general distaste of Vampires. She sees them as her mother had always described them to her - EVIL. But like in the human society, there are the good people and there are the bad ones. Unlucky enough for Cat and Bones, the last Vampire she killed was someone Bones was tracking, trying to find a Vampire named Hennessy who is running a very nasty organization and have connections that goes higher than they originally considered. 

Though the book didn't really end in a cliff hanger I could say (without spoilering!) that it wasn't a happy note either so hopefully for you, you can grab the next one to have another fix of the deadly couple. The is quite a fast pace book, it's really action packed which is why it's easy going through those in no time. 

One last thing before I finish this review. I really enjoyed this book, I DID! But I have my misgiving about Cat. For me, there is something a bit childish about her, and her stubbornness becomes annoying at a certain point. Even though I get her, she wants to fight the battles and not sit at home doing the dishes.. Yet, I think that there is some sort of naive-ness about her attitude. Bones on the other hand I REALLY LOVE.

Since this series follows Cat and Bones on their adventures it's actually an Urban Fantasy not Paranormal Romance Series. But for me it's quite the same so I'm filling it on both categories. 

Great series! RECOMMENDED!

Additional Details: Audiobook, 11:17 Hours, 21-24 July 2014 / On GoodReads

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