Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) – Finally taking the world of Cat and Bones for a spin again
For the record, I probably would have started this series a long time ago. It’s just that my first exposure to Jeaniene Frost’s writing included a spin-off book from this series that left a LOT to be desired. It took a while to build up the nerve to give her stuff another shot. But thankfully, this particular book has a more of what I’m looking for in an awesome vampire read. My experiences were like night and day!
This series follows Catherine Crawfield, a half-human/half-vampire who takes it upon herself to dole out vigilante justice against vampires with the hope to meet her vampire father and put him on the business end of her stake. She runs into the wrong (or right) vampire, Bones, who shows her that she is truly no match for what she’s up against. Being a vampire bounty hunter himself, he forces her into a partnership to take down fanged big bads together. And so begins the story of the beloved Cat and Bones team.
I thought this was a really good start to the series. Cat’s character starts out pretty self-righteous and angry, but she’s left questioning everything she believes in, which is good for character progression. I can see why Bones has a lot of fans. I found him very entertaining all throughout. I’m not an insta-love fan, and I do believe they get together a little too quickly here, but knowing that the whole series involves them allows me to be a little more accepting of the dynamics. It’s at least good to know that not everything will be easy for them. I do worry that they’ll become stale for me since I usually become more attached to ships with better build up, but I am keeping an open mind.
I laughed quite a bit at the countless euphemisms and innuendo. They were effective even when I was in a bad mood and placed well enough so as to not become annoying. The end really amped up the action which I totally loved. The carnage was awesome and I enjoyed seeing Cat and Bones as genuine badasses!
I purchased a copy of the book that contained bonus material with deleted scenes. A lot of it felt really repetitive to what I’d already read and only a couple of developments added to the story. The rest is forgettable, which is why it wasn’t included in the first place.
I definitely recommend at least giving this series a try. It’s not a favorite of mine quite yet, but I definitely will be reading the next one ASAP.