Halfway to the Grave
(Night Huntress, Book One)
By Jeaniene Frost
Format: Audio Book
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 11 hours & 19 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance, Fantasy
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Rating: 3.5 Stars
Let’s all be honest, we’re here because of Spike. We’re here because we love Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it’s absence has left a void in our hearts. Literally the only reason I started this was because of all the five star reviews I saw on Goodreads and the promise of a Spike wannabe. Right from the get-go, the plot didn’t sound too original and I was skeptical. I mean come on—girl meets vampire, girl falls for vampire against better judgment and drama follows.
But damn it, this was a pretty entertaining listen. I admit it. It was good in the way a lot of pop songs are good—like you know they’re crap, but you find yourself liking them anyway. And what better book to use for my first official blog entry than one I’m somewhat ashamed I liked?
In this vampire romance, Cat is a young woman in her mid-twenties who just happens to be a half-vampire. For all of you not in the know, in this universe that’s pretty much akin to seeing a double rainbow—practically non-existent. She’s the only one of her kind and her mother spends the entire book making her feel like shit about it. Cat was conceived after her vampire father raped her mom, leaving behind a child that mommy dearest equates to a monster or demon. To try and compensate and earn her mother’s good favor, Cat spends all her time flashing cleavage around bars to draw in vampires so she can kill them. All is going well and “business” is booming when she tries to lure Bones, a powerful vampire bounty hunter—with one hell of an English accent—who doesn’t fall for her bimbo act. This time Cat is the one who gets captured, a very first for her. Imagine Bone’s surprise when he discovers that she not only isn’t a hired hit man out to kill him, but also a half-vamp. He convinces her to team up to catch the bad undead guys and lovey-dovey, self-sacrificing mayhem ensues.
Bones was the best part. There, I said it. All of those fangirling Goodreads reviews didn’t disappoint in that department. The narrator made Bones sound a little too Eliza Doolittle for my taste, but he still kicked major ass. After the Joss Whedon masterpiece ended my heart panged for more blonde, snarky vampire and Frost definitely provided.
Plus, there was never a dull moment in the plot and I never got bored. Even though there is a certain amount of predictability in this book (SPOILER ALERT Cat and Bones fall for each other. GASP!) there are so many other twists that keep you on your toes.
Definitely had to deduct some points for Cat, though, because I personally found her to be extremely aggravating. I understand that Cat’s character had to grow from her beginning insecurities, but more than once I found myself slapping my palm against my forehead in classic “doh!” fashion. Gurl what are you doing? That whole scene with the vampy ex-nun? Cringe worthy. Read it and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when it happens.
This was a great way to pass time and I was very entertained. I don’t know if I can stand Cat for another six books, but I’ll definitely be checking out the next one out of curiosity. Gotta find out how these two wacky undead kids get back together!