Halfway to the Grave
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 newfound 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.
A woman with a vendetta, Cat brings her half vampire lineage to the table in Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. There’s a lot that has been said about vampires and vampire hunters, but it’s the storytelling that makes it shine.
Cat is a character who is fighting herself from the get-go. Taking out her vengeance on fellow vampires because of what one did to her mother years ago. Her mother who condones Cat’s hunting and killing of the vamps, is a focal point to the whole storyline. That relationship deeply impacts the tone and story.
Is it these experiences that shape who Cat is and will eventually become? Heck yes! No nonsense and full of wit, she can dish it out and take it too. There are really so many things that happen in this story, but yet it all fits together like a puzzle piece. All of the crazy secondary characters. A ghost comes to mind… and a somewhat charming dork called Timmy. But really, it all comes down to Bones.
Bones, who as he was introduced seemed like a scary guy to be honest. He could have totally passed for a baddie. But that soon turned into charming and funny vamp. I might even go as far as to say that he was precocious. In the audiobook the narrator gives him a Cockney English accent. Totally unexpected, maybe a little jarring in the beginning, but totally suits his character. It’s an experience not to be missed. This is a series that I might just have to read them all in audiobook format.
There was also a sort of romance reversal as well. What I mean by that is that the heroine is usually professing her love and the hero is the standoffish one. Poor Bones falls head over fangs for Cat and she takes a long time to come to terms with it. Besides the fact that it’s taboo to have a romantic relationship with a vampire, but it would totally ruin her relationship with her mother. So, it’s quite a predicament. Seriously, there was 20 minutes left on the audiobook and I was reeling with the fact that it was not going to end well for anybody! The suspense was real y’all.
There really is no real ending as the story continues on to the next book. I wouldn’t call it happily ever after, but it’s the curiosity that is keeping me invested and yeah, maybe Bones as well.
“If you run from me, I’ll chase you and I’ll find you.” ~Bones
The narration by Tavia Gilbert is top notch and listening to her narrate Once Burned, I really can’t image anyone else narrating Jeaniene Frosts’ books.
The only inconsistency or maybe I’m just being a little critical is when Cat says that she’s never seen Interview with the Vampire because it was too violent, but then she makes a reference (a quote) from Silence of the Lambs, which is probably even more violent.