Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress Series #1)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress Series #1)

by Jeaniene Frost

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780061245084
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Series: Night Huntress Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 71,932
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1739 reviews.
want-me-a-vampire More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I gave in and read this! I consider myself very picky about my paranormal romance books. Examples of my favorites are, "Twilight" series (OF COURSE), JR. Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" and "The Sookie Stackhouse" series. That should give you an idea about my taste in books. I've "started" approximately 3 other paranormal romance series only to lose interest for one reason or another. I'm on book #2 in this series and so far I love it! I gotta say, for the readers that are too shy to ask, there aren't as many sex scenes (erotica is a guilty pleasure of mine! Hence the lack of that fifth star) & they aren't as explicit as, for example, Lora Leigh's Breed series, but the connection/attraction/romance between Cat and Bones is enough to give me butterflies at times. Definitely touching enough to keep me reading!! I'm VERY happy with this series & I hope beyond hope that Jeaniene Frost keeps up the wonderful pace and relationship with Cat and Bones. I'm a sucker for a happy ending. This series in ongoing too, so that's a plus!! Books to look forward to. :~) P.S To be 100% FAIR, if I wasn't such a pervert (LOL!!) I would give this book 5 stars!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Half-breed Catherine ¿Cat¿ Crawford has always had an icy relationship with her mom because her mother has never moved past the fact that her daughter was the result of a vampire raping her. To try and gain her mother¿s approval, Cat hunts down and kills vampires but in spite of her being good at her vocation and the danger she places herself in, Cat knows her mother still sees her as a rape byproduct who ruined her life.----------------- When Cat attacks master vampire Bones, who is a professional vampire bounty hunter, he defeats her. He is attracted to this unique warrior and persuades her to join him in battling evil vampires. While that will not make her any popular with mom, she agrees especially when he explains he has chased after Hennessy for years, but the psychotic vampire successfully kidnaps and kills the unattached.------------ This dark vampire romance will grip fans from the moment that Cat and Bones meet and never slows down until the last bite occurs. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action even with a first person perspective because the grim world of Frost comes across as real. Fans will enjoy this fine thriller as Bones may convince Cat that since she can¿t please her mother not even if she died, she should try to please herself if not that than please him as a worthy partner who admires and loves her.------------ Harriet Klausner
crys885 More than 1 year ago
If you loved the Sookie Stackhouse series as well as the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, this is definitely for you. Thrilling, romantic, and overall awesome, Cat and Bones will have you hooked from the very first chapter. I also recommend all the other books in this series, as Jeaniene Frost does an excellent job keeping the readers captivated from the first sentence to the very last.
MyHeadInTheClouds More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this series. Jeaniene Frost's entry to the Night Huntress Series is impeccable. It is romantic, hilarious, whimsical, and titillating. It is somewhat a coming-of-age story with a delightful vampire twist. Cat is an excellent heroine: courageous, sexy, witty, stubborn and full of life. And Bones. Goodness Bones!!! Love him to death. Frost definitely succeeded in effectively writing her characters. They are relatable and dynamic. The tension is very palpable and you will be engaged from beginning to end. And you will wish for no end. You will wish the series will go on and on. The following three books in the series are must-reads as well. Definitely highly recommended!
Darsey_spudnick More than 1 year ago
Falling in Love with a vampire has never been so sexy, or dangerous. Hell bent on staking every vampire she meets, Cat finally meets her match when Bones, who is not only a vampire-- but a vampire killer himself, enters her life. Once Bones learns Cat's secret, he decides to team up with her instead of killing her and shiping her off in pieces to his enemy- thought to have sent her to kill him. Somewhere between the brutal training and staking evil vampires, Cat and Bones realize they want nothing more than eachother in every way....... Put the kids to bed, keep your husband or boyfriend handy-- you'll need him later!
DaydreamEM More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I'm always nervous going into new books, hoping I picked something that is readable! Well HOT DAMN! Cat and Bones are flippin fantastic! Theres an edge to the characters, there's sex, romance, comedy, and great fighting in this book! There are a few things that I could have done without when it came to the Vampires which one is the green eyes! But I understand the reasoning behind it! It's a must read if you like Vampires, fighting, sex, etc....enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the first chapter of a book begins with a young woman who, when stopped by the police, explains away a red liquid dripping from the flatbed of her truck as cherry juice from her grandparents' orchard when in reality it's blood from the body of a nosferatu she's just shriveled...well, you know right then it's going to be a memorable read! Cat and Bones are two of the more interesting characters I've ever encountered. Cat is 100% the butt-kicking herione that we all need in a vampire story, and Bones? What can one say about Bones? Well, I can tell you that he's absolutely my most favorite male protagonist...ever. Call me a sucker for those vampires (Ha!) but I have to say, this is one of the best, most humerous, keeps-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat books I have ever read. Honestly, if you have a pulse, it will pound! (Ok, ok. I'll stop with the lame vampire witticisms). If your looking for smoldering romance, action-packed movie-esque scenes and some of the greastest laugh-out-loud moments in book-reading history, than you have come to the right place, my friends. The Night Huntress world will pull you in and never, ever let you go.
JC_Rubio More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my interest from chapter one. Absolutely entertaining, thrilling, and funny. I loved the sexy but humurous encounters between Bones and Cat. It had me laughing out loud often. Absolutely a very good read you can't miss.
LJKentowski More than 1 year ago
Recently I've started several hot series that others have been absolutely raving about. Just when I thought it couldn't get any hotter, I find myself needing an ice bath after reading Halfway to the Grave. This book was so steaming hot, friends! Let me give you a taste without burning your mouth: Cat Crawfield has a secret. She's half vampire/half human and she's out to avenge her mother's rapist. But the rapist is the very essence of her being: a vampire AND her father. With a makeshift stake and a mission, she sets out to con and kill every vamp she can. Along the way she is forced to team up with the very thing she despises: a vampire named Bones. Problem is, Bones is way too hot for her hormones and emotions to deny. Together they set out to uncover and destroy to a nasty little slave ring made up of vamps and humans. What made this book so hot for me? Bar none, the characters. Cat Crawfield is an exceptionally strong female lead that never gives up. She's feisty, sexy, and funny as hell! I absolutely loved her wit. Bones was pure masculine vampire. He's the kind of guy that gets what he wants no matter the cost. The interaction between these two was unadulterated magnetism. I could feel the electricity coming off the pages, and I couldn't get enough of it. Halfway to the Grave was like an addicting drug that I'm afraid I may overdose on by the time I read all of the books in the series. Make no Bones about it, friends (did I just say that? - YES I DID!), if you haven't started this series, run, don't walk to get your copy today!!! I promise you will not be disappointed.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
I admit this series has been in my TBR pile for a bit too long. After reading many, many, positive reviews, I finally started book one when my friend talked about how good it was. She told me to hurry up and read it because it's a series that makes you want to talk about it. I am thrilled with the characters here. Cat is a great heroine who you'll love the more you read about her. Bones is perfect for her and they are a dynamic duo that you won't soon forget. For me, this will go in my favorites list. It is exciting and starts off capturing your attention and is great right through the end. I love this book!
Amshar More than 1 year ago
I would never rank this book among the best written, it's not, but it is a great story. It's a fast read, exciting, and funny and just plain fun to read. I wasn't immediately impressed by the first page but the draw of Cat's character was immediate and the simplicity of the writing is a positive. Before you know it you're done and wishing there were more.... fortunately there is. The sequel is great too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone else takes the backseat. I have read every book......even the spin-offs. No other series can compare. Thank you miss Frost.;)
boycrazysj2121 More than 1 year ago
A must read, i finished this book in a day bc i could not put it down, the romance and chemistry is great and doesnt take up the whole book, the action is so good and i love it wen a girl can kick ass, thankfully i had the 2nd book waiting for me as soon as i finished this one or else i wouldve been freaking out
MissyMF More than 1 year ago
LOVED this series. Read the first and had to download the rest amazing....i lost a lot of sleep over this book trying to consume it all at once....cant say anything else but i loved it.
Bayreader More than 1 year ago
I cannot get enough of Cat and Bones! I have read this series a dozen times and then some and still want some more. In my opinion Jeaniene Frost does the whole vampire thing perfect. This is always the first book I recommend to all my friends and no one has been disappointed yet. It is a great love story with plenty of action to keep anyone glued to their seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book...the series.
PickUptheBook More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth adding to your library for a read/re-read book. If you like Anita Blake, you're chances of liking this book are very good. It's a little slow to begin, but then it just grabs you and you're along for the ride. All the books in this series are great. I only wish she'd write more! I'll definitely be buying more from this author in the future.
Kalee_Hope More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at a barnes and noble when it was on sale and I decided to take a chance on it. To this day I have probably reread this book at least 10 I am completely serious.This is my all time favorite book. And one of my all time favorite series. I stumbled across it on here and I just had to rate it  It is perfection in every way. Cat and Bones are sexy, real, incredibly funny and will have you hooked from the first page to the last.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Any book that makes me laugh this much deserves at least four stars, in my opinion. Add in a great story, exciting plot, super sexy vampire, kick-ass female lead, and excellent storytelling and you have Halfway to the Grave. The story being told through the Night Huntress series is unique – you often get vampire/vampire, human/vampire, werewolf/vampire, or any other combination therein, but never before have I read half human-half vampire/vampire. I love it! Cat is such a great lead. She is very innocent and naive, yet she goes out every night hunting vampires to try to pay for a sin that was not hers. Bones is just….wow. I love the chemistry between them and their banter. I actually read Once Burned before this series, and fell in love with Frost's writing then. I knew without a doubt I was going to be reading this series as well. I just wish I would have started sooner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I have to start by saying that I am deeply in love with Bones. I have ready MANY vampire books over the past 30 years and he by far, in my opinion, is THE sexist and most interesting. Whew! He is luscious. Thank you Jeaniene for some really "interesting" dreams. (wink). Now that I've gotten that off my chest, the story is great. Very interesting premise and characters. Great humor, wit and sarcasm. Well written and hard to put down. Loved it!!! Half way through this book I downloaded the second book. I will confess that I was put off by the cover because I thought, here we go again, another really sexy, really tough chic vampire slayer. Let me guess, she is oh so bad a**, so luscious every man wants her, no one can stand up to her, blah, blah, blah. So, unfortunately for me, I kept moving this series to the bottom of my reading list and finally, the time came for me to sample one book. Boy, do I regret not reading this book sooner. Cat is evolving and is really really likeable right now. I can tell the author is moving towards the bad a** personality. I think it is warranted, to a certain degree. I just hope it doesn't go so far that it becomes completely ridiculous and Cat is no longer interesting.
Raven-Rainstorm More than 1 year ago
Very good story as it goes for Vamp books. It is a vamp romance story yes but it is mixed with spyish work and overall a fun read. I got hooked and had to start buying the others in the series.
mhuston865 More than 1 year ago
Lately, the romance and fantasy novel landscape seems to be inundated with urban vampires. Even Abe Lincoln was supposed to have been a vampire hunter! However, I was quite thrilled with Jeaniene Frost's first installment of her 'Night Huntress' series. While some aspects of her vampires are in the general lore, there are so me differences. Sunlight doesn't kill them, religious objects don't work, and garlic would only amuse them. Her heroine, Cat, is half vampire and half human. She is bent upon finding and killing vampires, as one had raped her mother, resulting in Cat's own birth. It is on one of her hunts that she runs into the darkly handsome, fascinating, and dangerous vampire, Bones. Striking an agreement, Cat finds herself under Bone's tutelage so that the two can fully utilize her beauty and deadly abilities to destroy certain vampires. Yes, there are romantic elements. The chemistry between Cat and Bones is one of the major themes which drive the series. Cat, especially, does an enormous amount of growing throughout the books as she is forced to examine herself in light of her relationship to Bones. I'm not saying that Cat is LESS than Bones. She is clearly his equal. She is strong, smart, and incredibly loyal. If anything, her flaws and her attempts to overcome them make her more believable.
ReadingVixen67 More than 1 year ago
Cat and Bones are great as a couple! They kill vampires together, get in crazy situations together, love together, and then, kill MORE vampires together. Lots of action, suspense, even a little humor thrown in for good measure. Excellent book, and now I understand why my book club loves them. Cat and Bones ROCK!!!
FictionAddictionMS More than 1 year ago
There are no Spoilers in this review** I thought I was over Vampire Novels, I receently read Dark Lover by J.R. Ward- and I must say, I felt it didn't really impress me. So, I ventured into this little gem of a book-and now I am hooked :) The book has two amazing main characters! They are the kind of characters that you can see when you are reading, and can undoubtfuly relate to. Cat is a strong female character, she is a half-vampire and is 22 years old. Bones the male character and he is a vampire, who has an awesome accent! This book is funny and sexy and the more provocative scenes are so tastefully done. The action scenes are incredible. The author writes them, and when you read it, you feel like your right there with them in the middle of the battle. I reccomend this book highly to anyone who is a fan of great writing and a action packed plot!! Happy Reading!
Simplicity22 More than 1 year ago
So I had already read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books, the BDB books, some Meredith gentry, and I was getting burned out on the vampires at this point. I came across this book after having already searched B&N a million times for another good series! I read the excerpt and thought I'd give it a try. At first it started off a little slow and I thought I might have wasted my money but it just all of a sudden picked up nicely! Loved the half-dead/vicious-female concept, romance was great, action and humor were great! I rushed to get the second one as soon as the bookstore opened! Must read!!!!