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"Ms. Frost debuts in this fast-paced, action packed, contemporary urban fantasy"

Every once in a while a book comes along that I just have to tell the world about and Halfway to the Grave is most definitely one of those books. Newcomer Jeaniene Frost makes her writing debut in this fast-paced, action packed, contemporary urban fantasy.

The story focuses on our heroine, Catherine Crawfield -- Cat, for short. Cat is the product of a date rape between her mom and her long, lost bloodsucker of a dad. She's a half-vampire born with some added vamp strength and abilities, but minus the fangs. Her mission in life is to seek vengeance on the undead by taking out as many of them as she can, all the while hoping she might get lucky one day and one of them might turn out to be dear old dad. She's got a score to settle with him for ruining both her and her mom's life, after all.

One night while trolling the local bar scene in hopes of finding her next target, she winds up being captured by Bones, a sexy, English-speaking, two-hundred-year old, vampire bounty hunter. After he finds out that she is half- vampire, he forces her into an unwilling partnership with him. In exchange for him helping her find her father, she in turn, will allow him to better train her for their battle with undead. And despite her promise otherwise, Cat still has every intention of staking Bones' cold, dead heart the first chance she gets. After all, the only good vampire is a really dead vampire. Right? But what Cat soon finds out is that not all vampires are created equal.

Halfway to the Grave is a fantastic read that not only takes you on a dark and sexy paranormal roller-coaster ride, but it will also have you laughing out loud at the various bits of humor laced throughout the book. I also loved Cat & Bone's interaction with each other. One thing I really liked about their relationship was that it was built over time and was not a case of "one week they hate each other and then the next they are madly in love". Since the book takes place over a time period of about six months, it was very easy for me to believe that this strong bond they'd built between two of them was real. There's nothing magical or mystical about it - just a product of two people spending a vast amount of time together, and in the process, building their trust and friendship with each other.

If you are a fan of urban fantasy, I highly recommend this outstanding new series. I truly believe that Jeaniene Frost will be a phenomenal addition to the paranormal genre and anxiously await the release of book two of the Night Huntress series, One Foot in the Grave, coming April 2008.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted November 3, 2007

SUMMARY

A Night Huntress Novel

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.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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

Avon
September 1, 2007
Available: October 30, 2007
ISBN #0061245089
EAN #9780061245084
384 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Jeaniene Frost

The Bite Before Christmas
One Grave at a Time
This Side of the Grave
Haunted by Your Touch
Death's Excellent Vacation
Eternal Kiss of Darkness
First Drop of Crimson
Unbound
Destined for an Early Grave
Four Dukes and a Devil
At Grave's End
Weddings From Hell
One Foot in the Grave


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