Title: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress # 1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publication Date: 2010 (2007)
Source: Bought Copy
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. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I absolutely adored Halfway to the Grave. I decided to read this book after enjoying one of Frost's spin-off books from the series and I was not disappointed. I loved quirky humour of the piece which reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and I found the storyline entertaining and great fun, moving at a good pace with plenty of action and carefully woven exposition.
The characters of Cat and Bones are great and I loved their chemistry which was evident right from the start. Bones really reminded me of Spike in Buffy, and that's no bad thing since I was a big fan of his character in the TV series.
All in all a great example of the vampire genre and a promising start to a series which I definitely plan to continue reading.