Title: Halfway to the Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield has been going after the undead for years. When she is captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, she finds herself working with him to bring down stronger vampires.
It’s been years since I have read this series, but with the release of the newest book from Bones perspective I felt it was a perfect time for a reread. I enjoyed this first book. Cat and Bones have a very intense and deadly relationship. They start as enemies but with each passing week Cat finds herself falling for him, and changing her views about vampires.
Cat is very prejudiced towards vampires for most of this book and it causes a lot of contention between her and Bones, and in her views of herself. She sees herself as a monster because of her parentage and her mother constantly helps reinforce that fear. We really see her struggle with her views of vampires in this book and the tension she has to break her prejudices. It did get a bit much at times but I still think it was good character growth.
Bones was a witty and deadly vampire. I really enjoyed him, especially compared to the prequel where he was very muted and depressed. I loved how devious he could be but he could also be really sweet. I love that he went out of his way to try and give Cat a normal Saturday at a club. Also I loved how territorial they both got about each other.
I enjoyed the fight to find Hennessey and take down his enterprise. It was the perfect blend of action, violence, and romance. Cat went from an amateur hunter to a deadly seductress in this book and I loved every minute of it. I love when the heroine is deadly and isn’t afraid to take down the enemy, especially without help.
Overall, I really enjoyed this introduction to this world. I was surprised by the cliffhanger ending though, because it’s been so long since I read this, I completely forgot about the government aspect of the series. It’s almost like I am reading this for the first time since I have forgotten so much.
Trigger warnings: human trafficking, kidnapping, date rape drugs, slut shaming, mother was raped, prejudice mother
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