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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

I came across a mention of Halfway to the Grave on Rachel Vincent's blog and decided to give it a try because the notion of a main character who is a half-vampire intrigued me. How does one become half a vampire, and what wicked cool/unbelievably lame attributes come with the package?

Cat Crawfield's mother had an unfortunate encounter with a vampire and five months later Cat was born. Her reclusive mother raised her to hate the darker half of herself, encouraging her to actively hunt the undead as a way of atoning for the fact of her existence. Being the good egg that she is, Cat obeys her mother and spends her youth isolated and alone, always in pursuit of her next victim.

Now 22 and about to start college, Cat firmly believes her mom's mantra: all vampires are evil and must be destroyed. Then one night a routine hunt goes bad when the vampire in question manages to take her prisoner, threatening to kill her unless she reveals who she is working for. Turns out this vampire, aka Bones, also kills other vampires for a living. And he suspects Cat of working for his enemy. The two strike up an uneasy alliance with Bones determined to train Cat as the ultimate vampire slayer and Cat determined to use the training to kill Bones the first chance she gets. Humor, mayhem, romance (not for the faint of heart...ahem), and lots and lots of slaying ensue. I really liked prickly Cat and the hilarious Bones. This book is funny and fun and the gangbusters ending left me very excited about book two, One Foot in the Grave, due out April 29.

Links
Darque Reviews
Jeaniene Frost's Website
Love Vampires Review

Comments

  1. Ok, I'll take your word on it that it's good...It sounds great, but how 'vampirey' is it? Lot's of blood and graphic descriptions or do you know what's going on without the graphic descriptions....either way I think I'm intrigued enough to read it, but it's good to know before hand. More or less graphic than the 2nd Mercy Thompson novel?

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  2. Hm. I'd say as far as the vampirey stuff goes, this one is less graphic than the 2nd Mercy Thompson novel. But it is decidedly more sensual than any of the Mercy books. Hence my "ahem." Also funnier.

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  3. Hi Angie! Thanks for the DR mention. :) Bones is still one of my favorite males! *grin*

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  4. You bet, Kimberly! I love reading your reviews. And I agree--Bones is the bomb.

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