DNF: Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) – Jeaniene Frost

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1421990Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, aiming for the father who ruined her mother. Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, captures Cat, and agrees to train her until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. But a group of killers pursue them. Bones is as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

 

I read Halfway to the Grave for a couple of different reasons. First, I’ve been in a huge reading funk lately. I can’t seem to find any books that just suck me in. I’ve been so bored with everything I’m reading. So, I thought maybe I’d try out an adult paranormal book to fix that. Secondly, my mom loves this series. She’s been going on about it for years now, and I finally read it. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it nearly as much as she did. Actually, I didn’t like it at all /=

Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series will adore this book. If I’m being honest, though, I hate that series. I don’t even know what I hate more, the book (I only read the first one) or the tv series (I only watched the first episode.) Are you seeing a pattern here? I thought both were so god awful that I refused to continue them. I hated Sookie, I hated the theme, I hated the feel to the series, I hated everything about it. I guess that’s enough complaining about Sookie Stackhouse. But this book had a really similar feel.

When I first started this book my mom told me how I would fall head over heels in love with Bones. How Bones was her all time favorite male character. I tried, I really did,  but I couldn’t stand Bones. I don’t really see what she sees in him. There was just nothing special there. I liked Bones a hell of a lot better than Cat, though. I honestly think that Cat is one of the main reasons that I ended up setting this book down. She was so annoying, so childish, so………….odd..that I just couldn’t tolerate her anymore.

There were also a lot of really awkward moments in the book. One thing that comes to mind right away is Cat’s relationship with her mom. I thought it was really weird that this grown adult shared a bedroom with her mom and still had to check in when she’d be late. And why did she live with her grandparents who completely wigged out when she had a hickey on her neck? It was also pretty weird that Bones had to sneak in and out of her house (she shares a room with her mom!) and compel her grandparents into thinking he was a she. It was just…….odd. I’m not really sure why some of the aspects in this book were necessary. All those scenes did was make me uncomfortable and turn my off from the book.

Above all else, my biggest complaint with Halfway to the Grave  was the gross out factor. When it comes to adult paranormal you’re not in an erotica novel, but they are adults and the sex stuff does happen. It’s just a fact of life. Now, I don’t get grossed out in sex scenes very easily. I mean, let’s be honest, we all look forward to them in our adult books. But….when the man shoots out blood instead of the normal stuff…..well……there’s an issue. It was so bad that my face has continuously scrunched up in disgust a day after I read the scene. There’s nothing hot and steamy about that. It’s disgusting! And let me tell you, I skim through those scenes now just to avoid it happening again.

Halfway to the Grave has a pretty steady amount of fans and a 4.24 out of 60,889 ratings on Goodreads. So this was has to just come down to personal taste. I didn’t like it. I only made it halfway through before I set down the book. I also won’t be continuing the series. But I would recommend that adult paranormal fans and fans of the Sookie Stackhouse series give this one a shot.

 

Pages: 358

Publication Date: October 30th 2007

Publisher: Avon

Rating: DNF

 

Teaser Quote: “Kitten, you need to make a decision. Either we stay here and behave or we leave now and I promise you”—his voice dipped lower and the words fell against my lips—“if we leave, I won’t behave.”