Halfway to the Grave BY Jeaniene Frost
GENRE: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance | PAGES: 358
My rating: ★★★★★
EDIT: Having now devoured the series, Halfway to the Grave is the gateway book into one of my favourite paranormal series EVER.
Catherine – otherwise known as Cat, Cathy and Kitten; also known as a half-breed, with a penchant for killing other vampires after having discovered that she is the product of a vampire rape. With her prejudice against all of the undead fully drummed into her by her mother, and Cat’s own self-loathing of her very being, she hunts the vampires by night, hoping that someday she’ll cross paths with the one whose blood flows through her.
Instead, she finds Bones: master vampire, hundreds of years old, and more than a match for Cat’s skills, he corners her into a deal: she can live, and hunt, but only on his terms, as part of an ongoing eleven-year search of his own.
This book was refreshingly and amazingly jam-packed with action and chemistry.
Cat is strong and feisty; her temperament makes her unpredictable, and her internal narration is funny, sassy, and a real joy to read. Her spunk gets her into dangerous fixes, yet it is truly liberating, in a generation of fragile-humans-in-the-paranormal-world, to see her get herself out of them, for the majority of the time.
Bones, as the male lead is charismatic and charming, keeping all the mystery and danger of everything a vampire should encompass—a little remnant of Buffy’s Spike. His English wit and vampiric allure is pleasurably more-ish, and set against Cat’s own fiery nature, it is a truly exciting combination.
I loved this book immensely. Each character is well established, and the conflicting prejudices of both species—human and vampire—and then the eventual mingling of the two, really adds interest. I admired the way the author does not hold out on the characters’ fitting opinions on topics in society—politics, religion… It is so refreshing to read something that doesn’t hold back in a bid to cause as little offence as possible. This made the characters really come to life; it added realism.
The ending was left wonderfully open, without being frustratingly so, and I just cannot wait to continue with this series—certainly the best so far—in terms of action, romance, humour, sex, and all things supernatural.