Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Halfway to the Grave by Jeanine Frost

Series: Night Huntress #1

Published: October 30, 2007

Rating: 3/5

Romanceopoly: Burger Joint


Half-vampire Catherine 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 unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help 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 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

In my search for a new PNR series to gobble down, I came across the work of Jeanine Frost (who came highly recommended by Ilona Andrews) and decided to give her first series a try.

This book was first published in the mid 2000’s, and it did show its age a little. Published in the midst of the Twilight vampire phase, the heroine seems to be a “Mary Sue” – a hard-headed and sometimes foolish girl who ultimately ends up winning out in the end. Admittedly, Cat is relatively young in this book and has a lot to explore in the world outside the sphere of her overbearing and vengeance-driven mother.

Bones (the vampire hero) was the best part of this book. Who doesn’t love a sexy, snarky, vampire boyfriend? For someone who was a few hundred years old, he was very much with the times with platinum died hair and lingo to keep up with all the college-aged kids. While I can understand his initial attraction to the heroine (she is, after all, a bad ass vampire hunter), the continuation of their relationship got a little stale throughout the book because she continues to act in childish ways. I find it hard to believe a vampire of multiple centuries would find such silly actions attractive – but I guess I’m not really in Bones’ head so I can’t say what his motivations are.

While the main focus (for me at least) is the romance, there is plenty of action and a decent plot to carry on the clear air between the steamy scenes. Having a vampire that is also a vampire bounty hunter is a somewhat unique trope to me which makes up for the vampire/vampire hunter relationship which has become a bit more common.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I did immediately have to pick up the next one in the series and that review will be coming soon! Overall this was an interesting start to a series, one that I am interested in continuing. However, I think that I will have to take this one book at a time because the heroine is one that could get on my nerves quite easily.

Beat the Backlist 2019

With the new year only being two weeks (!) away, I wanted to announce my participation in a year-long readathon for 2019!

One of my goals for the year is to make sure that out of all the books I read AT LEAST 75% are books I already own or series I have not yet finished. That’s why I’m super excited that a Novel Knight is hosting a year-long reading challenge – Beat the Backlist 2019! If you want to join in, there are (optional) mini reading groups where you can help your team rack up points by finishing books!

Another one of my personal goals this year is to finish series consecutively. I have SO MANY series where I own one (or all) of the books and have never finished the whole series. 

Keeping these goals in mind, here are some of my choices for my TBR for the first three or four months of the year. 

  • The Fallen Kingdom Series – I read the first book this year and really enjoyed it so I went and bought the whole series…and never finished it. This is definitely a series on the top of my Back List. 
  • The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson – I’m hoping to finish Elantris in December, and then I’m planning to dive right in to this series which has been on my TBR forever. 
  • City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty – I HAD to have this book (and ended up getting it signed at BookCon!) but have still not picked it up. Part of the reason is I heard there is a cliffhanger, but the second one is coming out in January so I need to catch up!
  • Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (and more Outlander books) – I still need to finish the fourth installment of the Outlander series and hope to work even further ahead. 
  • This Mortal Coil Series by Emily Suvada – Even thought it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, I still have not read either book in this series – although I own them both!

If you hadn’t noticed – I own all the books in all the series listed. I know, I’m ridiculous and have a book buying problem – which is why I’m trying to cut back to only buying two books a month (I already know I’ll be breaking it in January because of some highly anticipated releases and sequels though haha). It’ll help my bank account and my public library hopefully!

Along with posting on my blog with quarterly updates, I’ll be attempting to participate in Book Rewind Thursday hosted by BookCrushin as much as possible. This challenge is dedicated to sharing reviews from Backlist books every Thursday. Although I doubt I’m disciplined enough to post EVERY week, I’ll be trying my best!

What are some of your bookish goals in the new year?

BookTube-A-Thon TBR

I’m trying to knock a lot more off my TBR before the end of the summer, so I’ve tried to pick as many out of my TBR jar as possible.

1. Let a coin toss decide your first read.

My coin toss was between An Ember in the Ashes and Eleanor and Park, and Eleanor and Park won!

2. Read a book about something you want to do.

I’d love to go ghost hunting in Scotland, so I’m going to FINALLY pick up my ARC of City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I’m so excited for this one!

3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.

This one will be a reread for me, since I’ve been wanting to reread The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken before the movie comes out (which is this Friday!).

4. Read a book with green on the cover.

I’ll be reading Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller, which has a cover with a beautiful blue-green ombre-ish background!

5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.

Keeping this one short because it’s the middle of summer and I don’t want hat sweat hair. I’m continuing on with the Saga series and reading Saga Vol. 3.

6. Read a book with a beautiful spine.

I will finally be picking up The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner for this one. I adore the new covers of the series, and the spine has a cool marbling effect underneath the title.

7. Read seven books.

The hardest part of this challenge: getting through all of these! Not sure what I’ll pick for my seventh book – if I get that far! We will see how I do, I’m aiming to hopefully finish at least four of these picks.

Are you participating in BookTube-A-Thon? What are some of your TBR picks for this week?

May TBR Tuesday

With my final semester of college winding down, life has gotten a bit crazy so I’m going to try and keep the TBR super short this week. I also have been very much a mood reader lately, and am struggling to keep to prescribed reading lists.

Books I’ll definitely be reading this month:

  1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – if you have been following the blog, you know that I’m a Maas fan and will definitely be finishing this soon
  2. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne – I’m also a massive Jane Eyre fan, and love stories set in space; that makes this sci-fi retelling the perfect mix (you can read more about it on an old Waiting on Wednesday post HERE)
  3. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce – I loved the first two books in this series (click the titles to see reviews for Wild Magic and Wolf-Speaker) and am trying to work through it between all the other books I’m reading!

Classic of the month:

I’m currently torn between whether to read The Odyssey by Homer (which I wanted to read before Circe by Madeline Miller) or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (HBO is releasing a new adaptation of this classic this month!). This pick will definitely depend on what mood I’m in when starting it.

Up next on my TBR:

  1. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa – I’ve been in the mood for some faerie stories lately, and have been trying to get through this forever. I’ll get to it eventually!
  2. Mistborn or The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – Sanderson is going to BookCon next month (which I am also attending) and I really wanted to read some of his books before attending! I know that he writes the kind of stories I will absolutely love, I just haven’t been able to dive into them.
  3. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – another series that I know that I’ll love but just haven’t had the time for it!

What are you planning on reading this month?


I’m so excited to be participating in the OwlCrate-a-Thon reading challenge this year! It’s a challenge run by the subscription box OwlCrate between February 10 and 23, with the goal of reading some books that have previously come in the box have been sitting on your TBR pile.

OwlCrate and HeartsThis years challenges (and my reading goals) are:

  • Finish the oldest OwlCrate book you received: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (UPDATE: you can see my review HERE)
  • Read books from two different genres: I’ll be reading Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which is an origin story for the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Retellings are different enough from fantasy for me!
  • Finish two books in two weeks!

Even if you aren’t a subscriber, you can join in! The goal is to read any book that has previously come in the subscription box. If you want to check out the official announcement (with a full list of the books in the description), you can check out the Youtube Video HERE.