🎧 Berls Reviews Halfway to the Grave

Posted January 14, 2022 by Berls in Review / 4 Comments

I’m joining in on Anne @ Books of My Heart’s 2022 Readalong of the Night Huntress World. Check out the details and join us!

🎧 Berls Reviews Halfway to the GraveHalfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by HarperCollins e-books on October 13, 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Library
Goodreads
four-stars

Flirting With The Grave…
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.

My top thoughts:

This book holds up really well over time. I wrote a much more thorough review the first time I read it… (read my first review on Goodreads) but a lot of my initial reactions still hold true and it is still a 4 star read for me.

What I liked/didn’t like:

First of all, I love the characters – Cat is fabulously naive and spunky at the same time. Bones is meltworthy – I still see/hear Bones as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and the physical description matches up too!) – the way he is with Cat is just fantastic. Their banter is one of my favorite elements. Then there’s Cat’s mom. In my earlier review I mentioned she may take asshat of the year… and she’s gets a nod for 2022 as well. Gah, she’s just awful. Breaks my heart what she’s done/does to Cat (all emotional/mental, but awful).

The story is equally strong. The world is built without leaving me confused or the first book info dump – it’s a really great balance. I think because we’re getting it from Cat’s point of view and we’re learning the world with her. It’s a solid world and I love the mystery along with plot twists and intersections of the paranormal with the human world.

Narrator thoughts:

Because I’m a terribly slow reader, I listened to portions of the book this time and, well, Tavia Gilbert is just not my favorite narrator at all. She’s fine for Cat, but her voice for Bones is just awful. I had to hold tight to my vision of Spike and try not to let her voice color my experience. I’m hoping that as I continue with the readalong, I’ll get faster and not need to listen too often.

I buddy read this with Anne (5 stars), Stephanie (5 stars) and Lillian (4 stars). I know we all loved it, be sure to check out their reviews too!
4 stars Pretty GreatBerls is joining in on the Night Huntress Readlong for 2022. Her reread of Halfway to the Grave #review is 4/5 stars! Share on X

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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4 responses to “🎧 Berls Reviews Halfway to the Grave

    • Yes! It’s been YEARS for me as well, it’s surprising to me how much I have forgotten. I’m looking forward to rereading and seeing everyone’s thoughts! I hope you can join us for the FB messenger chat, even if you can’t come to live one. Be sure to RSVP yes or maybe on the invite so we’ll be able to include you.