CAT You re not a woman You re the Grim Reaper with red hairBONESIf you run from me, I will chase you, and I ll find youShort summary Catherine Cat Crawfield is a 22 year old half human half vampire Ever since she was a little girl her mother, a human who was once date raped by a vampire and thus became pregnant with Catherine, has told her that all vampires are evil, demonic creatures that can t be trusted and that they all must be killed So, for the past six years, Cat has used her superhuman strenght to hunt down vampires in her city and kill them without mercy Then one night she runs into he vampire called Bones who s a ruthless killer and bounty hunter Bones turns out powerful than her and he ends up kidnapping her and proposing her with a deal he suggest the two of them to team up and hunt down the most dangerous vampires together, that way they ll be even powerful It s an offer Cat cannot refuse and soon she finds herself part of a powerful and merciless duo of vampire huntersThere s only one way to fight, and that s dirty Clean gentlemanly fighting will get you nowhere but dead, and fast Take every cheap shot, every low blow, absolutely kick people when they re down, and maybe you ll be the one who walks awayWhat I loved The writing it kept me enthralled and captivated from the very first page There was a perfect balance between the seriousness and suspense of action scenes and the humor and romance between the two main characters The dialogue between Cat and Bones was hilarious and had me laughing out loud than once The characters Cat and Bones are a dynamic, fun, sexy couple that complement each other perfectly And Bones is pretty much my new favorite alpha male book boyfriend he s smoking hot, a ruthless killer but he his tragic past and the patiente and care with which he treats Cat aka his Kitten show that he also has a soft spot And every time he calls her luv with his sexy Brittish accent, I melt a little inside sigh Cat, on the other hand, is a badass heroine with a very tough, to the point attitude, which is very refreshing in a heroine The only character that I m not really a fan of is Cat s mother But maybe she ll come around during the rest of the serieseventually The action, suspense, sexual tension, passion, humor, romance and tragedy.
all these elements turned out to be the perfect combination to keep me hooked from the very first page until the very last one There were some very interesting twists towards the ending that I didn t see coming and that made me all the curious to find out what s going to happen next in the fascinating, danger filled lives of my new two favorite vampire huntersYou hold the ones you love close and fight the battles you can win and that, Kitten, is how it isThere s not really a cliffhanger, but still, I m already looking forward to starting the next book in this series soon 2.
5 starsI feel a little torn about this book Can t say I didn t enjoy it in some way, but at the same time I can hardly say anything in its defense.
What I liked 1 Spunky dialog 2 Dirty talk.
3 Steamy hooking up Bones is a very generous, attentive and giving lover, if you know what I mean.
What I didn t like 1 This is not urban fantasy, this is paranormal romance The majority of the book is dedicated to flirting, snogging, hooking up, and love confessions.
2 Many complain that Bones is Spike rip off Not sure about that, as I have never watched Buffy, but the story certainly reads like an indulgent fanfiction It is a mix of non stop snark action sex scenes guess which ones I was constantly flipping to with almost no character development or world building to speak of Halfway to the Grave is filled with cutesy gratuitous scenes of jealousy, sex on the stairs, and proclamations of love the stuff that any fanfiction is full of The characters are defined exclusively by snarky sexy dialog with almost no back stories Cat, for instance, has no friends, hobbies, interests, etc and the story fails to create any kind of sense of place there is barely any description of anything clubs, apartments, cities.
I understand the appeal of this series, I honestly do I enjoyed almost blushing virgin Cat and dirty mouth Bones conversations and flirting very much But you can t sustain a book, let alone a series of books on just dirty talk, no matter how entertaining it is As for literary quality, Halfway to the Grave has none Not really interested in reading the sequels.
I am ecstatic.
a fabulicious new series Sexy vampires.
what else could I ask for Cat Bones are now my favorite vampire couple Cat is a sexy, kick ass half human half vampire determined to kill vampires after all her mother was raped by an evil vampire, aka her father I m saying that I m a moody, insecure, narrow minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you re okay with that, because it s who I am, and you re what I need Bones is a sexy ancient vampire, slayer of evil vampires with a fab English accent yes, he s British And GORGEOUS I absolutely loved the humor and the interaction and dialogue between Cat Bones is let s just say TO DIE FOR A love story ooh I love it Cat, hmmm From where I sit you look like a Kitten My head jerked around and I shot him an annoyed look Oh, I was going to enjoy this, all right It s Cat, I repeated firmly Cat Raven Whatever you say, Kitten Tweedy A great blend of supernatural and urban fantasy world building sexy, dark, romantic, witty, action filled plot, filled with fantastic characters those male vampires.
imgsrc that left me wanting.
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99 starsGAH So here s the deal NIGHT HUNTRESS by Jeaniene Frost is one of the first UF series I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart.
That being said, there are aspects that haven t aged well At all Things that were cornball the first time I read them in 2007 are borderline stoopid in 2015 Things likeI thawt I thaw a putty tatOkay, that was always stoopid How bout thisTell me why you registered for college I asked in amusement She nodded pointedly at an attractive male who passed by us The boysThis place is crawlingwith them It s like an all you can eat buffetUgh.
BUT Bones is one of the most perfect love interests ever conceived In fact, if he wasn t a vampire not my favorite he d be a strong contender for Numero Uno Book Boyfriend currently held by Clayton Danvers of Women of the Otherworld fame.
He s a Bad Boy A killer for hire with just a touch of vulgarity that makes him intriguing rather than crass Or maybe it s that his rough edges are acceptable b c he s also daring without being reckless, loyal, and oh so patient with his temperamental Cat.
Being a bit temperamental myself, I appreciate that He s also dead HA sexy.
And I m probably digging my own grave here PUNS, I has em , but he s also very obviously modeled after Spike As in James Marsters from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER You What s wrong with that Me Well You glowers menacingly Me HIS HEAD IS TOO BIG.
It really is And it widens oddly at his forehead Almost like he s some Mad Scientist Super Villain I want to like him, really, I do And sometimes it s almost possible But then there s this SO This reread I was on a mission I was determined to find a suitable alternative for Bones in my head And I did Behold, Justin Theroux I was horribly disappointed to discover that he s only 5 9 BUT that s the awesome thing about Bones in my head I can stretch him to the 6 2 he s meant to be preserving the aspect ratio, of course , and VOIL Perfection takes a bow congratulates self Catherine Crawfield is one of a kind She s grown up knowing she was different, but any attempts to discuss her extras with her mother are met with anger and shame So she does her best to hide her strangeness Pretends to be normal Until, finally, on her sixteenth birthday, her mother tells her the truth Catherine s father was a vampire who raped her Five months later, Cat was born, premature but fully developed To illustrate the point, Mommy Dearest stabbed her in the thigh to make her eyes glow Just like her father s.
Catherine must be careful, you see She has evil inside her and it wants out Cat s mom kind of a bitch After that Cat makes it her mission to hunt and kill creatures like her father Now she s twenty two, and she s refined her technique, learned through trial and error the best ways to beguile then dispatch her prey But one night, things don t go as planned Her target isn t falling for her usual lines, and in the inevitable confrontation, he gets the drop on her and after being knocked unconscious, she wakes chained to a wall in a cave Not good.
That s when things get really interesting.
Suffice it to say that they Cat and Bones form an unwilling alliance, and thus begins Cat s education about reality vs what she s been told And this is where another of the Big Problems rears its ugly head the slut shaming Given what you already know about Mommy Dearest, it shouldn t come as a surprise that Cat s formative years included a rather narrow minded Christian perspective on dating and relationships So it s understandable that she has a hard time with her world being turned upside down, what with learning that vampires aren t any evil than humans and that sex is part of a healthy adult relationship.
BUT that doesn t make her self flagellation any easier to read The only thing I can say is that it s a realistic part of her character development, not a long running theme Those are my only real complaints the corn and the shame I acknowledge that the whole Spike thing is completely superficial and subject to individual preference And despite those issues, Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost was still an entertaining read The plot was interesting enough to hold my attention in the face of awful turns of phrase and sporadic bouts of self loathing It s pretty funny, too And Bones than makes up for any early deficiencies in Cat s character Overall, far from a perfect first installment, but worth continuing Recommended.
Conflicted I ve been pondering for far too long regarding this book and how I feel about it In the beginning, I dug it I mean, I dug it Right I did I mean, yeah, the writing is shallow and quick, the characters are just shoved in your face and then taken away at the author s whim, but the dialogue and action are engaging, and it keeps you reading That s good, right Turns out, not always Like road trips They re awesome until someone blindfolds you and directs you right off a cliff That s what I feel like this author did to me gleefully drove me over a cliff And I m dead, right I m lying on the ground, my body is broken, my life force soul, cosmic parasite, whatever you want to call it has left my earthly vessel, but my conscious self is still functioning and I m pondering how to react to this turn of events What s most startling is that, up until about 3 4 of the way in, I had planned on giving this book three or four stars The endingthat was the cliff I guess I should explain Oh yes, there will be spoilers.
Now if you ve read the synopsis, you know this is the story of Cat, a half human half vampire outcast with an emotionally distant, prejudiced mother, no friends, and a hate hard on for all vampires since her biological father was oneand raped her mom OK, admittedly it started off on shaky ground, but the humor was good enough to force my hand into giving it a pass Eventually Cat meets Bones, a bounty hunting hitman vampire who nearly kills her, and the two of them team up to take down bad vamps See, Cat is convinced all vampires are bad, but Bones helps show her the light Cause he s all chivalrous and moral and shit I dig Bones as a character aside from his ludicrous, giggle inducing nickname because he s a vamp who isn t cartoonishly villainous, but neither is he the self loathing emo type like Edward some other literary vampires Basically, think of Spike in the 6th and 7th seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer And Cat is what would happen if you took Buffy, Faith, and Sooki Stackhouse and smooshed em together So we have our premise and we have our characters, and we re ready to move on Good sexual tension check.
Zany, vampire killing adventures check A crime syndicate with one or two big bads to take out check.
Good banter between hero and heroine check An awesome bloodbath at the end checkA heroine who can take care of herself check Sounds like this book has it all, right Well, it does Including a propensity for the heroine to occasionally act like a complete and total idiot Why does this always happen to me Why Why can t I ever read about a female protagonist who is kick ass and consistently smart No, what always happens is that they re either chronically stupid the entire time or they show promise only to fall apart at the weirdest times In the case of Cat, her great moment of Derp arrives towards the end She d acted dumb on occasion before then, but the one that really floored me was at the end After taking out the big crime syndicate, Cat and Bones are separated and she ends up in the hospital, recovering A couple of FBI guys show up think MIB meets X Files and manipulate her into working for the government They use her mom and Bones as leverage to get her to agree to this, and she understandably doesn t trust them and is pretty pissed off, but she feels she can do nothing but agree Let s forget for a moment that I would never in a million years take that deal seriously, if my mom were a prejudiced bitch like hers, I d dump her ass somewhere and never look back , the important thing is that Cat thinks it s the only way to keep her mother and Bones safe, so she agrees Never mind the fact that making those kinds of decisions for other people is supremely arrogant and self centered.
I m getting off track Anyway, the reader has had it drilled into his her head from the beginning of this story that Cat doesn t trust easily She doesn t even seem to trust her mother Keep that in mind When Bones first started training Cat, he let her in on all sorts of vampire secrets, including the fact that vampire blood heals So at the end, Cat is still all hopped up on Bones blood, she knows these secrets, she s cavorting with bureau men she doesn t trust both of whom are as prejudiced against vampires as her mother and want them all dead , and what does she do She tells them that vampire blood heals It was at that moment that I pinched the bridge of my nose and was like HmmmmI can t think of anything bad the bureau could possibly do with that information.
can you Now I think I have to keep reading because if there isn t a scene in any of the later books where Cat stumbles upon the FBI s secret vampire milking room, I might die of shock.
Calling all Spikeaholics Warning Warning Sexual content abounds This book is the perfect fit to fill the Buffy sized hole in my heart.
Cat is a part vamp part human, super strength, vampire slaying goddess with eyes that glow green when she gets riled up She has been slaying since the age of 16 Bones is her sleek and sexy, bleach blonde, British vampire sidekick who also slays vampires for kicks And for the bounty Together they form a kick ass team who love to heat things up on the dance floor and in the bedroom.
Buffy rip off much YES But if you expect that, it helps The absence of Buffy has really been playing on my psyche lately, so this was exactly what I needed If you go in expecting something original, you WILL be sorely disappointed.
Just because it s a derivative, doesn t mean it can t be enjoyable Plus, I was in the mood for a snarky, mindless romp, which is exactly what this is I think mood will definitely have a huge effect on how you view this book.
Gawd every time Bones spoke, I would start having to fan myself.
I felt like I was having hot flashes Geez, why are my thighs all sweaty If you ve read any of my Fever reviews notably Faefever or Dreamfever , you probably know that I can go a bit overboard with the love for my favorite male characters Bones is no exception.
Bones is what you would get if you mixed together two of my favorite things soot covered half naked firefighters and rocky road ice cream Burning hot, dirty deliciousness.
DAMN Wish I had a visual aid for that one Hmmm, in fact I would gladly hand over a million dollar bill for such a picture He had me so sexually frustrated in the first half of the book that I was pulling out all my hair I m pretty much down to my LAST eyebrow now.
And yes, I look exactly like that.
Part of my problem was that I wanted it to keep going with that much intensity But halfway through the book, they are already getting it on Not that it wasn t good, but I would have liked a little tease I wanted the to be tortured with it But I m weird like that.
So technically, Cat is not a virgin but in the beginning she acts like one She s very virginal And at first, she blushes every time he says anything to her.
And she s 22 and getting ragged on for staying out all night once I can t stand her mom or her grandparents Get the EFF over yourselves I can barely justify giving this book four stars, but I decided that three would be too few That doesn t mean that I didn t love it.
I feel like I just need to add that unlike the Fever series where I loved Mac and cared deeply about the things happening to her, I really didn t care at all about the plot of this book or really even that much about the main character The only thing that kept me going was the relationship between the Bones and Cat, so I really hope that this changes in the sequels.
So obviously, I did love Bones no really But that s the main problem He made this book for me If you take him out, this book is two stars, maybe The rest of the story and the main character were not all that captivating Cat is NO Buffy, though she tries to be Although, I did find this artwork It s supposed to be Buffy and Spike but it makes me think of Cat and Bones This is your typical vampire slayin and vampire layin book Besides the green glowy eyes that the vampires have, there isn t alot here that you wont find in another vamp romance, except for Bones He makes it sooo worth it.
Regardless of it s flaws, it s definitely a SUPERnatural fun ride And really hot to boot.
Oh Bones sigh Oh Bones, oh BONES smacks the desk with both hands Trust me With Bones you wouldn t have to fake it.
Welcome to the wonderful cliche world of vampires TBH I read this book for the funny title but it actually surprised me It had a great blend of supernatural and urban fantasy world building sexy, dark, romantic, witty, action filled plot, filled with fantastic characters So the plot deep raspy voice Its been years since Cat learned of her true despicable nature, and hundreds of people have died Some by bad luck Others by pure stupidity I mean really, why would you CHOSE to go to a club full of vampires But that didn t bother the Cat none, she only cared about one thing and one thing alone killing vampires Because in a game of life or death, you either live or you die Our heroine Cat is a sexy, strong ass woman who is half vampire who is determined to kill.
wait for it other vampiresI m saying that I m a moody, insecure, narrow minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you re okay with that, because it s who I am, and you re what I needShe is brutally honest with herself about her homicidal tendencies but tends to block out any other feelings she may but insists she doesn t haveat least till the last possible second of denialLife sucks and then you dieHer can do attitude was honestly just so overwhelmingly optimistic at times sarcasm but it was pretty hilarious seeing her perspective as she encounters some crazy shitSonofabitch I shouted Great, that was going to leave a mark There d be a bruise the size of my stupidityIt s always refreshing when both you and the character are reviewing their actions screaming YOU STUPID BiTcH wHyyyyy Hehe She was an entertaining character and I chuckled a couple times While she did have a little special snowflake going on, her strength was also a weakness which created a nice balance between kicking ass and learning how mortal she isMy eyes narrowed as I considered my options One Put a stake through his heart Appealing, but morally incorrectWe ve all had that one bad ex, but Cat s ex might actually take the cake He was a total douche but it did help ground her character a little bit with some history, plus his worth to her is hilariously overestimated We all know that special moment when you meet your next possible love the dramatic music playing in your head, how you always say the right words, and are, of course, wearing your best outfit Cat s moment was a tad differentYou were so nervous, you kept blushing Never had someone try to stake me who blushed so muchMeet Bones sexy ancient vampire.
who kills other vampires.
and has a British accent Because ya gotta have something to differentiate him from the othersi m embarrassed to say it worked TEAM BONES AND CAT ALL THE WAY BACKOFF HATERSAre you telling me bloody caramel apples and books taught you how to kill vampires Is that what you re saying Well good thing most of the recent generations are nearly illiterate or we d all be in serious trouble BlimeyThey had some great banter back and forth in between all the blood and gore and fighting I couldn t help but fall in love with these two characters Thank gawd there was no insta love It took a while for them to tolerate, let alone trust each otherLucifer s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again Uh oh I squirmed, instinctively also trying to block Tony s body from his view As if that made him any less deadI wish there had been a little scenes like this, focused on the comedy and working together Would it be that bad to have little character building and snark in between the death, death and death There comes a time in every reader s life where the repetition of action sex supernatural becomes dull I know, I know, blasphemy After several attempts and almost killing each other, the two fell in loveI love you My mouth fell open and my mind briefly cleared of thought Then I found my voice No, you don t He let out a snort and dropped his hand You know, pet, that is one truly annoying habit you have, telling me what I do and do not feelBut whats worse than admitting you have feelings for a dude Admitting them to your motherKitten, you still haven t told her Blimey, what are you waiting for The Second Coming of Christ I snapped And not a moment sooner Here, in the closetThe mother can fall in a hole and die for all i care No comments.
Now for the only secondary character I actually gave a shit about Timmie I loved Timmie, he was so cute and college struggles honestly I relateI m sorry he choked, making it worse by trying to talk More coffee emerged, spraying me in the face His eyes bugged in horror, but I laughed so hard at seeing him leak like a thermos with holes that I started to hiccupI really regret him not having of an involvement I thought for certain he would ve gotten caught up in the action It just felt like this book s character development was limited to Cat, her love interest, and whatever bad guys she came across Timmie was also the guy that pointed out the obvious to Cat and basically beat the sense into Cat when she started getting too i want to but i shouldn t Aaaaa men suck But after his three scenes to help Cat, he faded away RIP Timmie screentimeMy biggest complaint is the ending I HATE with a BURNING passion the view spoiler I have to leave you so you ll be safe, but see ya in the next 7 books hide spoiler