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Guest Blog Post: Book that Thing! Interview and book review of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 13, 2011

To celebrate BBAW, read this guest blog post by
Book that Thing! “A readaholic reviewing books for fun…”

Book that Thing! Information

Interview with Sasse

How long have you been blogging about books?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but only started reviewing / blogging a few months ago. In June to be exact! My blog is a newborn so to speak.

Do you read reviews on other blogger sites?
Yes! I read a lot of reviews on other blogger sites. It’s so important to stay in touch. If I’m in the mood for a specific genre, first thing I do is hop through the various blogs I’m following and read all these fabulous reviews.

Have you always been interested in reading?
Always. For as long as I can remember, books played an important role in my life (and obviously still do). My parents read to me, told me stories, and encouraged me to read. I really am a readaholic!

How did you come up with the name of your blog, ‘Book that Thing!’?
I was thinking about what to name my blog – hard. All the while listening to Sean Paul – Shake that Thing! And this slightly crazy idea popped into my head. The rest is history! Book that Thing! was born.

Guest Blog Post by Sasse: Halfway to the Grave, by Jeaniene Frost

To view this post on Book that Thing!, click here.

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

Cat canvasses the clubs at night as often as possible in the hopes of luring in one of the creatures she despises the most. The more vampires she gets to stake the better. When bounty hunter Bones captures the young woman on a killing spree – she clearly has a death wish – he is shocked to find out that Cat herself is what she’s after.
Bones has his work cut out for him. Aside from showing her how best to stay alive, he must convince her that not all vampires are bad. Points at self. There are good ones around, but Cat cannot let herself believe him…much less fall for the guy. Torn between the urge to kill him first chance she gets and jumping his bones (pun intended), the two of them embark on a dangerous mission. Women are disappearing and the vampire responsible for it must be stopped.

I wanted to find out more about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter novels, but stumbled over the first of the Night Huntress books along the way. The cover looked awesome and the blurb sounded mighty interesting. Sold!
Halfway to the Grave had everything one could’ve possibly wished for in a paranormal romantic suspense novel. Yup, you heard right. Lots of suspense kept me happy.
I really liked the world building. What a great idea for vampires to have their own society and rules. The author did a great job of giving the reader
information about these supernatural creatures by making it essential knowledge. After all, the heroine is hell bent on killing every last one of them. She needs to learn how to do that without getting whacked herself. Do vampires exist? There’s no black and white to this question. A few were aware of their existence and even sought their company. However, for most of humankind vampires were only a myth. Plotwise, this setting opened some doors. Various possibilities arose. Same goes for the fact that a vampire’s blood had healing powers. Very interesting concept! It truly was a great read. I also loved the romance. It wasn’t an easy road for Bones and Cat, but I could witness their affection for one another grow and transform into something much more serious. What made it so fascinating? There was a huge conflict overshadowing their blossoming bond. Due to the circumstances of her conception (not elaborating on this one), Cat had this fierce hatred in her heart. She considered vampires to be evil and, in the beginning, couldn’t see past what Bones was. All I thought: “Damn it, judge him for his actions. Not for what he is!” Fortunately the British bloke wormed his way into her heart. He didn’t give up, even when Cat’s reservations led to several setbacks. The attraction that sizzled between them was a constant. Hot! The chemistry totally worked for me. Character development at its best! Bones was one sexaaaaay vampire. I had fangtastic dreams after reading the book. That he’s British did the trick. I now officially have a thing for Brits. The way he talked was delicious. He irritated Cat on a regular basis. Hehehehe (that was me feeling not so sorry for her). The more she got to know Bones the easier it got to see him as a man, not just a vampire. He didn’t give up – or leave her a choice that is – and was upfront with her about everything. I liked his protective streak. Cat was very stubborn and Bones had to adjust to that. In turn “Kitten” needed to learn how to just feel for once. She came a long way…realizing she held a whole race responsible for something one vampire did to her mother. There was a lot of depth to both the heroine and hero. Very well done! This read constitutes as paranormal romantic suspense, for suspense was a big part of what made this story so appealing. Never a dull moment: The training Cat had to go through to get better at fighting, and of course the fighting itself. Had me turning the pages! Prepare for some “getting your hands dirty” kind of action. The mystery about who the villain of the book was in cahoots with…a big plus. The bad guy had a name, but at the same time… there was a lot of “unknown” to him and his organization. Who’s supporting him? Will Bones and Cat be able to cut off the snake’s head? The ending… ohhhh the ending. I must grudgingly admit that it had to be exactly – that. Exactly what it was. That? What’s that? Duh, I’m not saying! Perfect kick-off for a series. Bought book 2 already! 5 stars to Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

Beware of Spoilers!
A few of my favorite quotes for those of you who are interested:

  • “Who knew vampires cared if their pillows were fluffed.”
  • “Winston poltergeisted my panties, that’s what!”
  • “Is that a stake, Bones, or are you just happy with my new dress?”
  • “Great, I’d offended my backup. Smart. Real smart.”
  • “…all I saw about me were bones. I knew it was what I was then, for from bones I rose and Bones I became, all in that night.”

10 Responses to “Guest Blog Post: Book that Thing! Interview and book review of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost”

  1. Thank you SO much for having me! I appreciate it very much. 🙂
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing

  2. Just wanted to say I do enjoy book reviews, even those that are not particularly in a genre I read, because I send the reviews to friends that I think would like the book. You both are doing a wonderful job. Thank you!

  3. I absolutely love the night huntress series. When I started reading it last year, only the first four books were out. They were so good I finished them in four days, lol. I have read the following books after that, plus the novels and novellas for the Night Huntress World. Jeaniene Frost is an amazing writer and Cat and Bones are sizzling hot. No surprise you enjoyed the first book. Great review, you hit on a lot of the things I liked about it!

  4. awesome post!! I loved this book 🙂

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