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Halfway to the Grave (edition 2007)

by Jeaniene Frost

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Title:Halfway to the Grave
Authors:Jeaniene Frost
Info:New York : Avon Books, 2007.
Collections:Ebook, Books Mooched, Read and given away
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Tags:Frost Jeaniene 01, SF - Dark fantasy / Horror, SF - Urban fantasy, Paranormal romance, Night Huntress series

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Quattro stelline per questo primo capitolo della saga di Jeaniene Frost.
Ho apprezzato tantissimo questo libro e credo che meriti soprattutto per la trama articolata con maestìa e mai scontata e per il personaggio maschile. Bones è uno dei migliori personaggi maschili che ho avutol il piacere di leggere in questo ultimo periodo. Se non altro non ha la fisima della crocerossina nei confronti di Cat, anche se spesso vorrebbe chiuderla dentro il bagagliaio della macchina pur di tenerla buona. Questa è la mia opinione personale.

Come dicevo i personaggi sono costuiti in modo assolutamente perfetto, nessuna macchietta in vista portata avanti solamente "spingere" avanti la trama.

La madre con il suo odio malato verso i vampiri, Tim l'amico imbranato, Charles il vampiro amico di Bones... Perfino Federica!

L'unico personaggio che ho apprezzato parzialmente è stata proprio la protagonista Cat. Diciamo che, indipendentemente dal suo carattere un tantino isterico e il suo essere assurdamente sclerotica omicida, molte sue uscite (soprattutto con Bones) sono "innaturali".
Soprattutto all'inizio quando se ne esce con quelle sparate lunghe venti righe (di discorso diretto) dove tutto sembra urlare "Ho avuto una vita di merda, sono una piccola ragazza ferita dalla vita ma sono tanto arrabbiata lo stesso e per qusto proverò a farti il culo. Vedi? Vedi come sono forte?"

Ecco questi suoi attacchi di velata autocommiserazione mi hanno più volte fatto chiudere il libro irritata da questa ragazzina che vuol fare la forte a tutti costi ma in quanto a dignità... Beh, avrebbe bisogno di una ripassatina al concetto di "dignità"!

Come quando si mette improssivamente a fare la mocciosa gelosa e possessiva quando si presenta a Francesca. Anche Bones ha fatto il geloso quando l'ha vista con Tim ma almeno l'ha fatto con un po' di stile... Per quanto sia possibile mantenere un certo contegno quando si esterna un sentimento così maledettamente destabilizzante.

Ecco, passata la fase introduttiva ho cominciato ad apprezzare l'umorismo pungente di cat e tutto è stato più facile.
Diciamo che ad un certo punto ho anche riflettutto sul fatto che, forse, i lunghi monologhi iniziali dove la nostra eroina si scopriva in modo assolutamente imbarazzante con qualcuno di cui diceva di non fidarsi, fossero dettati dalla necessità della scrittrice di mostrare al lettore alcuni retroscena per farci comprendere meglio Cat. Credo che sia stato un mezzo errore, avrebbe fatto meglio a dosare meglio le rivelazioni durante tutta la durata del romanzo.

Tornando alla trama ribadisco che è originale, avvincente e dal finale amaro per quanto carico di speranza. Assolutamente perfetto per un primo volume di una saga che, prevedo, diventerà in assoluto una delle mie preferite. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
This is a meh book to me. It has a very vague opening. Yes, you start with action, but you don't learn the main character's name until at least half way into the first chapter. Some details wait until the second chapter or farther. Urgh.

I had real difficulty taking a liking to any of the characters. The primary, Cat, is more whiny and annoying than enjoyable. Naive is an understatement, even for the first book of a series. The vamps are ... questionable. Bones is just too full of himself. The most interesting bit has been the ghosts.

Okay, even I'm not so stupid as to take a drink from someone I don't know in an unknown bar when I'm by myself. Some of this stuff is taught to people or impressed on them. She's been to community college. SOMEONE had to enlighten her... unless she's more naïve than I thought. Though I'm trying to decide which is worse: Naïve or prudish. I think the main character doubled down on horrible by being both. *shudder*

The book comes with a batch of cliche phrases. Threw me from the story regularly. The ending with a secret government division wanting to hire her? Yeah, Cliché

Decent enough premise, meh execution. Could use some better characterizations and stronger writing. The rest of the series... not interested. ( )
  gilroy | Mar 13, 2017 |
I loved the adventure. This was a big surprise, because it not my typical read. Loved it ( )
  Sunshine22222 | Feb 19, 2017 |
I just finished rereading and I'm glad that I did. The book was better the second time around, I actually got to appreciate Bones' and Cat's relationship. Leaving out all the fighting and sex puns he actually made her feel safe in a way that I can genuinely relate to. In the end, I enjoyed the reread and I'm already 20 pages into the second. The saga continues. ( )
  jordanakaforever | Jan 13, 2017 |
Really Amazon, how is this Gothic Romance? ( )
  Charli30902 | Jan 5, 2017 |
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Jeaniene Frost takes Urban Fantasy head on and makes the genre her own with a winning blend of humor, sex, and real emotion that will leave readers eager for more.
added by cmwilson101 | editAmazon.com, Kathryn Smith
 
Jeaniene Frost is dynamite. Halfway to the Grave is dark, sexy, and supernatural, blended with a touch of humor. I dare you to disagree--Cat will have you staked in five seconds flat.
added by cmwilson101 | editAmazon.com, Cheyenne McCray
 
Take one half-human/half-vampire female with serious anger and parental issues, add in a sexy ancient vampire with his own agenda, and you have the makings for a truly combustible series. Sign me up for the sequel!
added by cmwilson101 | editRomantic Times
 

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To my mother, who always believed in me, even when I didn't.
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I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061245089, Mass Market Paperback)

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 unholy partnership.

In exchange for 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 newfound 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.

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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield pursues the undead with a vengeance in the hope that one of her prey will be the father who ruined her mother's life, but her plans go awry when she is captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter.

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