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Silver Eyeling: Halfway To The Grave Review (NC-17)


Name: Halfway To The Grave
Author: Jeaniene Frost

Warning:

Every once in awhile, we will feature a book that's not quite Y and a lot more A. Nonetheless, we feel that they are outstanding reads. Halfway to the Grave is definitely in this category. As a warning, there are BA vampires (Bones/ Spade), steamy sexual scenes, and a whole lot of violence. We understand that adult romance books may not appeal to all eyes. My review will be YA appropiate. However, the novel is far from it. Please don't feel obligated to read this review or the novel.



Short Summary (no spoilers):
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.


In public or under the covers?
Oh boy! I wanted to avoid this one. Truth is... this book is like the epitome of under the cover novels. I'll be vague to salvage young minds. However, even the scenes that deal with fighting and bounty huntering(?) have a gigantic level of sexiness. After reading multiple Frost works, I've come to a conclusion that it's her overall writing persona. From the moment Cat meets Bones to the final scene, your heartbeat with do a constant rise. Just try to keep out of public places, we wouldn't want anyone to realize you're pining for a fictional character.

What mood? 
One word sums the entire mood. Halfway To The Grave is thrilling. Expecting a romantic gooey feeling from Frost would be wrong. Of course, it's a urban fantasy romantic novel. Yet, it does not leave that feeling. The book will send you through every single emotional phase. I jumped for joy. I became a scaredy cat.  I even felt hatred. It's rare to find a novel that excels in not only romantic plot line but, side action.

Main character – yay or nay?
Bones isn't the only amazing first character in Halfway to the Grave. I want to be Cat. Imagine being a half vampire half human. You live forever yet, you have a pulse. You can be lazy and fast. You can eat food but, blood will make you feel rejuvenated. Tell me that doesn't sound fascinating.  On top of it all, she's a epic dancer. Finally, she has Bones. Surprisingly, I read the Night Huntress series for her too. 


Getting Over Bones:
I could write a companion novel about Bones. It would start like this. There comes a time when a person must admit they are attracted to bad- mysterious people. Of course, a good guy would be "nice." But we want sexy...not pleasant. This is why Cat and I are attracted to men like Bones. He is the supernova of men. I once read a Donna Kauffman novel that categorized men into sheep and wolf. A sheep is a caretaker, kind, and loving. A wolf roams. He is mysterious and preys on beautiful women. I've decided Bones is a sheep in wolf clothing. What he appears to be isn't his true form. That's what I like about him.

Character Fever:
Spade, Bone's best friend, was equally arousing and English. Unfortunately, he pops in and out of the novel. Nonetheless, I have great news. Jeaniene Frost performed a spectacular miracle. She wrote a Spade companion novel. 

Crust factor:
IT ENDED! Then she wrote five more books so hey... I guess there is no crustiness. Haha.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover:
As a visual person, I would love to see Bones on the cover. Each Night Huntress has Cat in a BA ninja model pose. Miss Frost will put Bones on the cover one day. I'm counting on it.

Song this reminds me of:
Hear me out with one. This time I'm not doing a song this reminds me of. I'm doing a companion song. I like to read with my iPhone on shuffle. I think that somehow my phone, Noah, plays music that fits so perfectly with the scenes I read. Yes, I've named my iPhone. Gives a personal feel right? Anyway! My phone began to play Primevera by Ludovico Einaudi. If you like classical, I suggest that you check him out. He blows my mind away. As the fight scene,which turns into a sensual scene, is occurring, I heard this sweet climactic sound. It made the novel ten times better.  
Movie or TV show: how does it stack up?
Ohhh... nothing vampiresque compares to the Night Huntress Series. Someone will just have to create it. If you want to use semantics, I would describe Bones like Eric Northman from True Blood: Mischievous, devilishly handsome but, with a good heart. However, Sookie Stackhouse is NOT like Cat. 
Recommendations:
Adult: 
Some Girls Bite
Angel Mine
True Blood novels
Young Adult:
Vampire Diaries
Evermore
Twilight


Overall:
I have a feeling you know what I want to rate Halfway to the Grave. While I'm giving it a five, I'm interested in what you think. I'm always curious about how you guys feel. Until then, I've decided to title my review Silver Eyeling because the vampires' eyes turn silver when they are overtly happy, angry, sad, or sexually aroused. In the category of vampire romance fiction, there are a few radiant series. The Night Huntress is one of the Silver Eyeling of that category. Every so often, I will do adult novels. If you would like more recommendations or to just chat about Adult novels you can email the blog or me at minna.pritchard@gmail.com. If  you are ready for that step, adult romance novels are the greatest. Love you guys!  Join the Bones discussion at our Forum!

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