Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mini-Review: Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1) One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 2)

Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave are the first two books in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.  Catherine Crawfield (call me Cat) is a half-vampire who hunts vampires in the hopes of finding the one who raped her mother.  Her mother obviously hates and fears vampires and killing vampires is the only thing that Cat can do that seems to please her.  One night, Cat takes on a vampire who turns out to be more than a match for her.  Instead of killing her, Bones offers to train her, as he also kills vampires.  The two become an unlikely team and draw the attention of the vampires that Bones has been hunting.  Oh yeah, they also fall into a romantic relationship while fighting for their lives.  One Foot in the Grave takes place several years after Halfway to the Grave and brings Cat and Bones a whole new set of obstacles to overcome in their professional and personal lives.

While I read a lot of urban fantasy and books about vampires, I don't generally consider myself much of a reader of paranormal romance books.  I loved the action in both of these books and the political maneuvering in One Foot in the Grave.  It always interests me how different authors create the rules of their vampire societies and how those rules can be used against outsiders like Cat.  I think I liked One Foot in the Grave a little better out of the two books because it felt more developed but Halfway to the Grave was needed to provide the back story for the entire series.  I think I was also drawn more into the second book because it seemed the sex didn't appear until later on in the story.  I know that the sex is a vital element for a paranormal romance but I'm sure I turned as red as Cat did reading those scenes!  Frost certainly doesn't hold back on her descriptions.  Even though the books make me blush a bit, I will definitely be continuing to read this series.

I won both of these paperbacks from Drey at drey's library and I would like to pass them along to someone else to read.  So on to the giveaway...

Win a copy of both Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave

Here are the rules for this giveaway:

1.  This one is open internationally!  I always feel bad that I have to limit my monthly giveaways to the USA so here is one for everybody.
2.  Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 31, 2010
3.  To enter, just leave a comment.  Please include your email address if it is not in your blogger profile!  If I cannot contact you, I may have to draw another winner.
4.  For one additional entry, blog or tweet or spread the word about the giveaway somehow and leave me the link.

Did I cover everything?  I hope so.  If you have any questions, please ask!  Don't forget that the March Giveaway ends on March 24 so be sure to check that one out if you haven't already.  There are seven books to choose from this month but that one is limited to USA only.

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  1. These books sound good! I would love to read them!

    tweet: http://twitter.com/_elizabethjoy/status/10584962894

  2. I've been hearing a LOT about these books and I've added them to my TBR list on goodreads.com. They sound really good! I love a strong heroine. Plus, vampires!

    Thank you for the contest! I'd love a chance to read and review them on my blog.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Door2Wonderland/status/10586560410.


  3. I read the first book, and I am waiting to read the second. There is a VERY long queue at my library. You will make me a very happy woman if I won~ Haha!

    I follow

    And I tweeted

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  4. These sound very interesting. I'd love to read them

    Page Inman

  5. These are some of my favorite vampire romance books. I think I've read each book 3 times now - I heart Bones!

    (don't enter me in contest)

  6. I love this series! I can't wait for the fifth book.


  7. I totally need to read these, but not until the TBR Mountain range shrinks a bit. So no need to enter me.

    I'm really dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  8. I so totally want to read these books.

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  9. I posted on facebook:

    bstilwell12 at comcast dot net

  10. I would love to read these books :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  11. Great giveaway!

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  12. Please enter me - vvperesk@gmail.com

  13. please sign me up! I'd love to start on this series =)

    +1 sidebar


  14. Great giveaway! I would love a chance to win.


  15. This looks so good! time4mommy@gmail.com

  16. Thanks so much for thinking about International readers. That is really very kind of you.

    Obviously I am one and please enter me in the giveaway.

    All the best.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  17. i've been dying to read these books ! please pick ME :)

    i tweet'd here : http://twitter.com/becunique/status/10660852817

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  18. Thank you thank you for making this international!!

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/10673360440

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  19. I would love this!

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  20. I'd love to win!

    magabygc AT gmail DOT com

  21. Please enter me!

    nicolama at cogeco dot ca

  22. +1 would love a chance to get the first two Cat & Bones books

    +1 tweeted@alterlisa
    http://librarygirlreads.blogspot.com/2010/03/mini-review-and-giveaway Mini-Review & Giveaway: Halfway to the Grave & One Foot in the Grave

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  23. enter me please!


  24. Just hopped by! I've had Halfway to the Grave on my wish list forever, it would be great to win it. Please enter me! seine33(at)yahoo(dot)com and http://fictionfanatic.wordpress.com

  25. I would love a chance to win, thank you!
    mstlee2000 @ hotmail.com

  26. I LOVED these books, and can't wait for the 5th Night Huntress novel (",).

    First Drop of Crimson, which is set in the Night Huntress world, but focuses on Spade and Denise, is also really good!

  27. I Have Heard So Many Awesome Things About This Series. I So Want To read Them. I Would Love To Be Entered Into This Giveaway.

    I Blogged About This Giveaway.

    I Tweeted About This Giveaway (@skyla11377).

    I Posted This Giveaway On My Facebook Page.

    I Posted This Giveaway On My Myspace Blog.

    I Posted This Giveaway On My Myspace Bulletin.


  28. Thanks for make it international! :)

    I tweeted and posted:


    contact on my blog
    greetings from Spain :)

  29. Awesome contest, thanks for make it international ^3^


  30. ! than you =D

    and thanks for make it international!

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Lizzyrm/status/10798150306


  31. I've heard great things about these books! I'd love to read them!

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/Entre_Libros/statuses/10801021270

    Thank you for making it international! ;)

    (email on profile)

  32. Ooo, I would love the chance to read this series. Maybe I'd finally figure out why everyone is talking about Bones. LOL. Count me in, please!

    Thanks! :0)
    librarygirnch at gmail dot com

  33. Please enter me!! These books look great! Thanks for the giveaway!
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com
    I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/10823166969

  34. I'd love the chance to win these books, especially after hearing about a certain scene between Cat and Bones in the second book ;)

    Thanks for running this contest!

  35. Thanks for the contest and simple entry

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  36. Everyone seems to love Cat and Bones. I want to see if I love them too!


  37. I tweeted.

  38. Fabulous giveaway. These books are on my wishlist. :)

    My email is in my profile. :)

  39. Great event & great review!
    I am a new follower - referred by ATUF

    Kate Leger aka YzhaBella
    mleger0546 (@) rogers (dot) com

  40. I have read so many great things about Jeaniene Frost books but haven't had the chance to read her yet, I would love to finally discover her.

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/11079072571

    Thank you for making this giveaway international!!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

  41. I've heard so many good things about this series, and I'd love to start it. :)

    I'm a new follower.


  42. Thanks for the opportunity (Especially since I am in Canada)
    My coworker got me into Jeaniene Frost books. I really like her stories, they are cannot put me downs books

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/mountie9/status/11267634945

    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

  43. These sound good and I'd love the chance to win them

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  44. Thanks for the great giveaway. Please count me in.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com


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