“Flirting with the Grave…
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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1421990.Halfway_to_the_Grave)
This was yet another book that had to wait for a long time to be read. While I wanted to read it, I kept reading other books for several reasons. Then, a spring-cleaning challenge made me decide it was time to read it.
It was a nice, entertaining read, but nothing extraordinary. Because of the world building, which needed to be explained, the author resorted to info dumps. This meant that the first half of the book had way too many info dumps, and that made for some dull moments. It was only in the second half of the book that things got more interesting, in every sense of the word (come on, this IS an adult book).
The ending, however, was a bit confusing for me. There were so many twists and turns that it was a bit hard to keep track of what was going on. And one of the biggest questions of the book, which was raised at the beginning, was apparently forgotten, since it wasn’t mentioned anymore. I do hope it gets an answer at some point (preferably in the next book).
As for the main characters, I thought that Catherine put up with far too much from her mother. I would even say that she turned out really well, considering the sort of things she grew up listening from her own mother. In regards to Bones, he was the typical bad boy, so there is not much to say about him. I did like Timmy, a secondary character (he stars a funny scene with Cat’s mother), and I hope that he makes an appearance in the next books.
Rating: 3 out of 5