The Other Half of The Grave: A Night Huntress Novel by Jeaniene Frost
A Retelling of Halfway to the Grave in the male POV. I *think* you can read this first, but you will want to continue the series, as this does not stand alone. Paranormal Romance.
Back in 2008/2009, I was reading all the paranormal romance I could get my hands on, but The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost stood out as my favorite, and it is the only paranormal series that I have continued since then. Though I’ve kept up with Cat and Bones through their friends’ stories, it had been a long while since I re-read the first book in the series, Halfway to the Grave.
I had intended to do a re-read before The Other Half of the Grave released, but I decided to enjoy it like a new story instead of picking it apart with comparisons. I am SO GLAD I did it that way. There was a lot I didn’t remember, and since it’s the same story from Bones’s POV there were plenty of scenes that were the same events, but we get to hear them from Bones’s mind.
There were also plenty of scenes that were completely new, and it was cool getting to see what Bones was up to when he was away from Cat. Since we can’t see how much Cat actually likes Bones in this, her stubbornness and vampire hatred sometimes got a little frustrating to read about, I just wanted to shake her, because I knew how amazing Bones is now.
“Yes, she was fantasizing about ripping both of her weapons through his heart while he was feeling things he’d only heard of before, but who said romance was perfect?”
I can’t tell you how much fun I had coming back to this world. As soon as I finished I wanted to jump right to One Foot In The Grave (Night Huntress Book 2) to find out what happens, but I also now wanted to listen to the original from the OG POV, Cat’s. So in the end, I bought Halfway to the Grave on audio then jumped right into One Foot In The Grave.
Now I am re-listening to the whole series, and let me tell you, its spot at the top of my favorites list is well-deserved. If I was reading it for the first time today the series would still jump right to the top of my favorites list with everything I love: Action/adventure, romance, characters I want to be friends with, amazing banter, funny moments, and hot sex.
“I love you, Bones.” Light exploded through him. He’d never known joy could detonate like a bomb, but it did, and it filled his whole soul.”
I usually do Likes and Dislikes here, but I literally loved every word. I admit it, I am completely biased because I will take any scraps of Bones and Cat that I can get, and I’m thrilled to say that they did not disappoint. I am so happy to start the series again and be back in the Night Huntress world, that I may just have to get the whole series and all it’s spinoffs on audio and re-listen to it all. The *only* thing I would have liked more is if it was first-person in Bones’s head.
One note: Jeaniene Frost updated some elements of the story. Beepers were replaced by cell phones and some more current references were added (like comparing Rodney to Ted Lasso).
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5 Stars, 4.5 heat
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There are spin-off series about other characters that intersect with the main series. Personally I would recommend reading the first two in the original Night Huntress Series before reading The Other Half of the Grave because there is a book 2 spoiler at the end.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.