I need to start out saying I’m still reeling from this book. My mind is still processing this story, and I think I will continue to do so for some time.
This book is an action packed emotional roller coaster ride from the first page. It tells the story from Katniss’ perspective, and through her eyes we see the courage and fear, hope and despair, kindness and cruelty that exist during a civil war. We see the struggle of this young girl who’s been forced by circumstance and the world in which she lives to grow up much to fast. We watch as she endeavors to fill her role as the figurehead of a rebellion. And we see the growth of this amazing female protagonist…especially her emotional growth.
I was appalled by the story premise of Hunger Games, but I loved the book. I was furious at the end of Catching Fire, but I loved the book. In Mockingjay, the conclusion to this trilogy, Suzanne Collins met all of my expectations with a story line I could never anticipate and a conclusion that left me in tears. Happy tears of pride. I love this book!
*scurries off to find ice cream…consumption is required to process book*(less)
In Halfway to the Grave, the first book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, we are introduced to Catherine “Cat” Crawford, Vampire Slayer. (Come on, admit it… the name has a certain panache!) Cat’s unusual pastime started on her sixteenth birthday, when her mother told her that she was half-vampire. Now Cat scours bars and uses the “helpless female” trick to lure vampires in, killing every one she can. Her mixed blood leaves her with a heartbeat and no desire for a liquid diet, but gives her increased speed and heightened senses… which give her a fighting chance against the much stronger and faster vamps.
Cat’s “sucker punch” routine worked fine for years. And then she tried to lure Bones to his early demise. Unfortunately for her, Bones is a master vampire and on to her game. But he’s a vampire bounty hunter and he makes Cat an offer she can’t refuse. (Literally. Hard to refuse when you’re chained up and at the vampire’s mercy. Just saying.) The deal: Bones will let her live and will train her to kill vampires… really train her… but she can only kill the ones he tells her to.
The characters Frost has written are ones you could really know… she managed the balance between the supernatural and the real world very well. The characters are flawed, and that makes them believable. The mythology of her world is interesting and draws off known theories. I enjoy her description of the rules of vampire society, and like that she remains true to them.
While many parts of the book are snarky and sarcastic, there is a darkness to this series. Cat’s mother was raped by a vampire, and became pregnant with Cat. Her mother has instilled her prejudices in Cat, and raised Cat to believe there is something wrong with her, an evil within her she must always fight. (To be honest, I want to strangle Cat’s mother most of the time.)
The interaction between Cat and Bones is great… it sizzles. And as their relationship grows, Bones pushes Cat to face herself, her true self, which includes her vampire side. He sees the damage that’s been done to her self-esteem by her family, especially her mother, over the years, and wants her to overcome it.
Halfway to the Grave is funny, witty, sarcastic, and has enough action that you’re never bored.