Welcome to the first Night Huntress Read Along!
The first chapter of Halfway to the Grave originally took place somewhere in chapter four of my first draft. It took multiple revisions to realize that I was starting with way too
much back story, not to mention switching genres from YA to adult in the same book. You can read the original first chapter here: http://www.frostfans.
I played with several title ideas before finally settling on Halfway to the Grave. Some titles that I considered were “Skin and Bones” and “Dead of Midnight.”
Less than two weeks after Avon Books contracted Halfway to the Grave, I received a rejection from another publisher (Baen) that I’d previously submitted to. Here were the
manuscript comments that email contained: “Well written. TMI vampire sex. ::sigh:: Why is there always one handsome male vampire on the side of Good, that the Heroine falls for?
“Half vampire” female heroine also getting cliched.” Just one of many examples on how subjective the submissions process is in publishing! Writers, don’t let rejection get you down.
What doesn’t work for one editor could be exactly what another editor is looking for.
Oh wow, Night Huntress, how young and naive book one seems. Cat is a rare combination of bloodthirsty and sheltered, which leaves her completely ill-equipped to resist Bones’s charms… thank heavens Does anyone else imagine James Marsters every time Bones speaks? No? Just me? I find myself in a rush to get past these awkward first moments to later in the series, where hopefully Cat will throw up fewer artificial barriers between herself and the delicious Mr. Bones.
In response to Julia: it was a long time after I had read the books until I heard comparisons between Spike and Bones, and now is the first time I really read the physical description of Bones (I have a tendency to skip physical descriptions and just imagine the characters as I learn more about them) and I totally get it.
Otherwise, what I found striking this re-read (time number three – don’t judge) was how easily this could have not been a romance. Night Huntress reminds me a bit of the Jaz Parks series- Jaz and Vayl have a bit of sexual tension, but it takes them a very long time for that to come to fruition, whereas Cat and Bones have LOADS of sexual tension, and come together nearly immediately in a spectacular, sexy way that (don’t get me wrong) I love…but it also could have been a lesser part of the book and I would still have thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Okay now I’m going to be hearing James Marsters’ voice when I read Bones speaking. That’s not a bad thing though! I think I started this series with book 2 (I know scandalous!) so going back and seeing Cat and Bones actually meeting was fun and confusing as Bones as a blonde is odd…I was also in a rush to get to the whole sexy time scenes with these two but their sparing in the beginning was very fun. I agree with Kate that this could have very easily been just a straight up Urban Fantasy with minimal sex. Either way I would have still enjoyed this book. Did anyone else feel really bad for Cat’s neighbor Timmie? I kind of wanted to give him a hug after all he went through with Cat and Bones. Poor Timmie, you will be remembered fondly.
Anything with Bones in it, obviously. My least favorite scenes are the ones with Cat and without Bones (Grow up already, lady!).
Oh I agree with Kristina- the part with Timmie as the pretend boyfriend was great- especially the end bit about how her mother doesn’t like Englishmen! Honestly, I kind of loved the scene at the end, with Cat in the hospital, where she basically kick’s Tate’s and Don’s asses, even handcuffed to the bed. Or most of the fight scenes. Hmmm I feel I should clarify- I’m not a violent person, really! Wait, also, I enjoyed the part where Bones came to her house and green eyed her grandparents into believing he was a girl. That was awesome.
While I adored Bones’ Englishness and his rapport with Cat I am going to be contrary and say that Cat pretending Timmie is her boyfriend when her mom comes to visit. Such hilarity. I hope Timmie goes on to have a nice quiet life. I loved Bones green eyeing her grandparents into thinking he was a girl as well. I think he could make a fetching female or not. Lets forget I said that.
What caught your attention about this book that made you want to read it?
What was your favorite scene?
What were your first impressions of Cat and Bones? Did you like her/his introduction?
What did you like or dislike about the plot?
Read Along Dates:
November 19—ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE
December 3—AT GRAVE’S END
December 17—DESTINED FOR AN EARLY GRAVE
January 7—THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE
January 21—ONE GRAVE AT A TIME
Release Day Review: January 28—UP FROM THE GRAVE
We do have a giveaway for participants of our read-along! The details are being worked out, but it will definitely contain the first six books of the Night Huntress series (all the books that we’ll be discussing between now and January) and possibly some other goodies! You’ll get an entry for each post you participate in the discussion for! Make sure to pick the correct option from the Rafflecopter below for the post you are commenting on.