Night Huntress Series Read-a-Long Discussion #1: HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE Ch. 1-7
Welcome to our first Night Huntress Series Read-a-Long Discussion Post. Today we’re chatting it up about the first seven – intense – chapters of Halfway to the Grave. This is not the sign-up post; however, we’d love for you to join us. You can find all the information on how to sign-up RIGHT HERE.
[heading style=”1″]Our Thoughts on Chapters 1-7: [/heading]
My initial reaction upon first meeting a surly Cat was holy-mother-of-pearl-I-love-this-girl! I practically fell out of my seat roaring with laughter at the interactions between her and Bones. Cat is feisty, sure of herself, and even though she’s tainted by her past she is also a very proud person. Cat is definitely what drew/lured me into the story. She loathes vampires because of her constant torment as a child and because of her mother (who irritated the hell outta me). But beneath it all, she just wants to survive. Get revenge. And maybe just maybe win some affection from the only parent she’s ever known. Do y’all realize just how screwed up she is? I hope so because it does make for an interesting dynamic character. Some of my favorite quotes came from Cat (check out my banners).
Bones. A very British Bones. WTF you’re a raging lunatic and I still love you with a passion? My first reaction to Bones was that I wanted to kill him! I wanted to b*tch-slap him so many times for what he was doing to Cat I couldn’t even read straight. I’m just going to say this now, Bones is crazy. Freaking cuckoo. Well, maybe he’s just a man on a mission and doesn’t care who he maims as long as he gets the job done. Either way, I like it. Heck I like it a lot. He’s very, very, very, very sexy in a lethal I-am-going-to-suck-your-blood-and-rip-your-clothes-off kinda way. He’s the kind of man you can’t take home to your mother, instead you sneak out at night and go see him. He’s very matter-of-fact and tell-it-like-it-is. He grew on me (which I didn’t expect) and that’s a surefire sign of a remarkable character. Team Bone!
The first Seven Chapters of Halfway to the Grave introduces us to Cat (Catherine Crawfield). We get to see two sides of her that aren’t public knowledge, the vampire hunter and the dhampir side. At first, her evenings are spent hunting and killing dirty, demon vampires … but then …
She meets Bones, a haughty, British Vampire
Ok we all read this so I’m skipping the recap of what went down. First off, I want to talk about our lovely Cat, more so how she’s written. I really enjoy the internal struggles she’s already battling. “I’m evil, so all vamps are evil.” mentality. Has it been done to death, sure, but hasn’t everything?
On to Bones … Dang, someone get me an air-conditioned fan to cool me down. We’ve barely gotten to know him, but ./fans self. I am already swooning over his undead body.
The early insight on his change was nice. I hate when they trump up for suspense and it’s like, but it was my choice and you’ll hate me. The author doesn’t do that, Bones doesn’t do that, and I love it. Oh and please, where do I sign-up to buy his body?
All joking aside, it killed me to stop at Chapter Seven, but Diayll made me! I’ll see everyone next week, with more opinion, but for this week …
What did y’all think of the character development, because that is really what we see here, along with the budding suspense of her new job/training.
[heading style=”1″]Discussion Questions:[/heading]
- What was your initial reaction to Cat? Bones?
- Were you surprised Bones is British? (caught us off guard!!!)
- What do you think about the deal between Cat and Bones?
- What do you think about Cat’s training?
- What did you think about the ways in which a vampire can be killed? Interesting? (p. 32-39)
- What do you think about all vampires having some form of mind control? Creepy? Cool?
- What are your favorite quotes?
- What were your favorite scenes?
You don’t have to answer all the questions. These are just some areas we found interesting while reading and thought they’d make a good point of reference if you aren’t sure what you’d like to discuss. #CatBonesRA
Next week: May 11 – 17; Chapters 8 – 14