Guest Post and Giveaway with Chelsea of Vampire Book Club: The Night Huntress Series

Today on the blog,my PIC, Chelsea (mistress of Vampire Book Club) is here to talk about why she loves Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and also offer up Book 1, Halfway to the Grave, to one lucky winner (see giveaway details at the end of the post!)


My Favorite Things: The dark and funny Night Huntress series
by Chelsea of Vampire Book Club

I’ve been told by a friend or two I tend to lead into my favorite books by saying one of two things: either “the heroine is just badass” or “it’s really dark, but I swear you’ll still laugh out loud.” This tells you a few things about my reading habits, but it also explains why authors like Jeaniene Frost, Kim Harrison, and Stacia Kane are among my top recommended.


 Frost, in particular, has a gift for giving me a no-holds-barred heroine, punchy dialogue and a realistic romance, to boot.


Cat Crawfield, Frost’s heroine in the Night Huntress series, has some major self-identity issues in the first book Halfway to the Grave because she’s half-vampire. It’s not some schmaltzy or obvious “ I can’t decide about drinking blood” issue. No, Cat is the product of a rape. Her vampire father raped her human mother. This means our heroine has grown up hating that part of her. The part that makes her strong, that makes her fast, that keeps her healthy. That part is seen as evil. And to combat it – and try to please her mom – Cat hunts and kills vampires.


 “One corpse, extra crispy! Do I hear a thousand dollars?”

Then she meets Bones. This vampire has lived for centuries, and just happens to be a mercenary of sorts. He, too, slays vampires. And Cat’s going to help him, whether she likes it or not.


 Her training is brutal. We’re talking beat unconscious and healed by blood. (I told you DARK.) But at the same time there are these hysterical one-liners and absurd circumstances (for example: Bones convinces Cat that to be proper vampire bait she has to dress slutty and her reaction is, well, enjoyable). These moments feel natural and pull you out of the darkness to really appreciate the characters.


But after that brutal training, Cat’s comes to rather enjoy practice. This is what happens when one of Bone’s old friends arrives:

“Okay, you’re a big bad vampire who’s gonna rip my throat out, right? You see I’m armed — with steel, by the way, since this is a demonstration and I don’t want you to end up smelly — and you don’t care because you’re all that and I’m just an artery in a dress. If you get a mouth on my throat, you win, but if I plug your heart first, I do.”

Spade’s eyes slide to Bones. “Is she joking?” 

Bones cracked his knuckles and stepped aside. “Not at all.”

“Dinner’s getting cold,” I taunted him. “Come and get me, bloodsucker.”

Spade laughed — and then feinted right before leaping at me with blurring speed. He was a breath away when he looked down in surprise.”Well, strike me pink!” he said, pulling himself up in midtackle.

“I don’t know what that means, but okay.”

Two steel blades were in his chest…

By the end you see how important the brutal parts were to the growth of the characters. Eventually in Halfway to the Grave there is a romantic angle to the Cat and Bones relationship, but without the pain and the humor early on, she would never have been ready to accept the love of a vampire. Or even think about accepting herself.


And because most of the jokes in the book work best in context, I’ll give you one more that’s funnier out of context:“Droolers Anonymous. I’m on Step One in my membership. Admitting that I’m powerless over my slobbering and my life has become unmanageable.”




48 Comments:

  1. "Fall down again, Bella?'
    No, Emmett, I punched a werewolf in the face."

    danaan at gmx dot at

  2. Mickey @ imabookshark

    "Usually my form of turning someone down was shoving a stake through his heart while smirking, Gotcha!"
    — Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave)

    OR

    "You know that old saying. Once you go dead, no one's better in bed. – Cat"
    – Jeaniene Frost (One Foot in the Grave)

    Great giveaway!!
    imabookshark at yahoo dot com

    Thanks!
    Mickey @ imabookshark.blogspot.com

  3. "Vamps are really only like ten percent fun at any given time. The other ninety percent is largely fretting. And bloodletting."

    Hard Bitten – Chloe Neill (CV #4)

  4. oops forgot to say thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

    tasnim-sheikh@hotmail.com
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  5. OMGOMG!!thanks for this!! and there are so many quotes!! um…here's mine

    SPIDER:…Still, be careful okay? I mean infiltrating a vamp nest and trying to stake their evil leader? That sounds harder than passing Trig without sleeping with the teacher.
    RAYNIEDAY: Heh. So THAT'S your secret.:P
    SPIDER: Hehe. I don't "sine" and tell.

    Stake That! by Mari Mancusi

    calbizzz_152(at)hotmail(dot)com

  6. ‎"Digging graves is hell on a manicure, but I was taught good vampires clean up after every meal" Jaye Wells, Read-Headed Stepchild.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

  7. Hummmmmm this is hard…………..I'm going to go with;
    Sometimes the right thing to do is the wrong thing. I know I did the right thing. Jason

    tepping around the fact that your word is worth about as much as tits on a turtle. Sookie

    I'm a big Trubie!!! Sorry

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    Annawlewis@gmail.com

  8. This was hard….don't think I got it right…but thanks anyways!! 🙂

    "Why had my life suddenly become a Nancy Drew mystery from hell?"
    — Rachel Hawkins (Demonglass)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  9. Jeez, what was she thinking? Trust a vampire? She was a bloody food source for them. The blue plate special.
    -Shanna Whelan, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire

  10. "Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand.” (Bones)"

    "Bones has always been smart," I muttered. "His intelligence was just camouflaged under a mountain of p**sy." (Cat)

    Favorite Series ALL THE WAY!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    rea0903(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. I can't resist to share this one quote by Sookie Stackhouse… I recall it everytime I read a book in this series: "If there were an international butt competition, Eric would win, hands down — or cheeks up." 😀

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  12. Well l love the book Die For Me – Amy Plum so one of the quotes :
    'Let's just say that I'm not the kind of guy your mother would want you hanging around with'

    Love this! =)
    thank you
    booksforcompany @ gmail.com

  13. Luv this quote-"When I want you to beg, I'll tell you!"-Vishous from "Lover Unbound" by J.R. Ward.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!:-)

    jfort357(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  14. I can't think of one so I made my own up

    Here goes: Love Bites

    Ktalley28@gmail.com

  15. Laura (All of Everything)

    "You forget, darling. I am the local psychopath." Clay from Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. Love him!! I pretty much love everyone in the series, they're hilarious.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    m_laura28 at yahoo dot ca

  16. People who believe in ghosts are very ghoulable. I saw this one before on a website, thanks for the giveaway! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  17. "If you're a screamer, feel free."

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  18. Offbeat Vagabond

    Wow, this is harder than I thought. I would have filled this with ones from the Night Huntress series, but that won't be fair. But I can't resist one of the many crazy quotes from Anita Blake:

    "Are you having rare WHO-roast-beast?"

    Gross, but it made me laugh. Great post guys, thank you both.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Can't remember it exactly but something like

    You're very beautiful when you're asleep because you're not talking.

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  20. Well I would really like to take a bite out of these books – you gotta love Jeaniene Frost she's so cool – and thinking about Cat and Bones really gives me something to gnaw on. Thanks for sharing this fun giveaway.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  21. "I hurt with you. I bled with you, not only because we're bonded but because of the love I have for you, Eric Northman"
    by Charlaine Harris (Dead in the Family)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  22. Vampires are always looking for the necks victim.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I'm still 3rd in the queue to get this book from the library.

  23. I have two FAvs!
    Bones is my No. 1!!!
    "Lucifer's bouncing balls Kitten. Not again!"

    And JR Ward. Butch n V – "we still ain't dating"!!

    Love it

  24. I just love this from DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison:

    "That's my long, scaly, reptilian tail. And it's bigger than anyone else's," Dragos said in a voice that was deeper, larger, yet still recognizable as his. One huge eyelid dropped in an unmistakable wink.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Lisa R/alterlisa

    “Wal-Mart started selling "Vampire Home Defense Kits," including holy water, crosses, stakes, mallets, and a book of quick blessings to bar vampires from your door. The fact that these kits were generally useless didn't bother me nearly as much as the idea of holy water being sold at Wal-Mart.”
    Molly Harper "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs"

    (\___/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

  26. Thanks for this giveaway! I have so many favorite quotes, but I will try my hardest to choose only one. Hmmm… I think I'll go with…

    "He looked at the box with interest. 'Well, well. Five speeds. Heat and massage. Deep, penetrating action. Sure this isn't yours?"
    — Jeaniene Frost (Halfway to the Grave)

    Crystal
    crystal_reaper(at)hotmail(dot)com

  27. Okay I'm not certain theses are puns, but Buffy is always full of funny supernatural lines, including

    "You're a vampire. Oh, I'm sorry. Was that an offensive term? Should I say undead American?"

    “We haven't been properly introduced. I'm Buffy, and you're history.”

    "Does 'rest in peace' have no sanctity to you people? Oh, I forgot. You're not a people."

    I've read the first book in the Night Huntress series as an ebook and have really be wanting to buy it now, it's really good!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  28. "I do a good job of blocking painful, unnecessary things from my memory." Bella Swan

    Andreea
    ladypentesylea@yahoo.com

  29. "Evil be he who thinketh evil." Vicken from Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel.

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  30. my favourite line would be from the night huntress series when Mencheres says:

    "shits gonna splatter,start buggin yo!"

    cracks me up every single time!:=D
    love the night huntress series!

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  31. "Screaming is for when you have nothing better to do" Laurell K Hamilton 😀

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  32. Quote from Richelle Mead's Blood Promise:
    "No one had ever called me unnatural before, except for the time I put ketchup on a taco. But seriously, we'd been out of salsa, so what else was I supposed to do?"

    The first part of that quote has been stuck in my head. I loved the book in audio. Thanks for this giveaway!

    itwasalie(at)gmail(dot)com

  33. there are so many quotes that i love but a favorite of mine that comes to mind is from Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush,Hush
    Patch: “You smell good, too."
    Nora: “It’s called a shower… Soap. Shampoo. Hot water…”
    Patch: “Naked. I know the drill.” 😉
    Thanks so much for this giveaway i love the night huntress series!

  34. Finbar : YOU'RE BECOMING A WEREWOLF!
    Luke : I'm not becoming a werewolf, I'm just…rocking a werewolf look. I mean, I'm not gonna bite anyone. -Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

    thebookish96(at)gmail.com

  35. "Whatever it was," Ian laughed. “Charles, mate, you fret too much. I’m a grown man, I am, and I can blood my handle.”
    Handle your blood?” Bones offered dryly.
    Ian grinned. “Exactly."

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  36. Sofija Kapranova

    "Georgie, stop trying to resurrect the shoes. They were never alive in the first place."
    — Ilona Andrews (On the Edge)

    kapranova.sofija@gmail.com

  37. I would have to say…it's something like;
    ' Hearts at Stake '
    or
    ' Love at first bite '

    Either that – OR –
    A ridiculous incident in one of the Bunnicula books when a certain character mistook: "A stake to the heart…" = for = "A steak to the heart…" Lol! ^^

    kuroshiroda [at] aim [dot] com

    ((Please forgive my inability to choose! let me know if I need to flip a coin or something to narrow it down to only one should multiples tied for favorite be an unacceptable submission :-} ))

    Thanks for sharing these great / insightful thoughts about this series – and for the giveaway opportunity. : }
    One way or another, now, I'll definitely be checking this series out sometime.! ^_^

  38. melissasmeanderings

    "Sure, sure. I'll stop by your crypt after school." _Twilight

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC=mk261274

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  39. I couldn't think of one so I did a search…

    "In Canada the werewolves are obsessed with ‘hockey hairdos'. In fact they can only be killed with a silver mullet." This one looked fairly corny. Found here http://pungents.com/specfeat/halloween.htm

    jennlovesed14 at gmail

  40. "You look like the vamp who bled the cat." 🙂 From Every Which Way but Dead, I love the Rachel Morgan series!

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  41. Well, you know what they say: Once you go dead, no one's better in bed!" — Cat (Night Huntress)

  42. I'd have to agree that Once you go dead, no one's better in bed is one of the best undead puns.
    Thanks.
    eventerj9
    booj9 at yahoo dot com

  43. "Would you like to come over for dinner?" from a vampire to a human.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  44. Thanks for the giveaway!

    "we could grind our enemies into dust… but we already did that last night" Xander to Buffy

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

  45. destinulgardianului

    "Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    …"At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."
    — Cassandra Clare (City of Bones)

    ioana_raluk95@yahoo.com

  46. "You possess other people's…bodies."
    He accepted that statement with a nod.
    "Do you want to possess my body?"
    "I want to do a lot of things to your body, but that's not one of them."

    abookandacupcake(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Love the series. Here's one that just came to my head:

    Just 'cause I ain't got a heartbeat don't mean I'm a deadbeat.

    Cambonified{at}yahoo{dot}com

  48. Hmm..

    Death always wins. -Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

    janaevw@gmail.com

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