Series: Night Huntress #1-6
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Audiobook Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Description: The NIGHT HUNTRESS series is an urban fantasy romance featuring half-vampire heroine Cat Crawfield and Master vampire hero, Bones.
I participated in the Night Huntress Series read-along with Mother. Gamer. Writer. and Literary Sweet, last year. We read and discussed the first 6 books in the series that were out so far at that time. I did these books on audio and thoroughly enjoyed the narration (seriously, the audio narrator is awesome). I completely recommend it. I didn’t do individual book reviews as I was reading so I figured I’ll do one wrap-up post and share some of my thoughts on this series thus far. At one point I was going to review each book, but then I sat on this review draft post for almost a year, and decided you get one specific review and some reasons to compel you to read this series.
Reasons You Must Read The Night Huntress Series
This is one of my favorite series and if you absolutely must know why, I’ll tell you:
- Cat Crawfield is one of the most kick-ass and stubborn little ladies. Well, maybe she’s not so much a lady, as she is a killing machine. And a redhead.
- The series already starts out with Cat knowing she’s half-Vampire and so jumps right into the fun.
- Bones. Oh my! (I mean, he spent a lot of his human life being a gigolo, also he has a British accent so…)
- Cat and Bones together. Because sparks fly, and so does Bones.
- Tavia Gilbert – love her audio narration and voices!
- Special vampire abilities are awesome.
- Also, other creatures – ghouls, ghosts, etc.
- Character building. This series really develops some characters from annoying side characters to exciting allies.
- Vlad Tepesh – probably my favorite side character.
- The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans – another favorite side character.
- Cat has a pet cat named Helsing.
- Vampire weddings.
- Love, Lust, Betrayal, Revenge, Anger, Sadness, and a whole lot of other roller coaster feels.
Need I go on? I like the number 13 so we’ll stop there.
Book 1: Halfway to the Grave
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
I think the first book is my favorite in this series, mainly because it is so unique with Cat being a half-vampire and also hunting vampires. Her mom has raised her hating vampires her whole life so she hunts them to make her mom happy since she is fiercely loyal to her mother, even though she’s been treated like half a person her whole life. Then she meets Bones, and oh my Bones is so awesome. Cat is so stubborn and I just thought it was so funny how she tried to kill Bones and got her butt handed to her. I love the training because it really shows how strong and amazing Cat really is. I really like the way Bones captures Cat and makes her see reason, then convinces her to work for him and hunt only specific vampires. Their story line is so addicting, and the way their relationship builds until Cat finally accepts Bones is full of feels. Of course Cat’s mother is completely against it since she hates vampires with a fiery passion, but she has her own issues she needs to deal with and I wish she would stop blaming Cat for her own mistake. Moving on, I also enjoyed the explanation of vampires and their abilities in this story. I like that the blood has a healing power, and that is used a lot in future books. The ending of this book is so sad but it just shows how Cat will do whatever she feels she needs to do in order to protect the ones she loves. I think Cat and Bones’s relationship needs to go through a lot of heartbreak to show them how strong they really are together. This was an excellent start to this series and I do recommend it.
The blurbs for rest of the books in the series up until the finale are summarized below.
Book 2: One Foot In The Grave
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.
Book 3: At Grave’s End
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave.
Book 4: Destined For An Early Grave
Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.
Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who has her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced … even if getting that power will result in an early grave.
Book 5: This Side of the Grave
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance…
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war. …to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.
Book 6: One Grave at a Time
Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.