Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost I just finished reading [a:Jeaniene Frost|669810|Jeaniene Frost|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1310062695p2/669810.jpg]'s [b:Halfway to the Grave|1421990|Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)|Jeaniene Frost|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1330786464s/1421990.jpg|1412415]. It ended up on my book shelves after I requested recommendations of good non-YA Urban Fantasy (UF) novels, after having had my fill with the mediocre [b:Twilight|41865|Twilight (Twilight, #1)|Stephenie Meyer|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361039443s/41865.jpg|3212258] and [b:The Awakening and The Struggle|395871|The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)|L.J. Smith|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347453095s/395871.jpg|385368], that for some reason also pass as UF even though they are clearly PNR. Seriously, I really had my fill of (Paranormal) Romance. I wanted something more challenging. So, after having [b:Halfway to the Grave|1421990|Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)|Jeaniene Frost|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1330786464s/1421990.jpg|1412415] collect dust for a while on my shelves it was finally picked for me in a group-read challenge.

I had great expectations (especially since it comes highly recommended by people who's taste I trust), and I expected this to be far more Urban Fantasy than Paranormal Romance, as I knew that there was going to be some romance elements in it.

It turns out that this book has a good mix of UF and PRN, though be warned: it's clearly skewed more towards PNR, rather than UF, and the sleazy kind at that too (though not too, to be honest) - after having read the Sookie Stackhouse series I wonder if there is any other kind?

Right now I'm wishing that those who recommended this book to me originally as an Urban Fantasy novel actually understood the difference between that and PNR. Not that I regret reading this book, I really did enjoy it, but it just wasn't what I wanted it to be. Once you accept this book for what it is, a PRN with big elements of UF, then this book is actually quite a good read with characters you either love or hate - and I must say: Bones is a really cool character, unlike the fickle minded Catherine - seriously, I feel like shaking her tell her to cut her umbilical cord and grow up!

This review has also been posted on my blog: http://wp.me/p2W1tX-S5