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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Halfway Witchy Series by Terry Maggert [ 4.5 stars]

 


When Terry Maggert contacted me about reviewing Halfway Bitten I thought that it sounded like a really fun book. By the time I had finished the first few pages I had to put the book down and buy the first book in the series, Halfway Dead. Not because you need to read it first, both books can be read alone, but because I was hooked. For the first time here at Horror Maiden's I will be reviewing two books in one post. Now on with the reviews,,,,





Halfway Dead (Book 1) by Terry Maggert [4.5 stars]



 

From the Description

 

Carlie McEwan loves many things.
She loves being a witch. She loves her town of Halfway, NY
a tourist destination nestled on the shores of an Adirondack lake. Carlie loves her enormous familiar, Gus, who is twenty-five pounds of judgmental Maine Coon cat, and she positively worships her Grandmother, a witch of incredible power and wisdom. Carlie spends her days cooking at the finestand onlyreal diner in town, and her life is a balance between magic and the mundane, just as she likes it.
When a blonde stranger sits at the diner counter and calls her by name, that balance is gone. Major Pickford asks Carlie to lead him into the deepest shadows of the forest to find a mythical circle of chestnut trees, thought lost forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years. Come find me.
Danger, like the shadowed pools of the forest, can run deep. The danger is real, but Carlie’s magic is born of a pure spirit. With the help of Gus, and Gran, and a rugged cop who really does want to save the world, she’ll fight to bring a ghost home, and deliver justice to a murderer who hides in the cool, mysterious green of a forest gone mad with magic




 
 
Halfway Dead had me hooked from the very beginning. The humorous dialogue and charming characters make this book irresistable. Carlie is quixotic, caring and fiesty. You don't want to be a supernatural bad guy or say anything bad about her waffles in this town. Wulfric, a half vampire viking, and Joseph are great as they help Carlie solve the mystery in the forest. The story itself is a wonderfully spooky adventure filled with whimsical discoveries and horrors that will haunt you. Urban fantasy lovers and horror fans will find a lot to love in this delightfully fun 4.5 star read.




Buy Halfway Dead


 

Halfway Bitten (Book 2) by Terry Maggert [4.5 stars]



 

From the Description

 
The circus came to Halfway, and they brought the weird.

When clowns, vampires, and corpses start piling up in town, Carlie has to break away from her boyfriend, Wulfric, to bring her witchy skills to the table- or grill, as the case may be.
When the body of a young woman washes up in the lake, it unleashes a spiral of mystery that will bring Carlie, Gran, and Wulfric into a storm of magical warfare. Spells will fly. Curses will rain. Amidst it all, Carlie will make waffles, protect her town, and find out if a man from the distant past can join her in happy ever after.
With love and honor at stake, Carlie has no peer.


 

I received an ARC of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.



Halfway Bitten is just as engaging and enjoyable as the previous book. We get to learn more about Carlie and her family of witches who protect the town of Halfway,NY from monsters and other magical threats. This time around that threat is much larger and may cost Carlie the very people she loves most. I loved the addition of historical characters, they added a touch of reality that I like in a story. I also loved getting to know Brendon, the intrepid town librarian. The clowns and circus were exceptionally creepy for me,,, Yes, I am one of those people who are terrified by clowns. The story is much darker this time around. With a bittersweet ending that left me longing to know what's going to happen next. Another wonderfully magical and frightening 4.5 star read.




Buy Halfway Bitten


 

About the Author



 

Writer of urban and dark fantasy. Left-handed. Lover of pie. Father, husband, and herder of animals. Author of The Fearless series: The Forest Bull, and Mask of the Swan, and The Waking Serpent. Newest volume, A Bride of Salt and Stars now available. Coming soon: BANSHEE, 2015. "Cities burn. Dragons rise. The War Begins".

Stop by terrymaggert.com for news and insights. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.