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.
©2016 Terry Maggert (P)2016 Terry Maggert
So Carlie is back and as sassy as ever!! In this one, a circus comes to town and body count starts to rise! Could the two be connected? Well, that's something Carlie, Gran and Wulfric have to find out! Along the way they encounter vampires, ghosts, shifters and did I mention... clowns!!! Out of all the bad, I still think clowns are the worst!!! Ugh!
Carlie is such an amazing character! She is strong, sassy and snarky, all of which make her a strong and likable lead. I love how she is so sure of herself and her abilities. She knows what she has to do and isn't afraid to do it! I also love her relationship with Gran. She respects and looks up to her. They do so well as a team. One thing I love about these books is the characters! They are all extremely well written and developed, and I love that the author isn't afraid to make such strong female heroines! Wulfric may be there, but he doesn't hold a candle to Carlie or Gran!
Plot wise, this was fast paced, entertaining, action packed and kept my attention till the end. The author has created a magical world filled with all types of things. The idea of the circus and what it holds was awesome!! A circus is a mysterious place anyway but add in the author's imagination and you have Halfway Bitten ;)
In all, a great second book and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to see what's next for our two leading ladies, and what happens to Wulfric!! Bring on book 3!!
Erin Spencer makes for a brilliant Carlie. She brings across her spirit and sassiness perfectly! She also makes for an awesome Gran!! She was easy to listen to and read the book great. I hope she is narrating book 3
Note: This book works fine as a stand alone though I think you would enjoy some of the characters more if you read Book 1, Halfway Dead first.
Set in the picturesque, touristy New York town of Halfway, Carlie is still making waffles at the local diner. Wulfric is enjoying his new-found freedom, and Carlie’s company. Gus still appreciates having human slaves to open his tuna and provide a warm bed. But something is afoot, and it’s more than just the circus in town and the clowns cluttering up the diner. As more bodies pile up, Carlie and Gran must put their witchy powers to use. Vampires are crossing their territory and not all are behaving nicely.
This was another fun addition to the series. Carlie is a little older, a little wiser, but also completely smitten by her half-vampire Viking lover. I think her love life had her a little distracted throughout the book, but I can forgive her. It’s her first love and she’s fallen hard. Plus, Wulfric is an interesting character in his own right. Things are complicated a little by his previous girlfriend, a shape-shifter named Anna. They have a child together and so it’s unlikely that Anna will ever truly be out the picture, much to the irritation of Carlie.
The librarian was also a favorite character, even though I don’t recall his name. He’s a little awkward, totally geeky, and definitely a worthy ally. He helps Carlie dig up info on the first body and he doesn’t lose it when he actually sees the body. I also enjoyed the mail delivery lady. She has a wholesome sexuality that everyone enjoys. I am glad the author put this character in the story because she serves as counterpoint to Anna. Carlie goes off a few times about Anna’s promiscuity and it really borders on slut shaming, but then we have the mail delivery lady who Carlie likes. I’d like to point out we never actually see Anna behaving badly, we just hear about it from Carlie. Jealousy? Perhaps.
I really enjoyed Gran sharing one of her secret information sources, a certain ghost. That scene has stuck with me and still has me chuckling. I love that Gran is not only an important person in Carlie’s life but also a worthy mentor.
Eventually the mystery starts to unfold as more than one vampire attempts to cross the lands protected by the McEwan witches. And, of course, the clowns play into it as well. How could they not? If you find clowns a little creepy, then this story will raise your gooseflesh. I really liked the underlying mystery and Gran and Carlie have to go to battle with their witchy spells. I’m on the fence about whether or not I liked Wulfric’s role in the final battle.
Overall, this was a solid story and I got quite a bit of enjoyment out it. However, I did enjoy Book 1 more. Still, I look forward to the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.
The Narration: Erin Spencer does another good job with this installment in the series. She really sounds like a 20ish woman. I also like her accent for Wulfric and some of the clowns had accents as well. Her Gran is also growing on me quite a bit.
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Narration, Erin Spencer, for me was a key factor in my enjoyment of this audio book. As I have stated before, in this series, Erin brings Carlie to life an makes her presence known. I could feel Carlie come to life though this narration. She gave Carlie life with her inflections, tone, moderation. I believe that she interpreted this character very well. I find Erin to be a perfect fit.
I have the chance to get immersed in Carlie's world again of magic, mystery and more. I had a heck of a great time visiting with Carlie. With that said of course came Gran. She was still wise and knowing. We get some Wulric. Lots of mystery. And more characters to know. There are clowns, vamps, dead bodies, with one heck of a mystery surrounding them. Carlie was still my girl. She was full of compassion and anger. She felt so much and did what she could. She knew that this new day was going to be a big one. She could feel it.
I love things from Carlie POV. It makes for a deeper immersion in to what she thinks and feels. I think this was why I was able to connect so much with her. I love her character.
Love all things romance but willing to take the chance on something else.
This narrator has the perfect tone to bring the character of Carly to life. I think that even if I read this book I would still hear Ms. Spencer reading to me. Even though the secondary characters are good it's Carly that adds life to this book. You want to be there as you see her work at getting rid of the evil that has come to town.
I like that we have a strong female character here. But that also doesn't mean that she doesn't need help and isn't afraid to ask for it.
I actually listened to book one and this is a great follow up to Halfway Dead. She has such an easy voice to listen to and such a calming effect which lends to how I picture Carly to be.
You might consider this as a stand-alone but if you want to know more about the secondary characters that appear here, you may want to listen to this series in order. Especially how Wulfric came to be in Carly's life. I would still love a chance to meet her. Bet she would be an interesting person to get to know. If I ever come across ghosts or any other paranormal entity, I would want her in my corner. My only disappointment came when I realized that this book was over. There's some romance between our couple but it's Carly's abilities and what she does to protect the townspeople that is most important here. I'm getting ready to do the happy dance in anticipation of listening to Halfway Hunted next. And then once the series is complete, I look forward to a Carly marathon.
I voluntarily reviewed an audio version of this book.
I was definitely a fan of the first book in the Halfway Witchy series, and much of what I enjoyed there is true in the sequel. Carlie is a kick-ass little witch. Tiny, but tough and brave. Sassy but classy, and an excellent diner cook. I do love her attitude, because she's so real and honest in her reactions and emotions. I also love Gran, what an amazing character who supports her granddaughter and allows her to lead the way as she continues to grow as a powerful witch, but always providing guidance and backup when needed.
I also enjoyed getting more of the half-vampire half-viking love interest, though I wanted even more than we got. He was romantic and supportive, a good book boyfriend. But.. I wanted more. I wanted more romance between the characters, more emotion, especially at the end. I wanted to feel the spark and heat between them, not just read about it. So something was missing for me.
Now let's chat about the plot. We have a circus in town, with clowns and creepy music. A perfect scene for a few crimes. Though the plot wasn't as twisty and turny as in the first book, there were some interesting reveals and an epic battle scene at the end. Battle scenes are not without loss and sacrifice, though, and we do have a sad turn of events. I was sad, but not as much as I would want to be if the build up to that point was more for me. Still devastating though if we don't see a resolution in a future book.
And now for the narration - yes another excellent audio book. I enjoy this narrator's voice - it is great to listen to, pleasant, and clear. I can't say if the emotion I was missing could have been amplified by the narrator, she did do a good job with voices and attitudes of all the characters.
Overall, a good read. I'd give it a 3.5 for sure, and am looking forward to the next one.
Review part of book tour. I was provided the audio book in exchange for my honest review.
Sara - Quesarasera Book Blog
Halfway Bitten is the next book in the Halfway Witchy Series, written by Terry Maggert and narrated with perfection by Erin Spencer. Spencer reads with ease and adds just the right nuances when needed. The story itself is fun and sassy with a side of humor and a dash of danger. All you favorite characters from book one are back and better than ever. Maggert writes a great paranormal romance. The perfect listen for anytime!
I have a blog that I review and showcase books on. I am very picky about audio book narrators. I'm a bookaholic and apologize for nothing.
I have read/listened to other Terry Maggert stories. I absolutely love the Fearless series narrated by Rebecca Cook. I really like Mr Maggert's writing and his characters are always complex. I enjoyed this story but I wasn't too keen about the narrator. At times I found her cadence too slow and her pronunciation of some words irritating. She added extra syllables to words like frustration, pronouncing it frust-er-a-tion. These are just little nitpicky items that may not bother others. I do highly recommend this series. As soon as the next book in the series is out, I purchase it immediately and dive in.
Halfway Bitten is another beautiful book by Terry Maggert. As in the first installment, Halfway Dead, the writing is lyrical and the characters are wonderful.
Maggert must believe, like many other folks, that the circus is as creepy as it is fascinating. Plus, there's clowns. In this novel, the circus is a front for a group of travelling vampires who are terrorizing all other vampires in Eastern North America and Canada. The right to survive becomes a competition; and Carley, Gran, and Wulfric get caught up in it.
I absolutely love the introduction of ghosts in this novel. Ghosts of the towns previous witches live on in "spirit." They are able to assist, teach, mentor, or just socialize with living witches as long as their spirits are in tact.
Once again, the audiobook version is superb. Erin Spencer perfectly captures Carly's and Gran's beautiful natures and the author's lyrical writing.
I really enjoyed this second book in the "Halfway Witchy" series. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy reading about the supernatural with a twist of humor, sarcasm, and sincerity. Maggert has created a world and characters that come to life through Spencer's performance, and I cannot wait to "read" the next installment.
I really enjoyed the development of the main character, Carlie McEwan, and her Gran. I feel that the relationships between Carlie and the other characters are developing naturally and there is room for them to grow in future books. I also liked that the story was engaging and made me laugh out loud, something many supernatural stories today don't accomplish.
This is the first time that I have listened to a performance by Erin Spencer, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She brings Carlie to life as a young witch, and her other characters are sincere and believable. I appreciated her talent in differentiating among the variety of characters presented in the book.
I found this book really engaging. I was interested in finding out what would happen with the characters and stories, and couldn't wait to learn what was happening in Halfway. Maggert's storytelling and Spencer's performance made me laugh, giggle, snort, and roll my eyes--all things that I appreciate in an audiobook (or any book for that matter).
I thoroughly enjoyed the Halfway, Carlie, and the crew of memorable characters in first book in this series, but this one just blew me away and delved deeper into Halfway and why it is the place I want to live. I won't go into a plot synopsis, no spoilers here, but if you enjoy magic, sass, a little mayhem, love, heartbreak, and of course, waffles, this is the story for you. The author has a sarcastic wit and sass that the narrator voices impeccably, and she manages to differentiate the characters without anything over the top, something I appreciate in audio books. There is most definitely an interesting and engaging mystery plot line here, a magical circus, vampires and clowns *shiver*, but I was really drawn in by the characters and their interactions on this one. I love a strong female lead and this has two, as well as a lovable librarian with a strength all his own (Brendan is a favorite for me). While listening I was engrossed, going through every moment with them, but when I had to pause (an inevitability with two small children running around me) I found myself reflecting on the spirit and humanity of the characters and what really defines us as good, bad, or something in the middle. I was definitely not expecting these thoughts from paranormal mystery type book, but it made it all the more enjoyable and made me do a double listen at a few parts. The ending scenes were beautifully heartbreaking and I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in this series. Overall, I am so happy I gave this a listen and will defintely come back to it again and again.
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