Some prey bites back.
Welcome to Halfway, where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner. A century-old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time. Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie's spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers. But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules.
1. Don't complain about the diner's waffles.
2. Don't break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.
©2016 Terry Maggert (P)2016 Terry Maggert
“The sarcasm, waffles, magic, and Halfway, NY would not quite be the same without her inflections, timing, cadence, and inflections of warmth, humor, wit, and of course her own flare of magic.” -The Book Junkie
“The author has managed to keep the natural feel of the characters, even if we are in the world of vampires, witches and many other unworldly beings. I finished the entire series in four days.” -Lilly’s Book World
“Each book pulls me in more and more, but it’s really like picking up the phone and calling your best friend happens to be a pretty rad witch and lives an adorable town.” -The Desert Bibliophile
After the ending of book 2, I dived into this one as soon as I could! I needed to see what happened to Wulfric!!! Well, what a read! I don't want to spoil something so this part of the synopsis sums it up pretty good... "Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire's curse without burning the waffles?" That's basically what this book is about, but also so much more!! There's Exit, a man stuck in time, a quest to find the warlock and Carlie must try to save Wulfric, all the while trying to stay true to being a white witch!
Once again, the author has created an action packed and addicting read! I loved the addition of Exit in this one. He has been asleep for a centuary do to a spell cast upon him. Now awake, he is eager to find answers and who better to help him than Carlie!! His biggest question is what happened to his wife, Reina!
Poor Carlie. I felt for her in this one. She wants to save everyone, but at what cost? Is love worth turning from the light? Plus she has to deal with questions and secrets coming at her all the time!! Despite this, she is still her sassy and fun self though.
The plot was once again, a doozy!! So much happening and so many twists! It's a book that will grip you from the start and not let go. This book, and indeed, the whole series is a fun, emotional, adventurous read. Halfway is a place where everyone should visit!! Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.
Again, Erin Spencer did an amazing job with the narration. She has such a pleasant and easy to listen to voice, that the story was effortless to listen to. I love how she portrays Carlie!!
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I liked this book more than the previous two. To be honest, I finished the entire series in 4 days. I’ve read book number one and books number two and three were in audio format. I can say that this last one was the best, mostly because the action did not feel as dragged as in the previous two and also the maturity of the characters is quite visible.
To get a little bit more into the details, the action happens in the same town of Halfway, having Carlie in the center of attention but this time trying to help Exit Wainwright who appears to be a time traveler. This time the action is far more complex and threats raised against her and her loved ones.
Also presented from Carly’s point of view, the plot evolves nicely, in a steady pace, with an increasing amount of suspense. The writing is very natural, the dialogue as well. The author has managed to keep the natural feel of the characters, even if we are in the world of vampires, witches and many other unworldly beings. The atmosphere at the diner is welcoming, all the descriptions and mentioning of it makes it a sanctuary to all the people in Halfway, locals or visitors. I loved how the warmth of this place manages to capture the reader or listener.
The characters have matured enough to show strength and Carly takes some decisions of her own. She can tap into some great magic. She will be faced with many difficult situations in this last book. The complexity of it all will make her a great character.
As for the narrator, I did enjoy her voice; I enjoyed the easy way in which she made everything feel natural. She could really connect with the main character but what I would have wanted is maybe a better way of changing her voice when interpreting some of the other characters.
So without adding too many unnecessary words, I’ll give my 4 stars to book number 3 in the "Halfway Witchy" series. It is the best of the three in my opinion. I’ll be posting my review for the other two books these days so stay around!
Note: This book can work as a stand alone though you would get more out of it if you had read the previous two books just because of the relationship between Carlie and Wulfric.
Set nearly 1 year after the ending of Book 2, Halfway Bitten, Carlie is still fretting over Wulfric’s fate after he sacrificed his humanity to defeat the Big Baddie from Book 2. But she’s also still working at the diner and playing servant to her 35 pound cat Gus. Then her librarian friend gives her a new puzzle to work on – a stranger has turned up in town and he looks like he needs be brought up to speed. Exit Wainwright is a miner and mineralogist who recently woke up 100 years after he was cursed into a forced sleep.
Immediately, Gran and Carlie are on the case. It takes a bit of powerful magic to put someone into a suspended sleep for so long. Exit’s first concern is to find out what happened to his wife. He’s a practical man and he expects that she is dead but he wants to find her grave and perhaps learn how the rest of her life played out. Gran and Carlie immediately take him under their wings.
Early on, Carlie is able to use a spell to try to locate the remains of Mrs. Wainwright. However, what they find only deepens the mystery and also saddens Exit. Carlie then brings her shape-shifter friend, Alex, and his sister Anna (who Carlie isn’t a fan of) up to speed on the unfolding mystery. Alex is really growing on me. Anna is still mostly in the shadows in this book, despite her tie to Wulfric (they have a child together) and Carlie’s dislike of her.
It turns out there is a hunter in Halfway and Gran and Carlie disagree with his methods and his choice of prey. This book surprised me because they solve one problem only to have another layer revealed and yet another foe or obstacle to be tackled. Meanwhile, Carlie has been working for the past year on a spell to help Wulfric, whose vampire half has taken over. Carlie is in danger from more than one front! I wasn’t sure how things would turn out in the end and I was kept guessing until the last chapter.
Gran continues to surprise me. I am growing really attached to her character. In this book, Carlie makes a tough but perhaps a dangerous choice. Gran shows her what happened to a relative of hers in the past and that bit of family history really sobers Carlie.
As a final note, I really enjoyed the mail delivery lady in this story. She was introduced in the previous book, but she gets a bigger role in this story. Her wholesome sexuality is also a welcome addition to the tale. Plus, she rather practical and capable – two things that I always appreciate.
I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.
The Narration: Erin Spencer continues to do this series justice. She makes a really good Carlie and I love her Gran voice as well. Her light accent for Wulfric remains charming. I also like her big bear of a man voice for Exit.
I chose to review this audiobook after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
This is the third book in the Halfway series. I read the first book, Halfway Dead, and even though I didn’t get the chance to read the second book, Halfway Hunted gave enough back story that I was able to figure out what I missed.
Carlie is a good witch. She is young, cute, and betrothed to a vampire. She’s been working on a spell for months that will hopefully turn her lover into a human. It’s risky and dangerous but it’s a risk she is willing to take. At the same time, she is dealing with Exit who has been in the dark for a century. He needs Carlie’s help to find the warlock who did this to him. Of course, Carlie uncovers more than she wanted…
Carlie is quirky, likable and stubborn. She’s not perfect but she’d make the perfect friend. Her Gran, who is also a witch, has a lot more experience than Carlie and she learns a lot from her.
Erin Spencer did a great job narrating. Her voice is perfect as Carlie and she changed her tone just enough so that I knew when someone else was speaking.
I like Terry Maggert’s writing style and I definitely recommend Halfway Hunted, especially if you like reading books with mystery and humor.
The Book Junkie Reads. . .
Erin Spencer has returned for more of Carlie and her antics this time around. The sarcasim, waffles, magic, and Halfway, NY would not quite be the same without her inflections, timing, cadence, and inflections of warmth, humor, witt, and of course her own flare of magic. There feels like a connection between Erin and the story on the pages. For me, Erin's voice is that of Carlie. She's the key factor to making this audio read climb over just being a normal reading.
The story itself. . .We're back for the waffles, the magic, the nights of the full moon, the mystery, and the drive to do the right thing. Carlie is back. The cast of characters are right there with her. This time were on an ancient hunt to solve a mystery long since closed in time. But while trying to solve one incident there was another that created a deadly vibe in the air for Carlie. This time around Carlie may not have all the answers.
Maggert added to the series that I have come to love. I get a some humor, mystery, insight, Grans, Carlie and of course her latest activities good, bad, and indifferent. This time one crazy warlock, a few beautiful panther, a chase that puts Carlie in the sights, a few chilling spells, and one thrilling adventure.
I had so much fun here. I look forward to more adventures of Carlie. I get a lot of what I love in a good read that I don't have to take so seriously or stress about what may come out the next page or two. I can read at leisure and enjoy each new revelation. Terry Maggert has a follower of this series, wherever it may go. I love Carlie's adventures.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Terry Maggert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Halfway Hunted really got into how cruel and terrible some people, er, creatures? can be toward others. It starts with finding a man who awakens from a hundred year slumber curse, asking our witchy heroine to help find what happened to his family, to unearthing a terrible, um, collection of furs. And a whole lot in between.
This third story definitely is a heavy one and continues on the path of twisty turny plots this series is fond of. Our girl Carlie, and Gran, bravely take on scary bad people again and again to protect their friends and the people of their lands.
Carlie even shows her strength as a witch and her willpower with her continual work on a spell to save her beloved from the vampire curse. Even though it is dangerous, terrifying, forbidden even. She will do all she can to help those she loves.
One thing that I had a difficult time with in this series is the passage of time. I didn't realize almost a year had passed from this book to the previous one. Somewhere I'm missing these details until they are clearly stated as part of dialogue or something else.
The narration continues to be wonderful for this series. I like the narrator's voice and tone and her talking speed. I like the voices she gives to other characters, and the bit of attitude she gives Carlie and Gran.
Definitely an enjoyable 3rd book and series overall.
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