Title: Halfway Dead
Author: Terry Maggert
Published Date: June 30th 2015
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.
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 finest—and only—real 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 to forever to mankind. There are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years–Come find me.
Like the forest shadows, danger can run deep. The threat 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.
This book was amazing! I’ve read previous books by this author, all of which I have loved, but this book will hold a special place for me! It’s got waffles, cooking, tea, and creepy creatures, and oh year, Carlie is magic! She’s a witch with some amazing powers, and a really good heart. I loved this book from page one to the end. It’s clever, fantastic writing, and a story that could entertain anyone.
What I always love about Maggert’s books is he doesn’t write off the side characters. He’s a genius with the details of fleshing out characters other then the narrator. He gives us details, and character traits, and by the end of the book, you know the characters like you know your friends. That’s how it was her. After I finished this book, I missed Carlie, Gus, Gran, and even Major. I missed the story. I felt like it was a movie playing only in my head, and I wanted to rewind and watch it all over again.
There’s the perfect level of suspense, story, humor, and wit in this novel. They journey deep into the heart of a ancient forest to find a magical grove of trees, and there’s a few twist and turns I didn’t see coming, but this story was perfect! We got to see Carlie’s magic in action, and we got to deliver some much deserved justice to some spirits. Take a chance on this story! You will not regret it!
Can’t wait for book 2, and the audio book version! Very well done!
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