Friday, January 6, 2017

Audiobook #REVIEW Halfway Dead @TerryMaggert @ErinSpencerLA #UltimateIndulgence







Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 7h 12m

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: Aug. 07, 2015

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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 25 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 blond 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.

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.
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There are a few things you need to know about me, the reviewer.  1) I love audiobooks.  2) I love paranormal and urban fantasy - doesn't necessarily have to have romance in the storyline, although like chocolate, sex usually makes everything better.  3) I have a low tolerance for crappy writing when it's read aloud and even a great narrator can't salvage a less than stellar storyline or character development.  That being said, allow me to let you know - this book rocks!

Maggert has crafted a fantastic heroine in Carlie McEwan.  In fact, he's created a whole world of characters that readers will clamor to know more about.  The pace is perfect, not too hurried in world building, but with enough action peppered in to keep things interesting and a bit off kilter.  The use of magic is believable and enjoyable - allowing the reader to bond with Carlie, as she binds the world around her in search of the missing bones of Erasmus and hunts the creepy danger that has existed in the remote Adirondack woods for decades.  There's just enough of a hint of some romance to make those strictly PNR folks stay tuned as well.  Certainly, they will want to return to Halfway, NY, to see what else lies in store for our intrepid culinary witch.

Erin Spencer brings life to the clever characters of this book - with a great range of inflections and pitch perfect pace, she nails the reading on this audio gem.  She has gone into the "must find more of her works" audio basket.

RATING:  FIVE Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a winner of our Ultimate Indulgence Award. This audiobook was provided AudioBookworm for an unbiased review. Many thanks.
This book was READ & RATED by Jenn.


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