Friday, January 27, 2017

Audiobook tour #REVIEW Halfway Bitten @TerryMaggert @ErinSpencerLA #UltimateIndulgence

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 7h 19m

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: May 23, 2016


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.

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Carlie is back - she is short, sassy and seriously powerful - or getting there, at least.  This series captured my heart from Book one and keeps the heart fires flamed in book two!  For those who are walk in thinking this is paranormal romance, hold up.  This isn't a fan yourself while you turn the pages book.  It is paranormal, but I'd catagorize it more as urban fantasy (set in the Adirondacks).  Don't be disueded however.  This series is engrossing - with great storylines, fast paced action and very multi-dimensional characters. And yes, there's romance - and bawdy ghosts and sexy shifters with succubus blood! Told from the POV of Carlie herself, the story mixes murder, mystery and a fair amount of cheeky self reflection from a wise-beyond-her-years 21 year old short order cook/witch hellbent on upholding her end of the covenant her family has to protect the lands and people in their little slice of Adirondack heaven.

Maggert continues to maintain his realm as king of the creation, Halfway, NY.  Carlie McEwan ranks in my top ten favorite paranormal heroines.  The pace is perfect, not too hurried in world building or review of previous plot lines/  Still peppered with great scenes of action, mystery and things witchy and otherwise weird.  The use of magic is believable and enjoyable - allowing the reader to bond with Carlie, as she investigates the murders of several locals after a bizarre circus comes to town bringing clowns and vampires and other dark forces requiring both Gran and her lover, Wulfric, to join her for strength in numbers and magics. Add in some drama with locals, Wulfric's ex, her brother and the hidden graveyard spectral assistants and there should be enough to keep you busy for a day or so. The writing overall is so visual, you can see it in your mind's eye, movie-eque in the action and character descriptions.  Must read these in order to have full depth of knowledge and backstory for sure.

Once again, 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.  There is something that is at once soothing and yet compelling - I think she captures the essence of Carlie perfectly as a woman comfortable in her own skin, quietly reassured and yet powerful in her own right.  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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