Author: Terry Maggert
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Length: 7h 19m
Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2016
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.
Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.
Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.
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.
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.
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