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Halfway Dead

(Halfway Witchy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.

Working at the town diner isn't her only job, for Carlie is also a good witch who will do bad things to protect her town. Trained by her Gran, she'll be asked to follow a handsome stranger into the deepest forest to find a grove of sacred trees, but there are ghosts in the forest, and one of them cries out to Carlie across the years
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 29th 2015)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Halfway Dead
Halfway Witchy, Book 1
By: Terry Maggert
Narrated by: Erin Spencer
This seemed to be a cozy paranormal adventure book. A witch, vampire, ghost, and other creatures are all in here. It was a good but not great. It was enjoyable. Good narration.

Stephanie (Bookfever)
I really liked Halfway Dead. It definitely ended up being something right up my alley with the way this story involved witches, witchcraft and diverse magical creatures.

I have to admit that this book didn't hook me right from the start. I actually had a bit of a tough time getting into it. It took me a little over the first half of the book for really starting to like it. Some things confused me a bit but I hope this doesn't scare people away because it really is a great story.

As much as I was
Get ready for Carlie, the witch who loves her gifts, her hometown and her job. Actually, she is happy about most everything, except when her life is not balanced. Meet her familiar, Gus and her Grandmother, a wise witch with a font of information to share.

Then the day came when her “balanced” world took a nosedive into the dark and dangerous. A ghost is calling to her from the woods in a dark plea to find them and bring them home to safety. Has the forest gone mad? Who else is hidden in the wood
Reviews May Vary
Not too bad. The author was forcibly holding me at gun point to read this... Of course, by that I mean he introduced himself on social media to a bunch of people and I made him talk to me.

It totally worked out. Halfway Dead is about Carlie, a white witch who gets sucked into the search for a rare tree and a mythical fountain. More importantly, there's a hot half- vampire and a horrible rotting wyrm. This would be urban fiction if it wasn't in the mountains. Am I understanding that right? Specul
Jess the Audiobookworm
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sponsored
4 ★ Audiobook⎮ I've been wanting to get into more paranormal/"witchy" books for a while now. The last couple have disappointed slightly, but this one was definitely closer to the mark. It was light, fun, and extremely easy to get through. The Adirondack setting was new to me and I enjoyed its uniqueness, as well as the way it was incorporated into the plot. Halfway Dead was definitely more on the all-inclusive side of things, with vampires, ghosts, and various sorts of undead creatures thrown in ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
*3.5 Stars*

Originally posted over at Lekeisha The Booknerd

I knew the moment I saw the cover to this book that it would be different. It has all the qualities of a good PNR or UF, but it stands out by the calmness that the story gives off. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely some tension when the dead bodies start showing up, and the sexy vampire comes into town. I just never thought that it would be so easy to fall into this story. I liked the flow, and before you know it, it’s over. I’m exc
I went into this without reading the blurb or any reviews, and I have to say that it was amazing!! The blurb sums up the story so I won't add anything else in case I spoil something. So let's get straight to my thoughts.

The last book I read by this author captured my attention, but not as much as this!! Right from the start I became invested with Carlie and wanted to know her story. So many times the witchy books I read have the MC either suddenly coming into powers or not liking the fact that s
E. Romi
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh so much wants to be said but I don't want to ruin it for the next reader! The ending was slightly anticlimactic, but in an art imitating life sort of way. Very good for an introduction to the series, and so much history for Carlie, Maggert could write sequels and prequels forever. recommend.
Briar's Reviews
Book Title: Halfway Dead
Book Author: Terry Maggert

Introduction: Terry Maggert asked me to review his book, so I was more than happy to give an honest review!! It's always a pleasure when authors actually ask me to read their books. It makes me feel all kinds of special, like they think I'm a good enough reviewer or reader to read it. Maybe that's just me though!

All of my thoughts/opinions are my own. I am under no obligation to write a nice or good review.

William Stuart
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book of the Fearless series, The Forest Bull, by Terry Maggert (and gave it 4 Stars), so when I saw this book and its interesting cover, I knew I would be in for a treat. I was correct!

Synopsis (from the author): 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 positi
Kelly Marie
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am having the hardest time describing how this book made me feel. First, witches. Enough said, right? But no, there is more. So much more. This is a fantastical paranormal world that is carefully constructed, very well hidden and could be sooooo true! The best part is that the characters that come to life in this story are from all different eras. It brings the witty, modern day sarcasm with some archaic beings and witchery. What could be better than that? You’ll have to re
Lisa Hall
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Magic runs in Carlie McEwan's blood, literally. In the tiny town of Halfway, deep in the Adirondack mountains, Carlie carries on the family tradition, never coming right out and saying she's a witch, but accepting the letters asking for help from the townfolk - as long as her conditions are met. The envelope and paper must be handmade and plain, the ink from the forest or natural world, and the person asking must mean no harm.

When she's not helping people with beneficial spells, Carlie makes th
Shawn Verdin
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Monsters, witches, magic, a super cool heroine, a witty grandmother and food references…what’s not to love about Halfway Dead?! This is the first book I’ve read by Terry Maggert and definitely, DEFINITELY, won’t be my last. I found Terry’s characters to be original, well fleshed out and relatable, and his story to be both charming and unique. I think the one thing I’d like to point out is that his writing is what I consider “smart” writing, my favorite kind. There are brow-raising references, el ...more
Demelza Carlton
I fell in love with Mr Maggert's breathtakingly descriptive style in his Fearless series, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this series. A witch who moonlighted as a cook seemed so tame by comparison...

A witch who single-handedly took out two wendigoes in the opening scene. So much for tame.

Ghosts and shapeshifters and half-vampires and sylphs and ancient secrets dating back to the's hard to review this book without giving too many spoilers. Nevertheless, in her quest t
Shirley Cooksley
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What I liked about this book, it was unlike any witch story I've read so far. I liked Carlie, she is down to earth and a good witch. It has a good story which keeps your interest and Wulfric is a great character as well. Future books looks promising.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
so, i feel the storyline didn't get too far in this book but there was a lot of set up? the ending really surprised me too ngl, didn't see it coming. I liked the character tho and would like to continue the series. *also loved the part about her wearing kids clothes im also short and that's one of my biggest fears lmfao
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

Halfway Dead is an awesome start to what is looking to be a promising series. Our main character Carlie is a witch, a tiny but very powerful girl. She has a huge cat, which makes her awesome in my book (my parents have a huge Maine Coon too, hmm). She is loyal and supportive to those who need her, and those who care for her. I love her relationship with her Grandma and her independence as well.

I also liked how this plot was complicated and twisty. Nothing was as it seemed, and things kept gettin
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun and clever read. Leave it to Terry to make you want waffles at every turn of the page.

Carlie is a young lady that enjoys making waffles as much as she enjoy making spells for the local people.
She has been given a special gift, or should I say she was born into a special gift. Carlie is a witch who enjoys helping the local towns people with her gift. But when forced Carlie has some wicked spells you won;t wanna be on the receiving side of.

Carlie is approached by two men looking for so
Dayreader Reviews
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is a fun little witchy book! Carlie is such a fun character, and she is somebody I would love to know and be friends with. I love how she is in touch with everything around her and how she cares for her little town. She is insightful, caring, smart, small but tough. I found that I enjoyed how much her craft keeps her in touch with nature, especially the moon.
I enjoy how Terry writes…he adds in little bits of life advise that just make sense. For instance this quote was my favorite, “
Nicole Campbell
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly the writing style. Everything was described so beautifully I actually found myself liking the description more than the dialogue, which doesn't happen for me often. The writing of her magic seemed so effortless I just believed it as truth. I liked the main character, Carlie, but I didn't love her, hence the four stars. It's possible she could grow on me some more though; I will definitely be continuing on in this series.
Melinda Rone
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wait for the second book! This was r e ally enchanting. I could not putcannot it down. Very well written. Congrats to the author.

I can't wait for the next book! Well written. Great writing and fun plot. Excellent read. A good blend of genres.
I got this book from the author. He requested me to review all the four books in this series. This is the first book. This is also my first to read a book by the author. This is a story about Carlie. She's a cook at the town diner and is also a witch who people depend on to solve some problems and illnesses. One day, a handsome stranger came into town and Carlie had no choice but to follow him into the depths of the forest. There she encountered a thousand-year old vampire that had been trapped ...more
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Did not finish. Got to 36%.

So here's the thing, you can't tell your readers that the main gal is a 'white witch' who knows almost no evil or conflict spells; and then put her up against an evil being and suddenly she has all sorts of combative magic. But don't worry, immediately after said fight the main gal reminds us she is a 'white witch' and therefore she doesn't kill and everything she just did is okay. And that's just the last so many flaws in this book before I gave up.

For a witch this
Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert is book one of what I can only assume will be a fun little paranormal series about witches and a large variety of other supernatural creatures, including (but not limited to) vampires, wendigos, shapeshifters, wights, and selkies. It has major Sookie Stackhouse vibes and was a short and sweet escape from reality, full of imagination, wit, and charm. I imagine I'll be checking out the next installment in the series relatively soon.

Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Urban fantasy is my favorite genre to read, especially if it is strongly rooted in reality. I suppose technically this book would be "country fantasy" as it is set in the Adirondacks, but it definitely meets the requirements of a very realistic backdrop. While some readers might complain about the amount of description and the comparative lack of dialogue, I found that it allowed me to immerse myself in the world even more deeply. I definitely appreciated the fact that I did not have to be expos ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was a bit disappointed with this book, I expected it to be better from the description but didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Some characters just disappeared or were forgotten about though they seemed important and Carlie trusts strangers far too easily for someone who is supposed to be able to trust her instincts.
Got My Book
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Real Rating = 3.5*

Also posted (with a Bonus Author Interview) on my blog Got My Book.

A small town Contemporary Paranormal Adventure

SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of the “Halfway Witchy Series.” Book #2 is scheduled to be released on Feb 9th. According to the author, “Erin is working on the preparations for Halfway Bitten, but it will be one month later for the audiobook, which is fine because when she records, she gets it just right.” He also said, “The Halfway Series will have a minimum of seven
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like this series. It was just a tad slow getting started but once Carly and Jim started their quest it was all action. Set in the lake district of New York where magic is alive and well , Carly draws on her skills to help Jim locate a lost stand of American Chestnut trees. With the help of the wood sprites and a vampire in need of help, they enter the cursed area and prepare to battle the evil overseers. Just the perfect touch of magic and paranormal romance. First published in 2015, I'm going ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in Halfway, New York, Carlie works at the only real diner in town. She has a large, ornery cat named Gus, and she treasures her grandmother. Oh, and she’s also a witch. Things were pretty quiet until a few restless spirits and a determined cop started pestering Carlie. Now there is a child’s spirit trapped in the depths of the forest that she must free or learn to live with a troubled conscience.

I had a lot of fun with this book. Carlie is a character I want to be friends with. She’s indepen
Lydia Sherrer
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not even through the first few pages of Halfway Dead and I already knew I was in for an adventure. When the protagonist-a small but kick-ass witch-says "Ahem. If you could turn this way, please?" to the monster she's trying to destroy, then proceeds to literally blast it to bits, "The lanky monster, now sheared nearly in half, wheezed once, folded like a forgotten accordion, and slumped sideways into the cool creek with a modest splash."...I mean, really guys, go read this book.

Terry Maggert ha
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