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Halfway Witchy #2

Halfway Bitten

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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.

326 pages, Paperback

First published February 9, 2016

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Terry Maggert

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Left-handed. 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 weather, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Forty-nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You've been warned.

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Profile Image for Dianne.
6,773 reviews574 followers
June 20, 2016
Waffles, witchcraft, and a tsunami of magical warfare, and Carlie is stuck in the middle when hell is unleashed in Halfway. Terry Maggert’s Halfway Bitten is filled with magic, mystery and mayhem, so hang on tight as Carlie rushes in to save the day, and quite possibly her heart.

After skillfully setting the stage in book one, Terry Maggert plunges us directly into the fray when a body washes up on the shore and brings mystery in its wake. Vampires, werepanthers, ghosts and clowns? Hey the circus has come to town and unlike the Greatest Show on Earth, it is the Deadliest Show in Halfway.

Our Carlie is still full of snark, attitude and makes for one rocking heroine as she and Gran face off against evil. What of Wulfric? What has happened to him? Has he gone feral? Is he lost to Carlie forever? Never underestimate the power of a witch in love and certainly never underestimate Carlie when her town, her people are threatened.

Certainly fast-paced, wickedly twisted and full of surprises, Terry Maggert has created a heroine who is well-rounded, grounded and, come on, she makes great waffles. A fun read that flows along quickly to an ending that is priceless.

I received this copy from Terry Maggert in exchange for my honest review.

Series: Halfway Witchy - Book 2
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Terry Maggert
ISBN: 1523298200
Genre: Paranormal
Print Length: 327 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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1,803 reviews9 followers
February 6, 2017
So Carlie is back and as sassy as ever!! In this one, a circus comes to town and body count starts to rise! Could the two be connected? Well, that's something Carlie, Gran and Wulfric have to find out! Along the way they encounter vampires, ghosts, shifters and did I mention... clowns!!! Out of all the bad, I still think clowns are the worst!!! Ugh!

Carlie is such an amazing character! She is strong, sassy and snarky, all of which make her a strong and likable lead. I love how she is so sure of herself and her abilities. She knows what she has to do and isn't afraid to do it! I also love her relationship with Gran. She respects and looks up to her. They do so well as a team. One thing I love about these books is the characters! They are all extremely well written and developed, and I love that the author isn't afraid to make such strong female heroines! Wulfric may be there, but he doesn't hold a candle to Carlie or Gran!

Plot wise, this was fast paced, entertaining, action packed and kept my attention till the end. The author has created a magical world filled with all types of things. The idea of the circus and what it holds was awesome!! A circus is a mysterious place anyway but add in the author's imagination and you have Halfway Bitten ;)

In all, a great second book and one I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to see what's next for our two leading ladies, and what happens to Wulfric!! Bring on book 3!!

Erin Spencer makes for a brilliant Carlie. She brings across her spirit and sassiness perfectly! She also makes for an awesome Gran!! She was easy to listen to and read the book great. I hope she is narrating book 3
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1,001 reviews113 followers
March 20, 2016
Halfway Bitten is the thrilling sequel to Halfway Dead and I loved it. Although I liked the first book for sure I had my reservations with it so I'm really happy to say that I thought this one was better. It was really great and I could hardly stop reading it.

I think part of what made this book better for me than the first book was that I was already familiar with the characters. And I also the writing has improved a lot also (though I thought the writing was already excellent with book #1).

Halfway Bitten features the characters we got to know and love from the first book. Carlie, Wulfric, Gran and some others. This time the mystery involves werepanthers, vampires, dead bodies and even clowns. And of course there a big amount of magic.

I loved the mystery of the circus that came to town and how Carlie and the others once again had to try to figure everything out. There's also romance involved between Carlie and Wulfric, who is her boyfriend now. The end, though, kind of freaked me out and maybe broke my heart a bit.

Overall, Halfway Bitten by Terry Maggert ended up making me want and need more of this world. Especially with an ending like that. Carlie is quickly growing into one of my favorite heroines ever!
Profile Image for Scott Collins.
Author 6 books120 followers
January 26, 2016
A fantastic continuation of the tales of Carlie, Wulfric, and Gran. I'm a huge fan of the variety of paranormal beings Mr. Maggert weaves into his tales. In Halfway Bitten, vampires will be encountered most often, but throw in witches (obviously), some werewolves, and a side of ghosts for good measure. The writing is superb, the plot engaging and fast-paced, the characters well fleshed out, and the world solidly built, but not overdone which leaves room for the reader to use their imagination to fill in the rest. All said, a great second novel in the Halfway Witchy series, and I look forward to the next installment, assuming Mr. Maggert chooses to continue the story.
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182 reviews7 followers
February 4, 2016
This is an incredible story. I feel like Carlie and crew were really focused in this book. Though I was disappointed there was no appearance by the faeries, there were other players that brought their own specialties to the table.

Carlie is forced to take the law into her own hands to protect her family lands and the great citizens of Halfway from evil vampiric clowns. Clowns, in this context, is not a label, it’s an occupation. Can you imagine clowns that are vampires? Scares me, for sure.

You might say “pfft, Carlie can handle it…” but there was a few times that I really thought she got over her head. That made it exciting and also developed Carlie more for me. She is young – very young. She should know that she doesn’t know everything, but I’m sure that’s how I was at that age. Gran is center stage with Carlie this episode and they have to put a stop to murders in Halfway. It’s a mystery of WHO that is somewhat easy to figure out, but WHY is the reason the pages keep getting turned. The characters that are brought in to help point Carlie and her Gran in the right direction didn’t need much introduction. They were quick characters that added depth to the story. Anna introduced her brother Alex, who in my opinion is MUCH nicer. Carlie enlists help from the friendly neighborhood librarian who is one of the few residents of Halfway that are clued in to the world around them. Wulfric makes an attractive appearance, of course, but it’s the ending that really gets the ball rolling for the next book. It’s not EXACTLY a cliffhanger as the book arc is finished, but the series arc is just getting it’s groove on.
Profile Image for Nicole Campbell.
Author 8 books102 followers
July 17, 2016
Ahhhhh so many things I love about this book. I loved Gran the most, I think. I loved her sassy old-lady-ness. Carlie was endearing and humble and spunky as well, I liked that there was more character development in this book. The world building was also masterful as it was in the first book. The author's descriptions of our natural world are unparalleled, honestly. The writing about magic is beautiful.

The only issues I took with this book were in the sub-plots. I LOVED Carlie and Wulfric. Loved them. I ship them so hard. And their relationship was great- it just isn't really explained how they got there. It's just sort of expected that we understand how they've arrived at this point when he isn't in the first quarter of the book. Conversely, I felt like he played too large of a role in the climax- I was hoping for a bit more witchy epic-ness, though I'm not at all saying the ending was disappointing, because it wasn't. It was just different than I thought the build-up made it seem.

I also felt like the Anna conflict was resolved without much attention, when it was given such weight at the end of the last book and the beginning of this book.

All in all, I loved and hated the end of this book because my heart hurts. I will absolutely be continuing with this series, and you should read it!!
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240 reviews3 followers
February 14, 2016
I asked for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


Another good book by Terry Maggert! Witches, shifters, vampires, and all things magical; what is not to love about this book! The characters a likable and the story line is good. I love the main character Carlie. She is a good witch with a wonderful sense of humor. She always has spells and quick comebacks ready on stand bye.

Gran, Wulfric, and Carlie are keeping an eye on their small town. They try to protect the humans of their town from evil magic that passes through once in a while. When multiple deaths start piling up, Carlie and her family go on the hunt. They puzzle out what is killing people in their town. Several vampires have come to town, but why? As the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, Carlie realizes that they have some very old magic on their hands. Will Gran and Carlie's magic be enough? How does Wulfic react being half vampire himself?

I urge you to pick up this book. This book can be read as a standalone as it offers as much history and detail on the characters as the first book did. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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4,903 reviews141 followers
January 26, 2017
I have the chance to get immersed in Carlie's world again of magic, mystery and more. I had a heck of a great time visiting with Carlie. With that said of course came Gran. She was still wise and knowing. We get some Wulric. Lots of mystery. And more characters to know. There are clowns, vamps, dead bodies, with one heck of a mystery surrounding them. Carlie was still my girl. She was full of compassion and anger. She felt so much and did what she could. She knew that this new day was going to be a big one. She could feel it.

I love things from Carlie POV. It makes for a deeper immersion in to what she thinks and feels. I think this was why I was able to connect so much with her. I love her character.

Narration, Erin Spencer, for me was a key factor in my enjoyment of this audio book. As I have stated before, in this series, Erin brings Carlie to life an makes her presence known. I could feel Carlie come to life though this narration. She gave Carlie life with her inflections, tone, moderation. I believe that she interpreted this character very well. I find Erin to be a perfect fit.
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Author 5 books78 followers
June 19, 2016
I enjoyed this book but I'm afraid I may not have given it a fair shake due to the number of other projects I have going on. It took longer to get through than I would normally take with a book this length, and putting it down and picking it back up over and over probably dampened my enthusiasm. That being said, the only thing that really stuck out to me was the way Carlie and Gran received unexpected and uncalled for aid at the last minute. It seemed too convenient to me and I think it would have been a more intense scene it Terry had found another way to facilitate the conclusion.
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1,745 reviews37 followers
February 28, 2017
Note: This book works fine as a stand alone though I think you would enjoy some of the characters more if you read Book 1, Halfway Dead first.

Set in the picturesque, touristy New York town of Halfway, Carlie is still making waffles at the local diner. Wulfric is enjoying his new-found freedom, and Carlie’s company. Gus still appreciates having human slaves to open his tuna and provide a warm bed. But something is afoot, and it’s more than just the circus in town and the clowns cluttering up the diner. As more bodies pile up, Carlie and Gran must put their witchy powers to use. Vampires are crossing their territory and not all are behaving nicely.

This was another fun addition to the series. Carlie is a little older, a little wiser, but also completely smitten by her half-vampire Viking lover. I think her love life had her a little distracted throughout the book, but I can forgive her. It’s her first love and she’s fallen hard. Plus, Wulfric is an interesting character in his own right. Things are complicated a little by his previous girlfriend, a shape-shifter named Anna. They have a child together and so it’s unlikely that Anna will ever truly be out the picture, much to the irritation of Carlie.

The librarian was also a favorite character, even though I don’t recall his name. He’s a little awkward, totally geeky, and definitely a worthy ally. He helps Carlie dig up info on the first body and he doesn’t lose it when he actually sees the body. I also enjoyed the mail delivery lady. She has a wholesome sexuality that everyone enjoys. I am glad the author put this character in the story because she serves as counterpoint to Anna. Carlie goes off a few times about Anna’s promiscuity and it really borders on slut shaming, but then we have the mail delivery lady who Carlie likes. I’d like to point out we never actually see Anna behaving badly, we just hear about it from Carlie. Jealousy? Perhaps.

I really enjoyed Gran sharing one of her secret information sources, a certain ghost. That scene has stuck with me and still has me chuckling. I love that Gran is not only an important person in Carlie’s life but also a worthy mentor.

Eventually the mystery starts to unfold as more than one vampire attempts to cross the lands protected by the McEwan witches. And, of course, the clowns play into it as well. How could they not? If you find clowns a little creepy, then this story will raise your gooseflesh. I really liked the underlying mystery and Gran and Carlie have to go to battle with their witchy spells. I’m on the fence about whether or not I liked Wulfric’s role in the final battle.

Overall, this was a solid story and I got quite a bit of enjoyment out it. However, I did enjoy Book 1 more. Still, I look forward to the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.

The Narration: Erin Spencer does another good job with this installment in the series. She really sounds like a 20ish woman. I also like her accent for Wulfric and some of the clowns had accents as well. Her Gran is also growing on me quite a bit.
Profile Image for Magda Żmijan.
300 reviews50 followers
December 13, 2016
Are you looking for an interesting book filled with powerful witches, vampires, shifters and a very mysterious circus group?

This was my first meeting with Carlie, Gran and Wulfric. I have a weakness for witches and vampires, so obviously I couldn’t resist this book :). As soon as I’ve started reading it I knew I won’t be disappointed.

Halfway, a town where everything happens. It all starts with a circus, some unusual clowns, and few bloodless bodies. Carlie and Gran won’t allow some random killer mess up their family grounds. The problem is, they have to find him first.

The plot of this story revealed nicely and in just the right pace. All the pieces came together in proper moments. Carlie didn’t have to do everything by herself after she does have Gran and Wulfric to help. And since Carlie is still a witch in training there was also a moment when Gran thought her some new tricks. I liked that, it shows that the characters are still learning, they aren’t the know-it-all like in some stories.

I have to admit I really like Carlie. For a witch in training, she’s already quite skilled. I really liked how the author showed her inner thoughts, her relationship with Gran and with Wulfric. I know I missed few things from the first book (I’ll work on that), but I have a feeling author knows his characters well, the way they should behave, what they think, what drives them. I like that. Plus he knows how to show they’re all different. A different behavior, the way they speak.

When I read about Wulfric I couldn’t stop thinking about Eric from Sookie Stackhouse novels. Not from the TV show, that one was quite cool, but the one from the books was great and so is Wolfric. I found his way of talking adorable. Oh, and good job for actually showing readers he’s a man out of time. The author managed to present Wulfric’s personality in a believable way. You could almost hear and see him behaving like an old-time Viking who barely learned how to fit into our modern times. Picture him as Thor from the first Thor movie if it will help you :), a bit funny, kind of adorable and sexy.

I did enjoy the fast pace of this story and the final battle looked awesome in my head. This story pulled me in from the very first pages. I intend to read the first book soon :) and the next one if it will be written (I hope so).

Would I recommend you this book? Yes! It was an entertaining and fast read filled with action, mystery, magic and great characters. And I even liked the cat :P

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Author 5 books43 followers
February 9, 2016
3.5 stars.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.*

I didn’t see this book coming. I’d been reading historical romances one after the other, and then one day, the author kindly informed me of this story. I read the blurb, saw it involved a small town and witches, and was sold. Magic workers are my weakness. While reading this review, however, keep in mind that this is book two in a series. I didn’t know that before I read this story, so there may be some spoilers.

Carlie was the heroine and narrator of the story. It’s always such a treat to come back to my old familiar favorite, first-person point of view. Of course, it helped that Carlie had a likable enough personality to sell it. She was just an ordinary cook at a regular diner, who also happened to be a witch. I loved how fiercely protective Carlie was of her friends, family and even acquaintances.

One of the things that stood out to me in this story was Carlie’s close relationship with her grandmother, Tess. Not only were they both witches, but they fiercely loved one another. Plus, I liked Tess as a person, because she was super-strong and perceptive. The only other big side character in this book was Carlie’s lover, Wulfric. He was half-human, and half-vampire. I wish we’d gotten some answers as to how he could be both vampire and human, but we didn’t. However, I did think he proved his love for Carlie in the end, with huge cost to himself.

The plot of this story involved Carlie trying to figure out how and why a vampire was capturing humans, and using them for food. Carlie had to talk to vampires, shapeshifters, and smart librarians to figure out a lot of the answers. I liked the setting this novel had, which was a small town in the Adirondack Mountains.

The thing that really took away from this book for me was the writing. It was great at communicating Carlie’s personality, but there were times when the scene would change, and I was confused. The world-building could have been a bit stronger, as well. There wasn’t much explanation on the existence of magic and paranormal creatures. As it seemed to be set in our time and world, I was expecting a little bit more information in that regard. However, this is the second book in a series, so a lot of my confusion could have come from unknowingly reading out of order.

Overall, though, I think this was a fun, quick urban fantasy read. Carlie was a likable heroine, with an admirable personality. The mystery kept me reading, especially to see if Carlie and her grandmother prevailed over the evil taking over their town. There was a pretty big cliffhanger at the end of the novel, which of course makes me wish I had book three. So yes, I do think urban fantasy readers should check this out. It’s a nice read if you’ve only got a few hours, filled with magic, paranormal creatures, and a heroine you can root for. I’d probably start with book one though, as I’m sure that one gives explanations that I would have liked in this story.
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505 reviews4 followers
February 10, 2016
Hauntingly, elegant, witty, emotional feelcoaster! The Halfway Witchy series is anything but halfway. Get ready for a wild ride. The circus comes to town! But not just any circus...a circus with secrets. Carlie is the resident witch that has a natural affinity to help others. She is currently with a half vampire half human, Wulfric, and dealing with his “baby-mama” who is a shifter. But this is just the beginning of the craziness that is about to unleash itself on Halfway. There are dead bodies showing up and circus clowns with acts that just don’t belong. There are many secrets and twists around every corner. As I read this story I came up with so many different endings in my head. Who exactly are the villains and the huge question, why? But as I am learng about this author, nothing is as it seems.

“There was an event just over the horizon, and the weird circus, dead girl, and roaming undead were woven tightly in a means that I couldn’t see —yet. Alex would help me unravel all of this unsavory activity that left my teeth humming with magical energy.”

“Problem was such a vague, ugly term. It could mean almost anything; none of which was good, unless it was referring to having three waffles and two hands, but that’s why we stack them. See? I solve problems.”

“We live three lives, you know. The one we are born to, the one we wish for, and that which we are left with when our dreams fade as shadows at dawn.”

“Witches don’t like being kept in the dark. We’re magickers, not mushrooms, and I resolved to find out who was spreading death on my lands.”

There is never a moment left without something going on. Carlie is absolutely hilarious and all the characters around her add to the charisma that she carries. She is an amazing main character and the author has molded her, and the others, in the most perfect way. The story is vivid, easy to follow, and so fun to get sucked into. Bravo! Now I am (im)patiently waiting for the next in this witchy series!
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647 reviews149 followers
February 7, 2017
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 circuis 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 mising 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.

Review part of book tour. I was provided the audio book in exchange for my honest review.
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Author 4 books99 followers
March 22, 2016
This is the third book of Terry Maggert’s I’ve read and the second of the Halfway Witchy series. The first book of the series, Halfway Dead garnered a 5 Star review from me, so the second book of the series, Halfway Bitten had a lot to live up to. It succeeded!

Synopsis (from the author): 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.

What I liked: Carlie and Gran are wonderful familiar characters that I just enjoy. The first person narrative is done well, with just the right mix of snarky commentary and conversational storytelling. The premise of the book is the appearance of creepy clowns, vampires, and the circus come to town. The battles that Carlie and Gran fight, the passage of power and knowledge from Gran to Carlie, and the interaction with the ghosts make this an excellent read!

What I didn’t like: I thought the book could have used more Wulfric. He plays such an important role in the book, but I didn’t get enough backstory on the character. Other than that, not much to complain about!!

Overall impression: Halfway Bitten by Terry Maggert was a great entertaining read! Filled with witchy magic, cool characters (even the French Canadian ghost), sacrifice, and a satisfying conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of witchy fantasy!

My rating: 5 Stars!!
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2 reviews1 follower
January 18, 2016
I received a few advanced reader copy of Halfway Bitten.

Halfway Bitten is written in first person and some of my favorite books were written in first person, so I was predisposed to liking the novel. I also liked the first book is the series, Halfway Dead. Halfway Bitten lived up to the expectations that the first book created. There is some light humor in the novel, though I felt not as much as the first book. There are amusing moments throughout the book as the protagonist, Carlie, deals with being a witch in a small town.

If you like food you should enjoy this book. Food is a theme throughout the book and is described in a way that made me wish the dinner Carlie works at actually exists. It may be a good idea to read the book after eating; otherwise it might make you hungry.

It is also a story about relationships. Some of these are Carlie and her Grandmother, who is also her mentor, her boyfriend Wulfric who is half human and half vampire and a Viking to boot. Both Carlie and Her Grandmother have a connection to the town of Halfway and the area around it that is a different type relationship. Carlie and her Grandmother view themselves as the protectors of Halfway.

I am not going to reveal the plot of the book in detail. It revolves around Carlie and her supporting cast to protect the town of Halfway from vampires. If you like reading about vampires the novel may interest you. I look forward to the next book in the series, Hallway Haunted, which the author reported is at 12,000 words.
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405 reviews1 follower
February 9, 2016
This book makes me so happy.

It contains a number of excellent characters, each one with their own fascination.

This book reads perfectly well if you’ve missed the first book in the series, you can instantly pick up on what’s going on so don’t be afraid to start here first.

This time, Carlie is investigating any connections between a travelling circus of mysterious supernatural nature which has arrived in town and some unexplained deaths in the area.

What I appreciated in this book as a development from book 1 was that Carlie was a little less self centred. Despite being very funny in her narrative, she did have some moments of more profound thought which balanced out the story nicely.

Her relationship with Wulfric, sexually charged Viking human/vampire hybrid is starting to heat up, which adds some romance to the story but Carlie being Carlie, it isn’t too squishy and cute – it’s mostly naked and amusing.

I’ll most definitely be pursuing this series to the bitter end, I think the author has created a fantastic main character who has a lot of potential for growth to keep things interesting and has created a world where anything can happen (and probably will).

It’s the comfortable first person approach to the narrative and the humour that has me so hooked, it seems effortless rather than the tooth grindingly awkward experience of reading a book where an author is trying too hard to be funny. This book genuinely made me laugh and I can't wait to see what happens next.
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127 reviews2 followers
January 10, 2016
Every full moon, Carlie waits for letters to drop through her mail slot--special letters, asking for magical help against the little evils that beset her neighbors. This time, though, the evil is not so small, and Carlie will have to use every bit of magical help she can find.

This is the second book in the series, and it's better than the first. Carlie's character rounds out more in this book. She shows that she's not perfect: in an incident with a customer, she justifies her actions to herself in a manner that hopefully indicates she's going to have a bit more of a struggle to stay on the "good" side of magic later in the series. Her Gran is still very much the elder sage, full of power and knowledge, and she shares more of her magical secrets with Carlie. Against very old powers, however, even Gran has limits. Fortunately, Carlie has more than just Gran to help. Her half-Viking, half-vampire lover turns up just when she needs him most, and a librarian, shapeshifters, and ghosts all help her figure out just what's going on with the circus, its uncanny ringmaster, and unusual clowns.

The magic/supernatural system in Halfway is consistent, and I was happy to see that the magic had limits and costs. The first-person narrative works really well; Carlie's a little snarky, a little hedonistic, and a lot of fun. Halfway Bitten is a nice bit of reading entertainment.

I'm going to go have some waffles now.

Review based on an advance reader copy.
576 reviews19 followers
October 21, 2016
I adored Halfway Dead, so when Halfway Bitten popped up on my kindle I was super excited. I really thought I knew what to expect (within reason) from the blurb. I was wrong.

What I thought was going to be a custody battle with vamps, witches, and shifters (oh my) was actually a lot more complicated and involved. In fact, there was very little of what I expected.

Terry Maggert has a great, dry, sarcastic sense of humor and this book is laced with it. Not so much so that you're drowning, but there is a good trickle.

There is A LOT going on in this story. I had to take my time and really try to absorb everything so I didn't get lost. If you're looking for a fun, quick paranormal, keep on lookin' this sucker is involved! It isn't, however, slow. I kept having to turn the page (we played the "one more chapter" game a few nights) and I needed to know what the hell was going on. This book (this series, really) is written with such originality there isn't something out there that I can say "If you liked X you'll love this" (at least not one I've read). But if you like mysterious plots, positive female main characters, strong, healthy relationships, and a sucker punch at the end of the book, Halfway Bitten is perfect for you.
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210 reviews12 followers
March 3, 2016
Book two in the Witchy Book Series

Ok, so I felt book one was a...well honestly a little slow. BUT book two NOPE! (as I shake my head no…) I felt it flowed really well and the action for me definitely picked up. The heat factor between Wulfric and Carlie does pick up (for me I wish there was more there by that I mean the sex scenes). Carlie is faced with new drama and her and Gran wind up in bit of trouble.

Wulfric and Carlie are doing great and we get to meet more Vampires! AND some shifters!! AND!! Fairies too!! lol….OMG and clowns…...clowns clowns…..<<>> A Ringmaster too??? I know what you’re thinking……. WHAT?? Yeah well it’s all there in a little town in the Adirondack Mountains, where Carlie and Gran keep everyone and everything safe. Carlie’s power is increasing and she is still learning more of her craft. I found myself holding my breath at some parts in this story, other times I cringed and some I felt a pang of sorrow.

There are some really great and interesting characters in this story and if you like paranormal you’ll love this one! I am glad I had a chance to read these two books back to back, I look forward to reading more.
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1,257 reviews23 followers
February 27, 2016
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I love this book. I now want to go back and read the first one(This can totally be read as a stand alone, but I'm pretty sure you'll love this one so much you'll want to read the first one as well as any others that come out after this). I love the characters, Carlie, Gran, Wulfric, Gus, just all of them. The moment I started this book, I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. Who's super cool to hang out with. Every time I picked up the book I felt that way and I LOVED that! I want to pack my stuff and move to Halfway cause I wanna hang out with Carlie and Gran. And I want to pet Gus. He sounds like an awesome cat.

There was never a dull moment in this book. It held my attention the entire way through and what happened, I didn't exactly see that happening. And the ending....oh the ending....all I'm gonna say is that my heart totally went out to Carlie and I hope things change so she can be happy again. If you love paranormal, a sassy witch who loves to make waffles and an oversized cat full of attitude, you wanna pick up this book.
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1,242 reviews134 followers
May 8, 2016

Halfway Bitten (Halfway Witchy Book 2) by Terry Maggert is a cute little book about Carlie, a young woman who is known for casting witching spells.

She has her familiar, Gus, twenty-five pounds of Maine Coon cat with an attitude. He can cough a hairball at will & when displeased, he will do just that.

"The moon hung full, meaning I would sleep on the couch to listen for the squeak of my mail box slot announcing the plaintive request for a secret spell. That was where people I rarely knew would push a handmade envelope through the slim space to fall into my home; the letter would slide across the floor with a swishing rasp before coming to a stop."

She did what she could to grant wishes. Her grandmother has taught her much of what she knows.

A strange circus comes to town & she & her half vampire boyfriend Wulfric & Gran attempt to find out what is causing the mysterious things to happen.

I gave it four stars.

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Halfway-Bitten-...
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381 reviews20 followers
February 9, 2016
I received an ARC of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Halfway Bitten is just as engaging and enjoyable as the previous book. We get to learn more about Carlie and her family of witches who protect the town of Halfway,NY from monsters and other magical threats. This time around that threat is much larger and may cost Carlie the very people she loves most. I loved the addition of historical characters, they added a touch of reality that I like in a story. I also loved getting to know Brendon, the intrepid town librarian. The clowns and circus were exceptionally creepy for me,,, Yes, I am one of those people who are terrified by clowns. The story is much darker this time around. With a bittersweet ending that left me longing to know what's going to happen next. Another wonderfully magical and frightening 4.5 star read.
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1,558 reviews36 followers
February 24, 2016

Witches, shifters and vampires oh my! This is the first book of Terry Maggert's that I have read. I received an arc in exchange for an honest review and this had me hanging on the edge of my seat and wanting more!

Carlie is a witch whom every full moon receives letters via her mail slot from people in her town for favors against evil. This time, the evil is so great that Carlie, her Gran and some friends must work diligently to figure out who is behind the evil and why.

Carlie is very young and still developing and learning her craft. A few times it seems she may be in over her head and that causes great anticipation for the reader. Even though it is book 2, you are able to read without being left in the dark. So much activity and twists that you don't know what or when the curve ball is to be thrown.

A truly amazing look into the paranormal world and you will enjoy your adventure~
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163 reviews1 follower
February 2, 2016
In a small town in the Adirondack mountains Carlie is coming into her own as a witch. Now with her new boyfriend Wulfric, a viking vampire, Carlie is feeling at peace. Until that is a circus rolls into town. Then bodies begin to turn up all over town. Gran and Carlie can feel that something isn’t right and they have a duty to protect their town and their lands. Little do they know this is much bigger than two witches can handle.


This book is the second in the series Halfway Witchy. The first book Halfway Dead

Loving this series! The author has a clever way of pulling you into these characters lives. Can’t wait to see what happens in book 3! There is a book 3 right?
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Author 8 books9 followers
February 15, 2016
Joining Carlie on her adventures is one of the most fun things I have done with my time this year. Witches, mystery, intrigue, ghosts, and vampires (and not the sparkly type that turned me off of them for awhile). And waffles. I really want to visit Carlie and have waffles.

Carlie receives a terrifying message through the mail slot in her door. Knowing all she can do is wait for something bad to happen, she hangs onto all she holds dear as more pieces fall into place.
There were SO many things in this book. But Terry makes it work beautifully. I can definitely see why Halfway is such a tourist spot, even if mortals don't usually know what lurks in the shadows.

An awesome cast of characters. Beautiful cover. Visit Halfway today!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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178 reviews
May 10, 2016
5 stars for Halfway Bitten.
Terry Maggert continues his Halfway series in Halfway Bitten.
The story picks up a short time after where Halfway Dead ends. In the same way as the first book, it all starts with the witch Carly receiving a letter. This one brings news of horror to come.
Together with her halfvampire Viking boyfriend, and her witch gran mother she sets out to find out who has murdered a local man and a mysterious young woman. The quest brings them to a magical circus, with clowns, acrobats and vampires. To bring the murderer to justice Carly must make new allies and bring forth more magic than ever before.
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1,901 reviews517 followers
April 3, 2017
Book Title: Halfway Bitten
Book Author: Terry Maggert

Introduction: Terry Maggert gave me free copies of this series in return for an honest review.


"Like I said, I'm an adult. And I do adulty things."

Halfway Bitten is the second novel in the Halfway Witchy series. The first book was a home run so I wasn't sure how Terry would make a book that could outdo the first novel, but he managed it!! The second novel kept me interested right from the start, hooking me in with action and mysteries that I wanted to know more about.

The writing style improved a lot from the first book. I'm not sure what changed in Terry's head, but I really liked this novel better for the style of writing. It helped that there wasn't as much introduction as the first book (which you needed, since in the first novel we didn't know the characters), but it helped make this book move so much faster. It also made this book more interesting than the first one, and I was way more invested in finishing this book than book number one.

That doesn't mean that the first book didn't set this book up perfectly though. What lacked in the first book helped set up this novel - so you win some, you lose some.

This book starts off with a bang - dead bodies! What happened and why? Carlie has to deal with more drama and adventure in this novel, which helps develop Carlie's character. I liked seeing her slowly develop as she dealt with the cards at hand in this novel. Wulfric, Gran, Maggie - all of the characters we know and love - as well as all the new characters ignore this story into a beautiful firework of literature. It goes up and splashes a magnificent story to the reader.

There are some beautiful metaphors that heighten this reading experience - such as using the Cheshire Cat to describe a disappearing image. These metaphors and imagery give an added bonus to this already great novel. Add in Carlie's humor - snarky, sarcastic and overall sassy - a full packed twisty, turny, surprising plot and a spark of romance and you've got the full package!

It was a very different read for me - I enjoyed reading a book that was pulling from typical story tropes (love story, vampires, drama) and twisting it around with new tropes (circus, clowns). Overall, this book was absolutely fantastic. I need to read the next book ASAP!

Vampires. Circus. Dead Bodies. Magic. Witches. Crime. Necromancy. Clowns.

This book holds a lot of potential for the continuation of this series. It breaks your heart, sews it back together, takes it on a roller coaster and then throws it around - you'll get attached and desperately want to read more by Terry!! This indie author definitely does not disappoint!!

Four out of five stars.
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1,628 reviews15 followers
March 8, 2023
Ughhhhh here take my heart and crush it why don’t you Terry Maggert 😩😩💔💔💔 Carlie, Gran, and the gang are back this time investigating a mysterious circus that’s come to town right along with bodies that suddenly start appearing. Carli and Wulfric are pulled away from their love haze to figure out why lone vampires are amassing on witch land. Why are vampires gathering in force? Who is behind this seeming show of force and and why are they attacking or storing humans?

Carli is a delight, even as a witch in training, she will slap you down. She takes no gruff from anyone, well except her gran and maybe Gus her familiar 😁😁. Carli’s young but growing, she knows she has a lot to learn and is willing to put in the work to grow as a witch like her Granny protect their lands and it’s inhabitants.
The one downfall is that I wish there was more Wulfric in the book and more to the development of their relationship especially given how Mr. Maggert crushed our souls at the end!!! Thank goodness I’ve already downloaded book 3. A solid 4.5 stars.
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