Book Description – Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.
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 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 blonde 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.
Like the forest shadows, danger can run deep. The threat 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.
My thoughts – First off I would like to say how much I love this cover. It just jumps out and says “read me”.
In Halfway Dead we are introduced to Carlie, a cook who’s speciality is waffles but she’s also a white witch. The opening chapter sets the scene, and we find Carlie fighting a beast in the forest. This petite witch shows she’s no push over and I found myself drawn into the story straight away and liking Carlie as a character. She’s passionate about her hometown Halfway, she’s humorous, caring and also a witch. What more could you ask for?
The story itself was intriguing and I found myself turning the pages quickly. Told from Carlie’s point of view I found I could easily just slip right into Carlie’s world and forget what was happening around me. I really liked Carlie’s sense of humour and found myself laughing out loud a few times. I enjoyed the scenes with Carlie’s Gran and big cat Gus and I’m hoping we find out a bit more about them in future books. The author does a fantastic job in writing a story that just flows, it pulls you in and without realising you are in another world.
This isn’t my normal genre but I like to get out of my comfort zone now and again and I was thoroughly pleased this was the book I chose. Full of witch craft, ghosts, and other worldly creatures this was a really good read. I’m lucky enough to have the next two books in the series to read so I’m looking forward to getting to them soon.
My rating 4/5
Many thanks go to Terry Maggert for the chance to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.