I will admit that the main reason I read this book is because the author, Terry Maggert, approached me on Twitter and offered a free copy of the second book in the series if i reviewed it. After reading the blurb on Goodreads I immediately accepted but first I had to read this, the first book in the series. And I’m actually very glad that I accepted his offered.
Halfway Dead was a very interesting book, combining a couple of things I really like such as magic, mentions of yummy food, and a pet cat (familiar) with an attitude. At first Halfway Dead had a little bit of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer thing going on with the main character Carlie doing part of her witchy duty by taking out a creepy monster creature using her powers and a little bit of snark just like Buffy. And then it turned into more of an adventure mystery.
Carlie gets dragged into a magical adventure involving ghosts from the past, a vampire, and a helpful wisp. The characters are interesting, especially the Viking vampire who actually wasn’t as tropey as one might think based on the other vampires in popular fiction lately. And they were written in such a way that I really did care about what happened to them, which is a good thing.
The only thing I really had a problem with, and it wasn’t even much of a problem, was some of the ways Carlie’s magic worked. I’m still not entirely sure of how her powers worked. But other than that I really liked the book and look forward to reading the second one.