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Halfway Dead (Halfway Witchy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Midway through the book, I started to notice that some people/events introduced were treated a little more superficially than I would like, while others were made to appear important and then abandoned. I was excited to turn the page, to learn more, to walk in that world, but, by the last page, I felt a bit let down by the 1-2 line superficial, reader's-digesty type wrap-up of events, issues & characters I thought were going to be meaningful, but apparently were nothing more than plot movement devices. <<< possible spoilers>>>>
Every book has events, topics, and characters that really are not missed if one glides over them. Tyler, the lost hiker, is a perfect example here, yet he's mentioned all the way through the book. I would have preferred a little more explication on what happened/might happen with the whole mythic roving-fountain-of-youth-in-a-circle-of-extinct-Chestnut-trees-as-a-gateway-to-hell-or-evil-nursery thing that was totally dropped after the fight scene. The 2-sentence detail on what happened to Major is as laughably inadequate, as is the wrap-up of the dangling Anna/daughter sub-plot. The Pickford family and several other minor characters were either eaten by pixies or will show up in subsequent books as regulars, but we never heard from them after they cropped up as suddenly as a meaningless diner waitress and poofed when you turned the page. The book may not have ended on a cliff-hanger, but it went out with a whimper.
Because this is book one in a series, we can expect to learn more about Gran, Bindie, Wulfric, Gus, and possibly even Brendan. We may even run into Anna later on, but I have to wonder how any of them will be treated -- given how fast and how carelessly Jim was dismissed without a backward glance. There was at least as much chemistry with him as Wulfric, and I even thought a love triangle was being setup to evolve over the series - so that romance was a surprise and not really well developed. The juxtaposition of a main-character death addressed with a single 'tears-were-shed' type sentence next to the poetic, tearful fae gathering/memorial send off for Erasmus really ticked me off. Jim fricking deserved better treatment than the long-dead, never-met relative who killed him. When other characters move through the series in the future, I will always be wondering if the author is going to treat them as thoughtlessly.
I WILL be reading book 2, in the hope that the positive aspect remains, and the superficiality is applied only to the characters and events that deserve them.
Terry being one of my favorite authors, was honest that "He can't write what he doesn't feel." And as you travel with him through this book, you can truly feel he gave it with his heart and soul. The story is wild, gripping, edge of your seat adventure but at the same time is attentive, sweet, and tranquil. The characters can be your next door neighbors. The restaurant that Carlie works at can be the restaurant on the corner. The world is alive as you read.
Carlie is living day to day and then her world is turned upside down when Major Pickford comes calling. The story progresses pretty quickly from there. Carlie is lead on an adventure with the help of her Grandmother; a witch just like her. There is a lot of fantasy rolled up in this book that you can see happening as you read. Terry does an excellent job of character and world building.
Carlie meets some unlikely friends among the foe that I plan to keep an eye on. In particular, her guide through the magical forest Wulfric as I am immensely curious where the story goes with him.
A great read! I give 5 stars!
"Come for the Waffles; Stay for the Magic"
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