Review: Half Bad

Mar •  8 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green
Series: , Half Life Trilogy #1,
Published by Penguin on March 4, 2014
Genres: Boys & Men, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Young Adult
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves? In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

So I have been hearing nothing but great things about this book and just by looking at the cover, I knew that this book was going to be worth reading. I cannot recall when was the last book I read that had hardcore witches like the ones in this book. However, Sally Green sure knows how to write them.

The book was different because of how it switched from different perspectives in some chapters but for some reason it worked. The chapters flowed and I liked how they varied in length, some short and some long. There was action, adventure, love and a story emerging from these very pages.

I liked Nathan. I felt so much for him because of the position he is placed into because of his family and how his dad happens to be the deadliest Black Witch in the world. So with someone like that, your life is bound to suck. Nathan is tested on all levels and I want to point out one scene with his new guardian Cecilia. I feel that she cared for him, even though it did not show a lot of the times. Nathan meets some amazing people, some creepy and some where he will create a lasting bond.

I really did like the take on witches in this novel. It was different for me and I think Sally Green really used this to her benefit. It showed how even the good side has its flaws and makes you think as a reader, are good and bad really different from each other. You will have to read and see for yourself.

There is not much of a romance as there are scenes of crushes. I am hoping that Nathan chooses one over the other, but who knows. The second book will be definitely interesting in this area. I am excited!

Overall Sally Green creates a spell-binding novel that can surely be a top 2014 favorite. I am looking for to the next book and how Ms. Green will blow me into another dimension. Brilliantly Written!

I give this book 4 bites!





  1. Giselle
    Mar 8, 2014

    I enjoyed this one too even though I found it started to drag towards the final part. I did love how the story was told and how it switched tense. I found it really brought it all to life. And Nathan was a very compelling characters! Glad you liked it, Chayse!

  2. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Mar 8, 2014

    It’s always so great to hear a guy’s take, especially on a book with a male POV. I did feel for Nathan, although I did not really like one love interest at all. Looking forward to the next book!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Jenny
    Mar 10, 2014

    I really liked Nathan as well Chayse, I was definitely rooting for him throughout! I will say the random 2nd person POV threw me off and I could have done without it, but I’m curious to see how the romance will play out in the next book as well (if it plays out at all), so sign me up for book 2. Lovely review!

  4. I can’t wait to read this book! I originally didn’t think it would be something I would like but after everyone’s raving, I figure I better give it a try

  5. Candace
    Mar 12, 2014

    I’ve only seen negative reviews for this one so it’s nice to see a more positive one. Glad you enjoyed!

  6. Hagar
    Mar 16, 2014

    I recently bought this book because it sounds amazing! I hope it lives up to all the hype!