Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green

February 26, 2016
Half Bad, The Half Bad Trilogy #1, Sally Green, Book Review, InToriLex
Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)


Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.


This was refreshingly original, and gave me hope for books featuring witches. Nathan is a sympathetic and relatable character because he is repeatedly treated badly, and slowly taken from the people that love and care for him. The very strong opening chapters made me feel like I had found another favorite. But the quality of the book didn't continue on. There was loads of good, but that was brought down by the bad inbetween. 
“The trick is not to mind. Not to mind about it hurting.Not to mind about anything.”
Half Good: Good character development. Nathan coming of age, while trying hard not to die, set up a nice way to learn about who he is. I felt like I got a intimate glimpse into his head.  Dark and compelling plot. There is the right amount of cruelty, violence, and unfairness to balance out the use of magic. Plot. The progression of the story never felt disjointed. The action and short chapters kept me engaged and eager to find out what was next.

Half Bad: World Building. You piece together how the magic, and the witches work, but there is never a clear explanation. Insta-love. I get it, its hard to add in real romance and teenagers sometimes do let hormones dictate who they love pretty fast. But there wasn't even a significant conversation before two characters were bound by forever love (eye roll).  Magic. This was a book about witches, but I was disappointed in the minimal amount of magic used by the characters.

Overall there was enough here, to make me want to know what happens next. The ending was  a cliff hanger, and included the magic I wanted more of in the rest of the book.  I did emotionally connect with Nathan, and enjoyed reading the book. I would recommend this to fans of darker young adult novels.


Kindlemom said...

I really wanted to reads this because I usually love books about magic but this sounds somewhat disappointing. I'm not sure whether I want to read it or not but at least it wasn't all bad. Thanks for the honest review for this!

Angel Erin's Book Obsession said...

Great review! I'm glad to hear that it's original. Too bad about the world building and magic system. Maybe there will be more in the next books? I have this one and I need to give it a go soon myself.

InToriLex said...

Yeah definitely had mixed feelings about this. But overall think it was worth checking out!!

InToriLex said...

Yes. I really am hoping the next book and series give alot more explanation!

Lis said...

This book sounds pretty good, but the romance... Sighs... I'm sure I won't like it.
Thanks for your review!

InToriLex said...

Yeah it was definitely disappointing to read that, but my interest in Witches will make me continue the series!

Jazmen said...

I keep saying I'll read this one but I get the feeling I never will. It doesn't sound like I'm missing much and I'm not really a fan of witches anyway..Nice review :)

InToriLex said...

Yes its definitely a toss up for me, but I'm interested enough to want to finish the series

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