Book Review – Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad #1

Half Bad #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.’  (Goodreads) (380 pages, 27th March 2014, Penguin)

This was such an interesting read! It was a different take on the witch world where white witches prosecute black witches and where there are no mix between the two… Except Nathan…

He is half-white and half-black living with his family who are all of them white witches. He has to go to a check-up every other month and more when he grows up. When it’s almost his 17th birthday he decides to take his own fate in hands and go look for his father or some-one else who wants to help him on his ceremony to get his gift on his birthday.

The way this story was written was very special. It took me a while to get into it. But once I got used to it, this writing method took me a right into his mindset. It was a crazy rollercoaster of emotions and actions and crazy things that happened to him.

Nathan was a relatable character. His entire life he has been an outcast because he was Half-White/Half-Black. It was only his family that supported him, except his eldest half-sister. But the entire time he is himself conflicted with who he is and that’s what makes him such a great character to read about. He doesn’t understand what everybody has against him and some of the injustice he has to endure is really hard on him, but it makes you understand him better as a person.

4 out of 5 stars… and I can’t wait to read the sequel


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