I received this book for free from Own Copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Half Bad by Sally Green
Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #1
Published by Penguin on March 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Own Copy
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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.
I have to be honest, I was expecting Half Bad to be enjoyable, but I didn’t expect it to be this good. I love it when a book comes upon you quite suddenly and surprises you!
I’m not entirely sure what made Half Bad so good. Was it the remarkable storytelling of Nathan? The witty dialogue? Or the plot? All I know was that I was hooked from the start.
Half Bad shows that not everything is black and white, just because one is a black witch does not mean that they are evil, similarly a white witch is not automatically good. There is more to it than that, there is a lot more grey areas than clear-cut definitions.
Overall Half Bad is a witty, insightful read, that puts a different spin on what it means to be a witch. I loved that there was moral ambiguity in this book. But mostly I loved Nathan with all his flaws.