Half Bad by Sally Green
The first book in the Half Bad trilogy.
My rating – 2.5* – 5*
‘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 finished this I believe over the weekend? I can’t remember 100% all I can’t remember is that I’m not really sure how I felt on it? Sure, there are some good bits but there are also bits that I just really didn’t list.
Shall we go for a list?
Everyone loves a list and I think that’s the only way I’m going to be able to get my feelings across.
❇️ the relationship between Nathan and his half-brother is lovely to see, it’s touching and kind and it’s obvious that the two have a strong bond.
❇️ the narrative although it was a little weird going from second person narration to first, I did wish they would just stick with one narration as I did find it slightly confusing always flicking between the two, I would have preferred the book as a whole if it was only one narration.
❇️ I didn’t like how Nathan was treated, I get that it’s a big part of the book, about 60% but it was vile to see how he suffered from mild name calling to bullying and physical violence and torture – it just wasn’t what I expected from this book. I get that he has a tough life since the first page of this book he is in a cage but do we need to be reminded every chapter about the violence that gets done to him? I felt like there was more violence done to Nathan than there was an actual story sometimes ☹
❇️ the last bit of the book was so hurried and fast and that annoyed me, since if you took out half the violence/torture that happened to Nathan and added in more story the last few 100 or so pages of the book would be a brilliant read.
Overall, I’m just not sure if I enjoyed this book very much, I didn’t really like any of the characters, I didn’t like all the unnecessary violence and just yeah, meh.
Not sure if I’ll be continuing with this series which is a shame as I wanted it to be good.
Did you read this book?
I’d love to hear your opinion on it! 🙂