Flash Review: Half Bad | Sally Green

Half Bad

Synopsis

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?


Review

My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 (3.5 out of 5 stars)

Are you looking for a happy book?

Well, this ain’t it.

Would you like to read a book that explores themes of discrimination, torture, bullying, deceit and misplaced trust, dysfunctional families, depression, forbidden love, undeserved hatred, and magic?

Well, this is the perfect book for you!

This book is dark, gritty, heart-rending, and slightly disturbing. The varying POVs (1st, 2nd, AND 3rd) are a bit disorienting, and though the plot is disjointed and lacks a solid direction, the characters are interesting enough to keep you reading. You hate the villains, root for the heroes, and wish Nathan all the best in his journey to survive.

I definitely recommend this one.


Book Details

  • Series: The Half Bad Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: March 4, 2014
  • Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
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