A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Summary – 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. (Summary from GoodReads)
Initial Thoughts – I was worried that this book would be too similar to Harry Potter since it was based around witches, but there were very little similarities. Sally Green has perfectly written Half-Bad to capture the allure of witches, while still holding on to her own individuality.
Plot – ★★★★★ The fast paced plot kept me turning pages until the very end. I continued guessing throughout the whole book.
Characters – ★★★★★ The main character of Nathan battles constantly between his ancestry and the way he was raised, adding a lot of flesh to the story. All of the secondary characters are complex and full of life, constantly making me smile throughout my reading.
Storyworld – ★★★★☆ The storyworld of Half-Bad pretty organized, but it could have used just a few more aspects to make it lifelike.
Style/Theme – ★★★★★ Sally Green daringly opens Half-Bad with a second person point of view that made me instantly love the book. Half-Blood teaches that your past doesn’t define you or your future.
Closing Thoughts – While I was nervous about reading Half-Bad, I’m so glad that I did. It was a wonderful read that I highly recommend to fans of fantasy.
(summary and cover from GoodReads)