Book Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Saturday, 24 January 2015 20:30
Title: Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)
Author: Sally Green
Publication Date: March 27th, 2014
Genres: Young adult, urban fantasy
Rating: 3 stars

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?


I read this book in half a day.

I liked the first half of this book. The second half was really meh.

Half Bad had a great start. The narration style was really unique. In the beginning, it was like as if you are the main character in this book but sadly, it quickly switched to the first person's point of view which was also enjoyable to read but I would have liked to have more of 'you're the main character' point of view. I honestly have no idea if there's a term for such narrations.

Nathan, our main character is unwanted. In his world, witches are divided into two groups. You have the White Witches who are extremely pure and good and you have the Black Witches who are extremely evil and bad. Nathan is half black and half white which makes him very disgusting to the White Witches but not all of them find him disgusting. There are some like his half brother Arran, his half sister Deborah and his grandmother who like him for who he is.

Nathan's father Marcus is the most greatest of all Black Witches. Marcus is feared by everyone and revered by his son Nathan. All through the story, Nathan believes that his father Marcus had a reason for murdering several people, had a reason for all his wrongdoings and that Marcus is still looking out for him. It was nice to see that our main character at least had hope.

Being Marcus's son is one of the reasons why he ends up in a cage and that is how the story starts. Nathan, locked up in a cruel cage, wishing desperately to escape. Then, the story switches to the past where Nathan tells us how he ended up in a cage and so forth. It was interesting but it was also really slow.

Do you know what really lacked in this book?


This is a book about witches, for god's sake! It should have a lot of magic and that is one of the main reasons why I decided to pick this book up. The only thing remotely related to the word 'magic' is how quickly our main character was able to heal himself. That's it. I didn't read about any spells that changed the weather or sent crows flying and pecking someone's eyes or just anything witch-y except the ability to heal and some weird stuff about potions. This book seriously needed more doses of magic.

Also, this book is not like Harry Potter in the least bit and it is definitely not the next Hunger Games or the next Harry Potter or whatever it is they're comparing this book to. Just because there are witches in this book does not mean it's the next Harry Potter! And seriously, Harry Potter is way, way better than this book.

Our main character Nathan was interesting in the beginning but he got really boring real fast. But no matter how boring his life was, how much pain he constantly undergoes, I was kind of hooked with this book. I didn't put it down. All I wanted to do was keep reading it and that's saying something because I'm normally not a person who finishes a book in one go.

To conclude, this book has some good stuff and bad stuff.