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Half Bad by [Green, Sally]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 311 customer reviews
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A book about witches with no owls and not a pair of round spectacles in sight. The new Hunger Games,I suspect... Brilliant and utterly compelling - I loved it. (Kate Atkinson, author of Life after Life and Behind the Scenes of the Museum)

Teens rejoice: the inheritor to Stephenie Meyer's crown has arrived. (Fiona Wilson, The Times)

Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written, Half Bad grips you from the first page and doesn't let go. (Michael Grant, author of Gone)

A brilliant debut that is both deeply unique and unsettling, one that chilled me to the bone and broke my heart even as I sped through its pages. This will haunt you. (Marie Lu, author of Legend)

Take our word for it, this book is going to be huge. (Stylist)

Brilliantly paced with more than a few nasty surprises, Half Bad is a wickedly addictive read that will capture the imagination of any fan of YA fiction. (Starburst)

Not since the Harry Potter books - yes, I said it! - have I felt so fully immersed in an author's creation... I couldn't be more stoked over Half Bad, and this launch novel of a trilogy truly deserves all the hype surrounding it - and much more... (Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books)

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You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.

Easy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3765 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAL2R86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 311 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Feb. 2016
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This was a highly anticipated book for me - I've read so many positive things.

Nathan is a half code. Which is to say he's both "good" and "bad" Witch. It's the usual dark and light, black and white witch formula. Except what's exciting about this book is that Nathan doesn't really know which he wants to be, or is most likely to become.

I really enjoyed the setting for this novel. It has a really unique feel to it with extensive information about the universe it's set in which made it easy to love. But the thing is, there really is a lot about this book which is great. The characters are likeable, even the seemingly nasty ones have you rooting for them. I loved the paradox between good and bad and the exploration of how good people aren't always good and bad people can do good things. It breaks the fairytale mould in this regard and I loved connecting to each character.

Ostensibly this is a coming of age story typical of this genre. But it stands out largely because of those positives rather than because of the storyline.

This world is a strange, dark and twisty world which could have been much more eerie but was certainly angry and tense. I was so drawn in to the suspenseful, mysterious adventure and couldn't put it down for hours. The novel moves swiftly with endless new developments, rules and challenges - all of which were great - but my only criticism is that it was so typical. So same-y. I was really hoping for something new in this heavily saturated market and sadly this wasn't too different.

Despite this, I think this is a great book and fans of this genre will definitely love it - it ticks almost all the boxes. I just didn't tick the "original" box.
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Omg!!! Oh my freaking god this book is just so amazing. Having a mini meltdown due to its epic awesomeness <- ( omg is that even a word )

The world of magic and all the magical witches in this are just EPIC!!!!!! I was instantly pulled in by Nathan's story and his voice was so distinct, I couldn't believe how much he was having to go through and especially at the age he is in this.

Omg I almost cried when he got caught at the top of the hill by the brothers ( I'll say no more ) but ugh I hated them with a burning passion. 
I can't believe this has been on my tbr list for so long and I'm so bloody unbelievably happy at the fact that half wild was gifted to me by netgallery so I'll be reading that next YAYYYYY!!!!!

Brilliant, epic awesome read. If you like magical YA you're in for a treat with this. 
** Cackles you are in for a treat, cackle we all are ) ** haha quoting Roald Dahl the witches.
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Judging from other reviews you either love Half Bad or you hate it. I enjoyed the premise, despite it borrowing heavily from other narratives. Imagine that Harry Potter had never gone to Hogwarts but had grown up on a rough council estate, and you get the idea. Less is more when it comes to magic, and the magical element of the story is kept refreshingly minimal for most of the book. In fact, I enjoyed the story less towards the end as more witches with special gifts/powers appeared and it all went a bit 'X-Men'.
It seems that no novel pitching at a YA readership can do without a love triangle. The one set up for Nathan is a little more imaginative, and along with a stereotypical gorgeous blonde white witch from the wrong family, there's a gay, shape-shifting, Swiss black-witch who may not be reciprocated but could potentially turn into anyone Nathan wants. Interesting.
This is a story about growing up and puberty, and I thought Nathan was convincingly drawn as an angry, moody, confused, but good-hearted teenager. It races fundamental questions about whether nature or nurture makes you the person you are. I'd recommend the book to others
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The book itself really deserves a 5 * rating, the only reason I only give 4* is the subject material, which conflicts with my views as a Catholic. The characters are varied, colourful, cruel and strong and can be related to our 'fain' world. I wonder whether the author based any of her characters on people she knows (of)? This is a great read to recommend to young adults, those fans of Stephanie Meyer and others and even if it's not your normal choice of subject matter it's a riveting read and one I'll be starting my teen reading group on.
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Enjoyed this story, really wanted to find out how the character progresses, have pre-ordered the next book-can't wait!
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very good when is the next one out
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Summary appeared a bit odd, but this is a brilliant read! Very gripping story, excellent story and fable world...cannot wait for the sequel.
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I suppose the obvious pun here (and one I'm really not above making), is that this book wasn't half bad. But it wasn't half good either.

The idea is pretty interesting: a young witch persecuted because he might be different. When he's targeted simply because of the crimes his father committed, it brings up a lot of really interesting questions about nature VS nurture and what makes us who we are.

Plus, I'll be honest, I was just happy to have another book about magic in my hands. I'm a sucker for a good story about witches. But Half Bad wasn't really spellbinding (I'm not above making that pun either).

This is mostly because, for a book about magic there really wasn't a whole lot of magic in it. All the characters kept talking about their powers, but it was so rare to see any of them actually being used. At one point I felt like screaming 'Avada Kedavra' at their asses, so they'd see how bad-ass being a witch could be.

As for the writing style . . . oh, the writing style. Sally Green, I kind of want to tut at you. But I also kind of want to applaud you for trying something new.

The novel switches between first person and – my mortal enemy – the second person. Which is confusing, odd, and a little off-putting. It's affective in doing the job Green wanted it to though; putting us in Nathan's shoes and allowing us to experience the horrors he did firsthand.

But I think if you're going to do something like that, you need to commit to it. The flittering back and forth just made the second person parts seem out-of-place and unnecessary. Especially since the first person narrative was a lot better at depicting just how badly Nathan's awful life affected him.
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