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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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SALLY GREEN lives in north-west England. In 2010 she started writing and hasn't stopped since. She used to keep chickens, makes decent jam, doesn't mind ironing, loves to walk in Wales even when it's raining and will probably never jog again. She really ought to drink less coffee.

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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 304 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,579 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can't believe this is a first novel. And gutted book two isn't out to next year. Whether you are a teenager or middle aged book hag (like me) on the look out for new material - this is a fantastic find. Got to say I am loving the edgier thought provoking stuff that's been published for this audience over recent years. And resonated with the author's thoughts around nature versus nurture. WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND to my teenage daughter and anyone who likes material from author's such as JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins and Mallorie Blackman.
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Half Bad tells the story of Nathan and his fight for survival in a society of witches. I think the description above says it perfectly so I won’t elaborate on that but I was quickly sucked in and glued to Nathan’s story and the world around him. To say this is quite a read is an understatement…I was completely blown away by what I read and even now I can barely find the words to describe my feelings for this. Wow.

I really liked Nathan from the beginning, as soon as I read the first sentence I was immediately on his side. I really felt for Nathan in that position that he was in, and everything that he has either been through or is going to face, and oh how I longed for things to go his way. Throughout the story I really got behind Nathan and I was constantly willing him on. I really want to talk about EVERYTHING but I’m really conscious not to spoil what it is a gritty, dark and amazing story.

The writing is very intense, very dark and I was HOOKED to every single word. My heart pounded loudly in my chest as I constantly raced to get to the next part. I loved the twists and turns, I was kept on the edge of my seat and it was fantastic in the way that I had no clue what was going to happen next.

The best part of this is that Half Bad is the start of a trilogy, and so like many others I am so very excited to see where the story will go next, and I am now eagerly awaiting the next part! Half Bad is a dark and story that had me captivated from the very first page.
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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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It took me a while to get into this book as I had read that it was a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight. I don't believe this is a correct description. It is a story in its own right and once you keep that in mind it is an easier read. I did enjoy it and will read the second book when it is released in 2015.
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The story is readable, I like the plotline - that's what I give the three stars to, but sorry to say that it's just very disappointingly 'barebones' - all is seen from one character's viewpoint, there's very little in the way of description, and very few characters. I've seen the series described as a 'dark Harry Potter,' I guess because it's about a boy who has magical powers who gets treated badly, and who has a link to a dark 'witch' (wizard) but that's about as far as the similarity goes. J.K.Rowling is a better writer, full stop. If this story had been fleshed out and thought about a lot more instead of the writer just rushing it out in this basic state, it could have been a whole lot better.
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The trick is not to mind.
Not to mind about it hurting.
Not to mind about anything.

Entrapped in a cage, beaten, shackled, and trained to kill, Nathan is an abomination in a world full of strictly Black and White witches. He is a Half Code, both Black and White, the illegitimate son of a murderous Black witch, the most powerful witch in existence. For Nathan to have any hope of surviving after the age of 17 he needs to receive his three gifts and drink the blood of his family. His Gift will then be revealed, helping him to discover his true powers, before it's too late. When rumours of what the council intends to do to him reaches his ears, he knows that he must do what he can to escape the Council's grasp and find Marcus. But as the country's most wanted witch, Marcus is both evasive and incredibly hard to find.

At the begging of the book, I found the style of writing a bit weird and hard to get into, but at around 50 pages in I started to enjoy it a lot. The racism themes in the book were insightful and interesting, showing the reader into Nathan's life and how being a Half Code alienated him from others. The romance was a good part of the book but it felt a bit flimsy, not really real - a fleeting memory in a solitary brain. I found the plot and action in the story thrilling and it got me hooked. The story was dark, gripping and showed Nathan's indomitable will to survive. I finished the book in under a day and was eager to get onto the next.

Tackling hard topics, full of action, suspense, danger and longing, Half Bad is beautifully written.
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