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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)
From the Inside Flap
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.
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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.
I’m not entirely sure what made Half Bad so good. Was it the remarkable storytelling of Nathan? The witty dialogue? Or the plot? All I know was that I was hooked from the start.
Half Bad shows that not everything is black and white, just because one is a black witch does not mean that they are evil, similarly a white witch is not automatically good. There is more to it than that, there is a lot more grey areas than clear-cut definitions.
Overall Half Bad is a witty, insightful read, that puts a different spin on what it means to be a witch. I loved that there was moral ambiguity in this book. But mostly I loved Nathan with all his flaws.
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.
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