- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 30mm | 380g
- Publication date: 27 March 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0141350865
- ISBN 13: 9780141350868
- Sales rank: 6,741
Meet Nathan Byrn...He's half White Witch, half Black Witch. His mother was a healer, his father is a killer. He's been kept in a cage since he was fourteen. But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both? "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. She really ought to drink less coffee.
By Thea Wilson 03 Apr 2014
This is the first title bought and read on my first Kindle and what a book to start with. I had my eye on this title for such a long while leading to it's release but my pleas to review it for the publisher sadly led no-where.Along came my Kindle and I bought this book for it straight away with the price for the Kindle version being half that of the paperback and I'm so very glad that I did as for a debut novel by a new author it's a fantastic beginning to a brand new trilogy, The Half Life Trilogy.
The book revolves around Nathan who's a 'Half Code', his father is a Black Witch and his mother was a Witch Witch. Basically it's the story of what kind of witch will Nathan become, will he be Black like his serial killer father Marcus or White like his dead mother and his, very much alive, half siblings. To say too much more than that would ruin the book for those who haven't read it yet.
I have read lots of books with witches in before but this one is unique in the fact that none of the other books have treated the subject of the half 'breed' in this kind of way. Nathan is constantly treated with disdain over something he has absolutely no control over and that is his parentage, his heritage. As his father is the most evil Black witch ever known, Nathan is continuously presumed to follow in his footsteps regardless of anything he may do to the contrary and it's basically torturous for him to suffer through. You find your heart breaking for him over and over as you watch him being slowly pushed further and further away from his family, who he loves very much. The treatment he suffers is truly awful and not a pleasant subject to read about but it's a necessary part of the story.
The book takes you through a whirlwind of emotions, from sadness to pity, from anger through to gladness which is a great achievement for a debut novel and author. I was a little worried about the writing style in the first chapter as it seemed like an odd way to write but thankfully it only lasted that first chapter and then the proper style took over. The story itself isn't shy in portraying the harder aspects of the tale and that is something I'm thankful for as it could have so easily been shined over if you know what I mean, the book needed a certain about of grittiness to it as Nathan's story is far from a happy one, at least to start with and by the end you have to wonder what on earth he's going to do with himself.
Nathan is a wonderful character, hard as nails and a total fighter through and through but with such a soft centre, he cares for his family,the few friends he has and even the father he doesn't even know. He has a huge sense of self preservation which he needs to get him through each and every day but he also is incredibly curious about things he doesn't know, in particular when it comes to his mysterious father, who he has never met. It's a curiosity that is fully understandable as he feel he can't really understand himself and his Black heritage as he nothing to base it on especially as the rest of his family are all as White as they come.
Sally Green has a lovely touch and an imagination that shines through on the page. Her writing style flows easily and she uses the sort of language typical to YA novels, I think I only had to look up words twice and that was simply as they weren't words I'd heard of before. Talking of words I was a but surprised by one characters use of her word to describe White witches that is a vulgar slang term we Brits use quite a lot, you all know what word I mean...... Shite! I was surprised by it's use especially as the author is British herself and must know of it's other use. End of the day it is a minor niggle and doesn't effect the book in any way. How I'm supposed to wait until next year for Half Wild I really don't know, I want to read it RIGHT NOW! No fair.........
Unsure if it's a book for you then I would say in my opinion it would be a shame to miss out as it really is a fantastic read!
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