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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad (Half Life #1)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 3 March 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin Australia
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At the Other End:
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.


Sally Green lives in north-west England with her husband and son. She has had various jobs and even a profession but in 2010 she discovered a love of writing and now just can't stop. 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. Half Bad is her first novel.

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Honestly, I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was good. It was really good, actually. But it was just slow..... really, really, really slow.
Just a bit of Sherlock slow-motion for you all :D

In any case, I really did like the story. However, it definitely would have been better if it was cut down. There is a whole lot of fluff at the start of the book, until just a little past half-way, then it's, literally, non-stop. It's such a completely change of pace that I didn't know what to do with myself for a little bit there while I was trying to re-adapt myself to this sudden change. 

Don't get me wrong, the start of the book was good, but even though it was all about Nathan's suffering, it literally dragged on for me. Yes, I did feel sorry for him, and I was shocked at some of the things that were actually done to him, but I just didn't get as caught up in the story that I would have liked to. In saying that, I really liked the plot-line. It would have been brilliant if you cut out all the fluff. 

I really liked Nathan's character. He was brilliant, and even though he was constantly bullied and abused, he was always stronger than they were, and always tried to stand up for himself. He even liked to believe the good in everyone (aka. his father). 

Even though he is abused, we can see how he still keeps his character as the book goes on, no matter what is thrown in his way. I'm kind of half and half with Annalise's character. I felt that she was good at the start, because Nathan actually had someone outside his immediate family, but then at the end, I'm just not sure of her intentions and if what she said was true. We don't get to see or learn much of her at the start anyway, so I'm a bit skeptical. 

Even though this is supposed to be a witch book, I didn't actually find that it was witch-y enough. We only hear about powers, and get a few glimpses of it at the start of the novel. It isn't until the very end that we get to see a bit more, but other than that, calling themselves White Witches or Black Witches just felt like some special title to me, nothing more. I hope that there is more witch-iness in the second book. I really hated the White Witches, they were so "black" in their own way. They torture, they hunt, they kill. Seriously, what's the difference? 

I'm looking forward to the next book in this series to see where Nathan's journey goes from there. We aren't left with exactly what Nathan is going to do with the ultimatum that is in front of him, so it's a little killer, just trying to figure out what he is going to do.


Half Wild (Half Life #2)
Released: 25 March 2015
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin Australia
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At the Other End:
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?





This novel was received for review via Penguin Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

8 comments:

  1. I love the cover for Half Wild, it looks so pretty! Wonder if it will have the dual cover thing going along? I agree with your review, it seemed to be more about the torture and not much about witches. Lovely review Gina!

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    1. Same here, I love the colour of the smoke and how it looks like a howling wolf! Ohh, I hope so :) I wish it was more about witches, then it all being rushed at the end. Thanks!

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  2. I'm so so excited for Half Wild. EEEEK!!!! I loved Half Bad, I totally just got sucked in and couldn't put it down. But I think I'm the minority. I literally don't know many other people who've adored it too much, and I get it! It IS a bit slow in places. ;) Nathan's so sad though. OHhh, I just wanted to pluck him out of the book and put him somewhere safe.

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    1. EEP Same here!!! Most of the time throughout the book, I felt the same way, but it still felt really slow for me at the same time (weird right!). If it wasn't so slow for me and they had more witchi-ness then I definitely would have liked it as much as you do. I could see myself going there if it weren't for those factors. :D

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  3. I was lucky enough to have traded with Jeann for her copy of this one, and need to read it soon. Urgh, so disappointed about the useless fluff at the start. It's not as though you expect it to delve straight into the storyline, but it sounds like it could have been cut down and the plot could have been a little more spread evenly. Still going to give this one a go, I'll be interested to see if I have similar issues with it seeing our book tastes are pretty alike. Awesome review Gina <3

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    1. Yes! Read it soon! Even though I had my problems with it, it was still really good and really interesting. I hope now that all the useless fluff is out of the way from this first book, that the series will now just get better. haha we usually have very similar tastes in books :D Thanks!

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  4. I've had this sitting on my shelf for the longest time, and just never got around to it. I've read some pretty mixed reviews for the book, but witches really intrigues me! And the fact that it's told from a male POV is a plus woop! I don't think I'd mind the useless fluff in the beginning, as long as it paints a bigger picture like world-building. The second book is gorgeous as well! Thanks for the lovely review Gina xx

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    1. That was the same with me! I've had this book since it's been out. I heard the same as well, but I thought my review was more positive than the ones that I had originally read about this book. Yes, it was really interesting reading from a male POV, but because the character was weak in a sense, it didn't really feel that different. It does paint a good picture, but it kind of gets boring because of the useless fluff. Thanks!

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