Monday, 18 May 2015

Review: Half Wild by Sally Green + Bookmarks & Wallpapers

Half Wild (Half Life #2)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 25 March 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Teen Australia
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At the Other End:
Nathan Byrn is on the run

White witches hunt him 

Black witches hate him

His gift from his murderous father is a wild new power he can't control

He must find the girl he loves who may have betrayed him

In a war between Black and White witches with his loyalties split between both 

The greatest danger Nathan faces might be himself . . .

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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A wild and bloody sequel that will leave you tearing at the pages and finishing wanting more...blood.

I’ve literally just finished and all I want is more. I want to read the final book in the trilogy (yet I don’t because it’s the end), and now because it’s impossible at the moment, I can’t decide what to read next because I want something wicked and dark and full of blood. I know, I feel a bit wild myself at the moment, that’s what this book has done to me. Even though I had mixed feelings about the first book, I know that when I get to re-read the entire trilogy again that it will be one of those series that, the second time around it will all be 5 / 5.

I’m at a loss for words now. I feel like I’ve basically summed up my feelings for the book in that one paragraph. The entirety of the plot was cliché and well overused, but it actually worked in this book, and I didn’t have a fault with it. It was bloody and brilliant and you get to see Nathan in a new light. Trying to accept his Gift, and trying to harness and use it to his will. You can probably guess what it is from the cover, and I’m only saying this because it isn’t exactly a spoiler when it’s on the cover for all to see. Especially, if you’ve seen the cover and you’ve read Half Bad. 

Here is the small problem that I had: I could easily put this book down, as much as I didn’t want to. If someone called me, I would easily be able to put it down and come back to it later, forgetting about the book (although, that wasn’t the case when you get to the last quarter of the book). I wanted the whole book to feel like I did in the last quarter, I wanted to ignore the world and not stop until I finished. However, I know this will be different the second time I get to reading it. Funny how that works isn’t it. The only other problem I had was with Nesbitt’s character language. As soon as you meet him, you start to wonder if all us Aussies sound like that, if we really are that annoying and use the word ‘mate’ far too often. We don’t, and we don’t use ‘crikey’ in every sentence either. He felt like a stereotypical Aussie (from what other countries perceive us to be), but I could relate to how much of a smart-arse he is. Really though, he was like that for one part of the book, then he stops using ‘crikey’ and actually uses ‘mate’ when it’s called for. I don’t know, I guess I felt insulted because is this how everyone thinks we are? Most of our slang nowadays is a cross between UK and US slang, to be perfectly honest with you. 

I didn’t really feel anything towards the love triangle that wasn’t exactly a love triangle. There was love to both Annalise and Gabrielle, but they were two separate kinds of love. I felt that I didn’t exactly root for one or the other, and just let it all play out without thinking anything about it. This is a good thing by the way, I’m glad it was like that, especially because of what happened at the END!! 

I don’t think that I can actually describe my feelings for the ending, if I did it would be a whole mass of fangirling and illegible words and unfinished sentences. I’m being completely serious. Let me just say this though, the ending is everything you would want it to be and so much more. It’s like you wanted it, but you never knew that you wanted it or could even see it coming.

This novel was received for review via Penguin Teen 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.


  1. I love all the power, drama, and witchery in a read like this. I am off to check out the first in this series. I have not read this author before. Great review.

    1. Thanks, Suzi. This is a fantastic series so far, I do recommend binge reading this series, as the first book is completely different to the second one.

  2. I read the Half Bad and found it a bit mediocre to be completely honest, but this review has motivated me to give the sequel a try. The ending and the story in general sounds so amazing and I can't wait to see what happens to Nathan. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fantastic review! ♥

    1. Yes! ZOE READ HALF WILD! It seriously gave me a appreciation for the second book, and definitely picks the entire series back up. Thank you <3

  3. I AGREE! I loved this book, basically I adored it so so much. I think Half Bad is the best one, imo, but this still stole my heart. I love the character development and that we had waaaay more time with Gabriel. :-) Although YUS. Gah. Nesbitt totally frustrated me, particularly since, as the story went on, he turned into a normal speaking person. -_- It was just layered on thick at the beginning and kind of offensive. I feel like I'd rather not read about Australians in books than have us represented saying "criky mate" for like every. single. thing.

    1. I was so surprised with this one (in the best possible way, of course). Yes, it was definitely needed and deserved, especially with Gabriel. I know! It's like he was trying to hard or something.... I agree, unless it's by an Australian author (where we sound like normal people), then it really shouldn't be done unless they actually know the slang. YASSSSS BRING ON THE FINAL BOOK (cries at the same time, cause NOOO final book)


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