Half Bad


How did I get it?:
I bought it!


Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy’s struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

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.


I had heard really mixed opinions about Half Bad, so I was very intrigued to read it. To me, it proves that you shouldn’t be put off a book that divides people. I thought Half Bad was an amazing read and an incredibly accomplished debut. I can’t wait to read more from Sally Green. I had a conversation with my sister about how long a year can wait for the sequel when you’ve really enjoyed the first instalment. That’s definitely the case with Half Bad. I need the next book in my life RIGHT NOW!

Can I say again, how I can’t believe that this is a debut novel? It’s incredible!ย I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read the synopsis, but it certainly wasn’t what I expected.ย Half Bad tells Nathan’s story. Nathan was born a half white and half black witch. Black witches are considered evil and the white witches are good. The white witches constantly hunt down the black witches. Nathan is different. As well as being half black and half white, he is also the son of one of the evillest black witches. This makes everyone incredibly wary of Nathan. They’re unsure whether he’s going to turn out like this mother or his father.

I tried to read this book slowly, but that wasn’t happening. Every time I put it down I wanted to be reading it again. I was so curious about what had happened to Nathan and what was going to happen. There’s enough information in the book to set up what I think could be a fascinating, gripping series. I’ve been waiting for a newย series to grip me after devouring The Grisha trilogy. I think the Half Life trilogy could potentially be a favourite series of mine, if the rest of the books in the trilogy are as strong as Half Bad.

Half Bad is quite a dark story. It’s fascinating though and I can’t wait to discover what happens next!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A wonderful story for fans of witchy stories!

12 thoughts on “Half Bad

  1. Great review, Chrissi! I saw a copy of this yesterday in my local bookstore and I was immediately drawn into it and added it to my list of books to buy soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. They just released the image of Half Wild: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20814989-half-wild it’s so hauntingly pretty!

    I really enjoyed half bad (my review is here if you are interested http://thebookheap.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/52-half-bad-half-life-trilogy-1-sally-green/)
    I didn’t get quite as sucked in as you did simply because I struggled a little with the narration from time to time which broke the story up a bit for me, but I certainly want to know what happens next!

    • I can completely understand why it would be a struggle to read the narration. I really enjoyed it though! I’ll check out your review soon! I love the cover of Half Wild. I can’t WAIT to read it!

  3. I AM SO JEALOUS! I saw this at YALC and SOOOOO wanted to buy it, but 1) I had like no money left, and 2) my shoulders where about to snap off my body due to the amount of books I was carrying. This is a great review, you have just reminded me how much I want to read this book! ๐Ÿ˜€

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