Book Review: Half Bad

Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green

The blurb: 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.

My review: Not what I was expecting and I was very pleasantly surprised. This book is brilliant, gripping and with an original plot and context. I loved the world Sally Green has created, the society rules, the organisation, the persecution – this is a really well rounded and thought out novel.

Sitting in the YA camp this book has its grisly moments, there’s torture and betrayal and some of it will shock. But it’s packed full of mystery and intrigue, following the story of Nathan, the only one of his kind as he struggles to find his place in a society that has rejected him. This is a society of white witches.

I don’t believe in comparisons for books but there is something very Harry Potter-like in this book, perhaps mixed with Star Wars! It’s the essential idea of a secret society with it’s own heritage and culture living amongst us, an individual who is judged on his relations and must fight the nature vs. nuture creation of his own being whilst waiting to find his strength. I found it utterly captivating.

As is obvious, I loved it, I can’t wait for the sequel!

9 out of 10 stars! *********

BUY ME! Half Bad

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