I’ve been trying to speed through my YALC list as the date approaches and thankfully I am not the only one so this was a buddy read and I didn’t do a full “Moon” on it (I usually work well with buddy reads up to the third day then I somehow end up finishing the book way before, this time I only read until the next part so not the end).
Half Bad by Sally Green
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
The book starts quite childish and it was a quick start and easy to read (remember this was a buddy read so I ahd to stick to a number of pages per day). It didn’t feel like a chore to catch up with the pages of the day which is always a good sign and I enjoyed how the writing/ the voice of the book changed as NMathan gerw and learned more, as he discovered more and more about the world and who he is.
I absolutely abhorred the Council and was so annoyed at their practices which is a good thing because the villain is something you can well dislike.
I really enjoyed Rose and Mercury, and wasn’t too sure about Gabriel, but now I have so many questions that I hope get answered in the next books (it is a trilogy and thankfully I have all 3 already!), plus Smoke Thieves).
Funnily and sadly enough, this book was quite relevant to what is happening in the world around us and it was sad that it matches a lot of things that aren’t going well.