Half Bad by Sally Green (Review)

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Synopsis: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Magic

Cover: I think we have all gathered that I am obsessed with simplistic covers. And my gosh is this cover pretty. Blood is a pretty large aspect of this story and seeing it on the cover in such an artistic way is really beautiful, in my opinion. This is one cover I wouldn’t mind hanging up in my room for all to see.  

My thoughts: In England, a sixteen year old named Nathan lives in a society where there are white witches and black witches. White witches are good and black witches are viewed to be evil and are a danger to society. Nathan happens to be half white and half black witch. His father is the most prominent black witch who has traveled the world, murdering white witches who have crossed him. Nathan, who lost his mother after he was born, lives with his half brother and half sisters where, over time, society suppresses witches who are half black like him. This book takes you on a journey through the years of Nathan’s life as he struggles to be an equal in a cruel world.  When he turns sixteen he flees his house since there are people out to kill him before he could get his powers on his seventeenth birthday.

Nathan abandons his half brother, Arran, and Annalise, the girl he is forbidden to love at all costs. On his journey to find his father, he gets captured by a lady who spends the time teaching him to fight, a skill he uses against his many enemies coming after him to end his life. Along the way, Nathan makes friends with a guy named Gabriel set to protect him before he is able to meet a powerful witch who will help give him his powers on his seventeenth birthday. He does everything he can to find his father, succumbing to acts of good and evil where he learns to accept both sides of his personality.

I have never read a book about witches and I am incredibly glad to have picked this book up. Nathan is a strong and dark character full of pent up anger towards people suppressing him, including his half sister who torments him constantly. Throughout his entire journey he has been able to rely on Arran to support him and give him strength to keep on as a white and black witch. I especially loved reading about their brotherly relationship that majorly affected Nathan’s personality for the better. I also enjoyed the forbidden love between Nathan and Annalise who’s family is prominent in the white witch society. This book was a journey through Nathan’s life as a black and white witch and his struggle with being half bad. One thing I really loved was the ending of this novel that was full of action as people scrambled to find Nathan before he could obtain his powers. Reading about witches having different skills and gaining their powers at the age of seventeen was uniquely written in a way I definitely haven’t seen before. This lengthy book was filled with vivid descriptions and captivating aspects of witches that made me glad to have picked this book up especially since it is becoming a series. It left me wondering what would happen next in Nathan’s life as he searches for his close friend Gabriel, a strong supporting character in this story who I believe will play a larger role in the upcoming sequel.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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