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Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  31,641 Ratings  ·  5,343 Reviews
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

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
Hardcover, 394 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Nov 06, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it
Do you know a story that goes something like this >>>> There's a poor family consisting of a mother and her bunch of kids, each one from a different father. Then there's that one kid (or more) who had a dad who was known for causing trouble... maybe he drank a lot, got into fights, ended up in prison... you know the kid I'm talking about? The one who has that dad? Well, everyone expects he'll turn out just the same. Everyone has their eye on that kid his whole life, expecting him to ...more
Khanh (the meanie)
"’s the name of the most evil Black Witch there has ever been.”

I want to say “Marcus.” He’s my father and I want to say his name, but I’m too afraid. I’m always too afraid to say his name.
Oh, hi, Voldemort!

This book is Snape: The Teenage Years. Only without much magic. WHERE'S MY MOTHERFUCKING MAGIC? Is it too much to ask for magic in a book about WITCHES?! If I'm going to read Dracula, I want some fucking vampires, and I want them to suck the bloody hell out of some humans. If I'm going
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoyed the first 50 pages and the last 50 pages, but everything in between was underwhelming. I'm going to do a full video review to share more of my thoughts, so look out for that! :)
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
Basically about some emo kid.

Plot Rundown:
Nathan is the black sheep of the family. As everyone else is a White Witch, he's the “half-code”/black and white.
Every witch receives three gifts on their seventeenth birthday, the same day they discover what their ability is. The question is, will he make it till then?
As Black Witches are despised and hunted, Nathan knows something about himself many others don't. Though he has the demeanour of good, will he still be overcome with evil?
As the counci
Steph Sinclair
When I first picked this book up from BEA, I wasn't very interested because I saw the word "witches" and thought, "NOPE, NOPE, NOPE." Even in my review policy it states that I don't review books about witches. Why? Well, because of Harry Potter. I didn't want to sit and compare the two and I had a feeling that I would. What made matters worse was the fact that ended up being toted as The Next Big Thing from The Hunger Games to, you guessed it, Harry Potter. So it's a good thing this book was not ...more
Apr 18, 2015 Daiane rated it did not like it
Unpopular opinion time Yay!

I thought about giving this book 2 stars but who am I kidding? It was a torture to read it! I seriously have no idea how I got to the end. Oh wait, yes I have! I was actually waiting for something, anything, to happen! Plus, it promised me

A world divided between black and white witches and those in the dark side are tortured and murdered. Almost all the black witches are nowhere to see but one. Since Nathan was a baby he is treated poorly by his family. The only kid fr
Jun 05, 2013 Giselle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
Half Blood started as a 5-star read for me. This lasted 'til about three quarters which is when I realized we really hadn't gotten anywhere in the story. Boredom quickly followed, until I was unfortunately underwhelmed by the anticlimactic ending. Nevertheless, it's an incredibly well written book that has a lot to offer if you have a bit of patience, although it's unique in a way that may not adhere to all tastes.

When we meet our protagonist, Nathan, he's naught but a young lad. Young and unfo
Ben Alderson
Feb 13, 2014 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing
this book was super good! i loved it so very much! i am really loving the building of the characters and relationships! i hope in the next book magic will be seen more ! :D
Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
Jul 27, 2014 Hailey (HaileyInBookland) rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like it but I actually found it really enjoyable and really quick! A nice surprise!
Jan 08, 2014 Regan rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Half Bad follows a boy named Nathan, and Nathan lives in a world where good witches (white) and bad witches (black) exist. Nathan, however, is unique because he is half good and half bad, his father is the most notorious black witch alive and his mother is dead. Nathan lives a life facing constant prejudice from all sides, and he is just trying to survive until his 17th birthday so he can receive his 3 gifts and become a full fledged witch.

I enjoyed this book overall, especially the first half.
Daniel Cohen
Jun 11, 2013 Daniel Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

For me, something like "Half Bad" is very, very rare. I read a lot of fantasy, much of that lot from the contemporary masters of the field (Sanderson, Rothfuss, Williams, Rowling etc.) I have been well immersed in the fantasy genre, and as spoiled as it may sound, have come to expect greatness in the fantasy that I choose to read. I chanced across a copy of the "Half Bad" unedited manuscript at the 2013 BEA, and decided to take a chance.

I was sufficiently and unexpectedly blown away. "Half Bad"
OH MY GOD SO EPIC. Loved every word of it. Full review is on its way.
Darth J
Mar 06, 2015 Darth J rated it liked it

This book read more like an overlong prologue than the actual first installment in a series. The whole thing is about the MC finally getting his powers, which he does at the end. I’m not even going to put that in a spoiler alert because it doesn’t need one. The book is very predictable so it also should come as no surprise that he gains them from his father, a *gasp* Black witch.

I have a problem with these terms: “Black” and “White” witches. They aren’t clearly defined in the story other than sa
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

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Nathan, poor Nathan. He had it bad from the start. He is born to a mother that was a white witch and a father that was a black witch. A lot of his family hated him from birth and wanted him dead. I mean to look at a little baby and want it dead. I'm not saying his mother did, there are things about her you have to find out by reading the book.

Nathan h
Simona Bartolotta
2.5, because oh, who am I fooling, it's a 2 and that's it.

I'm sorry, but I'm afraid this review will be terribly short. The reason? Take the title and replace the word "Half" with "Totally". Here you have my review.
But, as I'm sure you know by now, I wouldn't be at peace with myself if I didn't at least try to explain why.

• The pace is off, off, off. Pages in which nothing happens, others in which the hell happens, but my attention is already drifting in a sea of "let's guess how much f**k I giv
I can't believe it!
I finally read this book! I've wanted to read it since the first time I saw it on here.

And, I'm not disappointed, not one bit!

The reason I'm giving this four stars is because while reading I actually felt like the author was very inspired by Harry Potter that her book was infected by the main idea behind it, but it was also completely different and very well executed!

The storyline is amazing, I was feeling like crying every time I forced myself to close the book to sleep becau
Apr 23, 2015 Josu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-mayo
Con una trama que puede sonar típica, Sally Green presenta un personaje principal realmente bien construido y una historia que al final, es más profunda de lo que parece. Al ser una relectura, recordaba ciertas cosas que me marcaron. Aun y todo, había pasajes de los cuales no recordaba nada y que me han impactado igual. La autora no tiene pelos en la lengua y habla de torturas y sangre sin importarle nada (y bien que hace, oye). El estilo, sin embargo, es lo que consigue que El lado oscuro se co ...more
2.5 stars
This started out strangely, continued that way for a while, then went really downhill.

Nathan was someone that I immediately felt quite sorry for. The way his mother , siblings, in fact everyone treated him from the time he was a new-born was just disgusting and awful. How anyone can treat a poor defenceless baby that way I don’t know. Poor Nathan just got tormented, put down, and generally mistreated his entire life.

This book for me seemed to be about racism? I might have that wrong, bu

I love how original and unique this book is! The writing style is so cool and I really like how the timeline is set up.

The main character Nathan is great, he is just a fighter and never gives up. He goes through some absolutely terrible things, but he always has hope and keeps control of his mind. His journey is so intriguing and interesting, I just had to keep reading to know more.

The world is also great because I felt everything is explained nicely and it's not very confusing. I like the
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Before reading:

"In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak ..."

Uhh well if that's true then I need to read this ASAP.

After reading:

... This was not in the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak.

I guess I understand the comparison in terms of the writing style, but that's about where the similarities ended for me. I was really hoping to love this book but I just couldn't get into it. It had a lot going for it conceptually, and I thought it was stylistically well-written ... But there
Jun 15, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
buddy read with my fav, Christine :)

i don't think i've ever seen such mixed reviews?

and it's not even like people who just hate it or love it- there's literally a perfect mix of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 stars? weird... but anyway, not reading any reviews so i don't get spoiled or become biased~*~

wish us luck!!

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sO many questions
Kisses A
Jul 12, 2015 Kisses A rated it liked it
For some parts I was like

By the end


I was not wowed by this one. I think it started of well and towards the middle it got boring. Only like the last 25% of the book at the end was a bit enjoyable. I think what lacked for me was the world building. All that we find out is the catagories of witches and their abilities and oh yeah there is no magic. It's a bit plotless.
I know I said I appreciated the language but by 30% into the book I started to get annoyed by it. Yeah it bit me in the back! I also
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I had some issues with this first book, but I'm excited to see where the series goes!
Faye, la Patata

If there's anything Half Bad by Sally Green has, it's definitely an interesting and intriguing premise. Now, let me tell you it's hard to make me excited for any Paranormal book, but that's simply because I hold this particular genre in very low regard. I am not a fan of it, not by a long shot, but having been proven wrong again and again by such spectacular PNR books (Written in Red and The Diviners), I will not say "no" to one that has been deemed great by my peers, and especially not to this
It took me a shamefully long time to finish this book for me, because I kept getting distracted by... things... Things I truthfully don't wanna admit. But anyway, onto my review for this book.

When I first started reading Half bad, this book was nothing like what I had been expecting, and in truth, this book is in that certain, particular style that I just don't like. The writing style was kinda basic, and it also kind of jumped from first person to second person all the time. In all honesty, th
Cait (Paper Fury)
Look, I'm going to be blunt here (I can't help it): Half Bad had all the potential of pure freakish genius in it's 380-pages. And what did it do?

IT BLEW MY MIND. Yes, that's right, peoples, I bloody love this book! I love it! I love it! I - yeah, okay, you get the picture. It's a beautiful picture. I basically just want to fangirl, buuuut, you want to know why I liked it, don't you? High maintenance you lot are.

First I'm going to squeak talk rationally about the writing: I love this style
Matt Kays
Nov 10, 2013 Matt Kays rated it it was amazing
This will become your new obsession come March. Trust.

Between this and Red Rising the SFF YA landscape is changing, and for the better. It will be hard for me read other YA novels this year that do not live up to this level of storytelling and craftsmanship and I imagine my DNF list to grow exponentially because of it.

Half Bad is as good, if not better, than most of the adult fantasy I read. Think Sanderson, Rothfuss, Weeks, Ryan, etc. This book is excellent and I have no doubt that it will beco
I flew through most of this book but I can't decide if I found it boring or not because I couldn't stop reading? Not a lot happened, yet I was completely enthralled!
Bianca Marconero
Se la saga di Harry Potter fosse una foto a colori, Half Bad sarebbe il negativo.
Siamo di fronte all'ennesima dimostrazione che HP è ormai un canone e che chiunque ci può giocare sopra ricombinando gli elementi.
Detto questo, ho trovato un mondo perfettamente 'potteriano': elementi magici, famiglie magiche (qui 'incanti') mischiate a babbani ( qui 'profani'); e mezzosangue invisi a una parte della comunità magica. I cattivi sono perseguitati dagli Auror (qui 'cacciatori').
Abbiamo l'orfano predest
Feb 03, 2014 Tatiana rated it it was ok
The downfall of this book is its lackluster plot. I quite liked the story in the beginning - the cage, the brutality, the freshness of the narrator's voice (oh yes, this boy IS half bad). But as the book went on, the limitations of the plot revealed themselves - imagine Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and all the running around and hiding, but without the friendships, the deep back story and the big showdown in the end. What's left is a lot of going from one place to another and meeting var ...more
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Hi - I'm Sally Green. I'm the author of the real-world/ fantasy Half Bad Trilogy, which is made up of Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost. Most people read them in that order but there's always a few who don't. Many people who read them are teenagers but there's a lot who aren't.

I'm currently working on a new series called The Smoke Thieves, which is due to be published in spring 2018 and is definit
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The Half Bad Trilogy (3 books)
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