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Half Wild

(The Half Bad Trilogy #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  20,478 ratings  ·  2,824 reviews
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nat
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Viking Juvenile
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Breanna Lockwood Please continue. I feel like Half Bad and Half Wild should be read back to back. Nathan's story doesn't have a time gap from the first book so it's li…morePlease continue. I feel like Half Bad and Half Wild should be read back to back. Nathan's story doesn't have a time gap from the first book so it's like perfect to binge read. I'm enjoying the series, I'd seriously give it a go.(less)

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Emily May
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
The magic is gone.

This is not the sequel I had hoped for when I closed Half Bad last year, exhilarated and excited for the next installment. I'm going to be completely honest and say I found myself skim-reading parts of the second half because it just could not hold my attention. So if you do happen to read this and discover something amazing, it's possible that it happened while I was busy not caring.

Okay. What went wrong?

We started off on the wrong foot. Barely more than twenty pages in I was
Ben Alderson
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
fav book of the year.
i have no words.
review soon ...
SPOILER only if you haven't read the first book :)

Who don't ship Nathan and Gabriel?

I've never read a novel where the hero ends up with the gay boy in stead of the too-perfect heroine. I hope this one makes the exception.

My actual review

I don't know how I feel about this book. I read it and I thought about the unfairness of this world. The white witches (the bad ones) remind me of sexist and racist people in real life and it made me feel depressed and mad. Out of topic and crazy I know. But th
Darth J
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

A somewhat interesting plot with terrible writing, but mostly a chore to read.

The book starts off with this annoying formatting:

And then it continues at other points throughout the book too:

And it’s not just the formatting that’s bad. I’ve said previously that parts of the first book felt too much like a rough draft , the same is true here. While whole sections in this book read smoothly, others are too unpolished and amateurish. One of two things needs to happen for this series, eithe
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will try to re-read first two books before the release of third and hopefully write a more coherent review ;)

Officially best author ever.
Now I am just really embarrassed for not keeping it eloquent, though *burns* . This is what happens when you write a review right after reading a book and don't expect anyone to read it. Especially authors. I'm sorry.
But, oh my gosh, I'm so touched <3


I feel weird after this ending O.O it was good, just... To be upset and really WOWed at the sa
Apr 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
There is a cover!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyt :)


Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley.)

Well, this was another of those books that I should really have read the first in the series before requesting the second.

I honestly didn’t understand this book. I didn’t get what was going on or why, and I didn’t care. The writing was once again unusual…

“You bow your head and the rain runs off you, rivulets of red, to join the mud and the blood aroun
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I should probably go and wash my face. I've been crying like a baby for the last five minutes now. I'll stop crying and get back to writing this review.

Okay, so Half Wild picks up where Half Bad ended, it continues on with Nathan's life as a Half Code who is hated by pure white witches and wanted dead for being the son of the most dangerous black witch, Marcus Edge.

I was very scared I'll end up hating this book because it seems like sequels are always worse than the first book. However, I prob

I loved the brutality of it.

I loved the tough decisions the protagonist has to make, and that he's not afraid to make them.

I loved that the main character, Nathan understands that in times of war you have to kill, you have to be cruel, vicious, bad. Because in war it is you and the ones you love or the others, and a lot of times in YA books, protagonists don't understand the importance and the necessity of being selfish and harsh and cruel and bloody. T
Elena Salvatore
Nathan has finally become a true witch. His father gave him his three gifts and he healed him.
But still Nathan is alone.
His meeting with his father wasn't the one he was anticipating and he didn't got the chance to ask him all the questions that he wanted. More than that he wasn't able to kill him so that he can free Annalise. He knew that he wouldn't, couldn't do that to his father no matter how cruel he was or that he never rescued him from his tragic life.
None of that matters now. What's impo
*4.5 stars*
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sally's writing is very special. She can write complex characters in a very few words, which can lead either to pleasure or boredom, depending on the reader.
In my case, it led to pleasure, so I´m looking forward to reading the last part.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
I received a copy of Half Wild in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Penguin Random House UK and Netgalley. A copy of this review is also on my blog: www.bookblogbird.weebly.com

I finished the first book in this trilogy a couple of days ago. It’s a wild, gruesome ride and I loved every minute of it.

This book, not so much.

I want to start by highlighting the good parts. Some scenes were great. There are a couple of scenes with Gabriel and Nathan that almost had me in tears, they were so bea
Sarah Churchill
3.5ish stars maybe... I really loved book one and its darkness, from the uncomfortable confusion of the beginning to the fear and adrenaline later on. I know it was a Marmite book, but I really loved it! This one just didn't have the substance.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Half Wild. I liked the 'animal' development and the shift in relationships with Gabrielle, Annalise and Marcus. It all makes sense and probably needed to happen. It's just that on the whole it felt a little 'filler'. Compared
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cool ending, it's always like that : the ones you surrender your heart to often end up stabbing you in the back or at least hurting you , i hope the next book gets better.... ...more
Luis Moller
May 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
I'm all for a gay protagonist as it is missing from mainstream YA literature but I don't think having Gabriel and Nathan end up together would be the greatest of choices. My reasoning is this: We are told the story in Nathan's perspective but we are never told of any occurrences were he has had either homosexual thoughts or urges. We meet Gabriel who is gay and yet we still do not get any information if Nathan might actually lean that way. We just know that he has been in love with Annalise sinc ...more
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hooooooly shit. Okay. I just... Okay. I need to catch my breath. My body was not ready for this.

While superior to the first installment in characterization, plot, and writing, I am a little ticked off that the world building was not detailed any further. The reason why I never complained about the vague world-building in the first book was because I thought that was all the information given to Nathan about it, and I was lead to believe it would grow as the series progressed. I'll just have to hope that in the last installment Sally will take a little more time to fill in the blanks (espec ...more
celine (celinereads)
I honestly don't know how to feel about this book. The ending was great, but I am not a fan of Annalise and this book focused around finding her, which I don't understand because she's just annoying.

I did enjoy the LGBTQ factor in this book, it was a nice surprise for me because I had no idea that this book involved any LGBTQ in it, but I loved it!

Gabriel is still my favorite character in the trilogy. It was nice to see Nathan continue to grow as a person and his relationship with his father gr
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to finally dive into this sequel! This book does have middle book syndrome, so it's very slow-paced, but I still enjoyed it!

This book takes place shortly after the events of Half Bad. Gabriel is currently missing, or dead, and Nathan keeps checking to see if Gabriel has showed up. He also still has to evade the Hunters and to make things even more difficult, he's havi
Nathan is back and with it comes his new found abilities. He's still on the run from the terror of the White Witches, but he's not alone. With a new round of characters and enemies he might know, Nathan finds out exactly what he's capable of. Being out in the wild suits him.

Half Bad had some pacing issues but there was no problem with this one because I was constantly engaged. Namely because there's a certain love interest that I want him to get with. I felt like Nathan could fare better with th
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Holy crap, I'm a mess ...more
Initial reaction: Seriously, I want to love this series. I want to love it. There are parts of it that I want to applaud and sing praises for Sally Green at least in the idea of where she wants to take this series, but honestly - the execution leaves much to be desired. Much of this book I felt like I was waiting on my hands for something to happen, and when finally something significant and engaging does happen, it's near the end of the book.

I'll finish out this series, certainly, but I hope th
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Phenomenal. I understand how this series isn’t for everyone which is the case for all books, but it’s safe to say that I loved it! Half Bad always stuck in my mind because it was original with a creative writing style that I hadn’t experienced before, and its sequel was no different – plus more.

Action was present from the start along with the development of some truly fascinating relationships. Nathan is a brilliant main character because he’s not “purely good”; yes he kills, and yes he’s not al
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a step up from the first book, and while it took me a very long time to read, I ended up really enjoying it.
May 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
Ooh la la, new and beautiful cover there!

Just some things I'm looking for in the next book:

-More father son bonding. Like, I find that stuff really emotional.

-Less Annalise
-More Gabriel
-Also more Darkness from Nathan (his violent tantrums really bring out the human in him, rather than making him your perfect, good natured protagonist)

I guess in general, the thing that got me from the first book was the idea of the bad witch, and whether this is just a lie told by the white witches. I thought i
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF at 16%

Wow guys this is the first book I have ever DNFed. It's not bad or anything, I'm just not into it. I want to read so many other books and don't really have the time to read this, and frankly I'm not super interested in the story so I think I'm just going to give up on this. The first book was fine, but yeah just not fussed on this. Probably won't be reading it anymore.
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
I'm . . . it's like there's someone, something else living in me. And he comes out and takes over. But I know he's still me, another part of me, a completely wild, uncaring me.

'Half Wild' is truly better than 'Half Bad' in my opinion. There's more world building and amazing character development. Marcus felt more life-like than in the first novel. In the first novel he read like a paper cut-out. Now he read like the MC's father and a somewhat evil person.

I also liked the way Nathan
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
wow wow wow okay wow I don't even know what to say I'm speechless this ending was amazing ...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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