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Half Bad [Format Kindle]

Sally Green
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     Kieran says, “You know what this is, Connor?”     Connor has to think about it, but eventually says, “A hunting knife.”     “Yes. To be exact, it’s a French hunting knife. They make great knives, the French.Look at that blade.’     I squirm and grunt and curse them.     ‘Hold him still, Niall. The blade folds away beautifully into the handle. Great design.The Swiss go for all the fancy gadgets in their knives, but all you need is a goodblade.”     I hear the rip of my T-shirt and feel the cool air on my back. I buck and curse again.     “Hold him still.”     I feel the blade brushing over my back and now I hold still. The knife stops in themiddle of my left shoulder blade. The point goes in.     “I’ll start here. This half is the Black half, I’d say.”     And slowly the blade cuts down my back.

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"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
 
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
 
“Gripping.”—US Weekly
 
“Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times

 "A page-turner."—The Boston Globe

"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo
 
"Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend

"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone

* "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable." —Publishers Weeklystarred review

* "Marvelous." —Bookliststarred review

* "A unique take on witches." —Library Media Connectionstarred review

A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick

A 2014 Booklist Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth

A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014
 
Holder of two Guinness World Records
 
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
 
Rights sold in 50 international markets

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Du potentiel- Du Young Adult bien sombre 2 décembre 2014
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Half Bad raconte l'histoire d'un jeune adolescent, Nathan, qui a le malheur d'être un sorcier "mixte", né d'un sorcier "noir" et d'une sorcière "blanche".
Le principe est ultra manichéen: les sorciers "blancs" sont les gentils, qui utilisent la Magie à bon escient et les sorciers "noirs" sont violents, des machines à tuer, qui sont du côté obscur de la Force. Ils sont pourchassés et tués et ont donc la bonne idée de se cacher et de fuir l'Angleterre qui a une armée de Sorciers d'élite qui les traque.
Ce postulat est évidemment simpliste. Et même si l'on s'imagine bien que les choses vont se révéler plus complexes, c'est en tous cas sur cette division très nette que repose l'intrigue dans ce premier tome.

Nathan vit chez les Blancs mais tout le monde redoute que son ascendance paternelle ne fasse surface. Malgré le soutien de certains membres de sa famille, Nathan doit subir humiliation sur humiliation.

Il a malgré tout une résilience étonnante, peut-être due à l'amour inconditionnel de son frère et de sa grand-mère.

Une bonne moitié du livre est consacrée à l'adolescence difficile de Nathan et j'ai eu un peu de mal à lire page sur page de mauvais traitements infligés à un pré-ado. C'est un peu longuet même si cela doit justifier ensuite certaines actions et choix du jeune héros.

L'écriture est accrocheuse, le personnage principal ainsi que certains personnages secondaires sont attachants.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense Oppression + Magic + Imperfect Characters. Does that about sum it up? Probably not...but it’s a start! 26 avril 2015
Par FictionForesight - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Review Originally Posted At: www.FictionForesight.com

Easily 4 Stars!

A Quick Summary:

Half Bad begins as most tales do, with you trapped in a cage. That’s right, I said you! Sally Green begins her epic trilogy by utilizing the 2nd person point of view in order to put you directly into the story. You become the main character Nathan, and as such, you are stuck in cage. It is from this point of view that you begin to learn the story of Nathan, how he came to such a place and how he hopes, dreams, and schemes to one day leave and be free.

Through a series of flashbacks, you discover that Nathan is quite special...or maybe rather not special but unique. And in this world, that is not a good thing. As it turns out, Nathan is a half-blood witch. His mother was a great White witch, and his father is the most notorious Black witch. While these terms are rather subjective, they do paint quite the picture. According to White witches, they are essentially good and Black witches are pure evil. As such, White witches hunt down and kill or capture every Black witch they find. Interaction between the two is otherwise strictly forbidden; hence Nathan’s uniqueness, and subsequently his problem.

All witches, whether White or Black must receive three gifts and drink the blood of a relative before their 17th birthday in order to receive their magical ability (or gift). However this isn’t as easy for Nathan. Through a series of proclamations by the White witch's ruling council, all half bloods must abide by an ever-growing list of rules that would make anyone scream in utter frustration. Combine this overwhelming oppression with that of the pure horrific treatment he receives from those around him, his family mostly excluded, and you get the beginning of this epic tale.

Throughout the rest of the story Nathan experiences a veritable smorgasbord (I've always wanted to use this word!) of emotional rollercoasters stemming from his romantic interests, his personal uniqueness, and of course his issues with the ever-helpful council. To say this is a memorable tale would be an understatement.

The Good:

Where to begin? Well, lets start with the characters. I hated some of them, and loved others, and yet still there were some that I felt no connection with at all. I’ve said it before in other reviews and I’ll say it again, I love that. It’s nice to be able to relate to a character, it shows that the author isn’t out of touch with their readers. I also love that I hate some of them. To be invested enough in a character to hate them, shows that I cared to some extent. I loved the fact that these characters were wildly imperfect. They all had visible flaws, unsolvable problems, and even the “heroes” made mistakes. To an extent, making them imperfect helps to make them real.

I love how intense this book was. A lot of books and such tend to shy away from really intense scenes. You know what I mean, that scene in a television show where you know something really bad is about to happen, the screen goes black and when it comes back the deed is already done. You definitely don’t have to worry about that when it comes to this book. If anything, some scenes proved to be almost too intense. They were horrible, heart-wrenching and deeply emotional and yet amazing at the same time. It's part of what makes this book such a fast read.

Although it’s rather minor in the scheme of things, I love that the book is divided up into sections as well as chapters. This is definitely a personal preference, but then again, this is a personal review. I’m not even quite sure why I love this, but I do. Perhaps it’s because it makes it easier to know where in the storyline we are; or maybe it's just because it makes it feel more organized? Is that the word? Not sure, but still.

Finally, I never review a book that has magic without actually talking about the magic, whether it's good or bad. In this case, it's pretty good. Will I say that this book has an amazing magical system, no, but it's decent. I liked the delivery, the fact that you cannot access your ability without receiving 3 gifts and drinking blood is different (at least to me). It makes magic that much more unique. As far as the abilities themselves go, they seem relatively typical of most magic systems. For example, some can transform their look into other people, some can change into animals, some can control the weather, etc. I think, and desperately hope, that this aspect will be much more consequential in the next book. While we do see quite a few people with abilities, I want to see them use them more. I understand the point of this book was to show Nathan’s pursuit of his abilities and to introduce us to his world, so for that reason this book gets a pass in this area.

The Bad

When I first picked up this book, I absolutely despised the point of view from which the story was told. I seriously thought of not finishing this book, which is something I never do. I just couldn’t stand that “I” was in the story. Which sounds really stupid in that most readers hope to find themselves immersed in the story; and while that is true in my case as well, I found myself hating the fact that I was forced into this role. To me it seemed so awkward, and just plain wrong. The funny thing is...it started to grow on me. This absolutely horrid way of writing became less and less annoying, and more and more interesting. While the point of view does change throughout the book, I can't believe that I ended up liking it as much as I did. To those that want to stop reading this book because of the POV (point of view), I say give it a shot. It may seem painful at first, but trust me it gets better.

It's probably no shocker, but I hate cliffhangers. While this book isn’t massive in that area, it still annoys me a bit. Admittedly I know the reason behind these is valid, but it makes them no less frustrating.

I feel like this story could have been told in a much shorter version. It almost has that prequel feel to it, rather than the first book in a trilogy. Well, maybe that’s not exactly what I mean to say. It just feels a bit drawn out in the background information. I feel like a bit more action, and less passive storytelling would have made this book even better. Who knows, the second book in the series may very well make up for this.

Finally, I feel a bit irked at the amount of devotion Nathan feels to his father, without ever meeting him. Maybe this is a result of the constant trash talk that others do about him, or maybe it's the result of Nathan desperately wanting to believe there is good in the man who helped to bring into the world. I’m not sure. It just seems like undying faith is a bit much to have in his situation.

Overall:

This book was quite good. You have to take it for what it is, the beginning of an awesome trilogy. Sure it has a lot of background information, and yes the point of view is a bit interesting, but it works. All the elements come together and form a fast-paced emotional thrill ride that will keep you turning the page until the end. Its unique, and in this case, unique is a good thing. Miss Green is definitely an author to watch!

(www.FictionForesight.com)
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Harry Potter 17 janvier 2015
Par Helen Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Now as you might already know this book is written by an English author, and is about witches. When I tell you these things, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Harry Potter. As soon as those terms are used our minds go straight to the wonderful school of Hogwarts where our little orphan with the famous lightning-bolt scar had his magical adventurous. It’s in our nature to just assume. But let me tell you this; this is not Harry Potter in the slightest. Oh Hell no. In the best analogy I can use, this book is like Beautiful Creatures and Eminem had a love-child.

And, surprisingly, it worked with me. It wasn't half bad. Haha. Get it? 'Cause the title of the book is Half Bad... it's funny... yeah I've been waiting to use that joke for a while now. Please don't judge my desperation too harshly.

Set in an alternative England where white is good and black is evil, this story centres on a boy named Nathan. He is half White and Half Black Witch, nicknamed a Half-Code. It chronicles his life as he grows up in a White Witch community. He his branded an outsider – feared and hated by all, even by members of his family. Though they have right to; for Nathan is the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch in the world. Not only is he an abomination, but also is a threat to the balance of things. That is, until one day he is sent away to be tortured after finally learning some truths about his heritage and his supposed purpose in life. He must find himself and his father to fully become who he’s destined to be. All while this is happening to the poor guy;

'I scream and curse him and move my finger as much as I can but the ring tightens and the needle goes into me again.
As it comes out I’m sweating.
He moves on to the top of my finger, over the fingernail. The needle goes through again.'

Nathan is beaten, battered, bullied, and brutalized again and again and again. He's understandably not the happiest guy in the world. I certainly can't blame him. In the world he lives in, White Witches are ensured good lives while Black Witches are hunted down just to be killed brutally. If your half and half, then you are treated like a dog. He has so many restrictions against him they're starting to become a noose. He can’t talk to other witches without it being reported. Every year he goes to the council to be questioned on his abilities and about the father he has never met. He can't travel anywhere without first having permission. And there’s a large possibility he would not even have the ceremony which gives him his powers. He's misunderstood and mistreated by those around him every single day.

'"The way you go all… there’s an English word – mopey? Yes, I think that’s it. You are mopey sometimes."
Mopey!
"I think you’ve got the wrong word. Thoughtful is more like it."
"No, I think the right word is mopey."'

In a way he's like the infamous Carrie White from Stephan King’s first published novel. He pushes down all his emotions – his anger, his fear, his confusion – in the hope to make the pain go away.

'The trick is not to mind. Not to mind about it hurting, not to mind about anything.'

Only he just builds up these emotions until they eventually burst. He lashes out in a violent way. And when he does occasionally lash out, it's terrifying. That’s the one great thing about this book; Nathan doesn’t deny the side of him that’s evil (“black”). He embraces it. Of all the things in Young Adult literature, how many times have you seen this occur? How many times have you seen a character – the supposed protagonist – love his father unconditionally regardless of the fact he’s the most powerful and wicked man on earth? Love his father even though they’ve never met? I can’t say I have. Nope, Nathan sure isn’t any Gary Stu. He acknowledges he dark sides, his weaknesses with schooling, his rebellious and aggressive tendencies, and his hopefulness boarding on naiveté. It all comes together to create a rather complex character. He is no angel nor does he trick you into thinking otherwise.

Some of the stuff Sally Green writes in Half Bad will make you squirm, and will make you feel very uncomfortable. It sure as hell made me feel uncomfortable. This is far from a fluffy, everyday Young Adult novel. This is the cold, hard truth. But I like this. In a weird, messed up way, I like how Sally Green is bold enough to do something like this. Even though Nathan has gone from hell and back from the moment he was born, he never begs for you to pity him. He doesn't ask for your pity. He doesn’t cry, he doesn’t reject what he is. This is just how things are for him, and he accepts it. And you are not manipulated into feeling sorry. You just… do.

Half Bad reads like it's been split into several different stories. One handling a very moving coming-of-age tale of a young man discovering himself, another showing that nothing is strictly either good or bad, another dealing with abuse, another handling how a son grows up without ever seeing his father, and one delving into the ugly political world of witches who have an unquenchable thirst for power. It so powerful. So raw. So weirdly real, despite the heavy fantasy element. And might I add that the setting was much cherished? Because it was. The Welch countryside was an added bonus that suited the eerie atmosphere, as was the English urban landscape.

Yet at its very core, this book is about love. The love between a father and a son. The love between a grandmother and her grandchild. The love between two brothers. The love between a brother and his sisters. And the love between friends. Nathan views Marcus in a very optimistic light. Dads are meant to care and protect you. Surly even Marcus cannot deny the side of him that marks him as a father, can he?

'I know it like I know how to breathe.
I know he’ll come to me.
I wait and I wait.'

Arran, his brother and arguably the one family member he’s closest too, was an utter sweetheart. He and Nathan shared a bond that cannot be broken even after time, distance, or sorrow. Though we don’t see a lot of Deborah, a sister and the nicer one at that, we do see the venom his other sister, Jessica, projects to him. They do not see eye to eye as Jessica is hell-bent on rules, and thereby hates Black Witches. Though Nathan does not wish her any harm, she’d love to kill him. And she makes these messages loud and clear. Actually Nathan does not want anyone hurt. That’s what makes me love him only more. Even though he makes mistakes, and is forced to do certain things, it’s not out of distain for others. He does what he does to insure his loved ones much needed safety.

Along with his family members we see a colourful cast of secondary characters who act as allies to our young witch, such as Gabriel, Rose, Celia, Clay, Mary, Bob, Trev, and Nikita. Every character is different from the other – all having different personalities, motives, and speeches, yet none of them are strictly either good or evil. I have dearly missed this dexterity, having not seeing it in literacy since Harry Potter, Skulduggery Pleasant, Pride and Prejudice or Of Mice and Men. I could tell who’s who without even realizing it. And all of them were so memorable, even the ones Nathan interacted briefly.

But what about that romantic love hinted in the blurb? The one with that girl – the White Witch, Annalise? Throughout the novel Nathan both exclaims and proves his unwavering devotion for her, I don’t particularly buy it. Why? Simply because I felt she didn’t have much of a personality. Her sole purpose is to be a weakness to Nathan while being very weak-willed herself. I could believe all the relationships presented to me by Mrs Green except this one. It just doesn’t make sense. It feels like a serious case of Stockholm syndrome to me. That, and... hehe... *looks to Gabriel*

Even though Half Bad had my attention from start to end, making me read it in one sitting, I won’t pretend to see why others do not like it. It isn’t perfect. It isn't. Your enjoyment on this book will competently depend on whether you can adapt to Sally Green's inconsistent writing style. She likes to switch from second-person to first-person on a regular biases. And if you are expecting a full-on action based book then you'll be sorely disappointed. But I beg of you to at least give it a try if you’re looking for something original – something different that stands out from the sea of YA in front of you, them come hither and enjoy.

' "You are half White and the perfect bait, just the sort of thing the Council or Hunters would use."
"But I’m not sent by them."
"And you’re not likely to admit it if you are."
"So how do I prove to her that I’m not?"
"That’s the problem. It’s impossible to prove." He dabs at his mouth with his fingertips. "Someone once said that the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." '

Now if you excuse me I will be crying in the corner until I finally get the sequel I so crave.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant debut 28 août 2014
Par Anna (Enchanted by YA) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The sign of a good book is when the characters feel as real to you as someone who is actually real.
The sign of a good book is when you can’t stop thinking about it after the last page.
The sign of a good book is when you would die for the sequel to be released the next day.
So you know what? Half Bad = a good book.

I freely admit that it might not be for everyone; the elements of torture inflicted on “children” particularly when written in the second person definitely turns stomachs. I’m no exception, and that’s why I loved it (worried how much that says about me…). Everything was so dark including Sally Green’s writing with the second person that worked brilliantly in involving you in the story. It’s great when books suck you into the story, and I know I won’t be explaining it properly when I say you literally live it.

Another aspect I loved that is always vital for a good book was the world. The background had a rather dystopian feel with the white witches ruling, and basically killing off every black witch who’s unlucky enough to be noticed. Our main protagonist Nathan is half white witch, half black witch on his father’s side; who just so happens to be the most feared black witch in the world. It might have something to do with the touch of mass murder. Might not (but probably is).

Nathan is then feared and hated, forced to endure a life that no one let alone a child should live, so I was overjoyed he could find light in his world through Annalise. She’s sweet and everything but it was hard to get emotionally involved, especially for the amount of time you see her. Nathan on the other hand is so easy to imagine and picture, you can feel his emotions flowing off the pages enticing your own in return. I wanted everything to work out for him so much that every, single time he hit a hurdle his pain mirrored my own.

I can’t wait to see where Sally Green takes his story, and after this brilliant debut I can safely say that I will be in on what looks like a hell of a ride. I just wish it wasn’t so far away…

Posted on: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Half Life book 1 26 août 2014
Par Sarah (Feeling Fictional) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Half Bad is one of those books that has had a huge amount of hype surrounding it and since I love all things fantasy, magic and witches especially, I couldn't wait to read it. I had high expectations for the story though and I have to confess I was kind of disappointed. There were parts of the story that I really loved but at other times I found it quite slow and almost boring because not much was happening so while I would say it is worth a read it won't be making it onto any of my favourites lists and I'm not convinced it deserves the amount of hype it has been given. I've certainly read better and less well known books about witches.

There are two types of witches, the good white witches and the evil black ones, we're not actually told a great deal of information about why white is good and black is bad so you'll have to guess that for yourself but the white witches are definitely in charge. Nathan is a rarity, he is a half code witch, his mother is a white witch and his father is one of the most notorious black witches who ever lived. The white witches aren't too sure what to do with him, they believe he is destined to become evil like his father and because they fear him they are incredibly prejudiced towards him and do whatever they can to make his life a misery. They are constantly inventing new rules and regulations that only effect half codes and since Nathan is the only one it is quite obvious who they are aimed at. Nathan is being raised by his grandmother and she, along with two of his siblings, Deborah and Aaran, are the only ones who have ever really cared for him. His mother is dead, something his older sister, Jessica, blames him for and he's never met his father.

Life isn't easy for Nathan, in fact for the majority of the book it's pretty damn depressing seeing how terribly he is treated by the supposedly good white witches. At school he is befriended by a white witch Annalise but this has terrible consequences because her family are not happy to see her anywhere near Nathan, and he is punished badly for it. It is incredibly easy to like Nathan, he starts the story as such a sweet and confused young child and we see him grow into an angry young man because of the treatment he receives. Considering everything he goes through it almost wouldn't be surprising if he completely flipped and went on a killing spree but he really just wants to find a place where he will be left alone and allowed to live in peace. My heart broke for him so many times and I was so angry at the white witch council for the way they acted towards him. This is definitely one of those stories where the people who are supposed to be good are actually anything but. I get that the author was trying to show how bad life was for Nathan but honestly I felt there was just too much emphasis on the torture he suffered. It just never stopped and since it was so painful to read about it made me put the book down and walk away on several occasions. I kept coming back to it because I wanted to see Nathan escape but I think I'd have enjoyed the story more if it hadn't been quite so graphic or gone on for such a huge length of time.

As much as I was depressed by the amount of torture I was also disappointed by the lack of magic considering this is a book about witches! I would have loved to learn more about how magic works in this world, I wanted to see Nathan learning great things and perhaps that would have given me more of a sense that there was light at the end of the tunnel for him. I would also have liked more information on the world, is this modern day England or is it set in the past? A lot of the story had an older feel to it but then it mentions the children watching TV which confused me. I also wanted to know more about how the witches have remained hidden from the humans for so long. Considering how long this book is the world didn't feel very fleshed out which is disappointing.

Although Half Bad didn't wow me it is still a fairly solid start to a new series and considering it's Sally Green's debut novel I think the series will only get better from here onwards. I think if it hadn't been so over-hyped and my expectations hadn't been so high when I picked it up I would probably have enjoyed it more. One thing this story does really well is show how groups of people can become prejudiced to a ridiculous degree when they fear something or someone strongly enough. It also raises interesting questions about whether someone can be destined to be evil just because of who their parents are or whether their upbringing can help them learn to be good. Poor Nathan has spent so many years being tortured by the white witches that he really has every reason to hate them and turn black and I'll be interested to see what happens to him as the series continues.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Expectional story! 2 août 2014
Par Henna R. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There's so many aspects that got me interested in Half Bad. Firstly, it was the name and cover. Cover's brilliant, really, and with a name like that I'm pretty much sold. I was little guarded about the idea of witches mostly because I've read so many witchcraft books and mostly they haven't been good ones. Besides genious J.K. Rowling no one has written about witches the way it would have blew my mind. However, Sally Green did it. From the page one I was taken by the world Nathan lived and all that old school magic. Half Bad isn't good - it's expectional.

Main character is important part of the story and sadly many times main character isn't the force that keeps me reading. However, Nathan was wondrous main character. I loved that Green chose male main character for a book about witches because mostly there's all those witch stories with female leading characters. Nathan was right choice and he was truly interesting characters. The journey with him was heart wreching and captivating, and all I wanted was to hug him and kick White Witches asses for treating Nathan badly.

Green's all characters were well defined and while Nathan's character developement was biggest, there were so many characters that I loved. Even the one's I despised because of their actions were well written and real. I adored Gabriel (who wouldn't!), Arran and Ellen alongside Nathan. Marcus, Bob, Trev, Gran, Rose and countless others were intriguing and I want to know more about them. The sequel, Half Wild, couldn't be here soon enough and waiting for March 2015 is going to be tortureous.

Half Bad is stunning, captivating story which I devoured and yearned for more constantly. There was so many emotions running through me during the book and there still is - and I finished some days ago. For a debut novel Half Bad is expectional. I'm going to read every book Green ever writes, that's for sure. She became one of my favorite authors fast.

Read it. You won't regret it.
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