Review – The Half Bad Trilogy
*Warning: This review contains spoilers
Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy #1)
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 Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2)
by Sally Green
Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3)
Where to begin? If the best books are the ones that evoke emotion in us, then this was a powerful piece of work. With that being said, there was a definite bell curve of quality, that peaked in the second book. Half Bad took me a little while to get into. Nathan is a great character, and I really enjoyed being inside his head. He speaks with unparalleled honesty, in an interesting stream-of-consciousness style, with a strong voice. Still, it took some time for the story to really begin to a point where it held my interest. I kept reading for Nathan.
Half Lost rocked my world! It was action from start to finish, and the relationships between all of the characters got richer and deeper. Nathan stayed true to who he was as a character, and the psychology of him was fascinating! I would read a whole book about Nathan’s thoughts on the world. Marcus was also great to meet, and that was a fun relationship to explore. And Gabriel… well, what can I say, except I’d fall for a love like that (sorry hubs!). I KNEW things had to turn tragic for Nathan. I just felt it coming from a mile away. But here’s the thing… I knew it would hurt me, and I almost wanted to stop reading because of it. He’d worked too hard to overcome his obstacles, and I couldn’t bear to see him lose himself after all that…
…which he did (insert huge frowny face), in Half Wild. The ending is DEVASTATING. The book seemed to lose a bit of steam here, as the bell curve of greatness reached its apex and began to plummet once again. I won’t tell you what happens, but suffice it to say that I hated the ending. Okay, one thing… a tree? Are you f*#@ing kidding me?
All in all, 4/5 stars