Book Review | Half Bad by Sally Green

Book review of Half Bad by Sally Green

Title – Half Bad.

Author – Sally Green.

Publication date – 4th March 2014.

Publisher – Viking Books for Young Readers.

Series Status – Book 1 in the Half Bad trilogy.


‘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 which, 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 us no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves? Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.’

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My Thoughts.

This book was intriguing from the very first chapter. I loved the format of the book and how the chapters were bite sized and easy to read.

I’ve never come across the use of the 2nd person in fiction before, so it was interesting to see in this book. I will admit – I was nervous about it but it added something to the story I’d never experienced before. It allowed me to connect to Nathan better and brought me closer to the story.

I felt sorry for Nathan. The way his family and others treated him was awful and it pulled at my heart-strings. I liked Nathan, his determination to survive was quite inspirational. I loved how he still had faith in his father even after all the terrible things he’d done.

This book was interesting and there was a lot of mystery and suspense. It was exciting to follow Nathan’s journey, and the feeling of being beside him whilst he ran from the Council.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I’m looking forward to the next book, and I cannot wait to be back in this world and following Nathan’s journey.

About the Author.

‘British author Sally Green is creator of the Half Bad Trilogy, a teen fantasy series with an adult edge that’s been described as ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four with witches.

Sally Green lives in north-west England. In 2010, she started writing and hasn’t stopped since.’

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Have you read Half Bad? If so, what did you think about it?


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