Half Bad (Half Bad #1) ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

Honestly, I liked this book more then I thought I would. I was thrown off by the way the author wrote this book in the beginning but once I got further into the book, I fell in love. I ordered this book last month from Book Outlet and I’m so happy that I took a chance and ordered this book. The cover for all three books in the trilogy are beautiful and I hope I’ll be able to order the 2nd and 3rd so I can have them all on my shelf.

Goodreads Summary: 

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, 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 Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.


As I’m writing this  review I am planning to start the third and final book. I loved the first and second book, (though I am not going to talk about that here as I will write the book a separate review) and I’m sure I will enjoy the third either more or just as much as the previous 2.

Okay I’m going to start with the writing style because that’s what sticks out to me a great deal when I think about this book. In the beginning the author switches from first person to second person quite a  lot. At first I wasn’t really feeling the whole, imagine yourself in this situation, kind of book and I thought I was going to have to put it in my DNF pile. I’m so happy I kept reading because after a bit the book falls naturally into a first person perspective.

Nathan, for me, was one of the few characters whom I could understand completely. He wanted to get to know his dad even though everyone tells him how evil his dad is. I love his relationship with his half siblings and his white witch grandmother.

Gabriel is such a great character, I loved reading about him. Him and Nathan don’t get along well at first, not that Nathan gets along well with anyone really, and it made their relationship seem more real.

I also never warmed up to Annalise even though Nathan seemed so enticed by her. She just never seemed real to me and I didn’t like the idea of Nathan risking so much for a girl who could easily be the end of him.

Spoilers in the next paragraph

I ship Gabriel and Nathan so much like they should be together not Nathan and Annalise. It hurt me so much when I had to read about Gabriel helping the boy he liked find the girl he was in love with. Nathan was such a strong character I just felt like Nathan should be with him. He also happens to be a black witch like Nathan so there isn’t anything coming between them. Except for Annalise


I would say I recommend this book to anyone who likes different writing styles and books about witches. For me it was a quick read and I’ve already suggested it to a few of my friends who were looking for a good witch book. If you don’t really have time to read a book and get aquatinted with the setting then you may like this book as well because the setting is a little basic.

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