Book Review: Half Wild (Half Bad Trilogy) by Sally Green

Posted March 26, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 12 Comments

Book Review: Half Wild (Half Bad Trilogy) by Sally GreenHalf Wild by Sally Green
Series: Half Bad Trilogy,
Published by Penguin Group USA on March 24th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, JUVENILE FICTION, Boys & Men, Family, Parents, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Adolescence, Violence
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780670017133
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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"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, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father. The Half Bad trilogy has been translated into 47 languages. TIME Magazine calls it "highly entertaining and dangerously addictive." Kate Atkinson says it's "brilliant and utterly compelling." London's Daily Telegraph has named author Sally Green "the new J.K. Rowling." Discover the story that readers all over the world are raving about.

“You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”

Caution: This review may contain spoilers. Continue reading at your own risk!

 

The Good…:

Author Sally green does it again! The sequel to her first novel in her Half Bad Trilogy, Half Wild, surpasses the first. Like most sequels, the action picks up in this novel as Nathan struggles to understand his new gift and his feelings about Marcus, while running rampant in search of what became of Gabriel and Annalise. We meet new, interesting characters. Some are pretty cool, while others are far from it. We also read how Nathan develops from a frightened and confused kid, to a self-confident man. As much as I enjoyed Nathan’s journey, my favorite part of Half Wild was Nathan’s various relationships.

Van and Nesbit: These guys were a nice addition to the story. They added a bit of humor, and gave Nathan more people on his side to watch his back. I hope they stay true going into the final book.

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Annalise: I don’t like her. She seems like she’s a decent person, but I think she’s weak. In Half Bad, Annalise sets Nathan up for one of the worst experiences of his life. Granted you can argue that “she had no choice,” but her convenient arrival and interest in meeting Mercury seemed a little too convenient to me. Even though she wants to see the good in Nathan, and help others from persecution, she’s lived a very sheltered life and is ignorant of the cost of freedom. I also am not a fan of how she’s only accepting of the “good” half of Nathan. If she loves him, really loves him, she should love all of him. Besides, she’s boring, and I just don’t get the attraction.

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Gabriel: I love, love, love him! Still not sure if I want to see him end up with Nathan, though. Just kidding! I so totally do. I’ve seen some reviews that are against them as they feel Green is trying to make Nathan gay out of the blue, but I disagree. True, there wasn’t any indication in the first novel that Nathan is attracted to the opposite sex, and it’s not until halfway through Half Wild that Nathan even begins to even consider Gabriel as an option, but I have a theory about that.

Nathan has known few people who have treated him with any kindness or respect outside of Grams, Aaron, and Deborah. Then came Annalise. Someone who had every reason to keep her distance from him, but didn’t. She didn’t see a monster, but saw a shy, young man in need of a friend. As much as Annalise saw the good in Nathan despite his parentage, Gabriel is the first person Nathan has ever been completely honest with. He’s told Gabriel things he never even told his brother (or Annalise). No matter what, Gabriel has accepted Nathan, and loves him unconditionally. Maybe Nathan is finally getting the opportunity to discover who he is as a bisexual man, or maybe he loves Gabriel because of who he is. Either way, I think it’s totally possible for Nathan, a guy who has known hardly anything but pain, torture, persecution, and loss, to end up with Gabriel. The man who sees Nathan for who he truly is, and thinks he’s perfect.

Marcus: His appearance in this novel was much appreciated. I absolutely adored that Marcus turned out to be exactly who they say he is, and everything they don’t. The scenes with him in them were some of my favorite in the entire book.

The Bad…:

Despite all my Nathan/Gabriel gushing above, I do agree that the seeds for Nathan’s sexuality should have been planted a bit earlier in the series. Even though it was evident that a love triangle was brewing in Half Bad, it seemed quite lopsided. Since Nathan is the story’s narrator, he could have dropped hints about his attraction to Gabriel if they in fact already existed. I did note Nathan’s interest in Gabriel, and the comments on his appearance, however, It just didn’t seem like romantic interest.

Do I Recommend?

Hellz yeah! I really liked Half Bad, but found the torture scenes a bit difficult to read, forcing me to step away from reading for a bit. Half Wild, however, had me hooked from the start. Sally Green paints such a vivid picture that I felt like I was there. If you loved the first book, you’ll definitely love this one. I loved this one so much, that I gave this novel five out of five stars.

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About Sally Green

Sally Green lives in north-west England. She has had various jobs and even a profession, but in 2010 she discovered a love of writing and now just can’t stop. She used to keep chickens, makes decent jam, doesn’t mind ironing, loves to walk in Wales even when it’s raining, and will probably never jog again. She really ought to drink less coffee. Half Bad is her first novel.

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12 responses to “Book Review: Half Wild (Half Bad Trilogy) by Sally Green

    • Yeah, Half Bad is a kind of love it or hate it type of read. I really enjoyed it, but the torture stuff made my stomach turn. I enjoyed Half Wild so much more. Lots more action, no flashbacks, and some loose ends from the first book get tied up. Plus, no horrible torture cages.

    • Yeah, Half Bad is a kind of love it or hate it type of read. I really enjoyed it, but the torture stuff made my stomach turn. I enjoyed Half Wild so much more. Lots more action, no flashbacks, and some loose ends from the first book get tied up. Plus, no horrible torture cages.

  1. I liked Half Wild SO much more than Half Bad. Everything about it was just more entertaining for me. I see what you are saying about Nathan’s sexuality, but my view was kind of that he probably never even had an opportunity to figure out any of that. I mean, Annalise was the only person outside his family that would give him the time of day, so he was naturally drawn to her. But who’s to say if it had been a male, he wouldn’t have had the same feelings? I don’t know, that was just how I perceived it.

    I also loathe Annalise. She is the worst! And I agree with you, the bits of humor made this book so, so great! And I love Gabriel and I loved the Marcus scenes, and just… yes to your whole review!!

    • Hahaha! Thanks! I’m glad you liked my review. Yeah, sometimes I feel the sequel is better than the first, because it’s not as bogged down by exposition, and usually they tend to have more action. Not always, of course. Even though I thought the sexuality stuff came out of no where, I am excited to see what happens with Nathan and Gabriel. Waiting sucks!

  2. I liked Half Wild SO much more than Half Bad. Everything about it was just more entertaining for me. I see what you are saying about Nathan’s sexuality, but my view was kind of that he probably never even had an opportunity to figure out any of that. I mean, Annalise was the only person outside his family that would give him the time of day, so he was naturally drawn to her. But who’s to say if it had been a male, he wouldn’t have had the same feelings? I don’t know, that was just how I perceived it.

    I also loathe Annalise. She is the worst! And I agree with you, the bits of humor made this book so, so great! And I love Gabriel and I loved the Marcus scenes, and just… yes to your whole review!!

    • Hahaha! Thanks! I’m glad you liked my review. Yeah, sometimes I feel the sequel is better than the first, because it’s not as bogged down by exposition, and usually they tend to have more action. Not always, of course. Even though I thought the sexuality stuff came out of no where, I am excited to see what happens with Nathan and Gabriel. Waiting sucks!

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