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
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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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