Book Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

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Half Bad

By Sally Green

My Rating: 4 Stars

I was given this book as an ARC from Penguin Young Readers Group via NatGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a delightful find. Sally Green has woven an enticingly magical world where witches live among humans but not as part of their world. Witches are divided into two groups: white and black witches or good and evil. But Nothing is as black and white as one might like to think and nobody knows this better than Nathan. He’s half black, half white witch and in the world of witches this just does not happen. Everyone equally fears and worries about what this means to their magical world. No one more so than Nathan, who just wants to be accepted and allowed to live his life, make his own decisions. But Nathan will have to fight every step of the way to have the life he’s always dreamed and to prove that he’s not a threat. He’ll have to learn to believe in himself, who he can trust and who he can’t and that sometimes allies come from unexpected places.

Wow, this book was amazing. It’s original and thoroughly engaging. I just kept reading and reading. I literally couldn’t put this book down. The setup of this world and getting the background of Nathan takes some time, but it’s well worth it. I’m happy that Green took the time to establish the witch world which must entwine precisely with the human world. The background on Nathan is necessary in establishing his character and Green does an exquisite job in developing Nathan as a character. He’s young, naive, hopeful, scared, brave, proud, trusting, innocent and loving. He’s an amazingly complicated character and I loved him. This will likely go down as one of my favorite books this year. I’m eager to see how this series develops. And obviously, I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series. I don’t want to you to rush Ms. Green, but please hurry!

 

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