2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Saturday, 5 April 2014

REVIEW: Half Bad - Sally Green

Saturday, 5 April 2014

FORMAT: Paperback
BUY ITWaterstones
RATING: 5 Stars

Give an electrifying gift this Mother's Day...Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches. You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

It's actually very difficult to talk about this or even read it without thinking of Rowling's boy wonder Harry Potter, young boy, finding himself in the world, a new world, coming of age...ring any bells? Certainly did with me, fortunately I put that aside and gave this the attention that is so deserves.

Initially the book starts with very short 'mini-chapters' that add to a quite frantic pace that doesn't relent throughout the whole book (I feel like it was a very quick and all together seamless read). Before you know it you're half way through the book and the story is well on the way, throwing us right in at the deep end.

Nathan and his grandmother's close relationship is evident from the offset and you are genuinely on the edge of your seat through certain parts. One part in particular had me cringing with every word (fellow readers will know which part I mean!!).

All-in-all I'd say that this is a valiant effort from Green, especially considering that it's her first novel and I highly anticipate the follow up. The next Harry Potter? Quite possibly!

- Adam.

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