Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy Series #1)

Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy Series #1)

by Sally Green


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"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine

An international bestseller, translated into more than 50 languages!

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 his every action is monitored, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670016785
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Half Bad Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 514,474
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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     Kieran says, “You know what this is, Connor?”     Connor has to think about it, but eventually says, “A hunting knife.”     “Yes. To be exact, it’s a French hunting knife. They make great knives, the French.Look at that blade.’     I squirm and grunt and curse them.     ‘Hold him still, Niall. The blade folds away beautifully into the handle. Great design.The Swiss go for all the fancy gadgets in their knives, but all you need is a goodblade.”     I hear the rip of my T-shirt and feel the cool air on my back. I buck and curse again.     “Hold him still.”     I feel the blade brushing over my back and now I hold still. The knife stops in themiddle of my left shoulder blade. The point goes in.     “I’ll start here. This half is the Black half, I’d say.”     And slowly the blade cuts down my back.

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Praise and accolades for Half Bad
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
“Gripping.”—US Weekly
“Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times

 "A page-turner."—The Boston Globe

"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo
"Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life

"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend

"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone

• "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable."—Publishers Weeklystarred review

• "Marvelous."—Bookliststarred review
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
Holder of two Guinness World Records
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
Rights sold in 50 international markets

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Half Bad 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd like to begin my review by commenting that I haven't been so enraptured with a world of witchcraft and magic since I read J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter septet. Now, don't misunderstand me, Harry Potter and Nathan Byrn are in no way similar to one another, and if you go into this novel expecting to visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter, I'm afraid you'll be thoroughly disappointed. Instead, this planned series offers an entirely different, and somewhat more sinister, world where Nathan is forced to endure pain and persecution inflicted on him by both family and foes alike for being something he had no choice in being, something he was born as: a halfcode. In short, I commend Sally Green on her debut novel and I eagerly await what she has in store for Nathan next. 
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I'll start by saying I haven't read a book about witches that I really loved since HARRY POTTER. Not that there aren't any out there (there are), but one hadn't really caught my interest until HALF BAD. Well. I was on the fifth page when I realized this was very likely going to be a new favorite. And I was right. First and foremost: THE VOICE. If you're a YA writer looking for a great example of powerful, immediate, raw voice, pick up this book immediately. Nathan's voice is so real and intense and I honestly could not have loved it any more. Secondly: the second-person POV. There are indeed sections of second person POV, including the opening, which I was pretty surprised to read. But holy wow, it worked so well! Ms. Green broke the rules on this one, and it really really worked. Now the characters and the plot. HALF BAD has you question right from the start who the good and bad guys are. There isn't a clear-cut this person is good, this person is bad element, which I absolutely adore because gray characters, to me, are so much more realistic and interesting than morally 100% good/evil characters. What made all of these even better was the pacing—even in the flashback sections that show us how Nathan ends up caged--are full of tension and conflict and events that had me racing through the book to find out what happens. Overall, I absolutely loved HALF BAD. It's now one of my favorites and I can't read to get my hands on the sequel, HALF WILD. If you like dark, intense YA Fantasy, I couldn't recommend this one any more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, was more than I expected because I am not much of a witches novel reader and I actually don't like reading them, but I gave myself the oppotunity to read Half Bad, and from the beggining got cought in it and was desperate to finish it and see how would it end. I recomend this book for all the people who want a good twist and adventure read. You can easily become the characters in the book, I was really touched by Nathan (the main character), I laughed with him and even cried with him. Books that can make you laugh or crie or make you think are the best books ever and this is one of them. I'm expecting the second book despretly and the third one too. Hope is as good as the first one. You won't regret reading Half Bad.
Anonymous 9 months ago
A fast pace, interesting characters overall a good read.
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pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: a new and refreshing dark tale of modern witches 3.5 Stars Moving at a pace that was informative, developed, and not in any rush for the sole purpose of dazzling its readers, HALF BAD manages to spin together an alluring and dark tale of witches and what makes a witch good or bad. Gritty characters and a plot constantly on the move with no one to trust, you’ll find yourself lured in by the magic and shocked at the methods for control. **Read my FULL review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened across this series a few months ago at the library. I am so glad I did-and after the trilogy was complete at that, because I couldn't have stood the wait. These books are fabulous! The first book starts out a little slow-dont let that stop you. One of the best series I have gotten my hands on in awhile!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this series! Great characters and I love the story line, I couldn't put these down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has alot of potential but I really wish there was more history on certain characters so that we may know why being a certain witch (black .vs. white) is so bad or good because it seems to me that the black witches get the cooler powers/abilities. Just sayin....
MariahEllis More than 1 year ago
This was such a good and different read! Sally Green's writing style is so unique, and I loved it. There were a few parts that got repetitive and drug on, but it didn't keep the book as a whole from being bad. I am definitely going to be continuing this series and I am really looking forward to seeing where the author takes it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it with all my soul.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
I had a lot of mixed feeling while reading this novel and even after finishing it. I picked up this book solely based on the cover of the novel. It was so pretty and normal the novels I pick up with pretty covers end up being great. This one was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed the world that Sally Green created a lot. I could picture it perfectly in my head while reading. I really like the lore she creates about the witches and the different types: White witches, Black witches, Hunters, and Gifts. The traditions and stories she creates are great as well. I didn’t mind the characters so much either. I thought that Nathan was intriguing, the son of a White witch and a powerful Black witch. Everyone looks down Nathan on because he is the product of a Black witch. He is discriminated upon because of something he can’t help. I felt for him. Annalise was a little iffy for me. I felt like she didn’t do much to help the story. I kept waiting for the whole “We can’t be together because we are completely different” storyline but it just wasn’t there. She felt boring to me. It was the pacing of the novel that got to me. The beginning of the novel wasn’t that bad but as it progressed it felt long and drawn out. I couldn’t connect to the story. I really wanted to but it just felt like I was being dragged along in a bad way. The climax was sorely disappointing. It didn’t feel like a climax at all, just another long, drawn out part of the story. Half Bad is not a bad novel at all it just didn’t impress me that much. While a lot of people don’t like cliffhanger endings, I feel like this one should have had one, especially since there are two more novels in the series. This review is not meant to sway anyone’s opinions or to tell you not to read the novel. This review is simply my opinion of a novel that was not executed as well as it could have been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will always be a favorite.
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One of the best books I have ever read! I am an avid reader and I just could NOT put this book down! A++++++++! I just pre ordered the sequal, I CAN NOT WAIT TO READ IT!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After being dissapointed by many books this book was a welcome suprise, it is so well written and captivating
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The next book will come out on March 25, 2015, which is pretty disappointing, but now people who have not read it have some time to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! When will the next one be for sale??? Hopefully not a year!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I can't wait for the next one  
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I finished it too quickly, truly a wonderful read. Very raw, but totally worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slow but intriguing start to a great series.