Half Bad

Half Bad

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2014
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Half Bad
Ain't Half Bad!
Good read, different angle on the witch story. Living amongst us in the present day, good witches (White), bad witches (Black) a council to keep order. Nat... READ MORE
Debra Warwick at Exeter High Street
Half Bad
Perfect for Harry Potter Fans!
If you loved Harry Potter, then you'll definitely like this first book of the new Half Life trilogy! The characters are great, the story line is addictive,... READ MORE
Sarah at Isle of Wight
Half Bad
Tenn fiction at it's best.
A fantastic edgy new voice in young adult fiction. Half Bad is obviously the start of something wonderful. Forget sparkly vampires in high school, and read... READ MORE
Kate at Wigan
Half Bad
Bewitched
Half Bad is both startlingly original yet comfortably familiar, successfully blending the darker moments of Harry Potter with the dystopian feel of Diverge... READ MORE
Olaf at Edinburgh
Half Bad
Brilliant
Brilliant writing brought the Nathan to life, I loved his strategies and mechanisms for coping and I had a real sense of his torment. We all have the capac... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
Half Bad
raises interesting questions
The book is a powerful look at segregation and prejudiced. It shows how groups of people can become prejudiced to a when they fear something or someone str... READ MORE
Anjuli at Dorking
Half Bad
Half Bad
Half Bad is the first book in another YA trilogy that is keen to take the mantle from The Hunger Games. I really regretted not grabbing a proof copy of thi... READ MORE
Becky Bookseller
Half Bad
Not Half Bad!
the only real problem with this book was it was the first one I read after the excellent Red rising by Pierce Brown. Other than that brilliance all the way... READ MORE
Nicole @WstonesHemel
Half Bad
Dark, smart and edgy an excellent debut
Half Blood is one of the most exciting, interesting and captivating YA debuts I’ve ever come across and I cannot wait for the next instalment to arrive on ... READ MORE
Sarah at Head Office
Half Bad
Fabulous!
Nathan lives in a society where White Witches are superior, Black Witches are feared and anyone else is fain, but Nathan’s mixed parentage makes him an unk... READ MORE
Verity Newman at Brentwood
Half Bad
Half Bad
Half Bad 39626511 I was recommended this by a colleague who promised it was the next big thing in YA fiction and she didn't disappoint. It's not often tha... READ MORE
Sammy Ingram at Piccadilly
Half Bad
Not Half Bad
If the cover doesn't draw you in then the first chapter certainly will. You might find the switch from second person to first person narrative jarring at f... READ MORE
HayleyMetcalfe at Cornmill
Half Bad
Half Bad? actually it's very good!
A dark tale of witches. Totally absorbing, edgy and difficult to put down. I hope it has the same cover when it's published as it is really effective.
Lopsie
Half Bad
All Good, No Bad
Sally Green’s world is black and white. There is good and there is evil. You have the good White Witches and you have the bad Black Witches. The White Witc... READ MORE
Charlie Hay at Brentwood
Half Bad
A thrilling and magical story for all!
Half Bad is a wonderful integration of witches into modern day society and makes for an intriguing and compelling story that makes you question today’s wor... READ MORE
Jamie-Lee Turner
Half Bad
Half Bad
The first book in an exciting new series, Half Bad grabbed my attention and didn't let go! Brilliant characters, brilliant plot and, best of all, brilliant... READ MORE
Lena at Gower Street
Half Bad
Half Bad
This is the story of Nathan who is caught in the middle of the fight between White (good) and Black (bad) witches because he is the only half-breed and his... READ MORE
Sharon at Maidstone
Half Bad
Half Bad? Half Good!
First of all, this isn't what I'd usually read, however that said, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by new writer Sally Green. It's actually very difficult... READ MORE
Adam at Leeds
Half Bad
A fast-paced fantasy read about prejudice, power, and coming of age
In a society consisting of white witches and black witches, Nathan is half-white, half-black: a half code. He is despised and feared by the council of whit... READ MORE
Teresa at Bath
Half Bad
Ain't Half Bad
An amazing début - a bit Harry Potter with Sabriel - if Harry Potter had been written with Snape as the lead, surrounded by muggles. This finished far too ... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Head Office

Synopsis

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2015 for Older Fiction

Meet Nathan Byrn...

He's half White Witch, half Black Witch.
His mother was a healer, his father is a killer.
He's been kept in a cage since he was fourteen.

But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both?

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780141350868
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 287g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

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Half Bad
Excellent debut, thought provoking and exciting!
Having just finished Half Bad I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking debut! The story centres around a young male witch who is g... READ MORE
DobbyC
Half Bad
My Honest Review
I truly loved this book, the fact that you really got to imagine how prejudice feels like. How you got to feel like you were in Nathan's shoes. Though I wa... READ MORE
Barbara Lenkei
Half Bad
50/50
To be honest, I was disappointed at this book. I did like some bits and I didn't as well. I was really pumped to read this book, but I didn't really enjoye... READ MORE
Christian_DP12
Half Bad
It's not Half Bad.
I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this book since I head about it in a YouTube video about new YA releases, I was intrigued but a little s... READ MORE
Emily Janet
Half Bad
INCREDIBLE!
Wow! Half Bad has completely blown me away! This was one of those novels where I really did not know what to expect, the synopsis gives very little away, b... READ MORE
Lauraslittlebookblog
Half Bad
Loved it!
I finished this book so so quickly, I'm not even sure I have ever read a book as quick as this one! Its actually turned out to be one of my favourite book... READ MORE
rhythmpantherxo
Half Bad
A great surprise of a book!
To be honest, my expectations were very low when I started reading this book. I was intrigued by plot, so I wanted to give this book a chance. And I was so... READ MORE
Bluebell
Half Bad
You have got to read this!
My life the reviews on the book weren't kidding when they said it was addictive. I seriously couldn't put it down once I started it, though I did find the ... READ MORE
Ruth Tilt
Half Bad
Stunning and captivating, a favourite of mine!
There's so many aspects that got me interested in Half Bad. Firstly, it was the name and cover. Cover's brilliant, really, and with a name like that I'm pr... READ MORE
Henna
Half Bad
A fairytale without the happy end
*spoilers beware* When I bought half bad, it was my first time shopping second hand and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It’s worth it to check pr... READ MORE
Elly Grace