Half Bad by Sally Green

18621194How did I get the book? StorytellerInc Book Club

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: 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.


200words (or less) review: It’s been a long while since I’ve read a book and not known where the story would lead. Sally Green’s debut surprised me. It wasn’t the book I expected it to be, though now I don’t quite remember what that expectation was.

Nathan is a Half Code, his mother a White Witch and his father the most dangerous Black Witch still alive. He doesn’t fit, raised by his grandmother along with his older half-siblings he is shunned by White Witches. As he becomes older it gets worse until he ends up in the cage.

What Nathan is told growing up is that White Witches are good, Black Witches evil. Yet throughout the book Nathan is subjected to cruelty at the hands of White Witches because of who is father is. Nothing in this book is clear cut, just like Nathan himself it’s somewhere in between.

I loved the narration and I think it’s part of the reason I ended up getting to emotionally enraged on Nathan’s behalf.

Half Bad isn’t a fast-paced read, you’re given time to explore the story but trust me you won’t want to put the book down. I didn’t.

Recommend it?


Sally Green will be at StorytellerInc
on Thursday 3rd July @ 7pm.
7 The Crescent
St Annes on Sea, FY8 1SN

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One thought on “Half Bad by Sally Green

  1. Hey Luna, I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Just as a quick head’s up you might want to check out the July British Books Challenge post 🙂

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