21 March, 2015

#BookReview :: Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green

"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father. 

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I was so excited when I finished reading Half Bad that I immediately requested for Half Wild on Netgalley. And man, you should have seen my excitement when it was approved! 

Half Wild picks up right from where Half Bad had ended. Nathan is still being hunted. As he wakes up next to a dead body of a hunter, we slowly discover his ‘Gift’. Nathan is now on the hunt to find and save Annalise while struggling to control his gift.

And that is about it from this book. I have mentioned about how book 1 was slow but that realization did not sink in until I had already finished reading it. However, that is not the case this time. The book is slow and boring right from the beginning. From Nathan ‘counting’ the good things in his life to his obsession with Annalise to his curiosity about his father… Things just do not move forward in the book. From a promising and talented half-blood witch, he turns into this obsessive maniac who just sits around and day dreams about a girl while the world goes to hell. And then there is Annalise… Why is she in the story at all? It is not like she has a pleasing personality or individuality or a mind or some guts. She seems to have been put into the story to provide an object of obsession for Nathan (which really meaningless) and to nudge the storyline towards what the author deems to be interesting. I would have liked to see more of Gabriel who seemed to be the only normal person around.

It is a shame really! I was so looking forward to an interesting turn of events and hoping for the pace to pick up now that the world is set. But the Whole book can be turned into a couple of chapters actually and it seems like a waste of time and energy to have read this one. The book ends with something of cliffhanger – which is not much of a cliffhanger really because it makes me dread about picking up the next instalment. The only good thing about this book is its cover.

I am not sure I will be picking up the next book in the series or not. But for those who have read and liked the first book in the series, you can easily skip this one (NOTHING IMPORTANT HAPPENS) and pick up the final part in the trilogy directly because I am not sure whether anyone would like to continue with the series after reading this one.

Review Copy received via NetGalley


  1. The word witch itself stirred a little interest inside me, maybe will read the first part.thank you for the review

  2. Good review. Too bad the book was a miss. :/

  3. Bummer. I hate having to write a two star review. Thanks for your honesty!

  4. I've been hearing not so great things about the first one, had hoped maybe the 2nd one would redeem it. Guess not. Thanks for the honest review.