Half Bad by Sally Green – Review

I finished this book around the start of the month (First book finished in 2015 whoop whoop!!) Me and my friend Jess (from the BookTube account thewordsiread) decided to read this together. We read 100 pages and then discussed through twitter, we have read a few books together before and every time I love the book we read, and this was no exception.

Half-Bad

Release date: March 4th 2014

Length: 394 pages

avg. Rating: 3.82

My Rating 3.5 stars.

Wanted by no one.          Hunted by everyone.

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 there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

 

There was so many things about this book that I really enjoyed and I think the main one would be the twist on the witch’s. Witches are a very popular legend for authors to put a twist on and make it into their own, but I am slightly ashamed to say the only witch books I have ever read are the Harry potter series (although I have heard about a lot more.) After reading this one I have to say I will most definitely be reading more witch books in the upcoming year because I really enjoyed reading about magic and spells, and I really want to read more twists on this popular legend.

In this book there are two types of witches, good witches (known as white witches) and bad witches (known as white). The main character, Nathan, was unfortunate enough to be born with a white witch mother and a black witch father, making him ‘half bad.’ He grows up with his white witch family but is constantly being hounded by other white witches, new regulations from the white witch council always flowing in with new rules for ‘half codes’ and restricting him from the things he loves most until eventually he has no freedom at all any more and locking him up in a cage, as if he were an animal.

While there were a lot of things about this book that I liked, around three quarters of the way through I did become a little overwhelmed by all the new characters we were rather suddenly introduced and all the shocking events that happened in the span of 50 pages. I could have used a bit more time to get to know these new characters. I just ended up coming out of this book a little underwhelmed and disappointed by how things turned out.

Overall I do think this book is worth a read, I will however wait a while to continue onto the next book because of how this one ended.

Thanks for reading.

Jess xxxx

Kiss of deception By Mary E. Pearson Review (non-spoiler)

One of the books I was gifted for Christmas was Kiss of deception by Mary E. Pearson and I immediately picked it up and could not stop reading it throughout the day. Even during Christmas dinner I was itching to finish so I could get back to this exciting and intriguing book.

Description: This follows a princess called Lia who is trapped in an arranged marriage she does not want. The day before the wedding she and her friend/maid run away to a village where they start new lives as bar maids.

After a while two strange men turn up in the village and Lia immediately feels drawn to them. But what she doesn’t know is that one of the men is the prince she was going to marry and the other is an assassin who has been ordered to kill her.

First instalment of the Remnant Chronicles

Release date: July 8th 2014

Publisher: Henry Holy

Length: 492

Avg rating on goodreads: 4.05

My Rating: 5 stars

I was obsessed with this book right from page one, the first page immediately has you curious about this new fantastical land with new traditions and rituals. This was defiantly one of my favourite bits about this book. The fact that the world was so well described and had so many interesting elements added to it such as professions, history and beliefs, it made it feel so real to me.

I knew I was going to like Lia before I even read this book. Any girl who doesn’t go through with an arranged marriage with someone they don’t even know just because of ‘tradition’ is all right in my books. She is so headstrong and kind-hearted but also very real. She wasn’t an unstoppable character who could take down five men three times her size with one sword, but she could win over their hearts with her kind words and brave actions. She fought through everything. She was beaten down constantly, but she still never lost herself and who she was. She always knew what the right thing to do was, even if it wasn’t the right thing for her in the end.

Not only did I love Lia but also her best friend Paulline. She was the person who helped her run away to the village, showing not only is she a good friend, but a brave one, seeing as she could have been killed by the guards had they been caught. I really admired her for what she did and also some other things that she goes through in this book.

I should also probably mention the prince and the assassin before I end this review. Notice how I’m not telling you their names? That’s because the book is so cleverly written, you don’t actually know who the prince is and who the assassin is. This added and entirely new element to the book because it constantly had you wanting to turn the page and carry on reading to find out who it is. Another reason why I gave this book 5 stars.

In the end this was a great book to read, I never wanted to put it down and it had me turning the pages during late nights (or early mornings in some cases). If you need a new fantasy book with an amazing female lead, two hot dreamy guys and a medieval type feel, this is the book for you.

Thank you for reading

Jess xxx