Half Bad

Half Bad

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670016785
Branch Call Number: YA GRE
Characteristics: 394 p. ;,22 cm

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fantasyqueen
Jan 14, 2017

Amazing book!
and very well written. I can hardly wait to get the second book in the trilogy. Stories about witches are pretty common, but this premise is totally original & held me spellbound.
Excellent read - well rounded characters - excellent story line

CRRL_AdrianaP Dec 16, 2016

Nathan's experience as a "half code" - half white witch, half black witch - is horrific in a world of extreme prejudice where he is subjected to various forms of torture. He makes a compelling and very sympathetic narrator. A dark alternative for fans of Harry Potter books.

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Futuregohangurl
Aug 11, 2016

a very good book. i requested that the library get the last 2 books so hopefully it wont be long. it ends at a cliffhanger i cant wait till i can get book 2

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Marshall8painter
Aug 08, 2016

The Half bad series if by far my most favorite book.
Going on to the second novel, it was simple breathtaking how the love story element takes a sharp turn into the LGTB comunity.

Simply a work of art. Keep on reading the series, for sure, it just keeps on getting better!

A thought that keeps coming back, is that this would be the "what if Hogwarts didn't exist" the wizards and witches would definitely be a reality like this book.

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kitten11200
Jul 28, 2016

'Half Bad' is one of my top reads this summer. Highly recommended, I'm looking forward to the second book!

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sleepybookworm
Apr 30, 2016

I unfortunately didn't, and couldn't see what people have seen in this book. The story was alright for the most part, but I guess that Half Bad just wasn't for me.

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CanIGetAHoya
Aug 08, 2015

A powerful, captivating story, Green really manages to keep readers eager and excited throughout the whole book with it's twists and turns, and all the romantic feelings added in.

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jstoneerdman
Aug 02, 2015

Fantastic book and so very different than most other teen fantasy/fiction novels out there, both in content but even more so in writing style. Definitely check this one out!

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sandette
Jul 29, 2015

This book made me shiver so many times, and in a good way. The author is so creative, and I love the way she used the 'black and white' as a symbol for the things that still happen all around us. I can't wait to read the second book!

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edoornbos123
Jul 24, 2015

Thought this was an amazing book! It also really brings to light the racism that is going on still today. The author was really quite clever to use the "Black and White" ratio in her writing. I thought this book was a real eye opener and I hope that she uses her writing to prove that something good can come out of a situation so bad. Can't wait for the next book!

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AL_DONNA Aug 19, 2016

AL_DONNA thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

carol2882 Jul 20, 2014

carol2882 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 30

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rem85
Mar 22, 2014

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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AL_DONNA Aug 19, 2016

A great book to introduce the possibility that you don't have to be a girl to be a witch. A boy, Nathan, has mixed parents and he is trying to find out weather he is a witch or wizard. This novel may be about magic, but it opens the door for discussion about gender identity and prejudice. The first book is great!

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Tamiku
Jul 02, 2015

This novel follows a boy named Nathan that lives in a world where White and Black Witches exist among humans. Nathan is unique in the fact that his mother is a White Witch and his father is the most notorious Black Witch alive. Due to his father, Nathan faces constant prejudice from all sides and tries to survive until his 17th birthday to receive his three gifts to become a full fledged witch.

carol2882 Jul 20, 2014

Nathan is son of a black with and a white which. He is considered as half-bad, but never half-good. He longs that his past be forgotten and he become a white witch, but part of him also wants to find his father and become a black witch. But the council is keeping a close eye on him. Nathan is convinced he needs to find his father so he may get three gifts and become a witch.

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Tamiku
Jul 02, 2015

"The trick is to not mind. Not mind about it hurting, not mind about anything."

carol2882 Jul 20, 2014

"Trust no one."

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carol2882 Jul 20, 2014

Other: WARNING: ADDICTION AND PURE UTTER AWESOMENESS.

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