Half Bad by Sally Green


The unexpected son of a white witch mother and the most dangerous black witch father, Nathan finds himself a pariah in white witch society. Told his entire life that he is the cause of his mother’s death, that he is less than other white witches, and that he is unwanted, Nathan struggles to deal with the consequences of his birth. As his seventeenth birthday draws near, Nathan knows that he must receive three gifts from a family member in order to access his true magical powers. But, as Nathan is half black, the white witches fear he will unleash dark magic upon the white witch world. Persecuted by white witches and seemingly abandoned by his black witch father, Nathan must carve his own way in the world and find some way to receive his gifts — before it’s too late.

I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was excellent! The reader was probably one of the best I’ve heard — I kind of just want him to come read me things everyday. While the reader was amazing, the story was so-so. Better than ok, but not super great. Nathan experiences a huge amount of persecution because of his parentage, and that persecution involves torture — a lot of it. I don’t mind reading violence, but I thought the torture happened a bit too often. Somehow, because the torture was a regular occurrence in the novel, it made the instances less meaningful. I don’t know — maybe I feel this way because I listened to the book instead of reading a physical copy. If you’re looking for a fantasy series about witches, give this one a shot. There’s a ton of action, and I really liked hearing Nathan’s history. If you can, get your hands on the audiobook — you won’t regret it!

This one has a book trailer!

*Rating: 3.5/5

*YALSA Amazing Audiobooks, 2015

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