Book reviews

Book Review | Half Lost

Title: Half Lost

Author: Sally Green

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Half Bad Trilogy #3

Synopsis 26404831Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralized, constantly pursued by the Council’s Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel’s amulet – an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle.

But the amulet’s guardian – the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger – has her own agenda. To win her trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the amulet. Combined with his own Gifts, the amulet might just be enough turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all…

The epic conclusion to one of my all time favourite Half Bad trilogy. I have to say this one definitely went out with a bang but not in the way you’re thinking, it’s bitter sweet, it leaves its mark on you and isn’t that what all great books do?

Half Lost was set apart from the two prequels in the sense that it didn’t focus so much on the action and violence and war. However, it focused more on Nathan’s character development and the psychological repercussions of war and going through what he has gone through.

At times I found myself asking, “where is this book even going?”, but once you remind yourself to stop pondering over the plot so much and give attention to the characters it gets much better. Nathan’s character journey in this novel is the best so far, you empathise with his anger and you empathise with his need to play a part in this world while on the other hand you also empathise with his need to not be a part of this world anymore.

The book is heavily focused on Nathan but the characters around him are seen to play a crucial role in forming him into the person he is.

I did find the writing is a bit different from the prequels, it’s more continuous and more like Nathan’s internal monologue while the prequels are more focused on narrating the actions. While I did sense the book lacked direction at times, everything came together in the end and it was beautiful and it tore me apart and yes, Nathan found himself.

Rating

4

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Book reviews

Book Review | Half Wild

Title: Half Wild (Half Bad #2)
Author: Sally Green
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 400

Synẃopsis  

“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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After the classic read of Little Women we’ve dived into the action packed, fantasy filled amazingness that is YA.

Fantasy and action equals to a recipe for success, I am such an adrenaline junkie when it comes to YA Fantasy and this definitely satisfied that need.

Plot

Fast paced and eventful the story smoothly transitions from one place to another without any glitches, Sally Green is good at establishing that hey “before we were in France, now we’re in Norway”, the simplicity is what makes this book likable. You have these books that  have actions and escapes and it’s all a mess but this book was well put together that way.

As for surprises, there was nothing majorly shocking as to the actions and decisions of the characters UNTIL the very end. Oh my Jesus toast, I sat there with my mouth gaping open for a good ten minutes and the end ahh so many possibilities. But it’s okay I can definitely wait one year for the sequel

Seriously doesn’t reading just teach you so much patience from waiting on all the books?

Characters

Nathan is one of the most raw characters I have ever come across. He has his flaws, he admits to them, the other characters point it out, he is by no means perfect and he isn’t likable either. Which is interesting because I sympathize with him, I understand his side of the story and it frustrates me when people make assumptions without giving him a chance. C’est la vie I guess

I highly enjoyed seeing the process of Nathan discovering his gift then coming to terms with it. I honestly love the bits when he is wild, hope to see more of that in book three.

Obviously a major part of the book was Nathan’s relationship with his dad. It’s good that they finally came to an understanding although it did seem a teeny bit rushed however, I still felt all the feels (book readers would know what I’m referring to)

My favourite bit was obviously Nathan and Gabriel! This tweet perfectly sums up my reactions to this beautiful pairing.

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And then Sally Green saw it and she favourited it and it was the best day of my life. Oh and follow me on twitter @Aasma03 for more of this craziness.

Writing

Sally Green’s writing is so real, down-to-Earth, it’s like you’re present in the room with all the characters, kind of writing. I love it.

I guess the concept of the whole Black Witches Vs White Witches and this war that is brewing is so parallel to our own history, I’m thinking all the stuff with racism and genocide and keeping races pure. I know boring history lesson from Infinity Reads but I just thought it was interesting.

Now I’m just curious as to what Nathan does next.

Half Wild was raw, fast and all in all one heck of a read

Rating

4

 

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Read-a-Thon

booktube-a-thon TBR

Hello again internet friends
From the title you might be thinking a Booktube-a-thon tbr? Didn’t you just post a read-a-thon tbr yesterday?
To which I might say yes
SURPRISE SURPRISE! In the month of July I am going to be participating in TWO read-a-thons, you heard me.
A Booktube-a-thon is basically hosted by the book community on Youtube. More information here 

 
So there are challenges to be attempted in this read-a-thon and I aspire to conquer all of them (at least most of them)

 
Challenge #1: Read a book with pictures
Chosen book: Death Note Vol.1

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This is a manga if you weren’t aware and judging from what I’ve heard this appears to be a rather popular manga. I haven’t read a Manga EVER (shame) and my knowledge of Graphic novels is limited so I’m excited to venture into this unknown territory.

 
Challenge #2: Start and finish a series
Chosen book: If I stay and Where she went by Gale Forman

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This is a duology and I saw the trailer for the movie which is coming out soon, it seems pretty cool so I decided to seize the opportunity and read this series.
The trailer: 

Challenge #3: Read a book with red on the cover
Chosen book: Half Bad by Sally Green

 

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Apparently this book became a pretty big deal even before it came out in February and the sequel is already scheduled to release next year so I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon and see for myself what all the hype is about. All I know is that this book includes witches and paranormal stuff.

 
Challenge #4: Read a book from the genre you’ve read least this year
Chosen book: Death Note vol.1 (again)

 

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This booktube-a-thon allows you to fulfil two challenges using one book (if that makes any sense). Since I’ve read NO Manga books ever it seems obvious that I’d use Death Note to also complete this challenge.

 
Challenge #5: A book to movie adaptation
Chosen book: If I stay

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Remember how I mentioned just then that it was being turned into a movie? Well then it counts for this challenge I guess. Except I won’t be able to watch the adaptation until a few months. We’ll just have to wait I guess.

 
Challenge #6: Read seven books

 
Ok so technically I am reading seven books because 4 for this one and 3 books for the Wicked Wildfire read-a-thon.
Looks like I can conquer all the challenges after all! Personally it seems a bit far-fetched and I’m interested to see how I go but if I fail miserably then…at least I tried right? Right.

 
I will see you with a read-a-thon update
Goodbye 