Half Bad – Book Review

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Finished reading:

Half Bad (Half Bad trilogy book 1)

by Sally Green

★★★★

Expectation

I’ve mentioned before that this book was picked up out off guilt trip I had after getting the third book of the series as a gift. I had it on my reading list for a while. When it first came out in Croatian translation I did not respond to the promo hype. I just put it on TBR and moved on. I had very low expectations.

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Summary

This book speaks to the reader in a very direct way. At first I was a bit tilted by the straightforward tone of the book. Most of the descriptions at the very beginning deal with some disturbing imagery. It took me a while to comprehend the concept and the whole hate toward the main character Nathan.

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There is something about that wild and those desires that made Nathan intriguing. I’ve always loved stories about underdogs and this one was no exception – how can you not root for a character that everybody keeps trying to step on?

What I really love about this book is the way how the author uses labels and terms of black as bad and white as good. As the story progresses the lines blur and we get to see lots of grey in between.

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Seriously though, some parts of this book were more than just mildly disturbing to read about. The parts where we see a little boy starved for love and affection made me teary eyed. How the story progresses we see his inner maturation and reasoning.

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I also must mention that I enjoyed thew change of scenery and characters travelling all trough Europe. There are only so many books that happen in USA or English speaking territories and it gets boring pretty fast…

A bit of spoiler alert:

I liked the interaction between Gabriel and Nathan, especially the yaoi parts. I’m happy to report that this is one of the aspects of the books that progresses trough the books and gives validation for character growth.

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Conclusion

I’ve finished this book in a record time and wolfed the second book Half Wild as well. I’m rethinking of buying the series and reading it again sometimes. What I would like to go trough at a slower pace is Nathan’s growing up and transformation from a child to a strong minded individual.

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