Half Wild by Sally Green
Synopsis: 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.
My thoughts: Nathan is back!
I love Nathan so much. I’m pretty sure the plot could be awful and everything stupid, but as long as Nathan stayed the same, I’d still read it. He is just the best. I don’t know exactly what I find so compelling about his character, but I don’t even care. Team Nathan for everything.
Okay, so we all know how amazing Half Bad was, and I knew it was safer to go into the sequel with excitement but knowing it will never match up the first one. The thing I appreciated about Half Wild: it treated itself like a sequel. It built upon everything that made the first book so great without trying to overdo it. So props to Sally Green for that. Also, I really love her writing style. I know some people get annoyed, especially with the formatting at times, but I think it’s awesome. She makes great stylistic choices, in my opinion, that just add to the spirit of Nathan (because everything should be about him).
I was kinda wondering where it was going to go. Once the novel gained the momentum of the factions and war and all that jazz, I started to get a clearer idea of where it was headed. I wasn’t really disappointed–more like concerned. I wasn’t sure if it would stay true to the story and character of Nathan (because he’s the best). But it totally did. I shouldn’t have doubted.
The characters were great: the return of Gabriel (I love him) and Marcus was awesome, a few were a surprise (Celia anyone? That threw me for a loop, but added such a great dynamic), and we even got some newbies to throw into the mix (Van bugged me sometimes just ’cause she was too cool). The pace was much faster, I felt, from the first one, which worked for the situation. But holy crap things got super serious super fast–and they already were super serious–and then BAM it’s the ending. And, man, that ending. I did not see that coming at all, but then it makes sense too.
Now I reeeeaaaaalllllyyy need that third one.
Sally Green, you are fantastic. But please be nice to me in book three. I’m really scared.
Rated 4/5 for keeping the story of Nathan alive.