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Publisher's Summary

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust - not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

©2014 Sally Green (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Genuinely engaging.” (The New York Times)

"A thrilling tale ... Unforgettable." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Marvelous." (Booklist, starred review)

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That was nice. Really, really nice!

The very "chosen one" feel to the main character, Nathan, very, very much reminds me of a very wand twitching story I've read years back. The whole story made me remember how much I love the whole fantasy/magic theme. It's like a throwback to years beck when I was reading Narnia and Harry Potter. I can't help but love this book for just that. Reminding me of the joys of being young and in love with a magical world.

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The Bloody Edge

Dark magic. Set in England in a secret witch society run but "white" witches. The main character, Nathan Edge is a mix of half white and half black witch blood. His mother forced to kill herself and his father on the run, Nathan's mixed parentage makes him an outcast of sorts, mistreated and openly abused by the witch council. The abuse is very graphic and might put some readers off. The ending is rather abrupt, but I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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I rather liked it!

I know from some review, either you really liked this story or was bored with it. Common theme was the first 50 and last 50 pages were great, the middle, not so much. But I have to say I really liked this book. And I LOVED Carl Prekopp's narration even more. I'll grant the story does not move fast, but that's ok. It's the set up of Nathan's upbringing and the long standing hatred between White and Black Witches. Nathan lies between, being half black and half white witch. This is very very rare. There are many Half Bloods (half black or white witch and half fain or ordinary person). They are ignored or distained by the witch community. But what makes Nathan's situation unique, is he is the son of the most powerful and hated Black Witch. All eyes are on him and waiting for him to be just like his Father, Marcus, only Nathan has never met him. He struggles with his identity. A very common thing for a young man under the best of circumstances. Now add the crap he has to put up with and who can blame him for acting out.

I thought the authors portrayal of Nathan as not highly educated, a little sheltered (rightly so), and angry, was spot on; like how she wrote his inner dialogue and even the narrator's use of an English accent befitting this character. The not Posh, not quite Cockney accent...maybe Estuary?, was so good. I loved listening to it.

All these things kept me interested in the story. My only disappointment with the author is some of the flat one dimensional characters. They are mostly side character or important characters that don't get a lot of play. Yet I was still interested in the story, certainly enough to get the next book.

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Glad I stuck with it!

What made the experience of listening to Half Bad the most enjoyable?

Carl Prekopp!!!

What other book might you compare Half Bad to and why?

I don't know what I would compare this book to.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Nathan stands up for himself!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every obstacle and torment Nathan endures and progresses through!

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Great paced book

Enjoyed the story and telling. Highly recommend. I have nothing else but the review requires 15 words. Enjoy!

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One of the most powerful stories of our time.

This book has changed my life. When I first read it upon paperback release many years ago I was captivated and never put it down. I read it through once in a day. And again the next day. And again the next day. I checked for updates on the next books in the series weekly. Beautifully narrated by Carl Prekopp he makes the world comes alive though his intonation and beautiful artistry. Will 100% listen to this again and the rest of the series. Thanks again to Sally Green for making such a masterpiece.

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Love!!

So. Much. Fun.
Carl you rock. The story is good but the narration made it so much better.

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Half Great!

Love this story and the characters! Cant wait for future books in this world and from this author

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Half Witch story-performance brings to life

I selected this book, due to the narrator who did another series of books - that were so well done in performance.
The performance did not disappoint - but , for me, Stories on Witches probably start off with a missing star.

The Author did introduce action into the story, and a bit of mystery, but the overall concept just did not come across to me as a valid believable story. The beginning confused me - and it took me a few chapters to realize the witch connection - which is why I had to take of more.

At least the performance was enough to get me all the way to the end of the book; I do not think I will be craving further episodes like I did with Carl Prekopp's other performance. He did a great job on adding value into this story with his performance - which is to his credit. The story was just Okay..

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Narrator

Love the book
Narrator tried to do voices but they all sound the same. Good nun the less at least he tried and you could tell them apart from the way the voice flowed.