Waiting on Wednesday: Half Bad

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for…

Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publish Date: March 4, 2014
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 416

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-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 sixteenth 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.
I think I mentioned once upon a time that I would love to read more books about witches. Half Bad is a little (okay, a lot) different than any witch book I've ever read, as well, which intrigues me immensely, and I'm a huge fan of the minimalist cover art. The starkness of it terrifies me. I also think that the story sounds realistic in a fantastical way, offering true-to-life elements that really bring a paranormal story to life. Needless to say, I'm excited. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?


  1. I like the the summary for Half Bad, it isn't the type of book that I usually go for but it sounds like it's going be awesome. Great pick!

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My WoW

  2. This sounds so good and it's my first time hearing about it :) I will be adding it to my tbr! Great pick.

    My WW!

  3. When I saw this was being released I wanted it straight away. How awesome is the concept of witches and everything here? For some reason reminds me of The Bone Season. Great feature Melissa!

    Here's my WOW this week.

  4. I love books about witches! I hadn't heard of this one before. Must check it out!

  5. I've been seeing this one around more often, so I'm definitely curious about it. I love witches and a male perspective is always such a pleasant change. Great pick, Melissa!

  6. Love the sound of this! I really want to read a book about witches too - I've always loved shows about them, so why not fiction stories?
    I actually just finished The Raven Boys and though that was more about psychics, there were hints of magic and witch craft and I loved those elements!

  7. YESYESYES!! This book sounds so interesting and I do so love witchy stories.

  8. Oh, I've been trying to get my hands on an early copy of this one--I love witchy books too and Half Bad sounds awesome:) Plus, I am digging that cover.

    My WoW

  9. YES!!!! I cannot wait for this one Melissa! I'm so in love with that cover it hurts, it's of course the first thing that drew me to this book. The story sounds awesome as well, and I've got my fingers crossed for a book on witches that totally blows me away!

  10. I haven't read a good "witchy" book in awhile and I am hoping this one doesn't disappoint either. I love the sound of it and the cover is pretty great too. Great pick!

  11. I adore Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one of my favorite books, so anything compared to him is probably going to be a winner.

  12. I haven't seen this one at all but oh wow! I am a huge fan of witches, too! I definitely can't wait for this one! And okay, March isn't that far away!


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