Sunday, February 09, 2014

2014 book 34

Sally Green's Half Bad
So it looks like this is the start of a YA trilogy that may be the new hotness--it inspired a major bidding war, has already been sold in over 30 countries, has been optioned for a movie, etc. And it's definitely a good read with some pretty compelling world-building. Things start off with teenager Nathan in a cage and things are looking pretty grim--then we flash back to his childhood and find out that he's growing up in an England where some people are secretly magic (a la Harry Potter, only way more hardcore), and while his mother was a White Witch, his father is like the most evil of evil Black Witches. But it's not like the White Witches are all that great, either. Anyway, fascinating stuff here, especially the family relationships--I was beyond uninterested in the romance with a White Witch whose only characteristic is "pretty," and the end is kind of all over the place, but I did really like this and look forward to the next chapter. A-/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in March.

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