Parents' Guide to

Half Bad

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exciting witchy fantasy is riveting but grim and violent.

Book Sally Green Fantasy 2014
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For the first two-thirds of HALF BAD, there's no putting it down. Starting the story in the midst of the action was a great choice. Readers wonder how Nathan got captured and who the nasty witch is holding him as they flash back to his childhood. Secrets about his infamous baddie father emerge slowly, making the pages turn faster still. You don't want Nathan to feel so attached to him, but how can he help it? How can it end well for this abused and ostracized kid? It's a nail-biter until he makes his escape.

The last third is still exciting, but it seems more focused on setting up the sequel. The appearance of one character seems too convenient and the disappearance of a few seem too hasty. A minor quibble, though, in a mature fantasy debut that ain't half bad -- more like half brilliant.

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