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Half Lost: The Half Bad Trilogy, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gory and too-quick ending for riveting witch series.

Book Sally Green Fantasy 2016
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This intense and violent trilogy actually ends poignantly -- get your tissues -- and it ends way too quickly. Most fantasy finales that teens are used to are gargantuan tomes that drag out every last battle scene and conflict and wrap everything up with another 100 pages -- Cassandra Clare's books immediately come to mind. But the whole Half Bad Trilogy could have always been more grandiose, with more of Annalise, more of Gabriel, and especially more time with the spiritual guide figure in HALF LOST, the witch Ledger. She or he -- they never say -- offers to train Nathan in his many gifts, and he refuses to do more than battle him or her once, then says goodbye. Ledger's consideration of whether Nathan could be the one to wield so much power also seems rushed. And the climactic battle cuts off abruptly with little bits of the aftermath filled in months later -- and after all that buildup.

Author Sally Green could have always given readers more. But the fact that many will be hungry for it means that she's created memorable and compelling characters in a unique, captivating witch world.

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