OH HOW DO EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN MY INFINITE LOVE FOR THIS SERIES?!!
Last year I blogged about my gargantuan adoration for Half Bad and now (FINALLY) the sequel, Half Wild is in my clammy, fangirling paws. I literally opened the box and sat down and read it.
It was perfect.
Me, whilst reading:
Me: This is glorious.
Me: Oh, that was frightening.
Me: Yes, Nathan has issues but it’s okay. We can work through his.
Me: STOP IGNORING GABRIEL OR I’LL SMACK YOU.
Me: Nathan is an adorable little anti-hero.
Me: Nathan stop.
Me: STOP STOP STOP.
Me: Wait. Why is the book ending. It cannot end here. Why is this happening. No.
Me: THAT WAS THE MOST GLORIOUS FINALE BUT, STILL, NOOOOOOO.
That, above, is a very true representation of what happened. But, seriously, when I get a Sally Green book in my hands, I just zone 100% in and cannot put it down. It’s something about her style and her snappy characters and the way the writing on the page reflects Nathan’s emotions.
Oh, oh I love this series.
But we MUST talk about the writing style.
It’s gorgeous and slightly unconventional. It’s like stepping into someone’s raw streaming thought-processes. Nathan has certain thinking patterns and the writing style reflects that. GAH! I just am awed, okay?!
Also Nathan’s mood effects the writing. Things get jerky. When he uses his Gift, the capitals drop off to represent the wildness and the animalistic mind-frame. When he panics, we don’t just read it on the page, we SEE it in the type font.
Sorry. I am having an emotion.
I guess we should talk about the other characters?!
\\ WARNING! If you haven’t read book 1, there might be spoilers here! //
- Gabriel: thankfully there is a LOT of Gabriel in this book, though more so in the beginning than in the end. I have infinite love for Gabriel and he is adorable and smiley and French (that is totally a personality descriptor, okay?!) as always. Although he’s definitely on the angsty side in Half Wild due to unrequited love.
- Nesbitt: Definitely my favourite edition to this book! He’s the servant of a really powerful Black Witch, but this dude, GOSH, he’s hilarious. He’s Australian and it was nearly offensive because he was introduced spouting “crickey mate” at everything. We Australians do not do that. [Insert unimpressed Cait here.] But he rubbed Nathan up the wrong way SO MUCH, it was just hilarious.
NESBITT: “Don’t worry about me, kid. The second you start to turn, I’m getting my gun out and shooting you. Don’t look so alarmed, mate, my aim’s spot on. I’d just wing you. You heal quick – no harm done.”
NATHAN TO GABRIEL: “See? People ask you to show your Gift by turning into Obama; me, they shoot and say ‘No harm done.'”
- Van: She was cool, I mean, it took me a long time to trust her, but in this kind of book, it’s safer to be suspicious of everyone.
- Annalise: Well, we left off Book 1 with the awful cliff-hanger of having Annalise in a death-like-sleep in the clutches of Mercury. So Nathan’s #1 plan is to rescue her. He pines sufficiently. It’s irritating. (I’m not an Annalise/Nathan shipper.)
- Arran: NOT IN THE BOOK ENOUGH. I miss him.
- Kieran + Mean Hunters: Yep, they’re here, in all their cruel hunting glory, but to be honest, I didn’t think they were as terrifying as in Half Bad.
There is pretty much a love triangle between Nathan, Gabriel, and Annalise. I’m not usually a love-triangle fan, but I didn’t mind it here. (Pfft, who are we kidding? I’m completely biased to love anything and everything in these books.) But I felt it was a little predictable how it’d end up.
Other Things I Completely Adored:
- The humour! It’s pretty subtle and not laugh-your-liver-out sort of funny…it’s dryly and quietly sarcastic. Nathan can get smacked in the face by a wet eel and he’ll have a slightly wry monologue about it. And Nesbitt is hilarious. Just goes to show, we Aussies have impeccable humour.
- The morals! I love books that dabble in “grey areas”. And I particularly love that there are the two kinds of witches: Black vs White. Both can be bad. Both can be good. There is no clear side to route for AND I LOVE THAT. I love how the book explores what it IS to be good or bad. What it means. What it entails.
- The setting! It’s set in Europe, so HURRAH HURRAH! And not just the UK. They bop all over the place, even just strolling through “cuts” (it’s kind of like teleporting) to jump over to Switzerland for a second or whatnot. There’s many different settings and I loved them all.
- The battles! They are everywhere. They are bloody and intense and perfectly written.
BUT THE ENDONG OH. THAT. ENDING.
Let’s just say, this author does not spare her characters. There are no favourites. THERE IS ONLY PAIN.
Although, to be honest, I was expecting a little bit more from the ending. Most of it I’d predicted earlier, which is okay, buuut…a nice satisfying and unprecedented plot twist wouldn’t have gone amiss either.
It’s not an awful cliffhanger, but the finale still had me shrieking, “HOLD MY BLEEDING HEART AND DON’T LET IT END LIKE THIS.” Least to say, it ended badly, but perfectly. I seriously cannot recommend this series enough. If I did have to pick a favourite, I‘d say Half Bad is superior to Half Wild. More happened in the first book, and I was choking on the unfairness and rage. Nathan is more in control of his life in this one.
Basically Half Wild was amazing and bloody and tearful and intense.
Thank you Penguin Aus for the review-copy! Half Wild (Half Bad #2) by Sally Green was published 25th of March, 2015.
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.
Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?
okay then! let’s talk about several things, firstly: a) australian sterotypes…do you think we say “crikey” all the time?! how do you feel when your country is misrepresented in literature? and b) how do you feel about fonts/lists/bolded type/large lettering in books? is it fresh and awesome, or does it bother you? and c) ARE YOU GOING TO READ HALF BAD AND HALF WILD? (the correct answer is: yes.)
Cait @ Paper Fury
…is currently moaning the fact that the third book doesn’t come out for ANOTHER WHOLE YEAR. Although, according to Amazon the book will be called Half Lives? Cait wonders if that’s true. Either way she’s 99% sure the whole series is going to end BADLY. Between suffering from Half Wild/Bad feels, she’s reading Stolen Songbird.