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video 2017-02-15 19:13

Originally posted on MissKatiEllen.

 

It’s official, we are already one month down into this crazy year, and this month I managed to pack in a crazy amount of reading!! If you haven’t already I would really recommend picking up Sally Greens series, I cannot wait to start reading the third. Completely hooked.

 

 

Now I’m a sucker for a book with a beautiful cover, guilty as charged, and when I saw these new covers in Waterstones I had to do it. These editions are by Coralie Bickford Smith, The Fox and the Star, and are gorgeous. They retail at £20, I bought Jekyll and Hyde for myself and the other for my mum as a birthday present. I also plan to buy her Withering Heights.

 

 

I really don’t remember buying this many books but clearly I did. Poor Unfortunate Souls is the last book by Serena Valentino, which I’m gutted about because I love the world she has created. With only two more books left to come in the Throne of Glass series, the final and a novella, I picked up the assassins bind up of the first 5 novellas. Also thought I’d grab the first in her other series, although I won’t start reading that for a while.

 


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text 2016-07-14 19:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green

This started out 'meh', partly because it's been some time since I read the first book, but it finished strong. I'm going to pick up the last book right away.

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review 2016-02-19 02:16
Half Wild
Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy) - Sally Green

I read this book in less than 2 days (which also includes me having a life and going to work).

 

I loved every minute of it. And I'm not afraid to say it.

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review 2015-07-25 19:56
Sa cosa significa essere giudicati per un'etichetta, invece che per come sei.
Half Wild - Sally Green

A distanza di oltre un anno, sono finalmente riuscita a leggere Half wild che aspettavo con trepidazione. Half bad l'avevo divorato, mi aveva davvero preso e si era beccato ben 5 stelle.
Ora, purtroppo mi duole dire che con questo secondo volume l'interesse è un pò scemato... non so se perchè è passato tanto tempo (e io volevo il seguito SUBITO) o altro, so solo che non mi ha entusiasmato come il primo volume.
E sostanzialmente devo dire che quei famosi difetti o, meglio, elementi da sviluppare di cui parlo nella precedente recensione non sono stati sviluppati. Continuano a non esserci approfondimenti sull'origine della guerra tra Incanti Bianchi e Neri e sul Consiglio, c'è sempre poca magia e la situazione (fortunatamente XD) non migliora tra Nathan e Annalise. Cioè in un primo momento sì, ma poi...
Non voglio spoilerare, dico solo che il libro mi è piaciuto, anche se la trama possa sembrare banale e scontata. Di fatto non c'è molta originalità però ha un nonsoche che mi attira... Non so spiegarlo. Sarà lo stile accattivante e intrigante, sarà il protagonista, sarà l'atmosfera dei meravigliosi paesaggi descritti, sarà che la Green mi regala qualche bella scena tra Nathan e Gabby *__* o tutte queste cose insieme e altro ancora. Non lo so. Fatto sta che l'ho trovato piacevole, l'ho sempre divorato e (seppur un pò di meno di prima) rimango curiosa di proseguire la trilogia, sperando che mi sorprenda e soprattutto che non dovrò aspettare secoli per Half lost.
E comunque ho deciso di prendere questa storia per un altro verso. Quello che intendo dire è che, a parte la trama debole, questo libro è molto di più secondo me. Va a toccare tematiche importanti e attuali quali identità, pregiudizi, etichette, bullismo, istinto e razionalità. Mi rendo conto che ci sono libri di gran lunga migliori che trattano questi argomenti ma mi piace il tentativo di Sally di essere profonda, di dare un senso e un significato alla sua storia al di là della semplice trama. Io penso che sia questa la differenza principale, in particolare quando si tratta di young adult, urban fantasy & Co (la maggior parte dei quali insulsi e piatti) che ormai spopolano. Quella di avere un significato, di insegnarti qualcosa di importante. E la storia della Green ci riesce a parer mio. Poi oh, non vi è mai capitato di essere di parte?

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review 2015-06-06 00:00
Half Wild
Half Wild - Sally Green So here's a problem. Sometimes once you read a really great book then after you read a pretty sub-standard book and you want to go back and update the rating of another book. Right now, I kind of want to go back and give Cress 5 stars just because after slogging through Half Wild I appreciated that book so much more. I have not been as disappointed in a book in a series since I finished Dean Koontz's Saint Odd (Odd Thomas #7).

I really liked Half Bad, but still hoped that Sally Green would take more care with regards to world building and adding in more details since a lot of time things would happen and there was no explanation. I think the author has all of these ideas in her head and they are just not making it into the final version of her books. Right now I think this book is a good outline and layers need to be included. Told in the first person, we continue the story of half black teenage witch, Nathan.

The plot of Half Wild picks up days after the events in Half Bad. We have Nathan still on the run from Hunters who will stop at nothing to kill him and his father Marcus. Nathan is searching for his friend Gabriel and also trying to come up with a plan to save his sort of girlfriend Annalise from a sleep spell.

Nathan should be a complex character. Too bad he's not. I have seen puddles with more depth than he has at this point in the story. Nathan should be torn. I get that. He was raised in a household that in terms loved and despised him. Then he was stolen away and treated like an animal for two years. Nathan's story grabbed me from the first in Half Bad. His current plight in Half Wild bored me to tears.

We have the introduction of two new black witches that have somehow found Gabriel and use that to lure Nathan to them. Instead of there being some question of these people not being who or what they claim to be, right away we find out that they are trying to build a faction of half black/white, black, and white witches to fight against the Hunters who are starting a reign to wipe out all black witches and anyone that is against their actions. That right there should have been the whole plot in this book. Instead we meander along with Nathan feeling torn and insisting that these new people and Gabriel put themselves in danger to free Annalise. It just added unnecessary padding to this book.

The character of Gabriel who I came to adore in Half Lies proceeds to act like a love struck teenager throughout this whole book. Gabriel who knows how dangerous the white witches are keeps doing his best at impromptu moments to get Nathan to admit to something between them. I felt badly at first for Gabriel. Heck we all have had that person that we liked that l didn't like us that way. Instead we have Gabriel acting like a brat at times about Nathan and Annalise. Heck I love that there is potential for a same sex relationship to be included in this book. It was just clumsily done here. Maybe it is because we get to hear Nathan's thoughts and we know that he loves Gabriel, just not that way. I think with how the whole book was going, that readers could have been spared typical teenage angst every other chapter when people were trying to murder them and they were going around killing people.

Other characters in this book had little to no depth to them at all. Annalise might as well be a bowl of oatmeal (with no sugar or milk added) at this point. I really liked this character in the last book. I got why Nathan was drawn to her and why he loved her. This book turns her into a shrill crying teenage girl with no brains at all.

I think the main issue is that the group of witches that were supposed to be fighting the white witches just had no personalities at all besides them still not trusting one another. The leadership seemed splintered and all we would hear when people were training is that they seemed to be running. There was no explanation of people practicing their gifts or using spells, etc. You would think that more people would be up for this cause considering the events we hear described, but instead it sounds like we have maybe 6 adults and a bunch of teenagers running around in the woods "training".

The writing needs to be fixed pronto. We just have Nathan's voice to guide us about people, settings, etc. and besides him describing every freaking person's eyes that he meets, there is not a lot going on there detail wise. This book just has things happening and we hear how he feels about it and it is written in such a clumsy way. For example, say Gabriel says something to Nathan and Nathan feels badly that he can't respond in a way that Gabriel likes. We have Gabriel speaking and then Nathan saying I wish that I could feel something I feel so torn and I know that Gabriel can see that in my face. Um. What? Just say it. Say words.

It doesn't help that it makes no sense that apparently a bunch of witches are being murdered/tortured/experimented on and no one is doing anything about it. And why are the non-magical not noticing a thing? That is one of the big problems of this book for me. It is not realistic that all of these events keep happening in a vacuum with no one figuring it out.

The pacing was really not done well. I think it is because each of the chapters are maybe 3-4 pages long and there is not a lot of time to build up suspense since we just have Nathan and party going from place to place getting into skirmishes.

Half Wild takes place in Europe in cities and that's all I can really say about the setting. You really would not know that since there is no description of anything to give a person a sense of landmarks at all besides people saying here and there that the European witches are trying to flee.

The ending was so bad that I just laughed at some point. It makes no sense the events that happened and we have Nathan having no common sense since he blames one person for what happens instead of him realizing that another person was more to blame and he should be more angry about of instead of him and his quest for vengeance which I guess will make up most of book three. I don't like quitting a book series before I get to the end. However, in this case, I will happily just skip book three. I hope that Ms. Green is given more time to set up the story, expand the world building in this book, and actually write her characters' more consistently and sympathetically.
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