The Half Life Trilogy: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half BadTitle: Half Bad

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea
Author: Sally Green
Published by: Puffin Books
Publication date: March 4 2014
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure Fantasy
Summary: You can’t read, can’t write, but you heal fast, even for a witch. You get sick if you stay indoors after dark. You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one. You’ve been kept in a cage since you were fourteen. All you’ve got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday. Easy.

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I found this book when heading to the airport one day, had forgotten to pack enough books. When I saw this book, it immediately caught my eye. It is about a world where witches live in along with normal humans. It follows a boy who’s mum is a white witch but his dad is an evil black witch. It almost seems like a fantasy take on segregation really, yet it’s way more exciting then reading a segregation novel, in my opinion. The book is quite slow paced though, so it takes a while to really get into it. I really did like the idea that no matter who you’re family is, if you’re not the same then they won’t care. It helped the story greatly, giving motive to certain characters and adding a ‘third dimension’ to them. Along the lines of characters, only the main character, Nathan, really develops that much. The rest of the characters do have back stories although quite shallow, they don’t go too far. Overall though, the book was an amazing and an original idea.

My favourite character was Annalise. She might seem like a weak girl but something about her I absaloutely loved.

Another cool thing about this book was how it swapped from first person and second person narrative. It added an interesting way of letting the readers connect with Nathan and almost experience what he was feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing. In my opinion I think that’s what brought the story to life and it must have succeeded in everyone else’s minds as it has been translated into I think around twenty five languages already and has a film deal with Fox.

So I thoroughly reccomened reading this book: even if you find it a little slow at the beginning, believe me when I tell you it gets infinitely better with every sentence, no, every single individual word makes you want to read on.

For Sally Green’s debut book this is definitely a book to remember

The Cahill Witch Chronicles: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Born WickedTitle: The Cahill Witch Chronicles –  Born Wicked

Review: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Jessica Spotswood

Published by: Puffin Books

Publication date: July 2 2013

Pages: 252

Genres: Teen Fiction/ Fantasy/ Romance

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This book has been on my ‘must buy’ list for a while so when I finally got round to reading it, I was amazed to see how much I had missed out on. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t out it down again, finishing it in less than three days. I thought this was an amazing book based on three sisters who are witches. \their mother died at birth and live in a world where witches are hunted down and killed or placed in asylums. The first word I would describe this book as, is suspenseful. There are so many moments when I thought they were about to be caught, my heart was constantly beating. This book also had a great deal of romance conflict, not just with the main characters but overall whether they should marry or join the sisterhood. If they don’t marry by sixteen they’re forced to join the sisterhood, who are against witches. I liked this idea as the idea of living in a world where as soon as you marry, your husband is like an owner is quite scary, so knowing either way you’re trapped, is an interesting and captivating idea.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is what happy looks like

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like

Review: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Published by: Headline

Publication Date: October 24 2009

Pages: 416

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance

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This is What Happy Looks Like is a teen fiction/young adult cliche romance novel. It follows the story of a quiet girl and a popular boy overcoming all odds to be together. In actual fact, it in some way sort of different from the popular cliche as there are slight modifications made that makes the novel slightly more unique. I especially love the way that at the beginning of each chapter, you see the next email sent, also indicating the point of view that we’ll be reading.Read down but beware of spoiler…
One of my favourite parts of this book had to be the end, watching the sunrise. I find that one the most beautiful and romantic scenes in a book I have ever read.
“Together, they waited for the sky to flip over like the turning of a page, the bone-coloured moon giving way to a brilliant sun, the promise of a new day, and Ellie was surprised to find herself thinking of the little town in France.”