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Solo quiero tomarte de la mano, y sentir como la quimica nos conduce.
-Es tambien la ciencia del Amor!
HAIM + Maracas
(thanks to CoupDeMain magazine)
MuggleNet Blog Whom Would You Have Saved Who Died?
If any of you are on Goodreads and subscribed to the Harry Potter Group, you may have seen and even answered this question. To some it may seem senseless–whoever is dead is dead, and there is no point in trying to change the facts. But I believe fandom is about asking questions of the …
“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”
Jack Kerouac (via bornreadygeneration)
Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy) by Sally Green
Official Synopsis: A stunning, magical debut. An international sensation.
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
The thing about HALF BAD is that it’s not a bad book. It’s well written, the characters are consistent and the story makes sense. The problem is that I did not get a seconds worth of enjoyment out of this book. There is not a single moment of happiness in Nathan’s life. Even when he is doing something of his choosing that brings him pleasure, a cloud of tension and anxiety covers it. It gets monotonous, the fact that nothing good ever happens to this boy.
There’s a strange sense of despair in this book. The strangeness is that the despair was not Nathan’s, but mine. This book pulled this emotional resonance out of me that made me want to crawl inside the pages, into the story and just hold this character in my arms until everything is OK. To me that is power and it makes me understand the insane bidding war that came with this book getting published. It is different from anything else I have read, but I am not sure that makes HALF BAD a good book.
There is a very limited perspective in terms of story telling that I think many readers will find difficult. I know very little about this world. I know that white witches are supposed to be good, but are ruthless, without morals and unforgiving. They are in a secret and covert war with black witches who are solitary and seemingly evil.
As the story progresses we see why Nathan is different and why everyone wants him either dead or on their side, but that’s all I know. Our view of the world is so limited. The audience is left in the dark about everything, but the sorrow that is Nathan’s life. It would have been nice to know about the cruelty of white witches and the insanity of black witches. Which came first? Were the white witches cruel so the black witches went insane? Or is the other way around?
That’s why I couldn’t give it a higher rating. There needs to be a balance, good and bad. Despite the title, claiming half, this book is filled with one heartbreaking, anger induced situation after rage building despair covered situation. There is no moment to breath, to decompress or to settle into situations. Things get bad and then they get worse right before it gets horrifying.
This book is absolutely draining to read and for me, that’s a negative. Unless it’s a nonfiction book about a persons actual life I expect to see range from the books I read. I expect highs and lows. All I did was cry, or be close to tears or rage when reading this book. This was intense, began to dread picking it up, because I didn’t want to fall back into depression.
I just don’t get what Ms. Green expected us to get out of this book, it’s not entertainment. Is this book meant to be a torture? Should we be thanking our lucky stars that we are not Nathan? As you can see, I had a very visceral reaction this book, which perhaps makes it amazing.
It’s a great premise, but the execution is not for me. It’s harsh and vivid. The injustice of it all sat on my chest like a hot plate. I cared about Nathan, I truly did. He’s the kind of character every writer wants to accomplish brining to life. He is reflective without being whiney, he is brave without being egotistical and he’s a survivor. Nathan has a desire to live which burns bright in him like a flame. Others would have given up and taken their lives, but Nathan is passionate. He will survive no matter what. That’s amazing.
Still, Nathan’s passion is not enough to make me ever want to read this book again. It is just too depressing.
Recommended for readers of dark fiction.
*ARC Provided by Penguin.
Release Date March. 3, 2014