A couple weeks ago, I was stoked to receive an email from Penguin Teen. They asked me if I would like to read and review the first two books of the Half Bad series and (even cooler) promote a giveaway that they’re hosting! In celebration of the last book in the series, HALF LOST, coming out on March 29, 2016, Penguin is hosting a giveaway featuring HALF BAD, HALF WILD, and HALF LOST (all in hardcover), as well as A Penguin Teen tote. The giveaway ends on March 21, so go enter!! (The link to enter is at the bottom of this post). I enjoyed the books, and recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet! Below is praise for the first book and summaries and such. 🙂


Title: Half Bad

Author: Sally Green

Release Date: March 4, 2014 (Hardcover),  January 13, 2015 (Paperback)

Publisher: Penguin

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

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Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive. (source)

Praise for HALF BAD

“Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive.” – TIME Magazine

“Genuinely engaging.”  –The New York Times

“Much more than a book about witches. Her page-turner is a ruminative exploration of the nature of evil.” – The Boston Globe

“What if Harry Potter were never rescued from his uncle’s house?….THAT story would be Half Bad and it’s a KNOCKOUT.” – Justine Magazine

“Have you ever had the thing where you’re so absorbed in reading a book that you try to keep reading it while walking around on the street, only to come close to being hit by a bus? I had a bit of that with the new young-adult fantasy novel Half Bad by Sally Green.” – io9

“Both gripping and surprisingly sophisticated” – The AV Club

“Sally Green’s Half Bad is the perfect novel for inspiring one to despise all of humanity or fall onto the ground and weep pathetically. Needless to say, it is an excellent book.” – Tor.com

“It’s refreshing…chances are, readers will want to revisit this world of witchcraft because, well, it’s not half bad.” – USA Today online

“With a memorable main character and its themes of good and evil, Green’s book deserves to stand out.” – Bustle.com



  • US only
  • must be 13+ or have a parent’s permission to enter


The complete Half Bad series (Half Bad, Half Wild, and Half Lost), and a Penguin Teen totebag





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