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Review: ‘Half Lost’ by Sally Green

Review: ‘Half Lost’ by Sally GreenHalf Lost by Sally Green
Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #3
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
Goodreads
four-stars
The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.

Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.

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book review

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Warning: May contain spoilers from previous books in the series.

Nathan is as lost as the book title says. He’s out for blood wanting to nursed and kill Annaleise for all the things she has done. And he has killed a so many people. Nathan is your anti-hero. The one who straddles the moral compass meter which ticks back and forth. He is just so angry all the time. You can find him obsessing about the one person he can’t wait to get his hands on. It was intense to say the least. His murderous thoughts overshadow everything and he ends up making a lot of mistakes. I love that he is one deeply flawed character who battles between his light and dark side.

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I read this for the sheer opportunity to have Gabriel grace us with his presence. My favourite character out of the entire series he is sweet and kind and caring. And sometimes I would think quite cruelly that Nathan doesn’t deserve him. He’s just so mean to him and even though I can understand he’s using him as a scapegoat, Gabriel doesn’t deserve that.

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I had no trouble with the pacing in this book which is probably why I ended up marking it a four instead of a three out of five. There are also too many clues as to what happens by the end and anyone looking for that will know what will end up happening. Sadly I was one of those people and when I read it, I was still shocked. There’s nothing more I can say except I am numb. This ending gave me one massive book hangover and I just had to chat with others who did read it as well. It’s one those type of books.

I highly suggest reading this if you’re looking for more male/male relationships in YA books, because this one will go down as “memorable” in my books. A wonderful ending to the Half Bad trilogy, Half Lost will have you rocking to and fro from the edge of your seat. I guarantee it.


book quotes

He was happy to set aside some funds to provide a modest safety net for his children’s future, but he also wanted them to be financially independent and to value hard work. (33)
I need to spend time with somebody normal, somebody I actually like. (37)
How had they raised children who were so impractical and yet still so entitled? (45)
Appearances count. If you want people to judge you based on the inside, don’t distract them from the outside. (109)
Sometimes a small change could make all the difference. (121)
Your problem is you’re worried about being everyone’s mirror and that’s not your job. (180)
Why aren’t you mad enough to ask for what you deserve? (201)
Why was it so easy to wound the people you love the most? (308)
It was usually the woman who had the courage to step away from something broken. The men held on for dear life. (316)

reading progress

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rating

4/5

four-stars

5 Comments

  1. YAWednesdays

    October 26, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    This book broke my heart and made me cry in public. I absolutely adored it. Your review is great and gave voice to so many things that I was thinking. There were hints to the ending, but I never let myself think it would actually go there. I’m so impressed by Sally Green and can’t believe this is her first book series!

    • giselle

      November 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

      I know right? I’m still torn about it even though I read it a while ago. Am looking forward to her next book or series because she just mint tear us up again

  2. G K

    September 2, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    This sounds interesting. I always love books with a dark twist.

  3. Denise

    June 15, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    I completely agree with everything you’ve said here! (except I gave the book 5/5, haha). Nathan was so deeply flawed that I found him so interesting to read about, throughout the whole series. The way he was split between right/wrong made the series stand out for me, because in no other series has the protagonist been this way. I LOVE GAB SO MUCH

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    • giselle

      June 22, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Hehe I think I might have to bump it to a five because it gave me a major book hangover and I usually reserve 5/5s for those books that stay with you and are memorable… AHHH this series seriously

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