Half Lost Book Review


2 star, book reviews / Monday, August 29th, 2016

Half Lost last instalment in the Half Bad series. If you haven’t read the other two click here for the first review and here for the second.

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.

Half Lost is Nathan’s journey as he begins to deal with his grief and loss. He realises that his part to play is a lot bigger than originally thought.

Overview

I thought that this was once again less clear. The clarity in the story and the character’s purpose became clouded. I hated that. It ruined the plot and story for me. The pace was slow and there was little going on.

I thought the ending was anti-climatic but the pace was well done. I kind of felt let down by the whole book, it was a bad ending to a slowly deteriorating series.

Story/Plot

There was no discernible story or plot really, just a continuation of the madness that took over the last book. Nathan’s unbearable angst overthrew the entire pace. The whole story was ruined by Nathan to be honest.

I would have liked there to be more. More of everything else, more of everyone other than Nathan. There just seemed to be something missing, I can’t even put my finger on it. There was just something wrong with the way story went. I just didn’t enjoy it.

Characters

I wish I had more to say about the characters in Half Lost, but the only two that made a real impression were Nathan and Gabriel. That was one of the worst parts of this book, the loss of the characters. It became so self-involved it lost what made it so great to begin with.

Nathan

He became unbearable. The angst that was rolling off him at this point there was nothing that could break through that. Nathan ruined the story and considering he’s the main character it wasn’t looking good. The whole book would have been a lot better if he wasn’t involved in the whole thing.

I just really struggled with his character and the way it deteriorated. I just wished he would have stayed the way he was in the first book.

Gabriel

My love of this entire series. If it wasn’t for him I’m not entirely sure that I would have made it to the end. He was consistently the good to Nathan’s bad. He was loyal and never demanding. I loved all the things about his character.

He could have shined on his own. Gabriel didn’t need to be overshadowed by Nathan and his angst.

Would I recommend it?

Getting to the end of the series, I wouldn’t. The ending of Half Lost doesn’t hold up to the potential. I wouldn’t bother if I have the choice again.

Have you read this series? Was the ending a disappointment for you as well? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Replies to “Half Lost Book Review”

  1. Ohhhh I AM SAD! I loved this one. but I do get how it wouldn’t appeal to everyone, but I couldn’t get enough of Nathan’s adorable manic psychoticness tbh. hehe. Oops!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. I loved the first one. Absolutely adored, had great expectations, then the second one let me down slightly, and this one was the icing on the cake.

      See you found Nathan adorable, I wanted to slap him round the face for the majority. Gabriel was the saving grace. 😉

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  2. […] This is one that I wish wasn’t on here because the first book was wonderful and I really enjoyed the characters and story. However it went quickly downhill from there. There was very little development and the angst got way too much for me to handle. The plot didn’t seemed to go anywhere, and the climax was awful. It was poorly done and over too soon. Plus the ending totally threw me off, and made me wish I had never wasted my time reading the series. It was a total let down, and I hated it – definitely on the list of books I regret buying. Reviews here 1 | 2 | 3 […]

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