Half Wild | Book Review
Series: Half Bad Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Half Bad
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Viking Juvenile
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."
In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
Half Wild is the second book in the series, if you haven’t read the first then read no further as there will be spoilers coming up. Click here to read my review on Half Bad and come back after.
Half Wild follows Nathan and Gabriel as they set out to rescue the damsel in distress, meeting a range of interesting characters on the way.
This is where everything seemed to go wrong for me. The story began to lose the clarity that I loved in Half Bad. The introduction of the Alliance and Van was well done and something I really enjoyed throughout. We meet a lot of characters all in one and some of them quickly became my favourites.
I do think that some aspects could have been done better. It definitely suffers from second book syndrome, but then again Half Bad set a standard that Half Wild just couldn’t hold up to.
Everything felt rushed and jumbled together. There was a lot of angst and running about without much of a direction. I struggled to keep up with why they were doing certain things. The one thing I will say is that this series doesn’t deal with death very well, they always seem to be overshadowed or underwritten and Half Lost is no different.
I will say that I loved the direction that Half Wild was going and the details about the political system and the way it works. The outlook that everyone had going into it, that was pretty cool. I thought the ending could have been better and the way it ended was predictable. Once again nothing seemed to happen for a reason but rather all at once. It was confusing to say the least.
I thought that the characters lost the things that made them special if I’m honest. Everything began to run into one. It so hard to keep a track of what was happening to really appreciate the characters and their journeys. I will say the introduction of the new characters was greatly appreciated.
Once again the main character. Nathan’s relationship with Annalise was almost unbearable to read by the end, I really struggled with the interactions. It wasn’t believable and I just didn’t like them together. I did like how he came into his own and began to accept who he was and the gift he had been given.
I do think that throughout Half Wild he became this angst ridden teenager and instead of being relatable it became an annoyance more than anything else.
I couldn’t get my head around her, I just didn’t like her. I actually preferred it when she was asleep. Her attitude towards Nathan and her controlling nature really put me off. I struggled with their relationship, it felt rushed and unbelievable. I would have preferred if they had remained friends, it would have been a lot less confusing that way.
The ending was so predictable. It diminished everything that Gabriel was to Nathan, it was definitely predictable and it really didn’t sit well with me if I’m perfectly honest.
I still don’t have the words to describe Gabriel and my love for him. He has been the one thing that was consistently good throughout the books. His character is unwavering and his loyalty constant. I love him and I love what he brings to the story. It’s intense.
His relationship with Nathan becomes completely complicated in this story, it’s one of the things that keeps you hooked. You are dying to know what happens next and how everything will work out in the end. He brings a certain amount of mystery to the story.
One of the newest characters, I fell in love with her from the offset, her wit and humour were on point throughout. Van almost makes the angst worthwhile. Almost but not quite. The way she handles Nathan’s mood swings and burliness is wonderful.
Van tends to be unmoved despite everything around her. She handles everything with class and strength. She tries her best in every situation whilst making it look flawless. I have a lot of respect for Van and I absolutely adored her in this story.
The much needed comic relief. The scruffy tag-a-long to Van’s classiness. You never really find out his story, but the dynamic between Van and him is incredible. They seem to be the same person, and at times you question whether that could actually be a possibility.
He adds the banter and the lightheartedness to the story, without him I think the story would have been way too depressing and angsty. I would have put it down without Nesbitt I fear. So he was the perfect ingredient to a pretty good story.
Nathan’s father. The elusive Black witch who goes around the country slaughtering innocent White witches. I enjoyed the fact that he was remorseless and un-repenting for his behaviour. However that also meant that we had to do without a explanation as to why he did.
I loved Nathan’s and Marcus’ relationship, they seemed to need each other and reading their interactions you could almost forget that Marcus was a rampaging lunatic. Almost.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, in a strange way I would. Even with all my problems with it. You might be surprised by the ending. The characters are worth all of the flaws.
Read my Half Lost review here.
Have you read this series? Let me know what you thought about the characters and the ending?