Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #0.5
Publication Date: November 13, 2014
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 61 (eARC)
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she's left behind.
For such a short novella, this left me with a lot to say, but this review will be rather short to avoid spoilers. If you remember, Half Bad was one of my favorite reads early this year. It was unique and dark and that's what I look for in my fantasy books. To see how White and Black witches deal with each other in other parts of the world is interesting, and to learn more about Gabriel is also great because he is certainly memorable.
Gabriel is Nathan's witch friend from book one. However, he is stuck in a certain predicament. What kind of predicament, you may ask? Well, you'll just have to read to find out. Anyway, this story details how exactly he got stuck where he is and why he is the way he is. We meet him and his father alongside his younger sister, Michele. Michele acts incredibly young for her age which simultaneously makes you love her and cringe at some of her thoughts. She falls in love with a White Witch that lives in the city and she begins a secret relationship with him through letters. Her storyline, unfortunately, is rather predictable, but because it is so easy to warm up to her it still tugs at your heartstrings despite its predictability.
This is told from Michele's point of view through a series of journal entries. She records her everyday thoughts about what she does and the people she meets. Occasionally, you'll see notes from Gabriel--Gab as she affectionately refers to him--scrawled across the bottom because he would break into her diary and read it. Of course, this starts a mad hunt to hide it like any pair of siblings would. But his little notes are always smile inducing and it warms your heart to him.
After reading this, I have certain theories about Gabriel and his involvement in book two, HALF WILD. It certainly gets the theories flowing. It's not your average novella because of how it is told, so it may not be for everyone, but it is something unique to tide a reader over until the release of book two. All in all, I am satisfied I read it.
FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review.