BookAddictedGirl loves Gabriel!

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This week, TheBookAddictedGirl ( guest blogs for us about her favourite character from the Half Bad series…

“My favourite character from the Half Bad series has to be Gabriel.  Gabriel is a Black Witch stuck in a fain (magic-less) body – his shape-shifting gift backfired and now he’s trapped, unable to change back, unable to access his gift.  Gabriel is French-Swiss and has a rather tragic background.  He’s handsome and has a delicious accent.  When we first meet Gabriel, he’s just helping Nathan so Mercury will help him get his powers back, but before long… Gabriel’s motivations change.  He’s always there for Nathan, even if he doesn’t like what Nathan is doing.  Gabriel is the best friend anyone could hope for – he’ll be loyal to the end, support you to the end, and kill for you if necessary.

Gabriel is a character I never expected to like.  Thanks to my Harry Potter programming, I thought I shouldn’t like dark witches.  But while Gabriel may have been born a Black Witch, he isn’t evil.  In fact, he’s a lot like the lovely Arran – selfless, kind, protective.  But what really drew me to Gabriel, made him my favourite, was his edge – the streak of danger that says he will kill without a second thought to protect the ones he loves.  He’s confident, sexy, intelligent and so strong.  As a girl who loves bad boys with a good heart, I never stood a chance against Gabriel’s charms – especially when we found out his love of books and poetry!  Be still, my beating heart.

When I close my eyes and see Gabriel, I see someone tall, dark and gorgeous: muscular, perfect features, intense brown gaze…  He’s beautiful, he’s irresistible, he’s got a hint of danger around him – an absolute confidence in himself.  He’s always well-dressed, carrying a battered poetry book, sporting those signature sunglasses…  Perfect.

Gabriel’s loyalty is hard-won, but ever-enduring.  The one person to whom he’s truly, wholly loyal is Nathan – their bond is one of the best things about the book.  He has allies in other Black Witches, but I get the feeling he doesn’t truly trust them – not like he does Nathan.

I also love the times he and Nathan lounge around, talking, getting to know one another.  I so ship Nathriel, by the way.  They are best friends, confidants, perfect for one another…

Finally, my very favourite Gabriel quote.  This one is easy.  “I’ll stay with you always; go where you go always.  I don’t want to be anywhere else.  I couldn’t stand to be anywhere else.”

Ah, Gabriel.  I love and hate a lot of characters in the Half Bad series, but he… he is the one who affects me most.  Dark, dangerous, loving, warm, beautiful.  So many juxtapositions, such an amazing man.”

– Guest post by TheBookAddictedGirl:

Half Wild’s Top 5 Black Witches

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In Sally Green’s amazing sequel, Half Wild, there are some seriously badass Black Witches.  Nicky Borasinski picks her Top 5 . . .

5. Gus

Although only in the book for a short while, Gus gives a great insight into the complex relationship between Half Bloods and Black Witches. Proud to be a confidant of Marcus, Gus struggles to hide his prejudice towards all those who are not Black Witches. His exchanges with Nathan are sharp and tense, which makes them a great read.

4. Gabriel

Just when you thought Gabriel couldn’t get any better, he then regains his witch powers (*insert fist pump here*)!  Gabriel is incredibly loyal to Nathan (even when Nathan lashes out); he is handsome, kind-hearted and moral. Always willing to put his neck on the line for his best friend, Gabriel is just all-round awesome.  Here’s shipping ‘Nabriel’ for Half Lost!

3. Victoria Van Dahl (Van)

When Nathan first meets Van, he mistakes her for a man, which kind of  encapsulates how mysterious and intriguing this character is. You never know quite where you stand with her: one minute she’s making pleasantries, the next she’s trying to control your emotions with magic cigarettes.  She’s beautiful, powerful and intelligent – an extremely striking character.

2. Mercury

This shrewd, cruel and ancient witch is terrifying and apparently heartless. Mercury is a powerful witch who can manipulate the weather and cut through the fabric of the universe. (Yes, that’s right. She can actually cut through the universe to create portals that transfer you from one place to another. . . !)  Yes, she is a little bit evil, but that makes her even more amazing as a character. Hell-bent on avenging her sister’s death, Mercury is on a never-ending hunt for Marcus. She is a tantalising Black Witch and a deserving runner-up in my Top 5.

1. Marcus

WHO ELSE?  Not only does he have every single power you could ever want (stopping time and invisibility to name but two), Marcus is also the most complex and intriguing character in Half Wild. Having lived in solitude for years, he struggles to connect with his fellow witches and is distant and moody. Throughout the entire book you will travel constantly from the  ‘I love Marcus’ side to ‘I want Marcus dead’ side… and then the ending happens. THAT ENDING!  There just couldn’t be any other Black Witch in the top spot.

– Nicky Borasinski

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Still need to read it?  Get your hands on Half Wild here:

Social Media Monday: Inner Animal…

Hello, Half Bad devotees, and welcome to another Social Media Monday!

Each week, we’re bringing you a new strikingly-designed quote from the series, for you to share across social media!

See last week’s image here.

This week:

It’s a chilling quote from Half Wild, when a certain someone’s inner animal surveys his nighttime kill…

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Social Media Monday: “It’s a one-trick cage.”

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another one of our shiny quotecards for sharing across any social media channels you like!  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HalfBad or #HalfWild!

See last week’s image here.

This week:

A classic from Half Bad, when Nathan describes what it’s like living in Celia’s cage…

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Have a favourite quote you’d like us to make into one of these swish shareables?  Let us know!  Email with the subject line “Half Bad Quotes”.

Social Media Monday: #HalfWild Quote

Every Monday, we bring you one of our awesome new social media quotecards from the Half Bad series, that you can share across any social media channels you like!

See last week’s image here.

This week:

A gorgeous, searching quote from Half Wild, about hope and nature and beauty and the future…

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Social Media Monday: Share the Love!

Did Half Bad grip you from start to finish?  Did Half Wild make the hairs on your neck stand on end?  Are you on the edge of your seat waiting for Half Lost?  Do you simply need to tell the world how incredible this series is?!

Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you a new social media quotecard from the series, that you can then share across Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat… wherever you like!

This week:

This is one of our favourite quotes from the start of Half Bad – it’s striking, eerie and perfectly establishes Nathan’s stand-out voice:

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Have a favourite quote you’d like us to make into one of these swish shareables?  Let us know!  Email with the subject line “Half Bad Quotes”.

Sally Green plays ‘Good, Bad, or Half Bad?’

Ever wondered what an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, record-breaking author thinks about cheese, trains, shopping or Aiden Turner (from Poldark)?

Wonder no longer! Aiss from the awesome Penguin Platform grabbed a quick chat with Sally before #epicYAday and grilled her on those all-important questions…

Don’t forget to follow Sally on Twitter and stay tuned to Penguin Platform for more updates on all things Half Bad! They’re on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Meet Sally at one of our Half Wild launch events!


Friday 20th  March: 7pm – 9pm
Waterstones, Birmingham High Street

Join Sally Green and Jennifer Niven (author of All the Bright Places) for an exclusive light and dark event to celebrate the Spring Equinox and the launch of Half Wild!

This is a bookshop event with a twist – readers will be transported into the half-light, half-dark worlds of Half Wild and All the Bright Places,  with two floors given over to a treasure hunt. Clues will be distributed around the bookshop, with teams being asked to find books to solve clues in a race to be the first team to unlock the prize. Following the treasure hunt, there will be candle-lit readings by each author, as well as a Q&A session, music, refreshments and author signings.

Tickets: To reserve a place tweet @WaterstonesBham or call the store on 0121 633 4353.

Twitter: #BrightAndWild, @Sa11eGreen, @jenniferniven, @WaterstonesBham, @YABirmingham


Wednesday 25th  March: 6.30pm – 8pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203 – 206 Piccadilly London

With David Levithan (Hold Me Closer) and Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places).

Bestselling teen authors discuss their new novels, Half Wild, Hold Me Closer and All the Bright Places.  Includes author signings.


Tickets: £3 ( £2 for Waterstones Cardholders) buy at | 020 7851 2400


 Twitter: @Sa11eGreen, @davidlevithan, @jenniferniven, @benjaminoftomes (chair), @PenguinUKBooks


Friday 27th  March: 6.30pm – 8pm
Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5JS

With David Levithan (Hold Me Closer).  Includes author signings.

Tickets: £3 ( £2 for Waterstones or NUS Cardholders)  buy in-store or at |  0113 2444588

Twitter: @WstonesLeeds, @Sa11eGreen, @davidlevithan, @PenguinUKBooks  #HalfWild #HoldMeCloser


Saturday 28th March 12pm-1.30pm
Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW

With David Levithan (Hold Me Closer). Includes author signings.

Tickets: Free event. Reservations contact: T: 0161 837 3000 @WaterstonesMCR

Twitter: @WaterstonesMCR,  @Sa11eGreen, @davidlevithan, @PenguinUKBooks #HalfWild #HoldMeCloser