Half Lies & Half Thruths by Sally Green (Half Bad #0.5 and 0.6)

Original Title: Half Lies and Half Truths

Year Published: 2014 & 2015

Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers

Number of Pages: 72 & 55

First Sentence: We’ve been in the USA for five days now.“(HL) “I imagine you feel slightly foolish.” (HT)

Goodreads Rating: 4/5 for both books.


Half Lies: Meet Michele and Gabriel: young Black Witches in a brave new world.

Their mother was brutally murdered. Their father drowns his pain at the bottom of a bottle.

They begin a new life in Florida, where Michele meets a White Witch boy, but the divide between Black and White Witches is as dangerous as ever. Soon Michele is caught between love and loyalty, truth and lies.

Could falling in love be the deadliest mistake she’s ever made?

Half TruthsHalf Truths follows Gabriel’s story from the time he arrives Switzerland, seeking help in recovering his magical powers from the conniving Black Witch Mercury, and goes up until the moment when he first meets Nathan and their paths become forever intertwined.

My thoughts:

These are two novellas within the Half Life universe. They both take place before the events of Half Bad and follow Gabriel and his little sister. They were both very interesting and well worth reading if you have read the Half Life books.

Half Lies is told through Michelle, Gabriel’s sister, and is written in a diary style. Michelle is a nice main character and written according to her age. What does that mean? She is a teenager and it is easy to tell. But it never goes over the top and she is very likable.

The plot here is very interesting and fun to read. There are however some parts that are slightly dull, but they quickly pass and the story become interesting again.

In Half Truths we get to see some of what took place in Gabriel’s life before he met Nathan and also see how he perceived their first meeting. The plot here is perfectly balanced and the pages just fly by. I love Gabriel and this was so much fun to read simply because it was Gabriel.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.


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