Half by Eli Lang ~ Book Review by Sadie

Title: Half

Author: Eli Lang

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: G.D. Leigh

Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/13/2017

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Gay


Living between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.

I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.

But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.

Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself.

My View:


I really wanted to enjoy this book, but although it’s written well from a technical standpoint, it has such a passive “voice” that I couldn’t properly connect to the plot.

For example, the main character (Luca) has apparently just returned home – to a city that’s never named – after traveling both the known globe AND parts of the fairy world for six entire years, and the reader doesn’t get a single scene of any detail about what he did or who he met, et cetera, in that time.

Similarly, Luca’s vaguely unlikeable sister repeatedly bemoans his estrangement from her, and from their father, who…doesn’t appear in the book. Like, at all. Considering that the entire story centers around the ill effects of his fae blood on his son’s body, I guess I expected him to, umm, be present? I don’t know. The further I read the more disappointed I felt. Certainly, the prose was beautiful in spots – but I just didn’t care enough about any of the characters to really get into it.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Half by Eli Lang ~ Book Review by Sadie

  1. So sorry you didn’t really like this book, Sadie. I find the blurb interesting, and the cover is really catchy… I think I’ll give it a chance!

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