ARC Review: Half by Eli Lang


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. 

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Release Date: February 13th


*An ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley

Half wasn’t like I expected and I’m not sure how to review it, because I really wanted to love it.

Eli Lang is a talented writer and I loved her writing style. I liked Luca and Kin, but they never swept me off my feet or made me forget my surroundings. Somehow I did not fall in love with the characters like I did with Eli Lang’s world-building and writing. So this is what makes reviewing this book so hard. Half is so character-focused that you need to love the characters and care about them to be sucked into the story.

I would have loved to read more about the different kinds of fey. That really was my favourite part and especially Luca’s sister Saben was intriguing.

But while I overall liked Half, I never got to the point where I was dying for Luca and Kin to work things out because I never felt like I really got to know them. That spark, that special something that made me love either of them was sadly missing. I will say though that I liked how the conflict was resolved. Anything else wouldn’t have felt right.

To conclude: Half was enjoyable with great world-building, and I’ll definitely pick up other books by this author. But this one wasn’t quite for me.

Genre: Paranormal Genre: Urban Fantasy Orientation: Gay Pairing: M/M Publisher: Riptide Publishing Review Tag: Illness / Injury Tag: Insta-Love / Insta-Lust

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