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Summary: A long ago prophecy of a child being born in the Half World to heal the rift between the three realms seems to be coming true when a. Melanie follows her now-vanished mother into Half World, a magical limbo populated by gruesome semi-humans and characterized by despair. “Half World is a haunting combination of a coming-of-age novel and a spiritual quest, a mad funhouse of horrors and a tale of redemption and love. Wonderfully .

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Jul 12, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Catharine rated it really liked it Jan 30, All three realms are of equal importance, in perfect balance, and there is no end to the cycle.

I don’t know why Hzlf had so much trouble paying attention. And I started getting creeped out when the characters began to get sucked into the Half World rules.

Thank you razOrbill Canada for the signed copy!! It seems to be sort of set in a Toronto or Vancouver kind of a location, while it blends Japanese and Chinese mythologies into the Canadian metropolis setting. Everything about Half World is gray and gloomy.

The spirits, with no way to return to the flesh, are becoming more and more ethereal and distant, less and less human.

Hiromi Goto told my friend via her blog that there are no immediate plans to release the book in the US, either. It’s going to be up to Melanie to not only rescue her mother, but to somehow find a way to bring balance to the realms.

Hiromi Goto’s words are like reading a Hayao Miyazaki film. Email Jalf never made public.

Darkest Light (Half World, #2) by Hiromi Goto

Not for the faint of heart; you have to be able to handle a fair bit of gorey darkness to enjoy this book. Melanie Tamaki is 14 years old, on the “slow-learner” track in school, bullied by classmates, strangely loved by crows, and coping with a mother who is constantly sick and can’t keep a job. Melanie could hear the sound of champagne being poured into tall glasses, the individual bubbles popping, distinct, like microscopic musical worldd.


Castle woeld beside skyscrapers, pagodas and apartment blocks, tents and stone ruins, warehouse stores and freeways I assume it would be similar to the sound that hundreds of grieving, furious souls would make were they trapped in a bottle and suddenly released.

A wise old lady. Part 2 of half world just as good as the first! The new protagonist is a very believable and troubled character. Her strength and tenacity to get back home was admirable and I quite liked her character.


This is sorely lacking! Gee has a past that downright terrifies him, but he has no choice to but to face it head on if things are to be set right and the balance between the three realms restored.

Day 1 May 18, -Started Day 2 May 19, -Continued; read with an empty stomach Day 3 May 20, -Finished; read with an empty stomach; writing this review.

Proudly powered by WordPress. The plot twists and turns will have readers on the edge of their seats and continually turning pages. New to the site? There are a few things that were frustratingly unexplained, especially view spoiler [how a live baby was conceived in Half World in the first place, if it was supposed to be impossible hide spoiler ] but I liked the overall conception.

Melanie is a fourteen-year-old living with her mother in poverty. One day after school Melanie’s mother is missing and determined to find her, Melanie ventures through a portal to a place called Half World, a world of grotesque hybrid animal-human creatures lead by a villain called Mr Glueskin, where everything is gray, bleak and ghostly; and starfish creature Melanie doesn’t have it easy she’s chubby, making poor grades at school, she has no friends and her single mother is always exhausted and between jobs leaving them with little means for food and comfort.


Sunburst Award for Young Adult Her long poem, co-written with David Bateman, came out in Fall The book was repetitive, or rather, phrases were. Hiromi brilliantly continues the story with the telling of Gee, a boy who sets off on a voyage to learn about himself and discover his true purpose in the world.

Facebook Google Twitter Print Email. As is so often the case with myths, however, or fantasy novels for that matter, there is a faint hope of salvation in the form of a prophesy that a child will be born under impossible circumstances and will return the realms to balance.

This is a book where the main character is Japanesewritten by a Japanese person! Luckily my library had a copy.

Half World

Not for everyone but I enjoyed it lots. Agh, it is so hard to decide a star rating for this.

And in addition to the unexpected protagonist, Half World has a lot of surprises for you. Using realistic characters from our world to introduce the reader to the fantastical plane of Half World somehow makes the idea plausible. Goodreads People, You Stink The amount of people that gave this book anything less than 4 stars disgust me.

The cover of this book is gorgeous. I grabbed this book off the New YA shelf at my library for the gorgeous cover art and the unusual plot.

I was happy that Jade Rat was back, restored by a piece of Melanie’s mother’s soul, and wold Melanie was with Ms. His sister is gone and his grandma who is always there for him is feeble and starts to get sick she says something mysterious about Half World.