H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright

H.A.L.F.: The Makers by Natalie Wright
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction
Length: Full (362 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Roswell. Area 51. The X-Files.

You’ve seen the aliens known as “the Greys” in movies and on T.V. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong?

And what if the Greys are only the beginning?

On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M’Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined.

And hungry…

Non-stop action with a touch of romance…

This book picks up just seconds after the first book ends. While, perhaps the author eventually gives enough information for this to be read alone, I highly recommend starting with the first book to keep from feeling lost. I’m definitely glad I did.

Told from several different points-of-view, right from the start, H.A.L.F.: The Makers thrusts us into an alien invasion of sorts. H.A.L.F. 9 aka Tex has been rescued by his alien cousins, along with his friends Ian and Erika, from the secret government agency that created him. H.A.L.F. stands for Human Alien Life Form and he was created using DNA from the aliens in the Roswell crash.

In the first book, it was pretty clear who the good guys and the bad guys were. This book takes some of that and stands it on its head. Necessity creates some interesting alliances with folks you wouldn’t expect, starting with Jack’s circumstances and the person who ends up helping him.

The friendships between Erika, Ian and Tex also evolve and change and as is typical with teen novels today, there is a bit of a love triangle. It’s all handled very sweetly and one thing I did enjoy was the lack of some of the “rougher” stuff we see in so many contemporary teen novels today, like constant profanity and sex. Of course, our heroes and heroines are pretty busy saving themselves and the world, so don’t have too much time to suffer through the usual angst.

The book is cleanly written, though there a few little things only an sharp eye would catch: repeated words or a bit of awkward phrasings. However, it was very nice to read such a well created and edited self-published book. The author has a lovely voice as well and is well-suited to her chosen genre.

Book one ended on a cliffhanger, and this book is no exception. We see the characters through fixing some problems, only to have more show up and worse … we’re being invaded by aliens who don’t want to help us. They want to eat us.

Yes, I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

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And hungry.


  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

    • Yes! The M’Uktah chapters- the invading aliens- were hard for me to get going with. These aliens are a wholly new invention so I have nothing in our known world to fall back on. But once I got started, I found the M’Uktah “voice” and it began to flow. I think the M’Uktah scenes are some of the best I’ve written.

      Thanks for checking it out!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. Thank you for hosting and for such a thorough and well-written review!

  5. Victoria says:

    This sounds like a great book – thanks for sharing!

  6. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very intriguing.

  7. James Robert says:

    Good Afternoon! Have a terrific day and thank you for the chance to win

  8. Nicole Wetherington says:

    Awesome post and tour!

  9. momjane says:

    This sounds so fascinating. What an exciting and unique story line.

  10. Cali W. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  11. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  12. James Robert says:

    I’m running late today but still wanting to stop by to thank you for the chance to win

  13. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  14. SHELLEY S. says:


  15. Nikolina says:

    This book sounds like something I’d really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

  16. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!! Looking forward to reading this book!!

  17. James Robert says:

    Hello! I am helping my brother out entering his giveaways for a bit while he is camping with his kids and having a fun weekend. Thank you for the chance to win, I know he enjoys entering and following some terrific blogs. He enters many books for me and my other sister so we all appreciate it.

  18. Most books seem to be better than the movie; is there a movie that you think was better than the book?

  19. James Robert says:

    Have a terrific weekend and thanks so much for this giveaway

  20. Great review! Excited to read this book!

  21. Danielle M. says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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