Friday, January 13, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Halflings by Heather Burch

Title: Halflings
Author: Heather Burch
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: February, 2012
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Angels, Seers, Demons, Romance, & Art
Pages: 288
Plot: (From Goodreads)

“Split.  After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings.  Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret---and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys' powers, as well as her role in a scientist's dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.”

I asked for a copy to review through Netgalley and I was so excited that my request was approved.  So thank you Netgalley and Zondervan for allowing me to review this amazing book!

Halflings was a magnetically entrancing read.  I found from the very first sentence that it sunk its teeth into me and even though it refused to release me, I honestly didn’t want it to until the last page was turned.  I was utterly captivated!

Heather Burch takes guardian angels, fallen angels, and nephilim; and gives them a fresh new twist.  This modern take was entirely breath-taking as you journeyed through fierce battles and forbidden romances.  Burch created a realistic world and then added a touch of the supernatural.   

Nikki was a great character that I completely fell in tune to.  She was definitely someone that I could relate to… if you took out her black belt in karate and added a reading hobby then I feel we might have been the same person.  She made a great heroine as she was stubborn, creative, independent, and compassionate.  Then of course there’s a love triangle with two very interesting and very different boys.  The first boy is Mace; I found him to be very empathetic, attentive, sensible, trustworthy, and dependable.  He had a boy next door quality that made him so likeable!  The third piece from the love triangle is Raven.  Raven was the complete opposite from Mace; aside from being the typical bad-boy he is irresponsible, moody, reckless, rash, and wild.  Even still you find yourself stuck between these three marvelous characters and wanting everyone to be happy.

As I really treasured the time I spent with this brilliantly stunning novel, I rated it an A-.  I know I have a guilty pleasure for angel novels and if you’re like me then I think you would enjoy it too! 

My Rating: 19/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 4

3 comments:

Heather Burch said...

Wow! Thank you so much for this amazing review! I'm so thrilled people are enjoying Halflings.
Heather Burch - a very happy author :)

Mindy said...

I loved Halflings, and I can't wait for Guardians! Thank you for writing such an amazing read! I'm glad you enjoyed my review...as soon as I get my hands on Guardians, I will review that one too!

Grant said...

Hi Malynda,

Thanks for posting a review for Halflings!

I wanted to invite you to The Halflings Network: a place where fans can talk about the book, chat with author Heather Burch, enter giveaways, and get updates on the next book in the series. We also have a free illustrated eBook prequel that I think you'd really enjoy. Feel free to check it out at Halflings.ning.com.

Thanks again for your great review, we really appreciate it!

Grant
Zondervan

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