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Halflings (A Halflings Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Burch
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-The angelic (or in this case half angelic) YA invasion continues with this series opener. Nikki Youngblood is just an average 17-year-old, which means she's a black belt in karate, an intuitive artist whose work is already in a gallery, a science nerd, a motorcycle chick, and, of course, beautiful in an unconventional way. She is also being chased by assorted human and otherworldly bad guys (and hell hounds), possibly under the control of the mysterious Damon Vessler. Not to worry; a trio of super-hot blond guys-not angel or human but something sadly in between-has been tasked with keeping her safe. Halflings are the offspring of rebellious angels and human women. While they are allowed to fight on the side of good, they aren't given the possibility of a heavenly afterlife or even allowed to fall in love. No surprise that Good Boy Mace and Bad Boy Raven are both attracted to Nikki. Religion is addressed but isn't particularly intrusive; secondary characters are pretty stock (the ditzy BFF, the antisocial computer-nerd Halfling); and Nikki, despite her many talents, is more Bella than Katniss. Still, fans of the Romeo & Juliet model will enjoy, and the cliff from which readers are left hanging should entice them to return for Book 2.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"A well-written, thoroughly thought-out, and utterly addicting read. Burch's novel captivated me from the word go - and the hits kept on coming. Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination." - Serena Chase USA TODAY

"Gobble up and seek more." - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY


"Burch has penned a great read with a beautiful and smart heroine, hot heroes and evil villains. You'll be entranced by the end of the first chapter. With action from the first page to the last, paranormal romance fans will most definitely enjoy this." - Meera Patel, RT BOOK REVIEW

Rumors of 'Hollywood options' are already buzzing through the blogosphere and a (free) illustrated e-book prequel is now available through several outlets. Combining those tasty details with the way the novel's ending longs for the September 2012 sequel, well … the word 'franchise' certainly comes to mind. I can't say I object. Burch may be riding the coattails of a mainstream trend, but she's giving the fashion a distinctly fresh cut that will allow it to stand out on the angelic romance runway. I'm excited to watch this series take flight – and curious to see where the next book will take what's sure to become a devoted following. Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination. -- Rumors of 'Hollywood options' are already buzzing through the blogosphere and a (free) illustrated e-book prequel is now available through several outlets. Combining those tasty details with the way the novel's ending longs for the September 2012 sequel, well … the word 'franchise' certainly comes to mind. I can't say I object. Burch may be riding the coattails of a mainstream trend, but she's giving the fashion a distinctly fresh cut that will allow it to stand out on the angelic romance runway. I'm excited to watch this series take flight – and curious to see where the next book will take what's sure to become a devoted following. Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination. (USA Today - Happy Ever After Blog (Serena Chase))

RT Rating: FOUR STARS 'Burch has penned a great read with a beautiful and smart heroine, hot heroes and evil villains. You’ll be up late reading this paranormal romance, and you’ll be entranced by the end of the first chapter. With action from the first page to the last, paranormal romance fans will most definitely enjoy this.' -- RT Rating: FOUR STARS 'Burch has penned a great read with a beautiful and smart heroine, hot heroes and evil villains. You’ll be up late reading this paranormal romance, and you’ll be entranced by the end of the first chapter. With action from the first page to the last, paranormal romance fans will most definitely enjoy this.' (Romantic Times)

'...gobble up, and seek more.' -- '...gobble up, and seek more.' (Publishers Weekly)

'Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination.' - Serena Chase, USA Today -- 'Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination.' - Serena Chase, USA Today (USA Today Review)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1554 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008NXT95S
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Blink (February 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BEQPPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh my heart! January 16, 2012
Format:Hardcover
When I was approved to read and review this book through NetGalley I was more than excited. First off, the cover is just like pure beauty is it not? I have a thing for the color red I think. Secondly the blurb caught my attention right away. I love the whole angel theme, and this was a great little twist from other angel books out there. This book wasted no time catching your attention and hurling you into all the action. From page one it was like Heather Burch is telling you hold on to your seat, this is going to be one insane ride and it really is. From the characters whom you grow extremely attached to the insane plot that is driving the story, there is no time to calm down and gather yourself. You have to keep pushing through so you can understand it all, and quench the thirst the book leaves you with. Because trust me, this book leaves you hanging in so many ways.

One thing that I didn't enjoy with this book was after the incredible first two chapters you have so much information thrown at you and then loose site of where the book is going. I was sort of in and out of this book for the first half. I knew a great story was there, I felt it in my bones, but I was just coming up short. It was page 179 that started really hitting it off with me. After you get to a certain point it starts to slow down and you finally see the world of this book come together. Once I hit it that groove I could NOT put this book down. I loved the characters even more than before and started to put together the puzzle pieces I had gotten earlier. This is no easy puzzle to put together though folks, the Halflings world is a crazy piece of literary genius.

Like any great YA book nowadays there was one hell of a love triangle. You have the bad boy Raven and the good hearted Mace.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Halflings Delivers Heavenly Heroes February 10, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Nikki Youngblood is one happenin' chick. At 17 her ride is a Kawasaski Ninja 600. She's a martial artist and an artist with a paintbrush just beginning to be recognized for her talent. She's beautiful and just a bit awkward around guys. It's true Nikki's very down to earth - but heaven and hell have taken notice of her.
Heather Burch's book Halflings opens with Nikki being chased by hell hounds bent on taking her down. But three hunky heavenly heroes fly to her rescue. Thus begins a harrowing otherworldly adventure for Nikki and her Halfling bodyguards Raven, Mace, and Vine.
Burch's concept for Halflings is taken from Genesis 6 where the "sons of God" saw the "daughters of men" were beautiful. In Burch's world Halflings are descendants of the "marriage" of demons and man: half fallen angel/half man. Unfortunately for Nikki's Halfling friends, they don't belong in heaven or in the human realm, but are destined to fight for The Throne because God is worthy - even if they themselves are beyond redemption.
Nikki deals with heaven, hell, and high school with equal amounts of breathless, starry-eyed romance and throttle turning, butt-kicking action. Her hot-wings love interests: bad-boy Raven and vulnerable Mace- will make young teenage girls everywhere wish they were her.
That being said Nikki's budding romances are nothing but chaste and seemingly hopeless. Halflings and humans just can't mix.
In Halflings Burch is obviously laying the groundwork for the two remaining books of the trilogy to follow. Toward the end of the book the action seems tighter and the plot pace picks up considerably. It definitely leaves you with a sense of anticipation.
Halflings is certainly a good alternative to the emo-teen romance fiction out there.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I did not finish this book, however, since I read half of it, I am going to give my thoughts on that half and explain why I chose not to finish.

I thought the premise sounded really interesting. I've never read an angel book and was looking forward to seeing how that story line was played out. Also, the summary promised some swoon-worthy lovin' and I'm always up for that.

There were several formatting issues with my Kindle and while I appreciate that this was a PDF not formatted for the Kindle, it was bothersome and I think worth mentioning.

There were several times where the point of view changed. There were paragraphs of `she' then all of a sudden it switched to `I.' Again, maybe this is something that will get corrected before publication, so I'm not holding it against the book itself.

Here's where I started disliking the book. There were a few instances of foreshadowing that felt silly to me. Two people would be talking and then one would think something like "I could see in his eyes that life as I knew it was about to change." (I'm paraphrasing here, but that's about the gist of it.) It was like the characters were taking huge leaps as to what a look or a face meant.

Then there were other little things like those below. For some reason, they just rubbed me the wrong way. It seemed to me like something a high schooler might write, trying to be extra descriptive and flowery.

"Strands of hair pressed against her forehead where her helmet held them in place, trapped like butterflies under glass."
Her helmet hair looks like butterflies?

"A perfect nose that seemed to be crafted by Michelangelo himself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in Places, Silly in Others . . .
This book was largely fine if you like teen stories, apart from the supernatural element of the boys being half-angel. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sarah Scheele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good book for young people. Definitely gives you something to think about. I would recommend to friends. I will read the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by SM
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
Seems to suddenly jump to a new scenario with no build up or explanation. Good for the cost but I haven't decided whether or not go further with it
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars 39% into kindle version... and still falling asleep.
I bought the series because the description looked interesting and it was a kindle daily deal... well it can't get any worse than this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LilMiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Engaging
Halflings- a cross breed between angels and humans. If anyone has read the Mortal Instruments series, they'll find many aspects of the plot closely tied. Read more
Published 3 months ago by New
3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY!
I wasn't too thrilled about this book or the others in this trilogy. Something is definitely missing from this story. It may just be me, but others may find it to be a great read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LeKeisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Characters
I enjoyed every page of this book. It was the characters that were so capturing. It was wonderfully written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sam p.
3.0 out of 5 stars Very promising premise, but unfortunately I couldn’t connect with the...
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Very promising premise, but unfortunately I couldn’t connect with the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dark Faerie Tales
3.0 out of 5 stars Not awful but not great either
3 stars

*** Some spoilers ahead ***

First off I admit that I normally skip the angel/nephilim YA books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ButterfrogT
2.0 out of 5 stars What did I just read....
Okay I will admit I judged this book by it's cover. The very generic paranormal romance cover was what I thought I was going to read with this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Claddagh
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More About the Author

Heather Burch has always been drawn to epic stories about love and loss. She has a wide range of tales from sagas of love lost then rekindled to high adventure young adult novels. But in all, you will find a common thread. She calls it the soul-mate factor. So, jump on in and enjoy the journey with her unforgettable characters. Whether they're saving the world or just their own lives, they find their inner strength and risk it all for that elusive thing called love.
Heather lives in Florida where she writes full time and has conversations with fictional people. Every. Single. Day.

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