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Halflings (A Halflings Novel) Hardcover – January 28, 2012
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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.
"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. (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.' (Romantic Times)
'...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 (USA Today Review)
Top customer reviews
So far the book seems like murky water. it feels like there are too many details but yet if I didn't have the description I'd have no clue what the actual book was about. I've got details on what seems like non-relevant information, hopefully it would be relevant in the latter part of the book, but nothing about the actual book. Its very frustrating but I can't return the 3 books I've purchased so maybe I'll let them sit til a rainy day.
But when evil begins to hunt her, three guardians show up in the form of gorgeous teenage boys. Raven, Mace and Vine draw the attention of every girl at school, but Nikki is intrigued with them for other reasons. They're Halflings - half human, half angel.
Living with their guardian, Will, Raven is the rebel, Mace is the obedient one with leadership qualities and Vine is the youngest on his first mission and enamored with bowling and candy. Nikki gets caught between her feelings for Mace, who wants only to protect her and Raven who's bad boy ways appeal to her, but also make her suspicious of his motives.
When Damon Vessler enters her life and says he's her godfather, her world is turned upside down. She eventually must decide if she has the faith to believe in guardian angels and choose to fight with them against the evil that lurks.
I struggled in the first half of the book to connect with Nikki but by the second half, I was hooked. I like how the author handles the storyline of the love triangle where Nikki doesn't look like she's stringing two boys along, but rather unsure of herself and her feelings the way any teenage girl would be. I like that Nikki is a strong, female character and yet has insecurities just like any other girl. I love the creativity behind the world of Halflings and I'm more than ready to find out what happens in book two, Guardian.
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I was recommended this book by Bill Myers, a friend of mine who suggested it because it is in a similar genre that I write in.Read more