Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review: Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch

Halflings (Halflings, #1)

Expected publication: January 10th 2012 by Zonderkidz

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.


My Review:

it was okay

"For Halflings, to fall in love with a human is the unpardonable sin."

Seventeen-year-old Nikki Youngblood was calmly drawing in the forest when four huge black beasts appeared out of nowhere and started to chase after her.

Up in the sky, three Halflings, half-angel and half-human, stand and watch, waiting for the right time to interfere.
Raven, Mace and Vine are the 'Lost Boys', or the "sons of God". They are outcasts in both Earth and Heaven.

After they save Nikki from the hellhounds, she happens to see Mace's eyes before passing away, and their beautiful cerulean color stick to her mind. She sees them again when Mace saves her yet another time, but from a motorcycle accident. That way, Mace's feelings for her start to blossom. He wants to be closer, always protecting her. He wants to touch her, kiss her. Things that should never even cross a Halfling's mind. And Nikki wants to know more and more about him...

Will, the halflings' caretaker, enrolls them at Nikki's school. A triangle starts to form. Nikki is attracted to good, sweet boy Mace, but also loves the freedom and rebellion that bad boy Raven makes her feel.

I'm afraid I didn't really enjoy this book. It was hard to keep on reading, the writing seemed to drag and I felt the growing urge to skip a lot... the plot was interesting, but it wasn't able to fully grab my attention. Raven had some very funny phrases and Mace could be very cute at some times, they were both attractive with their pretty eyes and wings, but that just wasn't enough for me.

We still don't know who Vessler is... and what about Richmond? Does he have something to do with Nikki's birth? The author never fully explains those things or why Nikki was being targeted by hellhounds and demons from the very start, and that bothered me quite a bit. A lot hasn't been explained at all, making the book seem unfinished. (maybe they'll be explained in the next books?).

Nikki was a very contradicting character. She was always ranting about how great she was at karate and at defending herself, but at times she would act like a very silly, useless heroine. And how come she simply found out they were angels so soon and so suddenly? She had very little clues and I expected her to be at least a bit more skeptical...

Oh, and not to mention the part when her dog was found dead... hell, that was the end of my patience with this book. That was SO not necessary. :(

On the other hand, a lot of people seem to have REALLY enjoyed Halflings, so I think it's a good idea to check out their reviews too. Maybe they found something very good in it that I've missed.

If you like your YA filled with angels, love triangles and mystery, this might be your book. ;)

*I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review.*

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