Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Review: Halflings by Heather Burch

Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch
Release Date: 2/1/2012
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Fantasy, Angels, Contemporary

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 their earthly mission, 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.

Halflings was definitely an interesting read.  I love angel-related stories, so I really did want to fall in love with this one, but alas, it just didn't manage to grab me 100%.  I liked it, don't get me wrong, but there were just a few things about it that made it (I don't want to say ordinary) but just rather unremarkable.

I love the story concept itself. It was intriguing and interesting.  I like the backstory for each of the characters, but I just had a hard time at first getting into the book.  Additionally, since characterization is one of my main draws in a book, I think this might be where I was a bit left behind.  Although I liked the characters, I almost felt that they were a little bit too cookie cutter for my taste. It's like there were a handful of stereotypical archetypes they each fit into.  You've got a "good guy", a "bad boy" and a "cutey."  I liked them all, but it just seemed too much like they were selected off an assembly line, if you know what I mean.  The heroine didn't stand out to me either.

The pacing was a bit off for me as well, as there were times I had a hard time pushing my way through the story.  All in all, the story was good and I did like it, but it wasn't going to make it into my favorites pile.  I definitely recommend others give it a try if you like this type of book, but it just wasn't a fave for me.

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