Monday, January 23, 2012
Halflings by Heather Burch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Poor Nikki! Someone has it in for her…BAD! She’s chased by hellhounds, some dude in an SUV tries to run her off the road! Thank God, literally, that there are some Halfling Angels around to protect her. Mace, Raven, and Vine are halflings. They and their guardian, a full angel, have been sent to keep Nikki alive. They don’t know why she is special, they just know she is a target for some evil beings.
This was a fun read. A bit confusing in the beginning because it wasn’t clear who was who in terms of the halflings, but things were clarified rather quickly. Great mythology to the Halflings! Talk about “the sins of the father” being visited on the sons! Poor Halflings have to pay the price for the fact that their fathers fooled around with mortal women...talk about a sucky situation! Doing their duty is how they attempt to attone for their father’s misdeeds.
Mace is the guy who is trying to be positive and do good. Raven, on the other hand, sees life as the glass being half-empty and is pissed. Poor Vine is the newbie who is trying to learn the ropes and navigate the constant tension between Mace and Raven. That tension only escalates when they enroll in Nikki’s school and start competing for her attention…but falling in love with a human is forbidden and will land you in Hell for an eternity.
I loved that there was so much more to both Mace and Raven then what first appeared. I fell for both of them at the art gallery when they revealed their different perspectives on a particular piece of art…I saw a depth to them that is usually reserved for the main character. Meanwhile Vine provided the occasional nugget of insight and a whole lot of comedic relief.
Nikki, meanwhile, is no shrinking violet…she is my kind of chick. She can handle herself in most situations. Rides a motorcycle, competitive Karate, artist, and is a good kid! So why is something evil after her?
Really well written with lots of small conflicts leading up to a really big cliffhanger. Lots of twists and turns and characters getting introduced throughout the story…and you aren’t quite sure if they are good or bad. A great deal to look forward to in the next installment.
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Posted by Pam Steinke at 12:01 PM