posted at Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 4:30 AM | Reviews, Young Adult
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Halflings by Heather Burch
Series: Halflings #1
Published by Blink on January 28, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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.
For the most part, I try to be a fairly open-minded reader of fictions. While I obviously prefer certain genres to others, I do read most of them occasionally. The main exception to that is christian fiction. I just can’t deal with most of it, although I have tried.
Believe it or not, I actually have a minor in theology, so it’s not that I’m not willing to consider other belief systems or that I’m categorically opposed to the possibility of god. I’m an agnostic, so, basically, who the heck knows.
Anyway, all that lead in was just to explain that, despite my fairly open mind, constant biblical references and the sugar-sweetness that I’ve found in the Christian books I’ve tried up to this point have turned my stomach. Thankfully, Halflings did not fit that mold. I honestly never thought that I would be requesting anything from Zondervan. Even less did I expect that I might enjoy said title. The reason I requested Halflings, even though I feared that I would hate it, is that the author, Heather Burch, is part of the Apocalypsies, a group of really awesome debuting authors who have yet to disappoint me.
The religious stuff is definitely in Halflings no doubt, but Burch doesn’t beat you over the head with it too much, thank goodness. The story opens with a bible quote, but she did not feel it necessary to open every chapter that way, as so many do. Nikki begins reading the Bible and is converted from her faith in science to faith in a higher power. And, of course, the major players are the forces of heaven and of hell. All of this is done in a light enough way, though, that believer and non-believer can enjoy the tale.
Just because it’s Christian does not mean their cannot be some serious love triangle up in here. Of course, Mace is the obvious favorite from the beginning. Personally, I think he’s kind of blah. So far, I just don’t see too much interesting in him. Raven is the quintessential bad boy with the possibility for more, which I generally do not much care for, but he’s just so much more interesting than Mace. Plus, Raven totally encourages Nikki’s strength (she’s a black belt in karate) and wants to help her protect herself. He’s a feminist, woo!
I love when trying a book I wouldn’t usually give a chance pays off! I definitely plan to read the next book in the series.