2 February 2012

Book Review: Halflings (Halflings #1)

Halflings (Halflings #1) by Heather Burch

Format: e-arc
Publisher: Zonderan
Publishes: 1st February 2012
Pages: 288
Main Characters: Nikki, Mace, Raven, Vine
Date Started: 18th January 2012
Date Finished: 29th January 2012
Rating Given: ****

For ages 15-18


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.

I hadn't heard of this book until I had seen it on Netgalley and it sounded like my kind of book so I though I would try it.

This is like a new concept on Angels/Fallen Angels. With this one the boys are part human part fallen angel who are not allowed to go up to Heaven and they have to go on journey's to protect certain humans.

I really enjoyed this book as there was always something going on even right from the beginning which always kept you on the edges of your seat as you just didn't know what was going to happen next. Which I love not knowing before it happens as it's more intriguing and less predictable.

It was such a heartbreaking read as a lot of things that happened to Nikki was terrible and actually made me cry it was like I felt heartbroken too. There is not many books that can make me actually cry I have gotten upset at quite a few but not many actually crying. The last one that made me cry like this was The Hunger Games! The part that I am thinking of is when the dog dies but as a hero(highlight for the spoiler) it was so beautifully written it was so moving it really did break my heart.

I liked Nikki's character she s such a fighter and with everything thrown at her to actually continue to fight is a strong character which we don't get much of in the female characters they usually wait to be rescued at least Nikki tries to fight first.

I love Mace he is so sweet and seems to have white knight syndrome. I feel so sorry for him as he is trying to fight his feelings for the greater good.

Raven am not sure about as when he is with Nikki he seems alright but when he is not with her there's something evil about him so in the coming books it will be intriguing to see which side he falls on.

I am not sure what I think about with the love triangle between Mace-Nikki-Raven as one minute you think she loves one and then the next minute she loves the other but I know which team I'm on and that's team Mace as I feel like he does actually love her.

I love the beginning of each chapters as there is an image in the background which looks stunning and I hope it's on the final copy.

There was parts of this book where it felt like there was a part of the story was missing as it got a little confusing as it felt like it jumped in time but missed out a huge chunk of the story.

Overall a thrilling and beautiful if not heartbreaking start to what I hope is going to be a brilliant series.


  1. hey how do you make that box with dotted lines?
    The one besides the picture?
    Mind sharing?

  2. I dont mind sharing but I can't seem to use the reply button so I hope you see this message. I found out how to do the dotted lines from blog help which was really helpful I will try and explain how I did it but am not that good at explaining things so here goes.
    Go to the Design part of the blog and then click on Template Designer. Then go to the Advanced part and then scroll down to Add CSS and in the box you put this in - blockquote {border: 3px dotted #3d85c6} you can change the size by changing the number next to the px bit. You can also change how you want the border as it doesn't need to be dotted. And the numbers/letters is the colour which you can change. Hope this is helpful :)

  3. Hi Kate,
    Thanks for posting a review for Halflings!

    I wanted to invite you to The Halflings Network: a place where fans can talk about the book, chat with author Heather Burch, enter giveaways, and get updates on the next book in the series. We also have a free illustrated eBook prequel that I think you'd really enjoy. Feel free to check it out at Halflings.ning.com.

    Thanks again for your great review, we really appreciate it!