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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.

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Published February 1st 2012 by Zondervan Publishing (first published January 17th 2012)
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nikki is a boring 17 year old girl who faints and cries every chance she gets. Nikki or Dikki as I like to call her somehow manages to get caught up in the war between heaven and hell. Naturally Dikki gets three hot protectors who DUN DUN DUN just so happen to be half human and aw yea half angel..I think I shall call them halfies, no half&half, no 50:50, no I've got it..I shall call them halflings...unoriginal you say? lame you say? uninspired you say? Well then you'd be 100% right.
Anywho 2 out
Carrie Ardoin
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
The main character in this story, Nikki, is supposedly a kick-ass girl who has a black belt in karate and rides a motorcycle. She is leading a "normal" until until suddenly, everywhere she turns, she is being attacked by evil creatures and she doesn't know why.

Luckily she has 3 half-human, half-angel protectors to watch over her. Mace, Raven, and Vine exist in a halfway between Earth and Heaven, and are outcasts in them both. Mace in particular feels inexplicably drawn to Nikki. But the 3 guardi
Heather Burch
Jul 16, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: cover-mania
New cover reveal. And yes, my goodreads friends, you are seeing it here first! I'm really happy with the new cover! When I first started writing Halflings, I always imagined the cover red. :) Big big thanks to the team who created it. ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
DISCLAIMER: This is an opinion of someone whose brain has been marinating in flu and colds medicine for at least a week. You might want to read somebody else's review...someone more coherent.

Halflings has all the recipe of what I can consider as a train wreck. Love triangle. Ick. A heroine with a predisposition to whining crying waffling. Double ick. A plot that seemed to veer off in several directions without a defined course. Triple...well, you know. Ick. It started out so good - action right
"Halflings" seemed to me like a half-hearted attempt at a paranormal/urban fantasy story for the YA audience. My words might be blunt in that, but it was difficult to find much to like and hold interest through much of the novel. I found that it often skipped from one event to the next without proper transition, the characters were quite underdeveloped, and many familiar paranormal tropes were forced without so much as any development in the worldbuilding for this fantastical realm, with some as ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Halflings has a fantastic storyline with plenty of action, drama, and romance—all what I love in a novel. Heather Burch has finally done what I have wanted to see in a triangle romance for a long time. Burch's writing was also fantastic and exciting, she kept me glued to this story with a cliffhanger ending that had me loving the main character Nikki. Burch has taken the half-human and half-angel that we are familiar with and given it a new twist. And the intriguing storyline had me loving the H ...more
Lisa Nguyen
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing

I was excited to get this for review! The cover isn't as beautiful as the other debuts, but the story sure is good. I had to read it on my kindle app. Since I don't have a kindle and I hate reading on my laptop because it's so seriously -___- So I finally found a way to read the books on my iPod. It took me about 2 and a half days? I stand up all night today, finishing it. It was so addicting, I could not put the book down. I love the pl
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this from NetGalley. I became enchanted from the start. Halflings is the telling of half-human half-angels, figures sent to protect Nicole Youngblood. Not sure of their journey, Mace, Raven and Vine aka The Lost Boys. They keep close tabs on Nikki. Even saving her life a few times. Towards the middle of the story their is a love triangle between Mace, Nikki and Raven. However it is forbidden for Halflings to fall in love. Rather not be the downfall for either boy. Nikki tries to contr ...more
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. I hope my review does it justice. Thank you and Zondervan publishers for allowing me to review an ARC copy of Halflings by Heather Burch.

Halflings is an amazing YA novel that absolutely had me parked in my kindle. It rocked my world!

Halflings had me enchanted from the beginning. It was so well written and fast paced that I just could not put it down. I had it read in one sitting. Burch's writing style is lovel
Annmarie Ager
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Halfling by Heather Burch

Chased by hell hounds, nearly run off the road by a suv Nikki’s life used to be simply now she seems like every bad thing in the world is trying to kill her. With evil ready to strike at every turn Nikki ends up having three beautiful guys watching over her. They call themselves Halflings the offspring of fallen angels. They plan to keep Nikki out of dangers but sometimes that’s not easy to do. New problems arise when Nikki finds herself falling in love with two of her
Bill Tillman
A very different YA novel, from beginning to end this book will rock your world. Nikki is a 17 year old junior in high school, from there she is unlike any other teenager you would ever meet.

Guarded by three Halflings, Vine, Mace, and Raven with their guardian Will. Nikki finds the world of angels, half angels and demonic forces within a breath of her own world. Nikki is the target of the baddies,though we never find out why, (presume that will be part of Vol. 2)the action never lags. Having two
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have read about half of the pre-publicatin of the Halflings, and all I can say is "WOW, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"....I am chomping at the bit to read the rest of it and cannot wait until it's release! It's non-stop action and pulls you into the plot from page 1! You will not be dissapointed and I urge all of you to PRE-ORDER! I know I have my copy ordered already! This book has you looking around thinking, "where are my good lookin guardian angels to protect me?" :) ...more
John Burch
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone that needs a hero... or two!
Read it... awesome! Cover looks great! love the action and the twists in the plot. DEFINATELY a must read!
Rachel's Book Reviews
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 los
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Publication Date: 1st February, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing
Country: United States of America
ISBN: 9780310728184
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Source: ARC recieved through NetGalley
Lootability: Grab it and go

Halflings is the debut novel of author Heather Burch who has spent the last few years teaching writers how to relax. As an ordained minister,
Andrea King
Nov 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
I did not finish this book, however, since I read half of it, I am going to give my thoughts on that half and explain why I chose not to finish.

I thought the premise sounded really interesting. I’ve never read an angel book and was looking forward to seeing how that story line was played out. Also, the summary promised some swoon-worthy lovin’ and I’m always up for that.

There were several formatting issues with my Kindle and while I appreciate that this was a PDF not formatted for the Kindle,
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It takes a great angel book to really hook me and this one did the job! I loved the story, the characters, all the twists and turns of the plot -- wonderful!! :) Can't wait to read the next one in this series.
*Full review*

Review: I admit, it's hard for me to love angel books, typically. I'm not sure why but only rarely do they grab my attention. But, Halflings was incredible! Definitely in the top 3 angel books I've ever read and I can't wait to get the 2nd book in the series.

First, Nikki was
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've had the privilege of reading a pre-publication manuscript and can tell you this book, Halflings, will not disappoint. Fast paced, strong plot, and compelling characters make this a to-read selection. I Love Halflings! ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Publisher
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Where to begin? To start off, I really wanted to like this story. There are a lot of good ideas in here. Unfortunately, to me, this book was a soup pot filled with good idea and bad execution.
Nikki is your average paranormal book heroine. She doesn’t believe in her beauty. She is not really a girly girl. And she is generally smart. Not terrible that this is the structure for most paranormal books these days. In fact, I rea
Shawna LeAnn
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog: Dreaming In The Pages

When I was approved to read and review this book through NetGalley I was more than excited. First off, the cover is just like pure beauty is it not? I have a thing for the color red I think. Secondly the blurb caught my attention right away. I love the whole angel theme, and this was a great little twist from other angel books out there. This book wasted no time catching your attention and hurling you into all the action. From page o
Pooja (On books!)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I love the cover of Halflings. There's something about the expression of the girl in the cover that grabs your attention and makes you not want to look away until you've figured it out.


Halflings wasn’t afraid to sink its teeth straight into the action! The book opens with Nikki, a perfectly normal girl, being chased by “hell hounds”. Hovering in the background are Mace, Raven and Vine who have been assigned to protect her. Who
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Halflings. Half human... half angel.

That's all I needed to know!
It starts off quick with lots of action and you instantly get sucked right in, running through the forest and trying to catch your breath while trying to figure out what is going on, right along with Nikki Youngblood.
Nikki was definitely not who I expected her to be! From the synopsis, I got the impression of 'damsel in distress', but she is quite the opposite - this girl is super smart, gutsy, stubborn and forthright.

Meet the "Lost
The Fairytale Nerd
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Read full review at The Fairytale Nerd.

The love triangle in this story is pretty good. Raven is the bad boy in the story. He was presented as the one having a darker side. I love the fact that Raven acts like a tough guy, but gets derailed whenever he's around Nikki. I found it cute. On the other hand, there are also tender moments between Nikki and Mace. I also love the forbidden love theme of the story (halflings cannot fall in love with humans). I was deeply affected when Mace rejected N
Jessica (Books: A true story)
The first thing that caught my attention about Halflings was the beautiful, visual writing. It reminded me of The Mortal Instrument series but more religious since it talked about heaven, hell and God (but not in a preachy way). Peter Pan felt like an inspiration for some aspects of the book, especially the Halfling characters. Peter Pan is one of my favorite books and I loved the way it influenced this story. The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the term “Halflings” because it invok ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Halflings! It was amazing. It had me gasping, crying, awing, and doing a little happy dance. The writing was very well written and it was enjoyable all around.

Cover: The cover is quite simple. The wings in the background have a meaning, but I'm not gonna mention it! :) I love the simplicity of it. Some covers can rock the over done look, but this works perfectly!

Plot: The plot kept me interested throughout the whole book. It had many plot twists, even though I saw some of them
Andrea Carrey
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am so confused by this book. From the very beginning I could barely follow it. For all the characters, we are told one thing about them, and see them act in ways that totally contradict what we've been told. They are all trying so badly to fit into stereotypes it hurts.

Nikki has potential to be a great protagonist; self sufficient, strong, brave. We are told she is all these things. And yet - she spends so much time crying and fainting that you get whiplash.

Her best friend's first scene with R
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is a major love triangle going on here. Between two halfings and a mortal. In the modern world known as Mace and Raven, who are both majorly crushing on Nikki.They were sent there to watch over her with their other brother Vine ,but as they get to know her they both fall under her spell. You see she's not just any other mortal she can see their realm. They both fall for her for different reasons,Raven for her strength and Mace for her love of the world.But Nikki's worried when three female ...more
John E.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to pre-read the Halflings book and I must say Heather is a fine artist as well as a writer. The descriptive scenes she painted in my mind still remain very vivid ! I didn't want to read several hours at a time but very hard to find a good place to stop, needless to say any more but I promise you it's a page turner.ENJOY !! ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Halflings, the characters straddle two worlds, and when worlds meet, there is danger and promise. The halflings and the one they protect will discover each other while discovering the reasons they are targeted by unholy pursuers.
Heather Burch has built a story that won't stop! I can't wait for the reveal!
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Heather Burch is a #1 Amazon bestselling author whose books have been translated around the world.

She writes upmarket women's fiction novels that explore what it means to be a family. Her books have sold over half a million copies worldwide.

Heather also writes edge of your seat paranormal YA novels about swoon-worthy angels. Her Halflings series is a #1 New Release.

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