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Vigilance. The mission to safeguard Nikki Youngblood depends on the fragile alliance of two half-angel, half-human guardians, both struggling with intense feelings for the girl who has been assigned to their care. Mace, steadfast and deeply in love, wants to protect Nikki at all costs, while Raven's loyalty to Nikki finds him advocating for her independence and battling hi ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Blink
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The next book in the Halflings series packs a punch, that's for sure!! Now, for my gif-by-gif analysis:

At the end of the last book we were all like:

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Because OMG there's a LOVE TRIANGLE.

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Noble as ever, our heroine - Nikki - decides to stay strong and not lead on either guy:

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But then Mace is all like:

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And Raven pretends he doesn't care, but every time he sees Mace and Nikki toget
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I was soooooo excited to get this book in the mail. I love Heather Burch's writing voice and I started reading Guardian the minute I got it.

Thing is, I got annoyed when I started it. The book had enough action to keep me reading, but it was mainly all about the love triangle between Mace, Nikki and Raven. I don't mind romance, but I did get a bit irritated with Nikki after awhile. She was selfish and a bit ...dumb.

She got herself into dangerous situations and the boys had to rescue her. She cri
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
*NOTE: This is my friend, Jess's, review as she is helping me with my huge review TBR Pile.*

This sequel to the angel series Halflings was out of this world. I loved the world building, and all the characters. It did start out a little slower than I had anticipated but by 15% in I was hooked. This one picks up where book one leaves off and it doesn’t disappoint at all. The love triangle from book one is still going on in this one but by the end the characters pretty much know what needs to happen
Andrea Carrey
Sep 12, 2012 rated it did not like it

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, who provided me with an ARC for review purposes.

I did not realize when i requested this book that it was one in a series. Based on the high ratings I thought I'd enjoy the series, so I bought the first book in order to read this one in context. Somehow I managed to finish both. (I may've skimmed some scenes...)

So why didn't I love this book? First, the plot was a little shaky in my opinion. I was not drawn in enough by what was happening - I felt like the
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
This review is for those who have read or are familiar with the previous book, Halflings, or don't mind knowing some major spoilers for it. Guardian, however, will remain spoiler-free.

Amazon ~ Powell's ~ Jan's Paperbacks

If Halflings had me torn, Guardian has me ripped apart. And not in a good way. Sure, Halflings disappointed me in some respects, but it at least still had enough to make me hope for improvements. Guardian managed to nothing but infuriate me chapter after chapter. But let me start
Rachelle Cobb
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What I Loved

The suspense. The edge-of-your-seat quality. The fact that I couldn't let go of this book. It followed me to the breakfast table, to bedtime, to the cab of my truck where I read it before class.

Building on the magnetism of the first book, Burch has fully delivered with Guardian. Nicki is back in all her intense glory. Mace is more conflicted than ever. And Raven is taking his bad boy routine to a whole new level. You know how sometimes there comes a certain point in a novel where it
May 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
OHMYGOODNESSGRACIOUS!!!! i need this book now. i'm dying inside waiting for this book. hmm my moms a librarian can she get it for me? :OOO i need this booooook!!!!!!! *dies* xD ...more
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I received this complementary ARC copy from edelweiss for my honest review.

Wow, let me start off saying this book is full of suspense and revelations that we get to discover. I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, so this review will not be as in depth as most are.
I will say, I still love Mace and Raven, and had a hard time with Nikki at times, but these times there seems to be a good reason that she acts the way she does
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
There were a few things I completely disagreed with in this book, especially the love triangle, but overall a good sequel with a surprise ending that makes the reader eager for Avenger.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it
What I Loved: To be honest, I wasn't really that overly crazy about Guardian, but The last 4 chapters of Guardian were awesome and fully redeemed the series for me. But...I can't tell you what *AWESOME BIG THINGS* happen in the last couple of chapters because they contained HUGE SPOILERS. Also, the writing was just as great as always, despite the plot seemingly being m.i.a.

What I Didn't Like So Much: Guardian started out extremely slow, for me. I mean, it literally took me 5 chapters in before I
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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» Review can also be found on Orchids & Amethysts.

Title: Guardian (Halflings #02)
Author: Heather Burch
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to Zondervan via Netgallery for accepting my request on reading this book.

Nikki's in danger. Everyone she loves is in danger because of her. Now she's on a mission with two boys who own her hearts. Torn between them and the tasks she is facing, Nikki has to make the right choices.

In the second book of the Halflings series Guardian everything felt a little too forced for me. The
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, supernatural
Guardian is the second installment of the Halflings series. I found that out when I received this ARC, so obviously, I had to read Halflings and thankfully, I liked it. But I liked this one better!

Guardian is action-packed. A lot happens to Nikki who doesn't know who to turn to anymore. She tries to improve herself and work on her abilities but Mace is overprotective and Raven is always in her face. She's in love with one and she's attracted and attached to the other. So, of course, it complicat
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nikki Youngblood just wants things to go back to the way they were before. Before her life spun out of her control. Before she was haunted by hell hounds. Before her parents were murdered. Before she heard of Halflings. Before she fell for not one but two of them…
Nikki can’t help but fall deeper in love with each of them even though she knows it could cost them their eternity.
Mace is safe and dedicated. Protecting her against the evil that threatens her. Mace is what Nikki needs.
Raven is advent
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Heather Burch’s Guardian, part two of the Halflings series, and deepens the developing plot with its classic love-triangle and startling twists. Although Nikki Youngblood would rather want everything to return to the way it was, she is in too deep and there is really no going back. She knows that her feelings for Raven and Mace could cost them their eternity, she cannot help her emotions from getting stronger towards them. She needs protection which Mace can provide, but she craves freedom that ...more
Jamie Ayres
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Even though this one got off to a rough start for me (I felt it didn't start in the heart of the action enough), by about 20% through on my Kindle I couldn't put it down! There were so many twists, so many sweet moments between her and Mace (and between her and Raven as well). I won't tell you who she ends up with. I love them both, but I was a little disappointed with who she picked. I switched teams between book 1 & 2 though, and I may switch again in book 3 (maybe Nikki will too)! Anyway, it ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
When I read Halflings, I thought the illogical jumps in the time/space continuum were me being scatter brained or a bad copy of the book. Well, what are the chances of the same issues occurring in Guardian, apparently quite high, or else this is the worst case of writing/editing I've EVER seen? I refuse to read anymore in this series. The Twilightesque love triangle is so overplayed I lack the words to properly describe it. Quite frankly, the whole story wreaks of a Twilight rip-off with "angels ...more
Brooke Banks
I was just notified yesterday that I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway. I will read and review the first book as well. I will simply both reviews up at the same time.

Update 10/17 : I have received this book and I have two other ARCs to read before this one. However, I don't see it taking longer than a week at most to get it all done.

Update 10/31 : Finally, finished. I'll put up the review soon but it's not going to be pleasant or nice. I really didn't not like the book at all.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I was disappointed. Why do the second installments always or mostly always fail to bring you the same joy as first installments? Either way the novel could of been a lot better. I'm tired of Nikki being torn between Mace and Raven. It's obvious that she needs Raven and Mace is holding her back. I hope the third installment is better. ...more
Ravanna Dee
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading it all over again! I got to go back and see how my perspective had changed since the last time I had read it, which was a little over two years ago. And happy to say it was just as good as it was then, maybe better cause now I could really take in part's that I hadn't really grasped last time. Does that make any sense? ...more
Dec 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
guess what I recieved? Yes, this novel ^^ THANK YOU ZONDERKIDS!
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I'm in love with this cover.. Can't wait to read it when it comes out in October... ...more
May 21, 2012 added it
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Really hoping I can get a review copy through NetGalley before it comes out!
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Can't believe I have to wait till March for book 3! Review to come! ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I finally finished book two after reading through book one of course. I have read this one two times or so. I loved the continuing story of Nikki and the angels have have protected her. In this one Nikki had to deal with the loss of her family and everything she holds dear. She is being hunted and isn't sure where she should go. I hate to say it but I love how Burch dealt with the inner turmoil that Nikki goes through in this story. She just really doesn't know if the choice she made was the ...more
Danielle (cozycoffeebook_)
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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I enjoy the intrigue of the happenings in this book however I am not too sure I actually like the main character. She does a lot of flip flopping of attitude and people. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I did like how it didn’t let on exactly who they were up against until later in the book. I’m hoping the third will wrap up nicely and hopefully the main character will make a decision on who she wants to be.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable sequel.
Christen Burns
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was worried the second book wouldn't keep my attention as much as the first. Bot was I wrong! So good I couldn't put it down. ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good!
Suzanne G
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having found out that Angels exist along with Hell hounds and other creatures, Nikki also has to deal with having her family murdered leaving her with her Godfather, a man she only met a few weeks ago.
On top of that she discovers she is not actually human....

Can't wait for the next book

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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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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