I'm a parent of three teenagers. It took me only 8 hours to read this book. Finally something which shows true evil and true good, dispersing the fog of confusion propagated by so many teen books and movies. Halfings has it all - suspense, action, romance (but never crosses the line). It's a fun read.
I am afraid I can't write a remotely good review for this book.
I did not like it at all.
The writing was awkward at best -at worst it was simply bad- there was no plot to speak of, the world-building was absent, and the characters underdevelopped and most of the time, really unlikeable.
Now on to more important stuff.
How can you write a book about angels and ignore basic theology of the Bible?
How can you be honest with your readers, when you completely ignore the presence of the christian God in your angel-story? The Bible was mentioned a couple of times. It was quoted once, I think, at least once correctly. That was it.
And all the time it was implied that there is this major war in the spiritual realm going on. A spiritual war with no mention of sin or redemption or the blood of Christ. Or grace, and love, and God for that matter.
Now, I don't say that picking angels and demons for your subject is necessarily a bad thing.
But if you are to pick a biblical subject, just get your facts straight.
Or at least pretend that you are ignoring that the whole thing -the Bible, that is- altogether. That the book doesn't even exist, like Cassandra Clare or Becca Fitzbatrick do. Never mind that in there is the original mention of angels or demons. That is a minor detail.
But do not call your book 'christian fiction'. That's where I draw the line.
This book isults my beliefs.
It isnults the Bible, the written word of God.
And I have a feeling, it may be insulting Him too.
I received this book very kindly from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
Some strange things are happening to Nikki Youngblood. She's been chased by ugly dogs and followed by some really cute guys. And she's not sure why. The next thing she knows, all three guys enroll in her school and are in all her classes! How weird is that? But the more she learns about Mace, Raven, and Vine, the more she learns about why those weird things were happening to her. One thing is certain: life will never be the same!
Whoo! Now this was a fun readâ€”and a quick one too. (I love quick reads.) Heather Burch has crafted an intriguing storyworld with her Halflings (half angel/half humans) and their history.
One thing... The premise of angels having mated with humans bothers me. While there are some who interpret the passage in Genesis 6:4 to mean that demons mated with human women, I find that disturbing and suggest a deeper study of Genesis 6:4. (I highly recommend Randy Alcorn's article on the subject.) I realize, however, that not everyone holds my view of this subject and that this is a fictional story. But if that kind of subject matter bothers you, this story might.
That being said, I was drawn into the story from page one and couldn't wait to see how this story would turn out. Luckily I knew in advance what I was in for. This is the first book in a trilogy. So I knew there would be a bit of a cliffhanger headed my way as to the overall mystery. No matter. It was still a fun, romantic read. I have no guesses as to which angel boy Nikki might chooseâ€”or if she even will! But I look forward to reading the next two books. I hope it won't be too long of a wait because I am hooked on Halfings!
"Everyone is in the middle of this war, Nikki. Humans, Halflings, and angels--both fallen and heavenly. You've ignored the battle for seventeen years, but something on the inside of you knows my words are true. You're in a war and it's time to choose a side. If you don't, a side is chosen for you."
Nikki Youngblood has become a prime target in a supernatural war. She's strong and feisty, but those character traits won't save her from the mysterious evil that's bent on hunting her down for some unknown purpose. However, she's not in this fight alone. Nikki has three Halfling--half-human/half-angel--young men sent to protect her. There's innocent, adorable Vine; brooding, complex Raven; and good, protective Mace. As events begin to rapidly unfold, not only the lives, but the hearts and souls, of Nikki and the three Halfling brothers, also known as "The Lost Boys," are at stake.
I'm a huge sucker for anything Peter Pan, and Halflings by Heather Burch has a sort of darker Peter Pan feel with a "Wendy" character and the "Lost Boys" who live in their own type of "Never Neverland." To be honest, I was a bit wary about the whole "half-angel/half-human" plot, but I believe the author handled it really well. It could almost be viewed in a allegorical sense with the whole sin nature vs. heavenly nature choice.
I was also a bit nervous about the love triangle. I'm not a huge fan of those, but I thought the Mace/Nikki/Raven love triangle was handled pretty well. It was frustrating and addicting at the same time. One moment I would be "Oh, it's sooo obvious she's going to be with him" then "Oh, well, no, maybe it's this guy..." I could totally relate to Nikki's love and confusion over both guys, because even I would really love Mace one moment then all of the sudden be highly irritated with him, or would want to punch Raven one minute and then hug him the next. I have no idea who Nikki is going to choose, which I believe shows some pretty dang good writing on the author's part.
One part of the writing did bother me though. Often when the story switched scenes, it was kind of choppy or abrupt. At one point, I had to pause and turn back a few pages to figure out how one character came to a certain conclusion. Halflings also raised many unanswered questions that left me a bit unsatisfied, like I was reading only half a novel, but the questions also made me even more eager to read the next books. Since this is Heather's first book, the first book in a series, and the story is just plain intriguing and fun, these things are easily forgiven, and the second book is already on my to-be-read list.
*I would like to thank the publisher and author for sending me an Advanced Reading Copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
I had the pleasure of reviewing Heather Burch's book The Haflings recently. When I first read the synopsis to this book I was a little amused. I mean, I am a HUGE fantasy/sci-fi/weird book genre lover, but angels? It all sounded too Twilightish to me and that isn't meant as a compliment by the way.
Haflings is a book about three angels who are sent to protect a girl who is in alot of trouble. The book is a real page turner and is actually quite interesting.
I started to read the book and it didn't pull me in from the start. I thought that in the beginning/middle it was a little, well fluffy. A typical teenage book. I was convinced that it was going to end in a disaster. I was wrong though. It got better. In fact it got alot better. And by the end of the one I couldn't wait to read the next book in the series. The book is a very light read, but it is enjoyable. I loved the comedy thrown into it.
I loved Vine. He was adorable and reminded me so much of a good friend of mine, I honestly didn't care much for Mace. He was just too perfect. I did feel horrible for Raven though I felt like underneath his bad-boy image there was just a lost and hurting young man. :/ And Nikki? Well, I admired her bravery and wanted her motorcycle.
One thing that I didn't like was the perfect looking characters. I like my characters to be flawed, the more flawed they are the better. Maybe that is because I am just a weirdo who likes to find the good in the unlovable/ugly. However, that is just a personal preference and doesn't affect the book whatsoever!
I wouldn't say it is my favorite book ever, but I did enjoy reading Halflings.