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Split. 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 27mm | 326g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310728185
  • 9780310728184
  • 597,873

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Rumors of 'Hollywood options' are already buzzing through the blogosphere and a (free) illustrated e-book prequel is now available through several outlets. Combining those tasty details with the way the novel's ending longs for the September 2012 sequel, well ... the word 'franchise' certainly comes to mind.
I can't say I object. Burch may be riding the coattails of a mainstream trend, but she's giving the fashion a distinctly fresh cut that will allow it to stand out on the angelic romance runway. I'm excited to watch this series take flight - and curious to see where the next book will take what's sure to become a devoted following.
Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination. * USA Today - Happy Ever After Blog (Serena Chase) * RT Rating: FOUR STARS

'Burch has penned a great read with a beautiful and smart heroine, hot heroes and evil villains. You'll be up late reading this paranormal romance, and you'll be entranced by the end of the first chapter. With action from the first page to the last, paranormal romance fans will most definitely enjoy this.' * Romantic Times * '...gobble up, and seek more.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Packed with action, Halflings is stocked with a feisty, likable cast and a fantastically impossible love-triangle that made my heart flutter, race and sigh. This hard-to-put-down novel kept me up late into the night and burrowed itself into my imagination.' - Serena Chase, USA Today * USA Today Review *
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About Heather Burch

Heather Burch, the author of the popular Halflings series, spent the last seven years in Southern Florida but recently returned to her hometown in the Ozark Mountains. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Romantic Times, and Booklist magazine. When not working on her latest novel, she can be found hiking in the hills or planning a trip to the beach with her husband, John, who is her hero in every way.
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Rating details

3,043 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,007)
4 28% (855)
3 23% (696)
2 10% (316)
1 6% (169)

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What do you do when you have have four hell hounds after you? You run like crazy and hope they stop. Not headstrong Nikki who stands her ground and tries to fight them off until three Halflings help her. Halflings are exactly what they sound like, the offspring of fallen angels and human women. Talk about complicated! They’re not allowed in heaven nor do they want to spend eternity in hell, so they opt to stay in the midplane. No other Halflings know this better than Mace, Will and Vine. Three young angels who are assigned to protect Nikki. The reason is unknown and throughout the novel they try to figure out why. I’m always one to read angel themed novels, and Halflings is no exception. It had a wonderful combination of mystery and romance that I had to know why Nikki is so special. And the little love triangle and unforgivable sin that Halflings must not do keeps the intensity of their love rising. This is a great quick read but it lacked answering all the questions that I had in te end. Maybe it will be answered in the next book? I look forward to it.show more
by Giselle SM
Yet another angel-themed book to face my scrutiny, and I am happy to report that Halflings makes the cut and earns my stamp of approval. There are a few hiccups and unanswered questions, but overall I found the story captivating enough to want to keep reading and finally have enough curiosity to pounce on the sequel. It also helps that these Halfling boys oozed with such hotness and tough-but-vulnerable personalities that I would do anything to spend more time with them. What can I say? I cannot resist a well-crafted male specimen who has hope to be redeemed from the Dark Side. Halflings has the same action-packing suspense as Angelfire and an interesting angel re-invention like Angel Burn, and I am totally looking forward to seeing how Nikki and company fare in GUARDIAN.show more
by theEPICrat
First of all, Nikki was a girl with two sides. She was a fighter: strong, persistent and wise. But she was also an artist: sensitive, perceptive and emotional. I liked Nikki but there were times when her reactions just confused me. There were scenes in which she acted out of character - as if two parts of her were in battle. But so far, she wasn't the lovey dovey type. She fought against her selfishness, her desire to be with Mace and her weakness throughout the story. She remained rational, weighing her options and considering the possible consequences of every action. I liked this about her. The love triangle reminded me a bit of Elena-Stefan-Damon from The Vampire Diaries TV series, but instead of vampires, we get Halflings - Nephilim guys. Mace was the sweet, good guy. He was Nikki's knight in shining armor. He was the type of guy that made girls melt with his warmth, his touch and his charm. He fell for Nikki the first time he saw her. Raven was the dangerous and irresistible badboy. He was handsome, like any Halfling, and he knew it. He used it to his advantage. But underneath the layer of cold calm, rule-breaking and unending tempting, he was vulnerable and suffering. This was probably one of the best forbidden love triangles ever. It really meant life or death, or in this case, eternal punishment without redemption. It was beyond tragic. The two brothers were in danger not just of falling in love with a human but also of falling over the edge. Nikki was torn between sacrificing her feelings and causing serious trouble for the two brothers. I really enjoyed reading about the push-pull drama of this. Sparks flew and hearts ran marathons. The idea of Nikki having three gorgeous guardian angels was intriguing. First off, why three? Her case must be really serious for heaven to send three Halflings to protect her from vicious hell hounds and demons. The progress of the enemy's attack as they strived to claim Nikki was good. I could really see how things got worse with every chapter. In the beginning, it was just Nikki. But as the story progressed, more and more characters got involved. The threat to Nikki's life extended to her family. The urgency, sense of danger and suspense were there. However, I was waiting for the answers to my questions and I'm sad to say some of them weren't answered. The suspense mounted up in me and I was really waiting, wanting, needing answers that will solve the mystery. But there were hints here and there, as well as big revelations that surprised me. Halflings is a riveting paranormal romance that will keep readers satiated with its heartbreaking forbidden romance, heart-stopping Halflings and heart-pounding action and suspense. Burch gives readers an intriguing and fresh take on the Nephilim in Halflings. I recommend this to people who enjoyed Hush, Hush, Crescendo and Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, paranormal romance readers and angel enthusiasts.show more
by Precious
Nikki Youngblood is a human who's mastered Karate, while the paranormal surroundings that meet's her are changing her life and maybe she'll find the love of her life? I have to admit I was a little disappointed with this book, because I had too high expectations. We've all read the type of drama's where there's this paranormal romance twist, but I expect something extraordinary to make me satisfied. I really liked the character's, but there where a few things that bugged me. Nikki she can Karate and I understand that the happenings in this book is kinda traumatizing, but that made me a little bit sad. Heather skipped a lot of the action sequences and I understand that It's supposed to be PG-13. I wish she's used more exciting parts. Nikki ended up either fainting or just somehow disappearing when the sequences happened. Except that, I'm pretty satisfied. I felt that this is not any original work, but It's a great read. The Halflings part is truly magnifying, but I wish she'd introduce it all earlier. The artwork of the cover is brilliant and the ending was really good, but all in all I can't give it more than 3,5 stars. I would recommend this book to girl's more than boy's.show more
by Sindre Ellingsen
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 protectors. This comes a big shock as she has never been interested in guys, but now she can't help but want two but more trouble is ahead than just love because Nikki needs to work out what's going on before she is killed. I would just like to say when people I know read books and tell me there is a MASSIVE! Love triangle in the book I normally choose to stay clear but this book was very different. The love triangle in this book was deep and emotional. Raven and Mace are two very different characters at first look I thought of mace as light and caring one and Raven as dark and sexy but there is a whole lot more to these two characters and the book was so much more than just love drama. It's about family and making the right chooses and the evil that's inside us all it's our choice to be good or bad and this book really did show that. Nikki was a really good character. She is a fighter, deep down, and she faces what's coming head on. As one of the main characters she was feisty and kind and enjoyable to read about. I also felt that there is a lot more we are going to learn about her as the series goes on. I just had a sense that there is a lot of hidden power or potential inside Nikki that's begging to come out. The story was packed with danger, and Nikki went from a normal life to being on the supernatural hit list. There were a lot of intense moments in the book between characters and sometimes humour the book seemed to find a great mix of everything. Now I would like to confess that as an avid reader you sometimes fall for the characters you're reading about and raven was one of those characters for me. While at first look you feel his just an arrogant pretty boy, but I felt there more to him, and I feel that over readers will spot that underneath his front, you will see someone different. A wonderful written story Jam packed with forbidden love, danger and a burning evil that will suck you in. 5 starsshow more
by annmarie ager
It's not often I come across an angel book that I really enjoy, but HALFLINGS by Heather Burch has made the cut to being one of my favorites! I enjoyed the story-line greatly because there was always something going on. Plenty of action and SO much drama! There is also a love triangle and although those can be tiresome and played-out, Heather did well in putting in her own twist that got me pining for both guys. It will have you pulling your hair out, spazzing on whom to team up with. Raven and Mace are definitely swoon worthy and can give any girl a hard time in making a choice. As for their brother Vine, he is just the cutest thing to mellow the two out and balance all the madness. I was glued to the pages! The characters are extremely well thought of and can easily get you attached; Oh my gosh! I tear jerked so much on more than one occasion. The only set back that bothered me is that at some points it would bounce from one story to the next, which gave pause and I had to recall what was going on to get back on track. I also wanted the story to go further into detail who Vessler is and get a grasp as to know if he's really a dangerous person, or a pond to someone who is more maniacal. Also, the significance of Dr. Richmond was a little flat. The role of Seer for Nikki was a bit lacking and unclear. She barely used her powers in the story and it doesn't explain how she acquired it, or how it makes her a huge importance for the enemy to want her so badly. I just wished there was a little more back play added. The ending killed me. I really didn't like it. It left you empty and upset because it was in a way cheezy and anti-climatic. Although I hate cliffhangers at times, I was really hoping for one here. One that would have me standing on the edge craving for more. With all my negatives the positives still outweigh the dislikes. I am looking forward to meeting back up with Nikki, Mace, Raven, and Vine in Guardian (Halflings #2). Halflings by Heather Burch is a great addition to the Angel genre! I enjoyed this 2012 Debut and I think you will too!show more
by SpadesHigh
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