April 9, 2013

Review of Guardian (Halflings #2) by Heather Burch



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 his own darker inclinations. At the same time, Nikki finds it harder and harder to choose between the two heavenly beings she may never have. Dangers intensify, and tensions between Mace and Raven flare as the purpose of their mission becomes clear. Can their defenses hold up to master manipulator Damon Vessler and the powerful secret he holds regarding Nikki’s heritage? Can anyone protect Nikki from her true purpose and destiny?

add to goodreadsGuardian (Halflings #2) by Heather Burch
Publication Date:  October 9, 2012
Publisher:  Zonderkidz

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Gabby NewI remember reading the first novel in author Heather Burch’s Halflings series about a year ago and I remember two things: 1) The war between angels and demons begun 2) There was a love triangle.  It’s a good thing I remembered the love triangle because it’s the main focus of the sequel Guardian. I can’t complain, when it came to Halflings I had been eagerly anticipating the explosion of romance that usually comes from love triangles… and only got a taste. In Guardian there is romance galore and I’m at odds and ends with that fact.

Guardian continues where Halflings ended with main character Nikki Youngblood aware that not only is she in the middle of a battle between angles and demons. Nikki had gone through a lot ever since she found out that she wasn’t your average human. She’s killed hell hounds, learned that angels are real and that they have half-human descendants on Earth: Halflings. Nikki’s Halfling guardians Mace, Raven and Vine were all assigned with the mission to protect Nikki with their lives and to keep her from knowing their existence. That didn’t quite work out: Nikki fell in love with Mace and Raven before everybody found out that her godfather, the notorious Damon Vessler, was one of the bad guys.

Now Nikki and the other Halflings are out at sea to keep her distance from the demons that Nikki unwillingly attracts. While out at sea Nikki’s relationships with Raven and Mace are put to the test. Mace and Nikki are still awkward together, after her telling Mace that she would not be with him, the two characters are distant. Nikki knows that she can’t be with Raven either and that she can’t string him along. But both boys are constantly flirting with Nikki and always have her on their minds. Nikki keeps telling herself that she wants to be with Mace, but something about Raven keeps on reminding her just why she started to feel things for him in the first place.

In the Halfling group that is accompanying Nikki everybody is investigating the mysterious Omega Corporation that has been busy shipping titanium a.k.a. Halfling kryptonite. The Halflings are trying to find out what Omega’s game is, what they’re trying to do and just who is behind Omega? The answer may be one that nobody anticipated but everybody can suspect that everything will lead up to the man who can’t leave Nikki alone: Damon Vessler.

I have to admit that my memory on the events that took place in Halflings were a bit shaky. The major things I remembered but it was the little things like secondary characters, minor events and backstories that I was totally blanking on. Heather Burch did a fine job at re-mentioning those things in Guardian so that readers like me and readers who just decided to pick up the sequel (But really we should read series in their entirety guys) aren’t confused. As I said before I have been excited for the romance in the novels mainly because there just wasn’t as much as I would have liked in Halflings but there was in Guardian.

However there is such thing as too much romance and Guardian had a bit too much. I’d be reading the novel and be having a good time reading the Nikki-Mace-Raven love triangle and constantly chanting #TeamRaven in my head when the novel would only be romance. There would be a lot of Hush, Hush type romantic angel scenes and that would be the only main focus of the plot for a long while until a character would mention a conflict that would be resolved within two chapters and the romance would just continue. That caused a lot of choices that the characters made to seem strange and unrealistic to who they are in the novel and I have to admit that it took away from the story for me. Especially nearing the end of the novel when Nikki makes the world’s most confusing decision that results in something that almost gets her AND her attractive Guardians to almost die.

What I did enjoy about the novel was getting some of my questions about how Halflings work explained. I would be wondering about some of the Halfling abilities and some of the ways that the Throne and Angels influence the Halflings. I liked that the mythology was explained further than what was told to readers in the first novel, I felt like I could understand choices made by the Halfling characters based on the newly revealed knowledge and had a better understand of just what a Halfling is. Definitely helpful since during the last book I would be sitting there derping out and wondering about the Halflings.

I’d recommend the Halflings series to readers that are looking for a read that is very descriptive and are fans of the angel genre. Readers that like love triangles will probably love the one found in the series.

You can check out our review of book 1 HERE!

About the Author:



I write full time and love being involved with groups that promote books! Writing about the Halflings has been the most exciting writing journey of my life! Before novels, I wrote teen curriculum published in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific.
I’ve had a blast the last several months traveling the country and meeting fans! From Missouri to Miami, I’ve gotten to meet awesome Halflings enthusiasts at book stores throughout the U.S.
I’m repped by the AMAZING Jennifer Schober at Spencerhill Associates
and as of today, I’m working with a fabulous publicist who is planning a cool Florida book tour of YA authors.
I’ve taught in the U.S. and Mexico at women’s and teen conferences. Teen conferences … sooo fun!!!!

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1 Comment

  1. I haven’t picked this series up yet because I have always been on the fence about it. The romance in this one kind of scares mo : ( I am glad that you got some of your questions answered in this one because I know the satisfaction that, that brings. Great review.

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