Review: Halflings by Heather Burch

Publication Date: February 1st, 2012
Format: Hardcopy, 288 pages
RATING: 1 out of 5 Stars
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.

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 off the bat. And the introduction of the three half-baked angels were nothing short of enticing. But with every turn of the page, the story becomes convoluted and confusing and…it was just all over the place. Arrrrggh! Nikki reminds me of well, me – in front of my closet deciding what to wear, picking one or two or three out, only to discard them in favor of my original choice. Hey, I’m a woman. I can change my mind. Sue me.

Nikki Youngblood is one of those heroines who had potential at first. She’s artistic, unimpressionable, ballsy. But all that changed as soon as she meets Mace. Oy vey. The fainting spells killed me every. single. time. Mace is beautiful. Mace is attracted to the human. Mace is confused. Mace must decide what was more important – to avoid eternal damnation or to love the most oblivious, beautiful daughter of man he’s ever seen. In short, they both annoyed me to hell. At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I couldn’t find anything in this book worth the time I spent reading it. I can probably count the number of times I did an eyeroll (probably the same amount of time Nikki vacillated between Mace and Raven). Somehow, they arrived at the conclusion that they’ll be better off as friends…but then the female halflings showed up and Nikki was all jealous of Mace’s and Raven’s reactions to the half-angel females. Ugh.

Nikki is a Seer – someone who can forecast danger. In Nikki’s case, she can draw the exact picture.  Kick ass, right? It would’ve been if the author explored Nikki’s ability more.  Why didn’t she see the hellhounds who were after her at the beginning of the novel? Why didn’t she see…those people who were going to get killed in an accident? Or why didn’t she see what was going to happen to her dog, Bo? Tsk. So many plot holes…er, questions.

The love triangle irked me. I wasn’t at all interested in who Nikki ends up with. Raven seemed like a cool character until he developed an attraction for Nikki. It just felt too contrived. It didn’t make sense that he was disgusted with Nikki (by virtue of being human) at first and then he was singing her praises the next. All because HE got her art? This guy was so full of himself. And Nikki was way too fascinated with his angel wings…I don’t know if that’s euphemism for something.

I’m not firmly set against love triangles, per se. But the author have got to make sense of it. Nikki’s abject reactions to Raven was just as confusing as Raven’s reactions to her. All in all, the romance (s) in this book? (They) It didn’t work at all. Mace and Nikki decided that they’re right and wrong for each other. Shoot. Me. Now. Seriously? They’re a match made in heaven, if you ask me. I wanted to shake them both and yell at them to stop their freaking annoying song and dance.

I’d love to go on and tell you one or two things that I liked about this book but sadly, I couldn’t find any. All the things that irritated me were just too distracting to find the good in the sea of bad.

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