“As Nikki fights herself on which halfling she truely loves. The safe Mace or the rebel Raven. She herself is battling an inner demon even when the group take her away from Vessler she still feels a pull towards him. And even after finding out what she is at the end there is still a pull. I found...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but I didn't care for the direction this one took. Overall, it was just okay for me, but I'm thinking my expectations were too high to begin with. ”Venus wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“As Nikki fights herself on which halfling she truely loves. The safe Mace or the rebel Raven. She herself is battling an inner demon even when the group take her away from Vessler she still feels a pull towards him. And even after finding out what she is at the end there is still a pull. I found this book much better than the first one even tho Nikki needs to stop pulling at these boys hearts. I like the story plot and how Heather Burch writes this book and I will definatly want to read the next one. For all of you new to this series- start with Halfling. You will next hate it. :) Hmmm for rating I'll give this dark tale 4 stars. And hopefully in the next book someone will open her wings!”Fyre.Katz wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The fact that I enjoy the Halflings series by Heather Burch remains an utter surprise to me. They are so much not my thing that I keep expecting to be annoyed beyond repair on every page. I say this to emphasize that, while my rating is certainly on the low end of liking the book, it's a miracle that I liked it at all. If you enjoy paranormal romance and Christian themes more than I do, then you should most definitely check out Heather Burch's Halflings books.
As those familiar with my reviews probably know by this point, one of the few genres I generally cannot stand is Christian fiction. Not being a believer myself, I hate being preached to, so that kills a book immediately. Thankfully, Burch does not preach much at all. Both Halflings and Guardian felt more like they were merely set in Christian mythology rather than trying to impart Christian values to me, a fact I am immensely thankful for.
Another reason I like these books is Nikki. Except with regards to romance, Nikki Youngblood does not act like the stereotypical heroine. She's strong, and always wants to help, even when people (primarily Will and Mace) try to marginalize her. From years of martial arts training, she's physically powerful. She loves motorcycles, and actually knows how to ride them, unlike Bella Swan who used them as suicide machines. On top of that, she knows and appreciates her own skills and refuses to let anyone tell her what she can or can't do. Best of all, she will not compromise herself to make a boy happy.
The plot meandered a bit in the beginning of the book, but took shape towards the end. I never did figure out precisely why the trip to Europe at the opening was necessary; the explanation that a higher power told Will does not fly with me. They really do not seem to have accomplished anything there that could not have been done in Nikki's home town. However, once the actual plot kicked in, it was both exciting and creepy, as Nikki confronts her internal battles and Raven studies some mad scientists.
The biggest weak point of the series is the love triangle. Of course, I'm generally not a huge fan of love triangles, so I suppose that's not surprising. On the plus side, there does seem to be a slight possibility Nikki might go for either guy, but I don't really imagine she would choose anyone but Mace. Unfortunately, Mace bores and irritates me, what with his desires to protect her like a manly man. Raven may be the "bad boy," but he empowers Nikki, helping her gain in strength so she can protect herself. Sure, he'll protect her if she needs it, but that's the back up plan. Mostly, though, I dislike the way Nikki acts when she's with them, because she finds herself unable to resist either Raven's or Mace's charms, swept away. Nikki is stronger than that, and it seems out of character for her to be so indecisive and to go from boy to boy, and especially to cheat.
Though I am not the ideal audience, I happily recommend these books to those who welcome Christianity as a main theme in their fiction and who are perhaps more tolerant of love triangle shenanigans than I am. They're well-written and certainly some of the better angel books I've read.”
“This is the second in the series, with two short stories just to add to the excitement. As many ‘middle’ books do, this one lags a little after the racing pattern of the first book, but it still left me wanting more at the end. The premise is entertaining, and the story exciting. The Halflings are to protect Nikki, but they become involved with her emotionally, which is a big NO-NO. This book is a little less exciting because it deals with Nikki’s, Mace’s, and Raven’s feelings a great deal, but this is likely to be highly attractive to a teen reader because their feelings mirror that of many teens. If you like exciting novels with a mixture of paranormal combined with teen angst; then, check out this series.”Glenajo wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I actually really liked this book; it was much better than I expected it to be. It reminded me a lot of the Vampire Diaries, with one brother good and the other bad. I'll definitely be looking into the next one. ”Claire C wrote this review Sunday, November 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow... Give me a minute to find words... Wow. So much happens in book 2 but it all flowed together nicly. Plenty of action, romance, and fighting to discover the truth and light. I was pulled into the story and stuck, reading it every chance I got (good thing book 3 doesn't come out for a little while or school would really suffer). Nikki wanted to do right by the boys but struggled, Mace and Raven did much the same thing even though they knew she was off limits. Also, the anger that filled some characters was believable so I felt it. There was this one thing about eagles I just loved. So glad a prediction I had from book 1 came true in this book. Only a couple of things got to me. One I didn't even notice until halfway through the book, which was sometimes description of how people or places look like were lacking. There was this one Halfling from book 1 and it wasn't until sometime past the halfway mark that it was reminded that she had a bob hair style. Most of the other Halflings had long hair so that is what I gave her. ***Spoiler*** Also, Nikki becomes really vengful at one point and she seemed to recover from that too quickly, but she does consent that the darkness of that is still in her. ***End Spoiler*** Still, it was great and I can't wait for book 3 and see how this all comes together. ”Rachel H wrote this review Friday, October 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Originally Posted at my blog here Concise Book Reviews by Michelle
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. She does make some immature choices, which put her in that bad situation I mentioned.
Lets just say it puts her in those situations that I was disappointed in her for.
I really feel bad for Raven (he is a Halfling , half angel-half human) as he is in love with Nikki, and seems she is stringing the 2 guys along, As she chose Mace (also a halfling). Mace is perfect for her, but Raven is a good guy too, and feel I bad his feelings get hurt by Nikki. But Nikki also hurts Mace’s feelings too, but not on purpose, she doesn’t want either of them to be hurt. She also feels bad about how either of the Halflings can be damned for being with a human. It’s exciting on the new developments we find out about though.
This book is even better than the first one (Halflings) as the first was more of an introduction to the series, still a good one, but all the characters grow so much in this book.
Here are some good quotes/teasers for you.
Kindle location 1471 (uncorrected ARC proof, it will change in corrected copy)
(Mace and Nikki, from Mace’s POV)
What had been an exploration became a caress. “And what about you boys? Are you Safe?”
Mace’s wings stopped for a moment. “No,” he said, and even he could hear the sadness in his voice. “I wouldn’t say that.” Her fingers slipped away slowly. But instead of closing him off, she settled in by laying her head against his shoulder, her ear against the throbbing pulse in his throat. “I would. I’d say I’m safe with you, Mace. You’re my guardian.” She drew a deep breath, lungs filling with air, filling with him. On the exhales she whispered, “My guardian angel.”
Mace is so sweet, and every girls dream guy! I mean, cerulean blue eyes, how gorgeous is that?
Another good part:
Kindle location 2564 (uncorrected ARC proof will change)
She thought she’s already run the gamut of sensations in the course of this day, but the press of his mouth to hers created a new barrage of feelings. Her awareness heightened as she felt the shockwave rock his system. Mace deepened the kiss, barely, but somehow monumentally. And Nikki knew as soon as she pulled the breath he released into her lungs that there’d be no going back. They’d just crossed a line. She wouldn’t apologize for this. It felt right be in his arms. To truly be his. How could she have ever doubted? He pulled away gently, but it felt as though they were still connected. Maybe they were. On some deep level that went far beyond feeling, it felt like their souls intertwined. And she didn’t think any power on earth could reverse that.
So sweet, and one more for you, this is more of a short teaser for you.
Kindle location 5075 (ARC uncorrected)
Her eyes me Mace’s across the lawn. He watched the gold in them darken, deepening almost to black. He staggered, grabbed Raven for support. She can’t be…Will said it would be impossible to hide.
Interested yet? I bet you are. It’s a great book, and if you have not read Halflings yet, go get it, then get this one when it’s out. In fact, read Halflings, then read the free ebook 11:15: The Making of a Halfling and then read another new short story that’s free called A Halflings Rescue. They are nice short stories, will give you some extra fun stuff.
Highly recommended, for all ages. This story is a new spin on the angel’s books out there, not fallen angels, actual Half angels. It’s quite interesting.
Summary from book:
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?”