Guardian (Halflings #2)

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Guardian (Halflings #2)
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14+
Release Date
October 09, 2012
ISBN
9780310728214
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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?

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If You Enjoyed Halflings, You Should Be Pleased with Guardian
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
What I loved:
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.

What Left Me Wanting More:
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.

The Final Verdict:
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.
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A decent sequel to 'Halflings'
(Updated: October 11, 2012)
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2.7
Plot 
 
3.0
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I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, Halflings, about a year ago and I loved it! So, I was extremely excited to read the sequel. All my favorite characters were still there. Nikki, Mace, Raven, etc, all still there! The love triangle is still there, though it's really obvious who Nikki will pick. There are a few new characters as well, though I have to say I honestly wish there were more humans in this book.

I have to be honest here. I was somewhat disappointed and here's why:
The storyline tended to jump POV's without warning and I got confused a few times because I wasn't sure what was going on. The story would be in Nikki's POV and then all of a sudden I was reading what Mace was thinking. It threw me off at first, but once I was expecting it, I could read through a bit more easily. Secondly, the book seems to fall short of the first book. I say that with so much love because I adored the first book so much! So I had really high expectations of this book. Thirdly the plot line was a bit confusing to me. It seemed to jump around a bit. Now, let me say this. I just had a baby and I have the "mommy brain" so this could totally account for my confusion. It could just been me! Hopefully it was and you won't have that issue. I was also a bit confused as to how all of a sudden a relationship between a human and an angel is okay once both parties have agreed to it?! Not necessarily ok, but they don't care about the consequences anymore? That threw me off. I really liked how Nikki could never really be with Mace or Raven for fear of them losing their souls. However in this book, that kind of gets pushed aside.

I still enjoy this series and I will recommend it. I just had the bar set a bit higher for this book. I hope the third book is more on pace with the first book.
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Good Sequel
(Updated: October 09, 2012)
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3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
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3.0
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I recently read the first book in this series, Halflings, so that I would know what was going on in this sequel and I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 but I had some issues with this one. The love triangle that has formed feels contrived and over the top to me, so much so, I almost quit reading out of frustration. Both Mace and Raven have pros and cons but it seems pretty obvious to everyone that Mace is the right choice. (This is coming from the reader who almost always sides with the "underdog" or "bad boy" because I want so badly for him to be redeemed by love.) A few plot twists were predictable (at least to me) and I kept waiting for a major cliff hanger but there wasn't - just more of the same which was disappointing.

Here's why I will still "push" this series even though it doesn't fall into my "LOVED IT SO HARD" category...this book is clean - no language, no "sexy" parts, BUT still has plenty of swoon worthy moments to get your racing. It's also action packed with the spiritual battle, good vs. evil element and is filled with fantastic moral lessons!

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