Monday, March 19, 2012


"What if Following Your Heart
Meant Losing Your Soul?"
Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
Storyline - Nikki Youngblood is an average teenage girl who loves karate and painting. But her world is turned upside down when she is pursued by demons then saved by three half angel, half human teenagers. As the Halflings, Raven, Mace, and Vine, try to understand why evil has decided to come after Nikki, she begins to develop an attraction to one of them. But, if he falls in love and decides to pursue her, it would cost him only chance at salvation.

Author - Heather Burch

Publisher - Zondervan

Age Group - 15 and up

Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Nikki tries to be a good person and do the right thing. She even vows to do what she can to help the Halflings get to Heaven. Mace is very sacrificial and faith full in all he does to God even though he has no garanty he will make it to His kingdom. He stands by his fellow Halflings to help them on their journey as well. Raven is a very bad boy, even though he knows it could mean he would end up on evil's side. But he has potential to change. An angel was said to have committed murder. Got a little violent at least once.

Personal Opinion - A very exciting, wonderfully told story that was wonderfully told. The characters were diverse and intriguing. I didn't  agree with everything said was about angels but I should study them more and I found that the angels were more humanish than angelish, in my opinion. Even the full angel was a bit like that. Also, they thought that being human would have been better but I personally think it would be better to be an angel. Okay, sorry if it seems I'm picking on a bunch of little things because this book was actually great and can't wait to read the next one. I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends or anyone who shows on interest in reading it. Now let me continue with the rest of the review. I loved how Mace and Nikki try to help and protect one another. The romance between the characters got a little too romancy, on occasion, for my taste but that is just me. Vine was too sweet and I hope to see more of him in the future and hope that Raven will make it through his struggles. I have a suspicion about Nikki but, if it is true, it will come up in another book. I was so intrigued and fell for the characters so much that I can't wait for the next book. Might have to go get the prequel e-book too.

I would also like to make a quick side note to the author. I would like to thank her for how she handled the Catholic priest that make a short appearance in the book because I have read books that have done a bad job so I really appreciated this. Thank you.

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Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free through the Z Street Team through Zondervan.

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Special Notes - This is the first book in a series. You can download a free prequel story here. Amazon is already acvertising book 2, Guardian. Saw two different release dates at two different places so not sure when it comes out.

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  1. I'm so glad you liked Halflings. And especially Father Tim. That makes my day. :)

  2. Great review Sarah! I thought that parts were a little too mushy as well, but I guess we are the only ones. ;D

  3. Fun review! Yes, I agree with you about the priest--I thought Burch did a great job with that scene. Really neat and added something to the book. Especially with all that Nikki was going through!

  4. I have suspicions about Nikki too... ;-) We should all have a spoiler-filled analysis of the book sometime. The book sure raises alot of questions!

    The prequel is really good, by the way. I enjoyed it alot. Good review!

  5. Great review! And that's a good insight about the priest. Heather did handle that deftly, and should be commended for doing so.

  6. Good note there about the Catholic priest! I forgot about how I appreciated her handling of that...very well-done. :)

    Great review!

  7. Great review, Rachel! I liked the prequel too! I'm not sure, but I think we'll see more of Vine. :-)


  8. Wow, sorry I haven't getten back to anyone yet. Life is busy but that is the same for all of you too as I can imagine. First, thanks everyone for stoping by and commenting. I'm glad you liked the review.

    Heather Burch, I'm glad I brightened your day with my liking Father Tim. But, in all honesty, you brightened mine with him. I've read books that handle Catholism and priest in one light and one light only in their books and they are negative which really brings me down. So I am very greatful for Father Tim in your book.

    RJ, yes, it seems we are the only ones about the mushy stuff but everyone is allowed to have their own opinions I guess (just teasing :) ).

    Katie, yeah, Nikki was going through alot at that time and needed some support. And then things just got even more harry. It was really great to see her fight through that, though, too.

    Jessica, can't wait to find out if what I am thinking is true and would love to do some theorizing. Thanks for recommending the pre-quel, I will have to check that out.

    Christian, yes she did and should be heartily applauded. (clapping here)

    Rachelle, Thanks for liking my review and, like I noted earlier, that really was a great handling and will forever appriciate it.

    Jill, I really do need to read that prequil! So many of you are recommending it. I'm glad you think the same about Vine. He is just too sweet and kind and pure not to show up more in the next novels!

    Thanks again for stopping by and hope to hear from you all again soon no Novel Teen and facebook. Or on our blogs. :) Happy Sunday!

  9. Would you like me to write Father Tim into another book??? Maybe he can make a cameo appearance in book three. :)

    1. That would be awesome but don't try to force something in there if nothing comes to you. If you can't make it work, him only being in book 1 is cool too. I wouldn't want to tax you with trying to find a way to add him. I just wanted to say thanks because that felt important to me.