Sunday, March 24, 2013

Guardian by Heather Burch

Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Halfings Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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?

Fresh recap on who's who in the Halflings series:  Mace is the good Halfling in love with Nikki, Raven's the bad Halfling in love with Nikki, Vine's the third Halfling of the trio just trying to keep the other two out of trouble.  And Nikki's the human stuck in the middle being protected from evil forces.  There's more characters than this, but it's easy to catch up as you read Guardian.

Nikki ends up traveling to Viennese, the Halflings' home, and she also learns some more about her Seer abilities.  Mace, the follow-the-rules guy, is all about protecting her and trying to hone her abilities by instructing her.  Raven, the does-as-he-pleases guy, doesn't shield Nikki from the tough spots and attempts to help her feel her abilities.  I think I like Raven a little bit more than Mace.  Hmmm...

Anyways, in this second novel, we get to learn a little more about Halflings.  And the main plot begins to expand and unfold.  What kind of struck me off field is Nikki's behavior in the middle of the book.  Don't get me wrong, things happen that cause her to react the way she does.  It's just, man, she kind of becomes an evil little witch for a little while.  And then of course, we hit a nice cliff hanger at the end that leaves me hanging.

This series is fun to read.  I'm not too keen on angel novels, but I'm enjoying these books.  And yes, it has a lot to do with wanting to understand the whole Halflings concept which will result in me picking up the third one.

Favorite Quote:
Girls are insane.  They laugh when they're embarrassed, they cry when they're happy, and they try to choke you to death when you do something nice for them.
          ~p 78

Thanks goes to Zondervan and Heather Burch for providing me a review copy.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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