Guardian (Halflings Series #2)

Guardian (Halflings Series #2)

by Heather Burch
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Guardian (Halflings Series #2) by Heather Burch


Nikki Youngblood may have walked away from her shadowy godfather but the mission to safeguard her has barely begun. Everything now depends on the fragile alliance of her 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. As their relationships deepen, 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 clearer. Can their defenses hold up to the master manipulator, Damon Vessler, and the powerful secret he holds regarding Nikki’s heritage? Can anyone protect Nikki from her true purpose and destiny?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310728238
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: A Halflings NovelSeries Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,027,966
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Heather Burch, the author of the popular Halflings series, spent the last seven years in Southern Florida but recently returned to her hometown in the Ozark Mountains. Her books have garnered praise from USA Today, Romantic Times, and Booklist magazine. When not working on her latest novel, she can be found hiking in the hills or planning a trip to the beach with her husband, John, who is her hero in every way.

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Guardian 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
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? 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.
Mystic-Wolf More than 1 year ago
This series has a very intriguing plot slowly being built upon, but the book centers around the romance between Nikki, Raven, and Mace. While I would find it much more interesting if Nikki were less interested in who she wanted between Raven and Mace, and more interested in the mystery behind the plot of the story, and her own place in it, I would choose Raven over Mace for Nikki. Raven is far from perfect and has a bit of an edge, while Mace is just too(white-hat)which makes him a bit boring. I mean in real life a guy like Mace is great, but in fiction the super-nice guys are a bit boring. I found it annoying and a bit outrageous that the female halflings were constantly referred to as "the females" as if they were animals. I don't really understand what their roll in the story is, other than to provide Nikki with some gal-pals to go on silly shopping sprees with. I love the idea of characters traveling to Europe, but in this case it seemed kind of pointless as they interacted with so few Europeans, and even those they did have contact with (train wreck victims) it was very superficial and in the background. I would only recommend the series to those who like romance centered stories with a plot in the background, and enjoy black and white situations with little shades of gray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heather Burch's The Halfling Series is AWESOME!!! Loved it!!
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TinaWainscottFL More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 of the Halfings. It was great to delve into this world again and revisit the familiar and fascinating characters. We meet new Halflings who I hope we'll see in future books. The love triangle takes a large role in this book, and I could totally understand Nikki's indecision where these two are concerned. And yet, she dooms whichever one she chooses, as a Halfling/human romance is forbidden. So there is plenty of angst as she bounces back and forth between the sweet, reliable Mace and the damaged bad boy Raven. We learn a little more about the plot itself, just enough to tease us into reading the third book to find out what it's all about. And a plot twist will change everything for Nikki going forward.
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I remember reading the first novel in author Heather Burch’s Halflings series about a year ago and I remember two things: 1) The war between angels and demons begun 2) There was a love triangle.  It’s a good thing I remembered the love triangle because it’s the main focus of the sequel Guardian. I can’t complain, when it came to Halflings I had been eagerly anticipating the explosion of romance that usually comes from love triangles… and only got a taste. In Guardian there is romance galore and I’m at odds and ends with that fact. Guardian continues where Halflings ended with main character Nikki Youngblood aware that not only is she in the middle of a battle between angles and demons. Nikki had gone through a lot ever since she found out that she wasn’t your average human. She’s killed hell hounds, learned that angels are real and that they have half-human descendants on Earth: Halflings. Nikki’s Halfling guardians Mace, Raven and Vine were all assigned with the mission to protect Nikki with their lives and to keep her from knowing their existence. That didn’t quite work out: Nikki fell in love with Mace and Raven before everybody found out that her godfather, the notorious Damon Vessler, was one of the bad guys. Now Nikki and the other Halflings are out at sea to keep her distance from the demons that Nikki unwillingly attracts. While out at sea Nikki’s relationships with Raven and Mace are put to the test. Mace and Nikki are still awkward together, after her telling Mace that she would not be with him, the two characters are distant. Nikki knows that she can’t be with Raven either and that she can’t string him along. But both boys are constantly flirting with Nikki and always have her on their minds. Nikki keeps telling herself that she wants to be with Mace, but something about Raven keeps on reminding her just why she started to feel things for him in the first place. In the Halfling group that is accompanying Nikki everybody is investigating the mysterious Omega Corporation that has been busy shipping titanium a.k.a. Halfling kryptonite. The Halflings are trying to find out what Omega’s game is, what they’re trying to do and just who is behind Omega? The answer may be one that nobody anticipated but everybody can suspect that everything will lead up to the man who can’t leave Nikki alone: Damon Vessler. I have to admit that my memory on the events that took place in Halflings were a bit shaky. The major things I remembered but it was the little things like secondary characters, minor events and backstories that I was totally blanking on. Heather Burch did a fine job at re-mentioning those things in Guardian so that readers like me and readers who just decided to pick up the sequel (But really we should read series in their entirety guys) aren’t confused. As I said before I have been excited for the romance in the novels mainly because there just wasn’t as much as I would have liked in Halflings but there was in Guardian. However there is such thing as too much romance and Guardian had a bit too much. I’d be reading the novel and be having a good time reading the Nikki-Mace-Raven love triangle and constantly chanting #TeamRaven in my head when the novel would only be romance. There would be a lot of Hush, Hush type romantic angel scenes and that would be the only main focus of the plot for a long while until a character would mention a conflict that would be resolved within two chapters and the romance would just continue. That caused a lot of choices that the characters made to seem strange and unrealistic to who they are in the novel and I have to admit that it took away from the story for me. Especially nearing the end of the novel when Nikki makes the world’s most confusing decision that results in something that almost gets her AND her attractive Guardians to almost die. What I did enjoy about the novel was getting some of my questions about how Halflings work explained. I would be wondering about some of the Halfling abilities and some of the ways that the Throne and Angels influence the Halflings. I liked that the mythology was explained further than what was told to readers in the first novel, I felt like I could understand choices made by the Halfling characters based on the newly revealed knowledge and had a better understand of just what a Halfling is. Definitely helpful since during the last book I would be sitting there derping out and wondering about the Halflings. I’d recommend the Halflings series to readers that are looking for a read that is very descriptive and are fans of the angel genre. Readers that like love triangles will probably love the one found in the series.
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Fun read!
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This is a great book. How the author make the characters come to life its just great. I heard that the new book is coming in March.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
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.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I got my copy of Guardian, because I loved the first book in the Halflings trilogy. The main protagonist, Nikki, was portrayed as a strong character in the first book. Having a black belt in karate, she was the kind of girl who knew how to fight with no help from people, and I really liked that about her. In this book, things were kind of different. Nikki felt like she was weak. She always needed one of her guardian angels to come and protect her from the problem at hand, and that pissed me off. For me, I am kind of the forgetful person, so I liked that Heather refreshed our memories about the characters in the book. Usually, I hate it when author's don't do that, especially in the sequel. We meet Mace, Raven, and Vine again, along with all the other guardian angels that we have met before. We also meet some new characters, but I had hoped that they had a bigger part in the book to spice things up, you know? Even though that didn't happen, I'm glad that Heather Burch gave me a good dose of action in the book. The writing style was good, and the flow of the story was really easy and fun. Unfortunately, I'm going to get to the part that made me dislike the book. The romance. It killed me, and it pissed me, and honestly, I kind of hated Nikki for what she was doing. I don't want to write any spoilers, but I kind of felt like she was turning into a MAJOR player. Jumping from one guy to the other. One day she's in love with this guy, the other day she's in love the with other guy. I mean really? Can't she choose ONE of them? It really got on my nerves, and maybe that's the major problem I had with the book. What makes a book a better one? An unexpected and shocking ending. That's what Guardian gave me. The ending really shocked me, and left me mouth hanging. (Is that how you say it? huh) Anyways, I kind of thought it would turn out that way, but I said that that would be impossible! But it happened! So, I really cannot wait for the third and last book, Avenger, to come out! I do hope that Nikki will settle with one guy, and she games up her strong personality.
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Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Guardian is an excellent addition to the Halflings series. Heather Burch intensifies the classic love-triangle theme while piling on surprising plot twists and teen angst. The novel is a steady climax of action, passion, and spiritual and emotional understanding. Even though we've only just been introduced to Nikki Youngblood and the Lost Boys: Raven, Mace, and Vine, they've all shown considerable amounts of growth. All of the Halflings and Nikki are focusing on the threat that still hasn't become quite clear. Even when Nikki, Mace, or Raven fall into the dark places in their minds, they find something greater than themselves to pull them together. Guardian is explosive and digs deep enough to give Halflings fans a greater look into this world of angels and half-angel half-human beings. I continue to get so wrapped up in the romance and fighting scenes that I forget how much of this story is science-fiction. Burch puts more emphasis on gene research and DNA splicing in Guardian and shows how much more fascinating this series can become. I am extremely excited for Avenger, the next installment to the Halflings series, to see where Burch will take this story! *ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review* Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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Yeah Nikki is a Halfling afterall.