Halflings, by Heather Burch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I find stories and theories about the Nephilim (fallen angels) very interesting, so I was excited to dig into this book. The take on this race created when “the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose,” (Gen 6:1) didn’t disappoint me, and actually presented the possibilities of just how that plays out in a way I’d not thought through before.
Okay, okay, I know most teenagers experience strong attractions for the opposite sex. And when the new boys in town happen to be half-angel versions of perfect beauty, what’s a girl to do? But there is a bit too much hormonal energy flying around for my taste. I still gave this book 4 stars because I do recognize that I'm not in the target audience, and that readers in the 15-18 year-old range probably wouldn't roll their eyes as much as I did. I was disappointed to find the overused love triangle between the innocent but endangered girl having to choose between the guy that’s too good and maybe a bit boring, or the moody "bad boy" who excites her.
That said, there are great story lines of redemption, free will, and making the right choices. Those kept me reading past the silly melodrama enough to get hooked into the whole story. I’m actually looking forward to the next book in the series.
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I received this book free from the publisher through netGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.