by Heather Burch
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Pages/Format: 320; Hardcover, ebook
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?
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*
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