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Halflings by Heather Burch





After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret---and the wings that come with. A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys' powers, as well as her role in a scientist's dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.



I am afraid I can't write a remotely good review for this book.
I did not like it at all.

The writing was awkward at best -at worst it was simply bad- there was no plot to speak of, the world-building was absent, and the characters underdevelopped and most of the time, really unlikeable.

Now on to more important stuff.
How can you write a book about angels and ignore basic theology of the Bible?
How can you be honest with your readers, when you completely ignore the presence of the christian God in your angel-story? The Bible was mentioned a couple of times. It was quoted once, I think, at least once correctly. That was it.
And all the time it was implied that there is this major war in the spiritual realm going on. A spiritual war with no mention of sin or redemption or the blood of Christ. Or grace, and love, and God for that matter.

Now, I don't say that picking angels and demons for your subject is necessarily a bad thing. 
But if you are to pick a biblical subject, just get your facts straight.
Or at least pretend that you are ignoring that the whole thing -the Bible, that is- altogether. That the book doesn't even exist, like Cassandra Clare or Becca Fitzbatrick do. Never mind that in there is the original mention of angels or demons. That is a minor detail.
But do not call your book 'christian fiction'. That's where I draw the line.

This book isults my beliefs. 
It isnults the Bible, the written word of God. 
And I have a feeling, it may be insulting Him too.

Rating: 0/5

I received this book very kindly from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
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1 comment:

Laura Pol said...

Hi Alexandra! I came upon this review on Amazon and I want to say thank you for your honesty concerning the novel!

I have been considering reading this book, but have really been struggling with the idea of half-angels who fall in love with humans! You mentioned that you felt it insulted the the Word of God! Can you please explain why you felt that way? Your opinion matters to me!

Laura