Halflings (Novel)

Theatrical Release: January 24, 2012
Book Release: January 24, 2012
Halflings (Novel)
Dove "Family-Approved"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

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 it.

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.

Dove Review

The genesis of Halflings came from the book of Genesis itself: “The sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose” (Gen. 6:2). But what happens to the children born to them? This is the intriguing question “Halflings” asks and begins to answer in this first book of a trilogy. Right off the reader learns Raven, Mace, and Vine’s home base is the midplane, the place between heaven and earth. They are sent to earth on journeys by “The Throne” with assignments to fight demons and protect humans. However, they don’t always know to whom they are assigned.

This “Young Adult” thriller has many romantic moments between the heroin, Nikki Youngblood, and two of the Halfling boys but the interludes are fairly tame and consist mostly of “swoony” moments. There is a battle going on throughout the story but the violence is not described in gory detail even though a few deaths are mentioned. Lessons of trusting God, listening quietly to Him for direction and relying on friends for assistance are all taught within biblical contexts. We are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over to this fast paced, energetic tale of two worlds colliding.

Content Description

Sex: Halfling and young woman kiss a few times; several swoony sessions of young woman and Halfling affected by one another’s “electricity;” Halfling kisses a woman “medicinally” (the angel part of his kiss has healing properties); Young women flirt with Halflings.
Language: Hell referred to several times as a place.
Violence: Hound from hell bites young woman; hounds from hell chase young woman several times; a couple times they fight the young woman and Halflings; a building is set on fire; man escapes fire and is shot while a girl tries to revive him; Halfling cracks a man’s head on a desk; man attacks a Halfling with a knife; Young woman and a Halfling spar to teach self-defense; Young woman is choked by a demon; Demon, hellhounds and Halflings fight; A girl’s pet dog is killed; Girl crushes the skull of a hellhound attacking her; A car is found with bloodstains and bullet holes; A girl’s parents are missing, presumed murdered.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A prank is referred to in which a dead pig is placed in a car to rot; Young woman studies karate and references her Sensi teaching her to “draw on the well of calm within;” Halfling “tunes in” and is able to know what a young woman is thinking; Young woman is a Seer and is able to “see things in the Spirit.”

Info

Reviewer: Scott Rolfe
Source: Book
Company: Zondervan Publishing House
Writer: Heather Burch
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 286
Industry Rating: YoungAdult