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Halflings by Heather Burch Review   1 comment

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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 their earthly mission, 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.

(Description from Amazon)

It sounds rather exciting, and after months of poring over reviews from Amazon and debating, I made the plunge and bought the book. Normally, I’d end up with a prize read and a “phooey you” to the naysayers. Sadly, they proved to be right this time.

I wanted to like the story. I really did. The story starts out strong, placing us with Nikki, the protagonist of the story, right in the middle of a terrifying chase with hellhounds. Then things go downhill. Nikki is presented as the epitome of the modern self-assured woman. She is a karate master who wins trophies in the contests she enters, drives a motorcycle, and is a talented artist. But behold Mace, the Halfling. At his appearance, her brains turn to mush, and her speech fades, for he is…hot.

Not to be outdone, here comes Raven, the bad boy Halfling with his pathetic attempts at snark that will never come close to matching Iron Man. And he too is…hot.

And there is Vine, he with the long womanly hair who also is…hot.

By now, you should get the gist of the story. Instead of it going somewhere with a solid plot and real character development, it plods along agonizingly with Nikki’s attempts to understand the Halflings and her inexplicable attraction (simple lust, really) to Mace and Raven. Vine, apparently, who is just as attractive, is too young and of course would never fit into the proverbial love triangle.

Some reviewers claimed they didn’t like the religious overtones in the story. I was like, “where are they?!” Yes, God and angels are mentioned, especially since the Halflings are part angel due to being the offspring of fallen ones.

But that’s it. What we are treated to is a trip down Nikki’s hormonal lane where she feels a hot thick stream through her system, and how hard it is to breathe in the presence of the god-like Halflings.

It’s not a big book. Maybe a little over three hundred pages. But it felt long. I had to stop several times while I waited for my disgust to subside long enough to continue. And continue I did. I plugged away through the drivel and then reached the end, a hastily rushed climax that sets things up for the next installment in the series.

Halflings seeks to be the Christian alternative to Twilight, but all it can do is show that Nikki is hot; Mace is hot; and Raven is hot. And the story itself doesn’t even reach the halfway mark into being a story, let alone a Christian one.

Verdict: pass

Crown of Ravens Cover   Leave a comment

Well, I was looking for something to post on here to hold to my promise of a second post this month, and I thought I might as well show all of you the official cover for my upcoming book, Crown of Ravens. All the art was made by me with a LOT of help by the good Lord above, with the exception of the water, which is a brush by obsidian dawn: obsidiandawn.com
If the image looks a little strange, it’s because I was trying to get it to match up with a scene in the book, which I think I nailed just about right. So anyway, feast your eyes and enjoy!

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The First Chapter Part 2 #   Leave a comment

Alas, I missed posting for May! 😦 Things got so busy that I had no time to put a little something on here. So, to make things up, I decided I would post some more of the first chapter of my book. Enjoy, and feel free to let me know your thoughts about the story!

Ruval ignored the undercurrent of irritation he sensed in Darvir’s voice and leaned back in his chair. “I need you to leave for the Farrand Hills today. You know where that is, correct?”
 “Yes.”
 “Good. You have maybe two days to get there before a band of riders pass through and join a larger force. I want the smaller band eliminated; every single one of them before they reach the other group. When you are finished, check the saddlebags of a white mare with brown patches on its front legs. You should find a small wooden box with silver engraved on it. Take nothing else but that, and bring it to me.”
 “I see,” Darvir said coldly. “Another trinket to add to your collection? Why can’t I just steal it when they stop to camp for the night?”
 Ruval clenched his fist tighter around the goblet. The boy was definitely growing bolder to question his orders. Ordinarily, he would have given him a sharp reprimand to remind Darvir of whom he was dealing with, but he did not care to waste precious time waiting for him to recover when he had such an important task waiting.
 Ruval held his temper in check and took another sip of his wine. “I have been monitoring their pace, and seeing as they have not stopped for more than a couple of hours at the most when night comes, I sincerely doubt they will change now when they are so close to their destination. It will be easier to obtain the box once they arrive at the Farrand Hills.”
 “And after I deliver this box to you, then what?”
 “Then you do what you have always done. Wait for when I have something else to use you for.”
 “What if I don’t want to be used anymore?”
 Ruval glanced up sharply at Darvir. “That is hardly my concern. Now stop wasting time and get moving.”
 “No.”
 Ruval froze, unsure if he had heard him correctly. “What did you say?”
 “I said, no,” Darvir repeated grimly. His face was set determinedly and Ruval could see the open defiance in his gaze.
 “I don’t care about your schemes,” Darvir continued, “and I am tired of being your personal hound, that you set loose on whomever you feel like.”
 Ruval rose to his feet and faced Darvir angrily. “I don’t care what you want, nor am I interested in your feelings,” he snarled. He glared at Darvir with disgust. “Look at you. The power and skill you possess is beyond what any man or even an elf could attain, yet you not only don’t care, you wouldn’t even use it if I didn’t make you.”
 “It is something I never wanted.”
 “Yes,” Ruval sneered. “I know what it is that you desire. A family, friends—things that only weak, sentimental fools crave.”
 “Then I am one of those fools,” Darvir said harshly. “They certainly possess more, and live a better life than I do. At least they are free to choose their destiny, instead of being bound to serve one man’s will.”
 “We have had this conversation before, and I am not in the mood to listen to the same drivel. I offered you another option that would allow you more freedom, and you refused.”
 “What you offered was not freedom. I would still have to serve you and I have had enough of that.”
 Ruval felt his face growing hot with rage. “I will waste no more of my time with this pointless exchange. Get going and bring me the box.”
 “And if I refuse?”
 “Then I will have to give you another lesson in obedience,” Ruval growled. “I am your master and whether you like it or not, you are mine to command, and you will obey me.”
 Through the spell he kept on Darvir’s mind, Ruval created a painful sensation throughout Darvir’s body. It wasn’t strong enough to incapacitate him, but it would certainly remind the boy of his power, and the additional punishment Ruval could give him.
 For a few seconds, Darvir held his ground before breaking eye contact and turning away. “One day you will no longer be able to hold me with that, and when that day comes, you will have no choice but to face me.” He stalked away and slammed the door behind him.
 Ruval swore and tossed his cup, along with the remainder of its contents, into the fire. He had withdrawn his presence from Darvir’s mind, but it was an effort not to inflict him with more than just a simple ache for his little show of defiance. He still required Darvir to complete this mission, but something would need to be done with him after it was done. Darvir was starting to become a bother and not worth the effort to control. It might just be time to get rid of him. Permanently.

Posted June 9, 2013 by J.M. Christian in My Books

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