Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

As an avid young adult literature reader, I’m always up for a new series. Ever since my favorite series ended, I’ve been looking for something to fill my reading loss. There are only so many time you can re-read a series before you’re stuck in a rut. So when Halflings by Heather Burch caught my eye, I was very hopeful. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed.

The novel starts right in the middle of action. My favorite. The main character, Nikki Youngblood, is being chased by a pack of hell hounds. Luckily for Nikki, three Halflings, or “Lost Boys,” show up at the last minute, saving the teenager from becoming a late-night snack. Nikki slowly realizes, with help of the three half-angels, Mace, Raven and Vine, that she’s part of the special powers group as well. The novel is action packed, but also takes the time to develop relationships between Nikki and the three Lost Boys. Burch works in a love triangle between Nikki, Mace, and Raven that only made me want to read the novel more.

As far as Burch’s writing style goes, I can say that it is very easy to read. I found myself engrossed in the characters as well as the story. Burch manages to use just the right amount of description so that the reader is informed but not bored. Halflings measures up against other popular young adult series such as The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games because the novel adds the romance from Twlight and pits it against the action of The Hunger Games, leaving the reader wanting more.

I personally cannot wait to see what this series has to offer in the future because I am definitely hooked!

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zonderkidz. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.