By Heather Burch
Published by Zondervan
Published on February 1, 2012
Source: From Publisher for Review

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

The Cover: I am not sure how I feel about this cover. It seems to be getting rave reviews online, but it doesn't feel very "angelic" to me.  I don't know if it is the awkward positioning of the wings over her head or the coloring, but something seems off to me.

The Characters: I liked the characters.  I thought Nikki was smart and wasn't dependent on the boys around her.  When faced with hell hounds, she was brave and tried to fight- instead of blubbering and hiding.  I liked Mace, Raven, and Vine- although I don't think their characters were developed enough.

The Story:  I liked this story.  It was the kind of book you read for enjoyment, not to learn some awe-inspiring truth.  I liked that.  It did have the feel of other ya paranormal books, but I felt like the personalities in this book really held their own.  What frustrated me about this book was that it wasn't as developed as I would have liked.  This was a relatively short book, only 288 pages.  I really feel like the author needed AT LEAST 100 more pages to make the story flow better.  It felt incredibly rushed- which wasn't necessary.  The fact that the narrative went back and forth between Nikki, Mace, AND Raven didn't help.  Yes, we got to see the inner workings of their minds, but it was at the expense of having a novel that didn't feel choppy.  I am looking forward to the next book. I hope it is a bit longer and that I get to know the main characters a little better!

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