Being seventeen and an outcast is hard. Being seventeen and only half human is harder.
When Aria Fae gets cast out of the Peace Brokers, a secret supernatural organization that’s trained her since infancy, and is left to fend for herself in the human world, she finds herself in Grant City, intent on attempting a normal human life.
As a Halfling, Aria has abilities that are a little underused in the flower shop she lands a job at. And when her new friend Samantha Shy enlists Aria to help investigate her mother’s death, the two girls decide to become vigilantes.
A new drug called Black Magic is running rampant in the streets of Grant City, turning people into supercharged maniacs. With Sam’s mad computer skills, and Aria’s Faevian abilities, they may be just the heroes Grant City is in need of.
Or they may find out they’re in way over their heads, and their mutual crush on the same guy is the least of their worries.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Having read some of HD Gordon her books in the past I was really excited when I heard about this new series of her and jumped at the chance to read and review it. The Halfling is a great book about Aria who’s an outcast, half Fea and half human, she doesn’t belong in the human world where’s she’s stuck. She battles depressing and isn’t at a good point when the moves to Grant City, but I think she finally found her home. She meets Sam and get’s a purpose and immediately things are looking brighter, until things start going wrong again. It’s a bit urban fantasy and a bit superheroes, it has action, cool gadgets, awesome characters and more.
The Halfling is a well paced story, that kept my attention the whole time. It’s told in such a way as if the main character is telling her story after everything happened and she hints to bad things that will happen and which decisions contributed to that. It added some suspense to the read and was well done. And once things start going wrong it was hard to put the book. I liked how this book ended, but at the same time feel like it’s only the beginning and I am curious about the next book.
Aria is a great characters, she can’t help but care about others and helps them when she can. But she can also be a badass fighter, who fights for good. She struggles with depression and I thought the author handled this well, not go too deep into it to make it truly depressing, but do give a feel for what she’s going through. And even though what’s she’s going through she still tries to be polite and responsible most of the times, even though there are a few scenes where she flips. I loved reading about Aria and her story and seeing how she interacted with other people, like Sam, the flower shop owner and her neighbour.
The friendship between Sam and Aria is so awesome and a central part of the book. These two meet each other at the right moment and quickly become great friends, they are there for each other and help each other out. They complement each other and it was great to read about friends like this. Sam is more a nerd or computer geek and the perfect sidekick for Aria. Sam also has been gone through a lot and still struggles with things. I thought she was a great character and a good friend to Aria.
There is a hint of romance in the form of two possible love interests, but it’s not really a love triangle. There also isn’t much romance, just a hint of what could be and might grow into more. I preferred her mysterious neighbour to Calem as love interest.
The world building isn’t present a lot as this story takes place in the human world. Yes Aria is a half-fea and we learn about what that means for her and her powers and a bit about the peace brokers where she worked before, but we don’t learn a lot about the other world she talks about. There is some cross over with the author her other series, so it might get explained there. Nevertheless I never felt like the world building was lacking, it simply isn’t necessary to know more and would bog down the story. So we learn what’s relevant and the rest stays a bit of a mystery, which worked well.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book, I got sucked into the story from the first page and enjoyed the story. It’s paced really well, with hints of what’s to come and enough plot lines and tension to keep me looking forward to what would happen next. The characters really make this book shine, both Sam and Aria are great characters and we really get a good feel for both of them. I liked how their friendship took much of the center stage and these two where such great friends and I am happy they found each other. There is a hint of two possible love interests for Aria, but this book doesn’t really focus on that. The story fully takes place in the human world, so the world building stays limited. But that’s okay, we learn what’s relevant to Aria, her powers and a bit of her past. And while I am curious to learn more about the other worlds, it’s not relevant in this book and I didn’t feel it was missing. I am pretty sure this book is only the start and I can’t wait to see how the story continues in the next book!