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Publication date: October 9th, 2012
Number of pages: 318
Format: Kindle via netgalley
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Vigilance. The mission to safeguard Nikki Youngblood depends on the fragile alliance of two half-angel, half-human guardians, both struggling with intense feelings for the girl who has been assigned to their care. Mace, steadfast and deeply in love, wants to protect Nikki at all costs, while Raven's loyalty to Nikki finds him advocating for her independence and battling his own darker inclinations. At the same time, Nikki finds it harder and harder to choose between the two heavenly beings she may never have. Dangers intensify, and tensions between Mace and Raven flare as the purpose of their mission becomes clear. Can their defenses hold up to master manipulator Damon Vessler and the powerful secret he holds regarding Nikki's heritage? Can anyone protect Nikki from her true purpose and destiny?
Nikki and her half-angel companions are off onto yet another adventure, and during this journey Nikki starts to understand who she really is. Amongst some self discoveries, she makes a choice between the ones she loves and the one that she is attracted to. It wasn't an easy decision, and so the triangle was still in place even though we knew who she chose.
I was glad I was on the winning side in terms of the triangle, I hope her decision doesn't change, because her choice.. I have felt has been the right one from the beginning.
Mace and Raven are both great guys, but I believe there has been one that Nikki has had more of a connection to since the beginning. But that's not to say she still can't be friends with the other, as I do think she needs them both in her life in some capacity.
Also, I don't get why people seem to snub on character if they are 'nice'. What is wrong with nice guys? But with Mace, he isn't just nice. There is so much to him than he lets on, and during this book, he is going through some stuff.. but that only makes him even more likable in my opinion. He isn't black and white. He has layers that not everyone can understand at first, but I believe Nikki will help him through them.
Raven on the other hand, it's also known he loves Nikki, and they share a connection. He does make me laugh, but it kind of feels like.. all these 'bad' guys I read about these days have the same qualities in them. They are bad, but not really. They are in love with the main character, but she loves someone else. Blah. I do wish things can change up in YA.
She also meets other halflings, so we're introduced to a few new characters, but there is the dreaded question about whether or not they are good, are they bad?
This was a quick read and a great installment to this series. I look forward to see how the next book goes.