Heartborn by Terry Maggert
Synopsis: Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.
Until Keiron arrives.
In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.
Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.
About the Author: Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.
Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal
More Info: eARC, 238 pages, published by CreateSpace Publishing on September 1, 2016
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my thought and opinions below.*
Livvy is not your ordinary girl: she only has half of a heart. Literally, this impacts her health. Figuratively, this impacts her in no way. While she may be held back by her condition, the missing half of her heart does not stop her from being passionate. She can love just as fiercely, which is where Kieron appears.
Kieron is heartborn and meant for greatness. He fits into his family’s carefully laid plan, one that they have been cultivating for years. When he is thrown to Earth he knows his purpose: find Livvy.
The book jumps back and forth, following the progression of the two worlds. One in which a powerful household fights back to restore peace and justice. In the other, a solitary girl with a fate beyond her imagining.
First of all, look at the cover! *squeals* I could stare at it all day.
Second, Livvy + Kieron = cute. This relationship was…well, it was insta-love. If you don’t want to read about the couple who falls for each other immediately, this may not be the book for you. Kieron, though, is so sweet and he is perfect for Livvy.
Cressa is something else. I love her character. While she seems to be the most timid, I believe that she is actually one of the most brave angels up in Silver. She is strong, dedicated, and willing to do whatever it takes.
House Windhook is also something else. They are intelligent, powerful, and manipulative. They will use anything for their own personal gain, yet their end goal is the least selfless act they could possibly work for.
While Livvy’s family is mentioned and introduced briefly near the end of the novel, they don’t have a real presence in the story. I wish they did because the dedicated, whole, and loving family dynamic is commonly missing from most YA.
The book goes back and forth between two main stories, that of the Silver and the real world. The point of view throughout the story, however, is somewhat altered, focusing on different characters, causing temporary confusion and disorientation.
Throughout the whole book I felt as if there was something missing. Pieces of the story were never revealed, causing a mass confusion of the events. There were parts that were just too fast. I don’t think the reader is ever told how Kieron found Livvy. His whole transformation into the real world is forgone. At the end, the climax occurred in a rushed manner, so that I had to do a double take to figure out what was happening.
There was an instance of action that I loved. There is a fight, a power war, in The Grievance that caught my attention. House Windhook is so manipulative and sneaky. The action was slightly vague. It was muted by description, but it was also my favorite scene in the book.
Speaking of description, this book is filled with so much detail. The imagery and illustration is almost to the point of being over the top. Think J.R.R Tolkien…but different. In addition, the world building was awesome. The creation of the Silver and the power structure of the angels is extraordinary. The world is separate from our own, but connected in a way that is so unexpected. The only drawback is that there is SO much information, that it is dumped on the reader too fast. I could honestly just read this book for the description and world building.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a very unique perspective on angels. The world building was amazing and complex. The price isn’t too bad at $2.99 on Amazon Kindle. This is not my favorite novel, but it wasn’t a bad read.
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