Saturday, October 1, 2016

Review: Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Heartborn by [Maggert, Terry]
Rating: PG
Genre: Fantasy
Score: 3.5 Stars
Page Count: 149
Stand Alone
Publisher: Createspace Independent
Published: September 1st, 2016

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.

1. I was first interested in this book when the author contacted me about it and I was very interested in the synopsis that I really wanted to know what happened in the story. Huge thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to review this book because I'm pretty excited to tell you guys all about it. On to the review!

2. The first thing I really liked about the book was the writing. It was seriously so great and very descriptive and almost enchanting. Just the writing alone is what enough to hook me into the story and keep me interested in everything going on both with the heroes of the story and the 'enemies'. I also just loved the pacing as it was still interesting to read even when things did get a bit slow at points. The book was a little out of my comfort zone since I don't read a lot of books having to do with the subjects of guardian angels and the like but I quite enjoyed this one because there wasn't a ton going on. It was just enough for my head to wrap around and keep hold of which made me enjoy it even more than I was expecting.

3. I also loved that the romance between Livvy and Keiron was very subtle and sweet. Normally with fantasy novels and even urban fantasy books, I tend to find the romance a tad bit overdone even in my favorite fantasy novels or I find myself wishing the romance never existed because it was distracting or even annoying. For this book, however, it was more realistic and had no traces of the dreaded insta-love that some readers, including myself, can find very annoying if not done subtlely. It was simple and added that little extra something to the book.

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4. I also really liked the characters. Livvy was a very quiet yet smart girl who worked in a library and wasn't the typical character I usually see in some romance, fantasy books who are portrayed as a little insecure and find themselves stumbling into a world they never knew existed. Livvy was just a girl who kept to herself, was brave yet a little broken, and liked being alone with her books. Which I COMPLETELY understand on all levels. I thought Keiron was also a nice character as well. He was kind and a little goofy and again, wasn't the typical hero I find in fantasy books. He sacrificed a lot for Livvy that she didn't know about upon their first meeting and I thought it added to his character of being very caring.

The reason I didn't give this book five-star rating was because while the story was unique and different from a lot of fantasy books I've read before, there wasn't much of any descriptions as to what the creatures looked like in the book when they make an appearance and I kind of had to imagine for myself what I thought they might look or sound like. I also found that the ending was a little disappointing since there was such great world building and it all seemed to die out once the ending came around and the book wrapped up. I also felt there was something missing in the plot that left the ending feeling a little confusing. Overall, it was pretty good and I would totally recommend this one if you're looking for a unique story that doesn't fit into the stereotype of YA fantasy.

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About The Author:

Terry Maggert

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.

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So I hope you all enjoyed my review of this book! Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

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