Book Review | Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“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 there 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.”

This book had so much potential and I was really hopeful after the opening scene but am left feeling very disappointed.

My first issue is that nothing happened for ~80% of the story, then suddenly eveything happened and I couldn’t follow it. I finished the book and have no idea what the final few chapters were about. The story is told from two perspectives: on Earth and in Woodook. The parts in our world, following Livvy, were SO boring. I hated them and couldn’t wait to finish the chapter to move away from her story. While nothing was really happening in Woodook either, I much preferred those parts.

Character wise, I had no connection to any of them and didn’t really care for them. I also hated the insta-love relationship between the two main characters. It was infurriating.

Some parts I thought were a bit juvenille but otherwise, the writing was beautiful and flowed really well. I would have liked to have seen more details about what a Heartborn (all I know is they’re created for sacrifice and are born with their eyes open) and a blightwing actually are. Also there was a lack of world building, which I feel could have been executed beautifully if there was extra detail.

Good idea but delivered poorly. Save yourself a few days reading and just read the synopsis because that tells you basically everything that happens.

2/5 stars because it was written well but it just wasn’t for me.


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