“HEARTBORN,” BY TERRY MAGGERT
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
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 there is 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.
“Heartborn” is the newest, upcoming release from Terry Maggert, and this was my first time reading anything by this author. Keiron is a Heartborn, from a different world above where most are cruel and ruthless, except that Keiron is good, and wants to save a girl on Earth named Livvy. Before falling to Earth, Keiron’s brother Garrick cuts off his wings and pushes him. In Keiron’s world, there are all sorts of people with different skills and jobs, but Keiron has always been special being that he is a Heartborn. Livvy has just begun working at a library with a mean boss, mean girls hanging around, and gets out of breath just walking to the break room because of heart problems. Livvy makes an instant best friend, Dozer, but it isn’t until Keiron walks in the library that her world changes. Keiron and Livvy are quickly drawn to each other while he researches and tells her about the empire and world he is researching, and she tells him about her life and her heart. While they are becoming closer, his family is on the brink of war back where he is from. His parents and sister are fighting battles with the Council, waiting for Keiron and Livvy to return to help them win their war.
First, I must hand it to the author for his level of creativity in developing this story and the characters within it. This is definitely unlike anything I have read previously and I think it will really appeal to the YA audience that likes paranormal/fantasy novels. I was really able to get involved in the parts of the novel with Livvy but struggled following the chapters involving Keiron’s family, all of the different characters, and the war that was brewing. I struggled with keeping up with who was good or who was bad and especially started getting lost between extremely lengthy conversations between Keiron’s parents and Cressa. Without giving spoilers, there is a climactic part with Livvy in the library towards the end which also completely lost me. I can’t elaborate without giving spoilers, but I was just confused. With that being said, I still feel that a reader within this novel’s intended age and interest group would get into this novel, and more than likely follow along much better than I did. I’ve become a bigger fan of science fiction and paranormal writing over the past year, however, my heart still lies with stories that are more concrete so that I can easily recognize and understand what is going on.
“Heartborn” is definitely an interesting read and this is absolutely one of those times where my recommendation is if you like this genre then absolutely read this once it’s released next week. Maggert has created unique and different characters along with an imaginative and exciting plot.
Learn more about Terry Maggert by visiting his web page.
*I received a copy of the ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.