Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review: Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Heartborn by Terry Maggert                  

Release date: September 1st 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 240
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


*If you're looking forward to reading this book, I do not recommend reading the summary*

From Goodreads:

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.


Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the camel would say Lorelai (fellow Gilmore Girls fans will understand.) This book, oh dear. I went into this one not knowing much except for the fact that it's fantasy. And trust me, it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Set partly in a world where violence is the law, you will learn to doubt every single character in this book. It will mess with your brain and with your heart but you will love it anyway. Just like I did.

Let me warn you that Terry Maggert plays with your feelings like a cat would with a ball of yarn.

Actual evidence of Terry writing this book.

A reader knows that a book will be good just by looking at the first pages. I know if a book will be kickass if it has a map. Authors: never stop adding maps to books, please. We love them. Worlds can be confusing sometimes if they're not described properly. A map comes in handy for these situations. Naturally, as soon as I saw the lovely map in this book, I devoted myself to staring at ir for half an hour. I'll leave it here for you to do the same.

Another thing a reader appreciates is when there are multiple points of view. It's nice to see different perspectives of the same situación. In this case, the alternating chapters that took place in different worlds made this book even better. While we have a group of funny and sweet characters in one world, in the next chapter we encounter a group of fearless and determined fighters. There was a perfect balance of action and romance.

The characters. Where do I start? I haven't felt as connected with a character like I did with these ones in a long time. I have to congratulate the author. Somehow, he made me care for every single one of them; even Ana, Alana and Banana. And even though I thought at times that relationships were a little rushed, everything made sense in the end.

And that takes me to the story and that god damned ending. The twists and turns of this book are never-ending. If you think you understand what's going on, you're completely wrong. Most of the time I was as clueless and confused as Livvy, our main character. The story had me expressing incoherent sounds out loud. And then, the end tied every single confusing thought I may have had. It all made sense suddenly, not without breaking my heart first.

So thank you, Terry, I may have been born with a heart, but you've shattered it completely.

With that being said, I can't wait for the second book and all the badassery that will come!


5 out of 5 stars

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.

Do you think every writer schemes ways of hurting the reader? Are we, the readers, masochists? Let me know your thoughts!

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