BOOK REVIEW | Heartborn by Terry Maggert



Author: Terry Maggert

Genre: Fantasy

Published: 1st September 2016

Format: eBook

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star

“She smiled, despite the clouds and snow spreading before her through the windows. They could make their own sunshine.”

Goodreads 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.


First of all, thank you to Terry Maggert for sending me a copy of Heartborn in exchange for an honest review!

This was a unique, strange, quirky book, and I mean that in a good way! The writing was lovely and very quotable.I could just spend this review listing all of my favourite sentences from this book, and the beautiful way things are described (don’t worry I won’t!). But if you want a glimpse of the kind of writing in this book…

“There are boys, and there are men. He was neither, caught in that dusk between the two where the beauty of youth isn’t overcome by the rugged demands of adulthood.”

It’s all written like this – and it’s clear this book is in the hands of a brilliant writer.

The main character, Livvy, is special and unique, due to being born with only half a heart (something that makes sense as the book goes on), and her struggles are described very well. The author does really well giving the reader a clear insight into Livvy’s pains and daily obstacles…

“There were thirty-six steps ahead of her and the carpeted flooring yawned away like a distant valley.”

The only downside for me was some of the characters. The main characters of Livvy and Keiron were wonderful, and I loved their chapters together, especially their beautiful romantic story. I also really liked the family dynamic to the characters, and reading about the actions of these family members, out of their care for each other. However, I didn’t find any of the characters particularly memorable. Perhaps that was just because there were so many characters, in such a short book, that it was impossible to give depth to the all though.

I also found some parts of the story a little confusing, and despite absolutely loving the ending (which was so surprising, unexpected and emotional!) I was still a little confused as to what had been happening with certain characters. But that wasn’t a complete negative; a bit of confusion makes a story mysterious and magical, and that is a perfect description of what Heartborn was!



GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you like to win an audiobook of one of Terry Maggert’s books, Halfway Dead? Well you should because: A) Terry is a fab author, and B) Here is a giveaway giving you the chance to win just that!

All you have to do is comment on my original giveaway post, and like Terry’s Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning this audiobook, as well as some cool book swag!

(See the original giveaway post for full details!)

The giveaway will be open until the 13th October, so make sure you enter soon!!


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