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.
Sent a copy of the book by the author
in exchange for an honest review.
Heartborn follows two main characters: Keiron, an otherworldly being who was determined to leave his family and home behind to save a girl he’s never met and Livvy, a girl living with only half a heart. At one time the paranormal/ romance YA type books were my go to reads, so when I was contacted by Terry about Heartborn I jumped at the chance to return to the genre. However, the potential Heartborn held within its pages didn’t quite hit home.
Everything I have to say about the book boils down to its development. The world, characters, political intrigue, even the romance was either rushed or lacked explanation, and the reason for this is the size of the book. With a total of 238 pages (my ARC copy had 219 pages) there wasn’t a whole lot of room for development of anything, I felt like you’re tossed into this world and you’ll either sink or swim.
It saddens me to say this because Heartborn truly did hold potential. I wanted to fully understand Keiron’s world, from the class system that was included to how it all connects to the human realm. There just wasn’t enough time to fully wrapped my mind around it all in so few pages, perhaps if it was longer it could have been fleshed out more. Keiron himself was an interesting character, I just would have liked more regarding Heartborns and the other different types of “angels” in the world.
Overall, while I liked Heartborn it just didn’t quite meet the mark for my full enjoyment. Thank you Terry for sending me a copy of Heartborn, I wish you the best of luck in your other ventures.