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Without spoiling everything, the book is set in two worlds, and in many ways seems like two separate stories. Much of the fantasy element comes from Keiron’s family, the Windhooks, and their world. This universe is well built and I’d love to see more of it – the novel finishes almost before the real action begins, and we don’t get to see the ramifications of the changes that occur within the book’s timeline. This world is definitely up there with some of the best YA fantasy I’ve read, and often has a feel of James Patterson and, to a lesser extent, Terry Pratchett.
The real world, however, is where I have an issue (don’t we all?). While Maggert’s fantasy writing is brilliant, the real world definitely let the side down for me. It started off being quite clichéd and ended just feeling really rushed and confusing. The characters follow the pretty standard “outcast girl is picked on by self-obsessed girly girls who like makeup more than books and can’t spell their own names” trope – despite almost all of the real world scenes happening inside a library, presumably in a school holiday. If you hadn’t guessed, there is a romance aspect and again that follows a typical YA pattern – fast, intense young love that seems to occur simply because he’s a guy and she’s a girl. The two worlds were merged quite clumsily and I’m still not entirely sure how certain people knew certain things towards the end of the book.
I feel like as a whole this book would actually have benefitted immensely from being longer – I was left feeling like I needed more explanation and more of the story in general. The real world narrative would’ve worked better for me had it been more spread out, and I wish we were given more information on the fantasy world. The concept is strong and Maggert’s fantasy world was wonderfully built and massively compelling. The Heartborn universe is definitely one I’d like to see more of, but unfortunately I didn’t feel like the narrative was as polished or clear as it could have been.
I have been reading. As in more than I have been making. I thought I would start with something that I know I would like. After reading Wunderkids, I was really worried about having a slump. It was a great book that I could not go wrong with. Though I think I should have worried more about picking my next read.
My next read was Heartborn by Terry Maggert. I really don't know what to say so I'll start with my summery.
Summery: 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.
I'll start with the positives. How could I not when you look at the cover. It's such a beautiful cover that screams effort and heaven. The presentation was very well done and in a weird way the description of things within the story could be good. Things are very well described.
The description, though things are well described, I feel that it is very over described. I feel like there are more adjectives than there are any other words. It felt more like a list or a screen play. I felt that each object and person had one whole paragraph to describe them at that point. Some people may like this as it tells them exactly what's going on, what someone looks like. However I like to be shown not told.
One other problem I had with the description was that I wasn't sure what exactly was being described at some points. For instant, "A light smell of disinfectant curled through the air, and it was cold. Unusually cold for a library." To me this sounds like the smell of disinfectant is being described as cold, up until the next sentence when its talking about the Library. Is the room being described or is the smell of the disinfectant being described compared to the library. If it is the latter, why would a library smell of disinfectant as it would smell of books.
Another thing I would like to address. What happened at the start of chapter 19? I know this was explained later in the last chapter but I felt that there was such a jump that I got vertigo, theoretically. I felt that there should have been a better way to make a transition of the chapters. This would have drawn it out a bit more but it would have also described what happened in the mean time.
In the time that she is in the library world with Keiron, where was she really. He, though an angel, does not have the power to change the whole world or to stop time. So where was she and how did she end up outside the hospital. I fell like so much has been left out when more could have been used create the connection between Livvy and Keiron. It would have made the loss of Keiron more real, more affecting. Though there was a good connection between the two of them, I felt there could have been a lot more.
The last thing I would like to comment about is the fact that I didn't really need to read the book as everything was explained on the Blurb. In all honestly I did not enjoy the book and unfortunately I can only give the book 2 stars.
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