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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,
Published March 5th 2017 by Terry Maggert (first published September 1st 2016)
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Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He was a being of purity and love, a guardian angel, destined to be a hero and savior. Keiron’s world is one of violence, of deception, but the day he was pushed through time and space he fell into Livvy’s world and that was the day he knew his destiny would be fulfilled and this broken girl will become his reason for being.

Livvy has had a lifetime of pain and suffering and she knows it will be short. Her heart has never been whole, but Keiron becomes more than just a friend as he changes a lone
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, trash
I have mixed feelings about this one. The book had an interesting premise and it started out great but it was very anti-climactic for me.

Heartborn had a great opening scene – Keiron is an angel and stands on some kind of floating-in-the-sky island, about to jump down to get to earth. But his brother binds/chains him and his wings and pushes him to his death – it was so intriguing and I immediately wanted to know more about the world and what was going to happen next!

I thought the concept was pre
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
2.5 Stars

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I feel bad, because I feel like most of this book has passed me by and left me wondering just what I just read. Quite a lot of the plot is explained already in the blurb, but much more than that, I find it hard to describe.

Because of this I found it very hard to connect with the story or with any of the characters really, and I think it's save to say that the book was not for me. I didn't really care for Livvy, Keiron or any o
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm still trying to make sense of this book. We've got Keiron who is an angel that falls from the city in the sky to Earth in search of a special girl who is important to the fate of all the angels, especially his family. Then we've got Livvy, who has a bad heart but appears to be this special girl. They cross paths in the library and fall in love. Meanwhile, in the angel city, Kieron's family openly challenge the Cresent Council that rules the angels. The ending is a mind fuck.

I am still tryin
Sheila G
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Tiera McMillian
Crash and burn I think.. I actually think this might be more of a 1-1.5 stars for me.. I rarely ever rate a book lower than 2 and I'm still a little wary to do so but this book was almost impossible for me to follow. I thought at first it was because I was listening to the narration. That tends to happen occasionally with certain narrators and usually I have to finish the book myself, but I don't think it was the narration this time. I stopped listening going for the read myself tactic and still ...more
Ella (The Story Collector)
The plot of Heartborn is quite difficult to explain because I’m not actually really sure what was going on. We follow two threads: one following House Windhook in their attempt to shake things up in what I assume was the angelic realm, and one following Livvy as she works in a library, struggling with her failing heart, until she meets Keiron who sacrifices everything to save her. The details and anything in between completely went over my head.

Angel stories are difficult to get right, and Terry
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: May 28th 2017

"Sometimes, she thought books had been the only thing other than the love her parents that kept her from quitting. They were old friends who never left, and always took her by the hand to go someplace her broken body could not."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

"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 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 h
Patricia Romero
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book blurb tells you quite a bit about the story to come. This YA/Fantasy book by Terry Maggert is without a doubt the best YA book I have read. Just when I had resolved never to read YA books, due to the usual triangle of odd boyfriend/girlfriend and some type of paranormal activity, Mr. Maggert gave me Heartborn.

In case any of you are wondering what a good YA book looks like, this is it. The story is fresh and full of characters that are interesting and that I wanted to know more about. Th
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had gotten to read a few chapters of this book before it was released and I was hooked. I really enjoyed this story of Livvy and of Kieron's family and their intertwined tales. The action, adventure, drama, and evolving love story are refreshing to read. You don't want to stop and when you do, because the story is over, you feel a sense of loss. You want to stay in Kieron & Livvy's world because it is so breathtaking and vivid, and less complicated than real life. I found myself going about my ...more
Cassiopeia's Moon
Apr 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So... I don't know. This book left me confused. I liked Livvy, but the whole angels in the clouds didn't grip me and I felt mostly confused. Then at the end, I am not sure if a fell asleep while reading or just skipped a few pages by mistake on my kindle, but I have no idea where that plot twist came from. And it wasn't a good 'no idea', it was the 'I don't understand this at all, this is stupid' kind of plot twist.

I had hopes for this one but it just didn't fall on the right side of the fence f
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read other books by this author and enjoyed the way Maggert writes. This novel is unique and based on a premise I haven't read before. I loved the concept of the houses and the characters Maggert builds in Windborn are well drawn and full of surprises. This first book is laying the groundwork for a heck of a series and I'll definitely progress to the rest. Absolutely a goer. ...more
My (Lostinfantasybooks)
2 Stars

An ARC was provided for me through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Is this the part where you tell me you're a prince, and that you need my help to claim your castle?"

I wanted to read this book because of the pretty cover and the promising blurb. It seemed to have so much potential for an action packed love story with angels, but the story turned out to be disappointing.

It was too short, there were sudden time jumps, the story happened too fast, there weren't enough/suffic
g i n n y
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook-edition
2.5 stars.

Heartborn has a good concept and the details are well thought out, but for me the storytelling was a little off. Terry Maggert is well-written, and he can definitely turn a good phrase--there were countless quote-worthy phrases.

My issue wasn't with the technical ability, but rather the development. Heartborn could have used a lot more fleshing out to help develop the characters and setting properly. I initially thought this sounded like another Fallen (only better, even just reading th
books are love
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I cried over Keiron. He sacrificed so very much and he was so honest and pure. I hope his sacrifice pans out and his families sacrifices are worth it. Make no mistake him and his family are not doing this for gain they are doing this for what they believe in and they make alot of sacrifice for this. they are a strong family unit and individually are unique and amazing in their own right. But Keiron for me is the one that steals it all.

He is selfless and loving. He is the heartborn a rare one ind
Jennifer Y.
My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

*I received a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest

Heartborn is a wonderful story and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent listening to it.

This was my first book by the author and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed every aspect of the story from the unique characters and the intriguing storyline to fantastic world created in Heartborn. Every element was so refreshing and interesting to me that I lost track of time as I listened to this engag
Melanie (Paperback Darling)
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
“He’d pulled away to leave Livvy standing on her sidewalk, wondering if having half a heart meant that she was half a person and only entitled to half of everything, including love and respect.” – Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Keiron is not like the others. He is Heartborn. With a war brewing in a world from above, he takes a jump and lands on Earth to find a specific girl. Livvy only has half a heart and can only do so much. With dreams as high as the sky, she can only hope that one day, she will
Kay Kuever
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Terry Maggert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I loved this book. So much so that I've had a bit of a difficult time putting my feelings about it into words. This story is so unique and beautiful, I sort of want to reach through my laptop screen and shake you all a little bit to emphasize how much I want you to read or listen to this boo
Bette Ha
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an digital copy of Heartborn, by Terry Maggert, from Netgalley for review, and I squealed at the cover. I admit that I absolutely judge books by their covers, and look at how beautiful this wing is! The colors are gorgeous, and they make the whole scene very ethereal, which is what I was hoping for when I read, right on the cover, that “her guardian angel was pushed.”

Unfortunately, Heartborn did not live up to my expectations. Here are a few (spoiler-free) reasons why.

Livvy Foster, th
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, family, audiobook
After I read the book description of ‘Heartborn’ I just knew I had to read this book. I love stories about angels and this book just sounded so good. So when I saw the sign up for the Audiobook tour I was even more excited. Now I would be able to listen to a story about angels while I was driving to and from work. I really couldn’t wait to start listening to this book.

‘Heartborn’ is definitely unlike any other book I read. The story is very original and I found myself fascinated with the charact
Misty's Book Space
The authors publishing assistant reached out to me on Goodreads last year asking me if I would be interested in reading and reviewing this book and after reading the synopsis of it I said yes. I had every intention of reading it within a month or two but I managed to let it get lost in the sea of books I wanted/needed to read so here we are a year later finally reviewing it. I just want to say thank you to the authors assistant as well as the author for providing me with a copy of this book in e ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Falling the journey of Livvy and Keiron as they sought the truth of her heart, his need to save her, his power to save her and the depth of someone to love and die for another.

A being of love, light, power, strength, purity, yet capable of violence, deception, lies. How do these things work together? How do they not tear a soul apart? Keiron was of the heavenly realm. He was more than should have every graced the Earth below. Until the day he stumbled in to a world where there was something mor
K.T. Webb
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terry sent me this book because he wanted me to give him my thoughts. I gave him my thoughts, and now it's your turn.

Buy this book. Don't hesitate. Don't second-guess yourself. Just buy it.

The story is about a girl who was born with half a heart. She's been through countless surgeries and dealt with pain and struggle all her life. She starts working at a library and meets an array of characters that help her see she isn't defined by her health issues. In a parallel story, there is trouble brewin
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well... THIS left me quite puzzled.
I'm still trying to figure out the meaning, or at least understand what I missed. It was like reading to completely different stories with no links but a single character that "disappears" in an undefined way. Exactly like reading two books at the same time with a common character.
There are so many things left without an explanation, that I wouldn't be able to sum up the plot with my own words. In the summary is present a "guardian angel", but frankly I can't a
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audio review
"Wow "
Would you consider the audio edition of Heartborn to be better than the print version?
No I love both. Print books are my first love but audio books are what helps me get through my hour long commute

What did you like best about this story?
How did it was from anything else I've read lately. I really liked how I though I knew where the author was headed but my guess was wrong

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but I r
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books I've reviewed, I find this to be the hardest one of all to write.

I almost wish, potential reader, that you knew nothing of what's to come. I wish you could be "pushed" into this vivid tale of pure agape, to see through your own thick layer of tears, the kind of sacrifice love can willingly make.

Although you'll find action, supernatural beings and unexpected twists, I hope as you read this book you won't let what you think Heartborn is about- color what it can be. I'll read this
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: beautiful-covers
Actual Rating: 1.5

Heartborn was not my cup of tea. I couldn't get past the instalove, and the same "I'm broken, nobody loves me" premise. This is how it went: I'm a girl and nobody likes me - I see him - he says I'm beautiful - let's make out. Extremely off putting.

Plus, I read the same line over and over again, "Tears pricked her eyes." This girl, was ALWAYS in the verge of tears!!!! Get a grip lady!

Also, there were two stories to follow, and I couldn't help but feeling like I was reading two
AnessaRenee Reviews
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great ya book. The author knows how to keep your attention and the story was beautifully written. I don't want to give away anything that the blurb didn't already say. This was one of those books that when your done you want more about the characters and definitely want to read the author again. The love in this book is awe inspiring, I just couldn't get enough of Keiron. The mission to find the truth is a journey you will love to be on. *Review for Sweet Spot Sisterhood* ...more
Megg West
Aug 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really really want to know; did I somehow manage to get a different ARC of this book than anyone else? Everyone else? Did I?

There will be a video review up on Wednesday with a non-spoiler review of why I really did not like this book.
Here is the link to my video review:
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