Book Review – Heartborn

 

I know, it’s Sunday, and I said I’d be posting reviews on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but I fell asleep before I could post this yesterday. It’s only a day late!


Heartborn by Terry Maggert is a book about love, sacrifice, and family, filled with unique characters, an interesting plot, and enough intrigue to keep you engaged from beginning to end. The amount of head-hopping done as the story is told is a bit difficult to keep up with at first, but once I found the rhythm of the story, I was hooked.

The story is split between two main settings, Earth (or some alternate version of it), and the realm of angels, angels that are power-hungry and scheming, warriors of the sky. Kieron, a young Heartborn angel, falls to Earth where he meets Livvy, a teenager with a defective heart. He knows he is destined to save her, but she knows nothing of the great destiny that awaits her.

The first book in a series, the author spends a significant amount of time describing this realm of angels, the different factions, and the brewing war. And while I liked reading about the blooming relationship between Kieron and Livvy, I really looked forward to the chapters when the story was back with the angels, reading about how Kieron’s family was forced to deal with his departure. The social dynamics, scheming, history, and battle were definitely the parts I enjoyed most.

The ending was a little rushed, but I think that had to do with it being told mostly from Livvy’s POV, and I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say she had no idea what was going on either. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to fantasy fans who want to read a captivating, well-written story.

4 out of 5 flowers!

*** I received a free advanced reader copy (ARC) of this e-book from the publisher through NetGalley for review consideration. Receiving a free copy of a book in no way affects the honesty of my reviews.

Book Review – Of Fire and Stars

img_20170219_165918_556It was hard for me to rate Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. Honestly, I think what I liked most about the story was its potential. I kept hoping it would get better, which meant that I kept reading, refusing to stop because I needed to find what I hoped was hidden beneath the extremely shallow surface.

I really wanted to love this book. But I just can’t. I’m at borderline like, maybe.

I think the biggest issue I had was with the characters. They lacked the complexity and depth I’ve come to expect from the books I read, and even the main characters showed little development over the course of the story. The story is told through the perspectives of Mare (short for Amaranthine) and Denna (Dennaleia), complete opposites who form an unlikely bond that turns into more than either ever expected. Their relationship was the only thing I truly found interesting about this story, and I still wasn’t 100% sold on it because it read like a love triangle, even though Denna never really loved the prince (Mare’s brother). I’m not a huge fan of love triangles (even though they are super common in YA novels).

The other thing I struggled with was the lack of world-building. There was so much hinted at: magic, political intrigue, conflict between nations, etc., but we never really learn the details behind the cursory overview we’re given. What Coulthurst did write about was intriguing, but there wasn’t enough depth to keep me interested. Some people might be okay with not knowing how or why things ended up the way they did, but I can’t read a story without thinking of a hundred questions as I read. And if those questions are never answered, it leaves me feeling unsatisfied and disappointed.

Gosh, I feel like I’m only pointing out flaws in this review, which I kind of feel bad about because it’s not like I hated this story. It was okay. But I do have one last rant to get off my chest; although, it’s not unique to Of Fire and Stars. Why must YA novels portray adults to be complete idiots? This is another common theme amongst YA novels that I really don’t appreciate. I understand that the plot might need the older generation to “not quite get it” in order for the story to move forward, but there’s no need to make all of the adults seem like they wouldn’t be able to differentiate between a horse’s ass and its head.

Like I said in the beginning, this one was a tough book to rate and review. There were parts that I enjoyed but also a lot that I didn’t. Yet some people seriously loved this book, and it’s not like it was poorly written or rife with errors. Again, it was an okay book. I just had some issues with it, and that’s why I can only give it 3 out of 5 flowers. But that’s just my opinion, and you’ll have to read it before making your own!