• by Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Her guardian angel was pushed.
Keiron was made to be a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a world where violence and deceit are just around every corner.
His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has bent time to save a girl he has never met.
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.


What the Critics Say

"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 book. Julia Whelan’s narration was perfect.” -The Desert Bibliophile
"Terry Maggert's vivid descriptions and fascinating characters help create a story that lends itself well to the audiobook format” -Never2Many2Read
"The narrator for Heartborn was fantastic.” -Paper Cuts


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Majestic Writing + Emotional Depth

4.75★ Audiobook⎮ Heartborn is the first story of “Angels” that I enjoyed from start to finish and to this magnitude. I usually shy away from angelic tales because I haven’t had the best experiences with them in the past. But having heard and liked Terry Maggert’s writing in Halfway Dead, I begin listening to Heartborn without reservation.

Maggert’s unbridled writing ability is on display in Heartborn. It’s absolutely majestic. Terry’s writing is as beautiful as the cover art. There were several times when I rewound the audio just to hear a phrase again. Heartborn had a direct line to my heart and spoke to it incessantly.

I’m still a teensy bit indifferent about Keiron, most likely from a lack of meaningful exposure to the character. But I absolutely adored Livvy, the protagonist. Her story of living with a debilitating medical condition is reminiscent of that of the main character in Magonia. Livvy was extremely relatable and likable. I connected with her almost instantaneously and rooted for her until the very end. She was an exceedingly authentic character and was certainly no “Mary Sue”.

As I’ve said before, I will never get tired of reading about protagonists with disabilities or significant medical conditions. It’s an extremely refreshing shake up to the usual YA tropes and offers literary representation to an often underrepresented group. I especially appreciated the delicacy with which Maggert approached her medical condition. I can imagine that many, many readers will be able to identify with Livvy’s experiences.

Another thing that intensified my enjoyment of Heartborn were the alternating POV chapters. The paranormal/contemporary universe setting swap was also reminiscent of Magonia, but was better done in Heartborn. Normally when reading stories with alternating POVs, I tend to gravitate towards one of them and suffer through the others. That was not so with Heartborn. I was just as invested in the happenings of Keiron’s noble family as I was in Livvy’s ordinary human life on Earth.

Heartborn presented emotional depth for which I was completely unprepared. In my experience, the first installment in a Terry Maggert series is just the tip of the iceberg. Oh, there are unanswered questions, for sure. They first appear to be plotholes, but experience and intuition tell me they are just thin areas in the plot that will likely be reinforced in coming installments. My enjoyment of Heartborn was more than enough to persuade me to exercise patience instead of frustration and anxiously await Heartborn #2.

Narration review: From the moment I heard Julia Whelan would be narrating Heartborn, I was beyond excited. There are certain narrators that are so consistently spectacular that you know a homerun is coming before they even step up to the plate. She’s a rockstar in the world of audiobook narrating. Julia’s narration of Heartborn was flawless. Her voice acting skills and Terry’s gorgeous writing made for one phenomenal listening experience. I implore anyone interested in Heartborn to consider giving the audiobook a listen. Your ears deserve an experience like this.
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- The Audiobookworm

Great Narrator, Good Story

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this one was very good!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was!

Any additional comments?

Audio Portion:
The narrator for Heartborn was fantastic. She had a crisp, clear voice that I could perfectly understand even with the speed turned up. She also made the story sound really good. I was more keen on listening to her voice throughout the story because it was so soothing.
This audiobook was not long; clocking in at 6 hours and 20 minutes. Throughout those six and a half hours (less because I had it on 1.5x speed) I did not lose focus. I even sat down with almost 4 hours left just to finish it because I was so interested.
My one complaint about the narration was that she made all the men sound the same. I could not tell the difference between the male characters as I could the females. It made listening difficult, especially when there was more than one man in the scene.
Story Portion:
I left confused. I really enjoyed the story that was told, don’t get me wrong, but I have questions.
Such as:
• Why is Keiron so well adjusted to the human world?
• What the hell is a Heartborn?
• How does a 17-year-old have a full time job?
• Why isn’t Livvy in school?
• Where does Keiron live in the human world?
I need those to be answered so I can actually understand what the heck is going on in this dang story!
Besides all my questions, I did like the story. Like I said above, I sat down just to listen to the story so I could know what happened! Besides the vagueness, the story was very well written and entertaining.
I absolutely loved Livvy. She is one tough cookie that has not let having half a heart get her down. Even though she can’t fully live life, that doesn’t stop her. She isn’t sad and moping about her situation, instead she does what she can and doesn’t let herself let a moment go by that she isn’t savoring life.
I wish I had more from Keiron’s perspective. He was a very vague character that suddenly appears in Livvy’s life for a few day’s and suddenly she is dating him. Like what? It took me over a year of getting to know my boyfriend before we started dating. That doesn’t just happen! You can’t go around kissing people in a library, that’s not how it works. Though, it might. This was a YA Fantasy novel. Anything can happen in them.
All in all, I loved Heartborn. I need my questions answered and I hope that there is a sequel so I can continue on with the story and also have these pesky questions answered! I do wish I had the book in my hand to follow along with, maybe I would’ve found the answers to some of those questions. Plus, there was some really good quotes that I wished I could’ve highlighted! I would recommend reading or listening to this book if you are into angels and strong female characters. Oh, and one hell of a plot twist.

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- SammiiTX

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2016
  • Publisher: Terry Maggert