Two things prompted me to re-read Heartbreaker this month! The first is that I realized I never really adequately featured the book on bookish social media, the second is because I am SO SUPER LUCKY to have been chosen for an ARC box for book three, which will be out on September 7th!!
First off you should check out my review for book one, Heartmender, here, then proceed with this review if you’re interested! I loved Heartmender for it’s lyrical mix of fantasy, adventure, clean content, and religious allegories that were not overpowering. Heartbreaker sees the characters begin their journey in earnest, with all the growing pains of becoming a young hero.
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: Heartbreaker
- Series: Heartmender, #2
- Author: V Romas Burton
- Publisher & Release: Monster Ivy Publishing, September 2020
- Length: 338 pgs
- Rate & Recommend: 🌟🌟🌟⚡ yes for YA, fans of Christian fantasy/fiction, clean content seekers!
Here is the description from Amazon:
After finding out she is the Bellata–the prophesized warrior meant to save Decim–Addie, along with James, returns to Barracks to unite the Twelve Magisters. But as she discovers her old home in ruin, Addie stumbles upon Silas and Nana, the only people left in Barracks.
As Silas explains what happened, Addie remembers the special gift Eman entrusted to her. She gives the gift to Silas, only to learn that he’s the young blacksmith who fought through the Seven Choices, making Addie unsure of how to react to her old friend.
Dodging an attack from Schism, and another deadly ally to Ophidian, the group finally makes their way to Ramni, where a familiar face joins them–one Addie never wanted to see again.
If Addie can’t learn to balance her new power, successfully unite the Twelve Magisters, and figure out what’s going on with a new voice in her head, Ophidian will destroy all the twelve lands …
And she’ll never know who is capable of betrayal amongst her friends.
The Plot/Story: this second novel sees Addie and company out on a quest to unite the Magisters of Decim, gain their allegiance in the fight against Ophidian. The plot is once again fast moving, with obstacles being overcome fairly quickly in order to advance the storyline. Now that Addie has newfound confidence, responsibility, and a crew of friends & family to fight alongside her, what will happen? There is plenty of action, lessons learned, good along with the bad, but man – this one ends on a cliffhanger!
Themes: While Heartmender was about choices and the seven sins, Heartbreaker is about sacrifice and trusting in Eman’s plan. He isn’t with Addie but his voice is still heard, his plan is known, and there is a super cool magical book that I am pretty sure is an allegory for biblical guidance, although I am not positive. Other wholesome themes include friendship, trust, finding family, self worth, and trusting that one is never alone.
Continuing worldbuilding: One of my favorite parts was learning the back story of the antagonist, and how all of this evil came to be! A lot of questions from book one were answered in this, including questions about Addie’s family. The author did a great job expanding on the world of Decim to include the other realms, inhabitants, issues, and even geography to make the world richer.
The Characters: Addie has some serious “coming of age” challenges to overcome. She is the Bellata, so she should be independent, in charge, and unruffleable – right? It was nice watching her learn to work with a team, test out her feelings for Silas, and start to come into her responsibility. She also drove me nuts sometimes jumping to conclusions and blaming others, but it’s part of learning to socialize
Silas is a good character in this one too but I can’t really say why. He is a great protector to Addie and tests the group. James and Nana and Claire ❤ also Damien … It is a good group.
I think the reason I scored this one a little lower is because of how easily the answers to the puzzles come to Addie. She races through the first few magisters and while it works to further the allegories and storyline, I think I would have liked her to be tripped up a little more. The book makes up for that at the end though, how in the world are they ever going to get out of that situation??
At heart this is a complex story and I think it would make a great buddy read for readers of any age. That targeted 13-18 range is totally 100% appropriate too. In the coming weeks I will be posting about book 3 so stay tuned for that!!
Meet the author:
V. Romas Burton grew up bouncing up and down the East Coast where she wrote her first story about magical ponies at age seven. Years later, after studying government and earning an M.A. in Theological Studies, V. Romas Burton realized something even bigger was calling out to her–stories that contained great adventures and encouraging messages. Her debut novel, Heartmender, has won several awards including: First Place in Young Adult for the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Second Place in Juvenile/ Young Adult for the 2021 Illumination Book Awards and tied for Third Place for Young Adult Fiction- Fantasy/ Sci- Fi in the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Awards. You can find future updates and news on her website: http://www.vromasburton.comfrom Amazon