Goodreads Summary of Heartbound:
ONE CHOICE HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE FATE OF TWO WORLDS
Petyr has never found it necessary to consider the humans as anything more than distant, inferior beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease that has plagued his realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a future leader of a realm in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the affliction. He must enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary eighteen year-old human, observe and learn.
However, things don’t exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindlendly on his sober mission, Petyr meets and 18 year old girl who does things to his emotions that he can’t quite fathom or control.
Petyr is falling in love, and he almost forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know him–and his world.
My Review of Heartbound:
I enjoyed this romantic YA fantasy.
Petyr meets Scarlett at university and falls instantly in love with her. Only thing is he isn’t exactly human. He is a being who lives in another realm and has been sent to monitor the humans. He goes against his mission and his entire race when he admits to Scarlett who and what he really is. She accepts him and returns his love, however he neglects to inform her of a darkness to his form. Something extremely dangerous to both of them The Forbidden.
I felt the story moved at a good pace. Considering it was quite a short book (less than 200 pages) it felt like quite a lot happened. However, having said that, I do feel at times it needed a bit more setting up, and a bit more explanation. Hopefully this will come in subsequent books.
I liked the characters, I enjoyed that it was only focused on one couple and didn’t have an annoying love triangle that most other YA books seem to be filled with. I enjoyed that the author kept the momentum going without the need to bring a third party into the mix to add extra FEELS.
Speaking of FEELS though, there was just a bit too much for me. I love a beautiful romance, something that moulds and develops throughout the book. However I didn’t feel that with the romance in this one. It was just sort of there… He was already “in love” with her, bordering stalker mode, which is another thing I didn’t like. It felt way too Romeo and Juliet for me. I appreciate that it would probably appeal to the youngins reading, I’m not exactly a spring chicken anymore… Maybe back in my teens or even early 20’s I probably would have enjoyed the romance more. Perhaps I’m just a bit jaded with the realistic knowledge that love like that is unfortunately only in the romance books. I couldn’t get swept up in it unfortunately.
Oh I LOVED the twist with The Forbidden! I was wondering through most of the book what the hell the FORBIDDEN was, and when it was finally revealed I thought it was really clever! I felt it really brought the story together for me. I would have liked a bit more of it, maybe more of an explanation.
I thought the whole thing was really well written, especially for a debut. It had the classic YA vibe to it which I really enjoyed and I loved the richness and imagination of the other realm and the description of the landscapes and the characters.
And the cover! What a beautiful cover! Absolutely GORGEOUS!
Would I recommend Heartbound?
Yes for lovers of typical YA romances, all about the feels!
Many thanks to P. I. Alltraine and YA Bound Book Tours for including me in this tour and giving me a copy of Heartbound in exchange for an honest review.
(3.25 / 5)
About the Author:
P.I. Alltraine is a multi-award winning poet and author. She has won several international poetry
competitions, and her poems “Kites” and “The Gift” have been published in separate anthologies.
She teaches English Language and Literature in London. She earned her degree in BA English from Queen Mary University of London, followed by her Post Graduate Certificate in Educationand Master’s in Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education, University of London. Before moving to London, she lived in the Philippines where she experienced the rich culture encrusted with dark myths and enchanted tales. She draws inspiration from these in her writing. Though she has lived in different places and experienced different cultures, writing has remained a constant aspect in her life.