Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-JonesThe Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Pages: 400
on August 8th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-half-stars

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Review

The Hearts We Sold is a beautifully imagined Faustian tale that will enchant and delight any reader seeking a darker tale. Full of memorable characters who are delightfully morally grey, this story examines what people will do in order to truly live and how love can be found in the unlikeliest of place.

This story is based on a seemingly simple premise- demons are real and love to make deals with humans. Dee Moreno, desperate to escape the house she grew up in, trades away her heart in exchange for the money she needs for her school. Once she’s heartless, her world begins to change in ways she never could have imagined.

This book is one where it’s good to go in pretty much blind. The mystery is beautifully done and the author is an expert at doling out just enough information to keep you hooked. There’s a good mix of action and quieter scenes, both of which sometimes pack an unexpected emotional punch. The writing was fantastic, I loved how Emily Lloyd-Jones brought the world alive. Overall, I loved the plot and enjoyed seeing how everything unfolded.

The characters were wonderful. From broken and lost Dee to the loud and confident Gremma to the talented artist Jame to the (mysterious) (demon’s name), I love them all. There was a lot of depth to the characters that I wouldn’t usually expect to see in such an action-based book. As much as this story was about the demon’s and their goals, this was also a story about what it takes to find your own strength and to open your heart to others.

The Hearts We Sold was a beautifully written tale that I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for a darker fantasy tale. Be prepared to laugh, to cry, and to fall in love. While the characters may be lacking their hearts, this story definitely isn’t heartless.

four-half-stars

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