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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones | Book Review

Title: The Hearts We Sold

Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones

Series: N/A

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Romance

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Publication date: August 8th, 2017

Pages: 400

My rating:  img_1495


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?

“People always warn you about demons, tell you it’s wrong and dangerous. And yeah, that’s true, but that’s not the worst part. The worst part. You know what the worst part is?”

“No,” said Dee.

The girl smiled harder. “You get what you asked for.”

If you’ve seen my most anticipated releases for this year then you’ll probably have already seen how excited I was to read this book, because the premise sounded incredibly unique and cool and let’s face it, I love dark stories. So it’s no surprise that I immediately picked it up right when it arrived at my house. And, even though I have to say I enjoyed it, I was a bit disappointed with it.

It usually happens to me with certain books. I hype them in my head and get really excited and the book turns up not being what I thought it would be. So that’s kinda my mistake, guys. I thought it was going to be much darker and twisted and, well, quite frankly, I wasn’t expecting that. I somehow pictured it being about a girl who sold her heart to the devil and the book was going to be about her journey and her life after that (with some romance, that I got).  But it was completely different, and though overall I really enjoyed it, I have to say it let me down quite a bit.

“I like to think that I was the one who made the choices that brought me to this moment. They may have been bad or good choices, I don’t know. They might have been mistakes. But all I know is that I’m the one who made them. I brought myself here. I chose this.”

Now I really loved the characters, and I think out main character Dee was a very interesting point of view to read from. She felt quite real to me, and although at the beginning of the book we didn’t know much about her, I enjoyed her development so much, especially her relationship with her family.

I don’t usually come across books with problematic family relationships, and the way this was portrayed in the story felt so real and true. Somehow at the beginning of the novel she was having some trouble with her family that you really didn’t know about, but throughout it you got to see how she became stronger and started to think about herself more, and put herself first, and that’s the type of character development I love.

There were also really good sidekicks in the story. Even though our main point of view is Dee’s, there were a few chapters that focused more in the other characters and how they ended up where they were, or what made them sell their hearts too.

Her love interest, James, oh boy, I was so hooked. He was the type of male character I love reading about, don’t mind me. He had a very interesting way to see the world and basically everything, and their friendhsip was so adorable (yes, I always use the same world but GUYS THEY TRULY WERE). He was a very deep character I loved knowing things from, and even though he was my favourite sidekick, the others were pretty good as well.

“She reached down, found his hand with hers. His fingers were dry and warm, his nails edged with charcoal. He seemed to understand; a smile played over his mouth.

Their fingers tangled, wrists pressed together.

No pulse between them.”

And now you say: “well, if you loved those characters so much, then why you gave it 3.7 stars?“. Well, let me tell you: I wasn’t a big fan of the whole let’s-hunt-those-creatures-in-the-voids thing. I wanted to know more about the demons and their history, and I expected something different than them having to hunt creatures because they work for a demon (it’s not a spoiler, don’t you worry). So that was a bit of a turn off to me, even though I ended up not disliking it.

However, THAT ENDING SHOOK MY WHOLE WORLD APART. I didn’t think it would end up the way it did, but mostly I didn’t expect it to have that much of an effect on me. But oh, wholy guacamole, it broke my heart and I loved it. So that made up to the other parts I did not like that much.

So overall, despite being a bit disappointed with some things, I adored the characters and the entire concept of the book, and, of couse, how wrecked I was after reading the ending.


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