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?
This book was a surprising win for me. Going in to this read, I wasn’t expecting much. I hadn’t talked to anyone else about it and hadn’t even read the back of the book (sometimes I feel like the synopsis sets me up for something and since I hadn’t read the synopsis I thought it would be more fun to discover the story as I read). I don’t plan on picking up this practice permanently but I figured I was going to read this particular book regardless of the summary so why not just have a bit of a blind date. I’m glad I did!
Anyways, I sort of, kind of adored this book. Emily Lloyd-Jones created a really immersive world. Essentially, the characters exist in our world, only now there are Daemons who you can make deals with. The concept was set up in natural way and we sort of got to discover the idea alongside the main character which made it easy to slip into.
The characters in this book were extremely genuine and authentic. Their interactions and relationships to one another felt realistic. I appreciated that the Emily Lloyd-Jones created a character that, while smart and initially quieter, was able to develop a voice for herself. The character development was excellent for all characters involved, and was also fairly diverse (yay!). I also thought this was an exemplary case of a positive, healthy romantic relationship in YA…. which shouldn’t be hard to find but sadly is. There also weren’t any flat background characters, which was another nice change of pace. Every character had some real, genuine depth that was at least partially explored.
Their is plenty of action in The Hearts We Sold, but I will say that it does read kind of casually. I’m honestly not sure what other authors do to create a build up around big action points, but this book did not do that. Oddly enough, I kind of enjoyed that it didn’t have that build up. Honestly, everything in this book- world building, character development, and plot- happened organically. There were never huge chunks of time wasted building up some big event, which for me prevented the book from dragging. But I will admit that’s something that worked for me, if you’re someone who loves build up and over-blown action scenes, you might not enjoy the casual action as much. I think that, whereas a lot of Fantasy books favor an intense plot to deep characters, this one perfectly balanced both.
This was an enjoyable read for me and I hope it was/is for you as well 🙂
I give this book a 4 of 5!
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