Losing your heart is easy. Getting it back is another story.
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.
About the Book
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Format Hardcover, Owlcrate Exclusive Cover, 384 pages
Publisher Little, Brown and Company (August 2017 )
Read August 19 – August 20, 2017
Source Owlcrate ‘Something Wicked This Way Come’
The Hearts We Sold is such an incredible read. All of the stars for this book! The story was so emotional and kept me engaged from beginning to end. Even when there wasn’t immediate physical action, the pacing didn’t falter because the character development was stunning! Demons have made an appearance. They will grant you a wish if you trade something for it. Most ask for limbs, but when Dee makes a deal for a chance to escape her life at home, she needs to sell her heart. As a “heartless”, Dee joins a battle with her team to keep the peace against the voids.
The story is so creative. The writing was amazing. The story flowed so well. I thought the plot was going to go one way, and then it did a one-eighty. I was on my toes the whole time. While the ending made me cry, it wasn’t entirely because I was sad. Just that it was over. From beginning to end, I absolutely loved this book.
But honestly, what really makes this book as impressive as it is are the characters. Every character, both within the circle of heartless teens and without, is vibrant and memorable. They all have distinct and fascinating personalities that it’s almost a shame that this book wasn’t stretched into a series. While I don’t think the plot would’ve held up well across multiple books, there would’ve easily been enough material about each character to fill ten books.
The true standouts are Dee, the novel’s protagonist, and James, the novel’s
heartthrob male lead. Dee is by no definition extraordinary in nature. She comes from an abusive home and just tries to fly under the radar. Her unwillingness to connect to others or even a lot of the world around her because she’s been abused and taken advantage of in the past makes the reader really feel for her.
James is the slightly tortured, “carpe diem” artist type who’s incredibly kind but lonely. The novel provides a few flash backs for his character, but what you see with James is really what you get. It’s honestly hard not to fall in love with him from his very first appearance.
But as much as I love these two characters as individuals, it’s the two of them coming together and even just interacting that absolutely kills me (but in the best way possible). Dee and James’ chemistry is perfect. Though their relationship doesn’t take all that much time to blossom, it never feels rushed. The two are slight outcasts who have some darkness in their pasts and just fit together.
The Hearts We Sold is a beautiful and effective piece of storytelling that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it. The characters are both memorable and relatable, and the plot is incredibly original and intriguing. It’s just one of those books that you won’t be able to stop yourself from finishing in a single sitting. It’s just that good and you’ll enjoy it just that much.
Really. Cross my heart.