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TITLE: The Hearts We Sold
AUTHOR: Emily Lloyd-Jones
PUBLICATION DATE: August 8th 2017
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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?
Setting the Scene:
5 Word Summary
Packs in all the feels.
Mood Before Reading
Two words: reading slump
Action. Adventure. Heartbreak. This book has it all. The Hearts We Sold is an interesting take on making a deal with the devil (and Rumpelstiltskin). Demons are real and they can make a wish of yours come true… with the price of a body part. Usually. And in the case of Dee, James, Cora, and others who make a deal with the demon known as Daemon, the price of doing business and their hearts.
While I enjoyed the roller coaster of emotions it put me on, what really makes The Hearts We Sold stand out is the depth of its characters. It was really interesting to see the motivation behind why they all agreed to strike a deal with Daemon. I loved Dee and James and watching them grow into their skins and witnessing their relationship develop but the other characters stood out too.
They are all well written – they all have distinct personalities which makes for an interesting group dynamic. All of them were able to provoke some kind of emotion. From happiness to sadness, love and fury, calm and anxious, the list goes on. I’ve never quite experienced such a wide range of human emotions while reading a book before. Because of them (and by proxy, the plot) The Hearts We Sold managed to give me all the feels.
The plot itself is quite the adventure. I don’t think I was as blindsided by any other book I read recently as I was by this one. It just kept throwing twist after twist at me and I didn’t see any of them coming. Which is impressive because I’m usually good at predicting what’s going to happen next. The twists coupled with the characters and the emotions they were able to deliver make The Hearts We Sold one of the more unique reads I’ve read.
With its well developed characters serving as conductors, The Hearts We Sold takes you on an epic roller coaster of emotions with plot twists at every turn. Recommended for sci-fi fans tired of the same old plotlines.