on August 8th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
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?
The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones was an incredible read! It was so different than a lot of the books that I normally read and it pulled off the concept so well. To say I was impressed with this book is an understatement. The Hearts we Sold is a book that I will remember for a very long time.
In the Hearts we Sold Demons inhabit the world along with people. The demons claim they are independent third parties with no agenda to promote, but they are interested in making bargains with anyone that would like. They will grant a wish for a person in exchange for a body part and a number of years of service to the demon. Dee makes a deal with a demon, even though she starts out by saying she never would. In her 2 years of service she meets all kinds of other people that have also traded their hearts in exchange for their wish. I found this world to be completely fascinating. I loved watching the character progression. Everything about the plot and the pacing felt natural. Dee and her friends are all so wonderfully developed and complex. And the demons are so mysterious and interesting.
I loved them the most of all. Yes, I know that might be weird, but their purpose was so much fun to unravel. They had Dee and her friend closing their voids between worlds, but we didn’t really know why until we got pretty far into the story. I was so totally invested. I needed to learn more about the demons and what made them tick. I also loved getting to know Dee and her friends. Not to mention the super sweet romance that bloomed between Dee and James. Watching the “heartless” characters are also a really cool concept for me. I loved Emily Lloyd-Jones take on what giving up your heart would mean. What kind of person would it make you? This whole book made me think. It was so fun to immerse myself in this scifi world and ask myself what if time and time again. The Hearts we Sold was a wholly engaging read for me. I really enjoyed (almost) everything about this one. My only hold back was the sweet and sour ending. On one hand it was pretty perfect (because of reasons…) but on the other hand it was a little sad. (because of reasons…)
Bottom line: If you are looking for a wonderfully original science fiction read, you can’t pass up The Hearts we Sold. This is one of the most immersive and interesting novels I have read this year! I loved The Hearts we Sold.See @BookBriefs #Review& #Giveaway of The Hearts we Sold by @em_llojo @TheNovl @LittleBrownYR Click To Tweet
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