Thursday, May 25, 2017

{ARC Review} The Hearts We Sold

The Hearts We Sold
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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?

I feel as though The Hearts We Sold is totally going to be made into a CW TV show. It has that action-romance-demon formula that just works for TV shows, ya know?

This novel had a SUPER interesting concept that intrigued me straightaway. In the book you can sell a piece of yourself for a wish. Yes, you read that correctly. Want a million dollars? Artistic talents? Mad cooking skills? All it's going to cost you is, oh, just your left leg...or your eyeballs, or both arms—whatever the demon you’re dealing with deems necessary for the trade. CRAZY RIGHT?!

In addition to the demons, there were also these scary, nasty, giant, mismatched body part monster things that *shudders* were a lot to take in, yet totally cool!?

As for the main character, Dee, I actually really enjoyed her point of view. She was funny, she was shy, she was thoughtful and tough--everything I like in a main character.

So, why the low rating you ask? The world building wasn't as detailed as I would've liked. The storyline dragged in certain places. All the other characters fell flat. And, the romance element of the story felt off to me. Dee and James (her "love interest") had no spark. Their relationship seemed forced**


A-double-plus for the STUNNING COVER and fascinating concept. D-double-minus for the less than ideal execution. (ouch-wow-rude.)

**please google "now kiss, meme."

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