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July 17, 2017

Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones




The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication: August 8th, 2017 by 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?

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You know how sometimes you come across a book and you LOVE the premise and you like the cover and you LOVE the title, but then you don't love the book? Like you walk away feeling like you enjoyed the idea of the story more than the actual story?

That's how I feel about The Hearts We Sold. I don't want to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. However, I didn't love it, and I really wanted to love it. I think this book had the potential to be a lot darker, but ultimately lacked the angst (for lack of a better word) to bring it all together. Given the premise, I expected the story to feel a lot heavier than it did.

Ultimately, though, I think my (mild) disappointment is due to the lack of development for the secondary characters. I liked Dee and James well enough, don't get me wrong. The book is written in third person, so we're given a taste of where the other characters came from...but that's just it. A taste. Not enough to flesh them out. Not enough for them to feel real. The cast is more diverse than most I've read lately (yay!) but at the end of it all they just felt flat. So much potential there that just never came to fruition, and that has clouded my view of the book, a bit. 

Overall though, I did enjoy The Hearts We Sold. It kept me interested from start to finish. Underneath my personal issues with the book there is a story about friendship, love, and sacrifice, and I recommend everyone give it a shot! 

Cover: 4 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 4 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 4


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