The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd – Jones
Published: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi & Paranormal
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?
“She reached down, found his hand with hers. His fingers were dry and warm, his nails edged with charcoal. He seemed to understand; a smile played over his mouth. Their finger tangled, wrists pressed together. No pulse between them.”
This story was interesting. I didn’t hate it but I also didn’t love it. Science fiction and alienesque things are not something I care for unless done really well (i.e. Victoria Schwab’s Vicious.) It had an interesting blurb and sounded really promising but it fell so flat for me. The blurb even mentioned romance and that wasn’t even all that. I really liked the first time between James and Dee (Page 340-341) it was the cutest part of their relationship. I did enjoy the diversity in ethnicity and sexuality. The main character was a Latina and as one myself that really spoke to me because I have yet to read a book with a Latino MC. The author didn’t delve deep into her ethnic background much so I would like to have seen a bit more on that and not just a quick mention in passing. The writing was easy to understand and light. I didn’t really connect with the characters on a deep level so I didn’t hate or love them. Due to my feelings of the characters, the two surprise deaths did nothing to me not because I am heartless but because I didn’t feel anything for them that much.
1) The Concept
I thought this plot was really cool and different. I also am a sucker for Heartless (Kingdom Hearts fans know) so I enjoyed that lol. It was cool how the “demons” could be seen by regular people but only people who needed something could see them for what they are.
2) WOC MC
As I stated this really made me happy because as a Latina it is nice to see myself in a book sometimes and connect with a character in that sense. It especially made me happy because the MC wasn’t in a contemporary this was a sci-fi paranormal fantasy book. I don’t get to see my people in these types of books often. She also was described as anti-social and a virgin plus she dealt with depression and I felt the author handled it all with care.
3) James & Art
Though I didn’t connect with James or any other’s on a deep level but the art spoke to me personally because I am an artist. I loved reading about artists & the author captured my feelings about how I am with my art so well. What James felt about art & wanting to be remembered on page 161-162 is something I connect with personally.
1) Slow Story
It was very slow to start and get into the actual plot of what the blurb said would happen. The beginning was a lot of formalities and setting up but it was dull. Even when the story happened it didn’t pick up much. If I didn’t have a deadline for when I post reviews I would’ve taken forever to read it. I didn’t have the heart in it like I do with books I love.
2) Lackluster Romance
The romance just sort of happened. There was no good build up. I didn’t care for it that much after the last few books I’ve read and their amazing romances this one was eh. I didn’t feel the attraction & chemistry. They had cute moments but that was it. The first kiss just sort of happened. It was cute and caring (especially the first time) but it wasn’t jaw-dropping or swoon-worthy.
3) Ending Death
This felt so blah. I was like really? It felt so unnecessary and didn’t add to the plot. I felt like this death and the other was just for shock value. I didn’t even feel much about it.
Well, I hope you liked this review. I still encourage people to read this book because you might find your next favorite book because as I said the book wasn’t horrible. Well until next time 🙂