The Hearts We Sold
Author: Emily Lloyd Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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?
First Sentence: A demon was knitting outside the hospital.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
The Hearts We Sold wasn’t what I expected.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I expected. The summary of The Hearts We Sold didn’t tell us much about the actual plot of the book – just that the main character Dee made a deal with a demon to get out of her awful home life, but what happens next? What happens next are things I’ve read about before in other books, with some new creative additions.
There was some comfort in knowing that if her life were destroyed, it would be her own decision and no one else’s. She met the demon’s eyes. (ARC 65-66)
Dee’s family problems really resonated with me, probably because my family is also into the whole aspect of tough love without the abusive element Dee’s family added into the mix. Why are you always going out? Why can’t you do better? You think you can survive in the real world with the way you’re behaving? are things I hear quite frequently from my parents. The fact that Dee’s family takes things 10x further just angered and frustrated me. As I was reading The Hearts We Sold, I was incredibly thankful that I wasn’t stuck in her position as I have no idea what I would have done.
I feel like I shouldn’t mention this anymore because at this point, it should be expected in all books being released from now, but The Hearts We Sold is extremely diverse. Dee is Latino and her female roommate is into girls. There’s even a transgender character thrown into the mix.
I chose this, she thought, and smiled. (ARC 342)
And the ending. WHAT IS IT WITH THE ENDING. I never expected anything close to that happening and the ending just left me shocked. When my friend asked me what was wrong twenty minutes after I finished reading The Hearts We Sold and managed to find my way to class, my mind was still reeling from the ending. Even though the ending was not what I was expecting AT ALL – I have to applaud Emily Lloyd Jones for having the guts to pull that off.
Overall, The Hearts We Sold was an enjoyable read…and wait until you get to the ending guys. It’ll definitely end the book with a BANG.