Review: The Hearts We Sold

September 15, 2017

The Hearts We SoldThe Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“But were they truly victims? If they made a deal, knowing fully what they were trading for a wish--but then again, could a person ever truly know the consequences of giving away their heart?”

 This was a bit of an out-of-the-reading-slump book for me, I had read a painfully bad book before so this was a pleasant and quiet change in comparison. The Hearts We Sold is an Urban Fantasy book with quite an interesting premise, it caught my eye while I was browsing through Book Depository and suddenly I had to have it, turns out my bookish sixth sense was right for once.

 Dee Moreno has become pretty good at taking care of herself, but when money to pay for her education runs out she's forced to sell her heart to a demon and do as he pleases for two years until she can get it back again in exchange for enough money to support herself. Meanwhile she hangs out with the other heartless kids and fights some other-world beigns that threaten to destroy reality. I thought the plot was amazing, it was a very unique storyline that balanced enough drama and quiet moments to maintain my attention and keep me turning the pages.

“It was like pulling a curtain back, peering behind a mask made of smiles and quips. This was the real James, this young, bright, desperate thing. There was a burning intensity to his eyes, and she saw for the first time a boy who would sell his heart--not for some hobby, but because he thought it was the only way to life the life he wanted. They had that in common.”

 However it was the characters that I actually loved, I thought each one of them added a new edge to the story that made it real in my mind as well as relatable. And the romance, it was just wonderful; I feel like so many times YA books place all their bets on the brooding, misterious bad boy that I am kind of tired of it. This book steps aside from that kind of trope and presents this kind, thoughtful boy that feels damn real in the middle of all the changes going on, I love him.

 Lastly I'd like to mention that on top of all the awesomeness above, this book also includes wonderful representation and a good handling of themes like depression and parental abuse, which on the later's case is really hard to come by on the genre. Of course it's not completely perfect, there are a few things I didn't like too much like (view spoiler) but mostly this book was awesome and a very fast read for me.


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  1. Jenn | thisbookishthing22 September 2017 at 00:09

    I guess I'll try this, it sounds interesting :)

  2. I love the premise! I've been thinking about getting a copy of this but I haven't been able to find it, maybe because it came out too soon? Anyway, great review.