by: Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts
Genre: Fantasy Teen Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
Winner takes the loser’s heart.
As with all the Young Adult books I read, the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts is what caught my attention. The blurb left me intrigued, but not enough to drop everything and read the book. I was honestly on the fence about reading it. Unlike the YA books I read, this one didn’t call to me nor was it tickling my subconscious, demanding to be read. Receiving an early print copy from the publisher is what convinced me to read the story. I’m really happy I gave Bring Me Their Hearts a try.
Ten pages in and Zera the heroine, or should I say anti-heroine, grabbed my attention. She’s gutsy and outspoken. My curiosity had me clamoring to learn more about her and her story. Zera is a Heartless, an immortal. She was rescued from death by the witch Nightsinger and for three years has been an indentured servant, tethered to the witch who keeps Zera’s heart on her mantle. When rumors of a potential war arise, Nightsinger and her fellow witches concoct a plan to have Zera take the heart of Prince Lucien Drevenis d’Malvane and deliver it to them. In exchange, Zera will receive back her heart and the hearts of Nightsinger’s other two Heartless, thus making them human again.
The plan is set into motion, with Zera masquerading as Lady Zera Y’shennria and inserting herself into the royal court. But Zera gets more than she bargains for. Lucien turns out not to be the pompous, self-entitled, spoiled heir to the throne of Cavanos she thought he was. He despises royalty and the wealth in which they live. In fact, he’s more comfortable being with the poor and doesn’t mind breaking a few laws to help them. These qualities make it hard for Zera to do what she is tasked to do. In addition to her growing feelings for Prince Lucien, Zera starts to make friends in the world she isn’t accustomed to being in.
Bring Me Their Hearts was simply an engrossing read. There were parts of the story I didn’t understand like time, place, planet. But I was so captivated by the story and events taking place that I just didn’t care. There’s an element of treason and espionage. Sara Wolf has created creatures I’ve never heard of. She’s written likeable characters you want to see succeed. Well, I don’t really want Zera to take Lucien’s heart because that would kill what little romance they have brewing. But hopefully you get the picture. The scenes are written in such a way that it’s easy to visualize in detail all the events transpiring on the pages. While you are not able to get into the minds of the secondary characters, you do get to know them. And perhaps feel for them.
Bring Me Their Hearts didn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I didn’t necessarily go into the story having an idea of how it would end, but through events, I thought I knew what was going to happen. I was so wrong. I know this is the first book of a three book series and up until the last couple of paragraphs, I thought there’s no way there can be more books. The last page is mind blowing. Yes, there’s a cliffhanger. And yes, I despise cliffhangers. But this. This was one of those season finale cliffhangers from a 90’s tv drama. It’s one of those cliffhangers where you close the book and wish the people around you read the book, so you could talk, compare notes, and scream oh my god.
To say I’m looking forward to the next book in this series is a HUGE understatement. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
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