Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from publisher; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads)
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.
Review of Bring Me Their Hearts
I was randomly sent an ARC of Bring Me Their Hearts by the publisher, and I wasn’t entirely sure if I was going to read it or not. I appreciated the random book mail, but I’m not the biggest fantasy lover. However, I was seeing online that a lot of people were excited about this one – and those who had read it seemed to really enjoy it – so I thought I would give it a shot. And seriously you all, I am so glad I did!
One of the things that I love about books, regardless of the genre, are the characters, and I really felt like you got to know them in Bring Me Their Hearts, and I don’t mean just Zera or Prince Lucien, but the secondary characters too. I appreciated that everyone – no matter how it looked on the outside – had something in their lives that wasn’t perfect.
Zera is a heartless, a “creature” of sorts who will never age and has to do the bidding of the witch who “turned” her (in this case, Nightsinger) because they keep their heart tucked away in a jar. Zera hopes that one day she will get that heart back and she can be a normal girl again. Her life is obviously not perfect, but neither is Prince Lucien’s or others of higher rank. I really appreciated this because it allowed everyone to feel realistic and easier to empathize with.
Furthermore, I really loved the humor in this book! If you can make me laugh, I will love you forever, and Zera is pretty hilarious. She uses humor as a bit of a defense mechanism, as well as a way to deal with her crazy, often dangerous, life. It always made sense though, and while you’re laughing, you’re heart is actually breaking a little for what Zera has to go through and the tough decisions she has to make.
Bring Me Their Hearts is just book number one – though I’m not sure how many there will be total- and I cannot wait for more of Zera’s adventures. The book left off with a bit of a cliffhanger, but I didn’t think it was too crazy and it was also something that didn’t really shock me either, though I’ll be curious to see if it surprised most!
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“But to make doubly sure you do not fail, bring back her heart in this.” The Evil Queen’s Heart Box from Disney’s Snow White comes to life in this new crossbody, featuring a magnetic snap closure and mirror in its flap lid.
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