Monday, October 28, 2019

Review - Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: June 5, 2019
Date Read: October 26, 2019
Length: 370 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★★
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.

Literally.
My Review

I loved this book!  Before I get started with my review, can we all just take a minute to appreciate the beauty of this book's cover?  I mean, I don't know how you don't want to pick up a book with a cover like that.  I have had this book for about a year and a half.  I received it as an unsolicited review copy that I just couldn't get to even though I really did want to read it.  I have almost started to read it several times since it showed up at my house but I always put it down (after admiring the cover).  I am confident that had I ever actually read a chapter or two, this book wouldn't have been put down until it was done.  It really was that good.

Zera is Heartless which means she does not have her heart.  A witch, Nightsigner, keeps her heart in a jar out of Zera's reach and Zera is forced to stay close to live.  Being Heartless does come with a few perks.  Zera heals quickly and can survive almost any wound.  If her heart is destroyed, she will die immediately.  Zera is sent to get the Prince's heart at the royal court with a tiny piece of her heart in a locket so she can travel further.  Does she have a chance of getting close enough to complete her task in the two weeks she has been given?

I loved the characters in this book.  Zera was fantastic.  She is tough, smart, and cares about others.  More than anything, she wants her freedom and will do what is asked to make that happen.  She considers herself to be selfish but time and again, her actions prove that she cares deeply for others and will help whenever she can.  I loved the way she could think quickly and take the necessary risks.   Luc wasn't at all what I thought he would be.  He ended up being the perfect compliment to Zera.  The entire cast of characters was very well done.

I loved the world-building.  I thought that the witches and their Heartless were very imaginative.  I liked the historical setting and thought that the way things were described made everything feel very real.  Zera isn't human anymore and I liked that the reader is often reminded of the monster's voice inside of her.  I thought that the author did a fantastic job of creating a world that felt authentic.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a very entertaining story filled with wonderful characters.  I cannot wait to read more of this delightful series.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from Entangled: Teen.

Bring Me Their Hearts Series
Book #1 - Bring Me Their Hearts
Book #2 - Find Me Their Bones - Coming November 5, 2019!
About the Author

Sara Wolf is a writer, Sox fan, wine girl, and author of the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego, California, where she burns instead of tans. When she isn't pouring her allotted life force into writing, she's reading, accidentally burning houses down while baking, or making faces at her highly appreciative cat.

13 comments:

  1. I"m not familiar with this author, but this sounds fascinating. I have to agree with you about the cover too. I'm going to have to give this a try sometime.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  2. Great review! I had to just go add this to my TBR!

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  3. Loved reading your thoughts. This is one I've meant to read for a while as well. I have even went as far as checking it out from the library. Now it seems I really need to push it up. And the sequel is right around the corner. What a perfect time for you to fall in love with it!

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  4. This is a new author for me and you now have me very curious about the series. So happy you loved it.

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  5. I've seen so many favorable reviews for this one and got a long excerpt sneak peak that made me want to read it. Isn't it tough with so many books screaming for our attention? Glad you finally got the chance.

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  6. i agree, a very pretty cover and i do love the paranormal. i hate when i bury a good book, but we all have so many, how do we choose which goes first?
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  7. I think I may have this one but I haven't read it yet

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  8. Taking hearts, you creepy peeps!

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  9. That's one of my favourite superpowers: cell regeneration or ability to heal fast. Lol. Would definitely check this one out

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  10. So glad this was such a hit for you, Carole!

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  11. Lovely review! Great you could read it right before the next one. With the setup, there are a lot of things which could go wrong. Obviously not everything went badly since you enjoyed it so much!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  12. I really liked this one too, but that ending! It was so unfair to end that way. LOL

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  13. This sounds like the perfect read for autumn! I don't think this is one for me, but I am glad you could love it. The concept of her heart being outside of her body and it is being used to influence her is such a unique one!

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