Title: Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, 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 Zera’s 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.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf is a young adult fantasy read that from the moment I saw the cover I began a stalking campaign to get my hands on this book. Thankfully this one turned into one of the times that the story lives up to the beautiful cover and I didn’t regret my obsession with getting a copy.
What Sara Wolf has done with this story is taken a new twist on a zombie like character. Zera is what is known as a Heartless. When Zera’s family was killed by Heartless a witch, Nightsinger, decided to spare Zera by making her into a Heartless instead of letting her die by taking her heart and with it she has control of Zera. A Heartless though is very zombie like in the urge to murder and their need for raw meat but still looking human and hanging onto a thread of her humanity Zera wants nothing more than her heart back and to be human again.
When Nightsinger is approached to allow the use of Zera to infiltrate and get close to Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane Nightsinger makes Zera an offer she can’t refuse. If Zera can attempt to pass as human and win the Prince’s heart to allow Nightsinger to take his heart she will trade it for Zera’s own and grant her freedom and her life back. Battling the monster inside of her Zera vows to bring Nightsinger the Prince but if she fails Nightsinger will crush her own heart.
It didn’t take long when starting to read this one to know I was really going to like Zera with her snarky comebacks showing her strong will even being a zombie like creature. And while the story with the Prince didn’t give off a lot of surprises I did think though that the secondary characters and the relationships were a winner too. The story did have a bit of a slow pace to it and perhaps could have used a bit more action with the length but it still kept my attention all the way to the surprise cliffhanger ending. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the next installment of this story to see where the author takes the characters next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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 lifeforce into writing, she’s reading, accidentally burning houses down whilst baking, or making faces at her highly appreciative cat.