Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Published by Entangled: Teen in June 2018
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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.
Note: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way. All opinions shared are my own.
Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf pleasantly surprised me. The plot, overall, is fairly predictable, but the characters Sara Wolf created were entertaining. The relationships she built were fantastically written. The characters were what MADE the story for me.
In Bring Me Their Hearts, Zera a heartless is tasked by the witch keeping her alive to steal the heart of Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane in exchange for her freedom. (Heartless, if you’re wondering, are essentially bodyguards for witches. They can gain their freedom only when the witch gives them back their heart.) As you can imagine, feelings start to develop, the Crown Prince Lucien is not just the means for her freedom, but he’s also a person with a heart. (LOL! Seriously though, he’s one of those guys that act cold but turn out to have a heart of gold.)
So the general plot is predictable, but like I mentioned before the characters are what made the book fantastic. Zera is hilarious and witty. I think her personality is refreshing and so relatable. Even though I’m not a heartless and have no desire to literally take anyone’s heart in exchange for my freedom, I think anyone can understand her desire to just fit in and be accepted. To no longer be viewed as a monster due to something out of her control. Which is kind of funny, considering she stands out a lot in the court because of her wittiness.
Zera’s situation also makes for other well-developed characters and interesting friendships with Crown Prince Lucien, his bodyguard Malachite, and Lady Fione. I think one of the more interesting relationships, however, was between Zera and Lady Y’shennria, her fake aunt. It’s what truly drew me into the story. Their mentor-and-mentoree relationship with a little bit of scorn and fear considering how Lady Y’shennria lost her family was an interesting dynamic.
Bring Me Their Hearts ended pretty much as I thought it would. However, I truly enjoyed how Wolf wrote the ending. I don’t want to say anything more because I’d probably spoil it. Wolf also threw in a nice twist there at the end. Now that was something I was not expecting at all and will definitely shake things up for the next book.
I’d highly recommend Bring Me Their Hearts simply for the characters, the witty dialogue from Zera, and just as an overall fun read. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series! I’m quite sad I can’t just binge read the entire series.
Have you read Bring Me Their Hearts? Are you interested in reading it? Let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts!