Review Type: Spoiler Free
Title and Author: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Genre and Subgenre: YA Fantasy
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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.
Brace yourself: I’m about to drop the truth. This book is a perfect five-star read. *gasp* The description of this book drew me in and made me want to pick it up, but the opening of this book? Oh my gosh. It sold me.
I’m a sucker for an opener. Who isn’t? Given the choice between an awesome opening chapter or a book that only picks up 25% of the way through, we all know what we would choose, am I right? But this book…this book has one of the most catching openings I’ve read in a while.
“King Sref of Cavanos watches me with the deadened eyes of a raven circling a corpse – patient, waiting to devour me the second I let me guard down. I briefly debate telling him humans don’t taste all that good, until I remember normal girls don’t eat people. Or fake their way into royal courts.” (Chapter One)*
Ding. Ding. Ding. Someone grab me the popcorn because this is gonna get good.
It took me like 0.5 seconds to realize Zera is everything I look for in a book character. She is fierce, she is strong, and she is Sassy with the capital S.
“I can’t raise my head for fear I’ll be singled out, but I can just look high enough to see the feet of Queen Kolissa and her son. Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane, Archduke of Tollmount-Kilstead, Fireborn, the Black Eagle – he has a dozen names, all of them eye-roll worthy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my single day at the royal court, it’s that the more names someone has, the less he actually does.” (Chapter One)*
Picture this: Me, in a public place, snickering to myself.
Friend: Amanda…are you ok?
Me: Fine. Perfectly fine.
Me: *lifts book*
There are so many things I love about this book and, to be honest, I can’t think of a single thing I dislike. And I tried. I tried to think of a reason to give but I came up with nothing. The characters are fantastic. Zera’s banter has no bounds and I am here for that, one hundred percent. Lucien is the book boy I immediately start rooting for: a pretty face that hides the tortured and torn soul within, but no one knows because they are distracted by the surface. The supporting characters are just as good (I’m looking at you Y’shennria!). The plot and world building is A+. I mean, you’re looking at a girl who is being controlled because her heart is in a jar. If that isn’t a recipe for conflict, I don’t know what is!
If you haven’t done so already, go pick this one up! It’s a fantastic story that brings sass and wit (my favorite) to fantasy, and I couldn’t put it down. No. Really. I read this throughout my vacation. Oops.
Now I have to wait for the next book *cries*. I’m afraid to see how long the wait is because I needed the sequel yesterday. No pressure, Sara Wolf 😉
About the Author
Sara Wolf’s Bring Me Their Hearts was released on June 5. I received an ARC through Entangled Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This review is part of the blog tour organized by YA Bound Book Tours. Make sure to follow the rest of the tour here.
*Quotations are from the ARC version of Bring Me Their Hearts, which may differ in the final version.