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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones | Spoiler Free

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

This was a book that I was sent through Owlcrate and, like usual, they did not disappoint. Dee Moreno is a high school student who’s desperate to do anything to stay at her boarding school and away from her terrible home life. When funds run out, she turns to the demons for help, and finds herself stuck helping the demons in return. The Hearts We Sold is a book that embraces the world of the supernatural,  effortlessly ties it in with our world, and is filled with so many twists and turns that you get completely swept up in it all. 

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.


I think it’s pretty clear to see that I loved this book. I love that you get to see a glimpse of every character and why they sold their hearts. The supernatural creatures have this Lovecraftian theme to them that makes them really interesting and different from the typical YA horror monsters.

The characters are interesting, and I love the backstory of the demons as they become more and more involved in the story. I feel like the ending is definitely the strongest aspect of this book, as it really draws together everything that the story was building for, and it takes you to a point that you would have NEVER expected. 


When you love a book, sometimes it’s easy to overlook anything negative about that book. However, since critiquing comes with the territory, it’s something all of us reviewers must come to terms with at one point or another.

This book, for all it’s good parts, does have some negatives.  The main plot line isn’t really explained until the last quarter of the book which can be a bit frustrating as you try and figure out what is happening and how all these characters are connected.

I do wish that some of the other characters had more development. They’re amazing, each with their own diverse backstory, but I would’ve loved to see more of them as well. 

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