Title: Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf
Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
My rating: 5/5 stars
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.
I first discovered this book back in June and I craved for it immediately. Witches, magic, royalty, fantasy, a beautiful cover, and an intriguing synopsis—it has everything that catches my eye in a book. Now that I’ve finally read it, I can now conclude that it’s one of my favorite reads this year!
I love the writing style of the author. There were moments that were easy to follow, and light and funny; but there were also parts where it was gripping and emotional and dark. It was a page-turner, not only because the story line was really interesting, but because the characters themselves were intriguing as well. I truly applaud the author for this.
I adore the main character of this book, Zera. She was fierce, witty, and sassy. I loved every sassy remark and witty comeback she said. She makes sure that no one steps on her or her friends. Despite this, I can also see that she was also lonely and scared—haunted by the blood on her hands, her longing for a normal human life, and the uncontrollable hunger within her.
I loved Prince Lucien as well. He’s your typical cold and brooding prince, but he has a heart of gold and a mind different from his father’s. His love for his sister is truly a great influence on his personality.
Malachite and Fione were really good as well. Malachite is a loyal soldier and friend, not to mention really funny. While Fione is a strong complex character driven by two things—her love for Varia and her disdain towards her uncle.
Above all, I loved the chemistry between these characters. I loved Zera and Lucien, Lucien and Malachite, Zera and Malachite, Zera and Fione. They work really well together, and I would love to see more of them in the future.
The plot was also very interesting. The idea of a Heartless was so interesting for me. How they were made, how they function, and of course, them dealing with the hunger inside. At first, I thought the hunger was just this figurative term. But the more I read the book, the more I advance through the story, the more I realize that the hunger seems like a whole new different and malevolent person living inside a Heartless. And I truly found this bit fascinating.
There were moments though when the plot was a bit predictable, but I still loved it nonetheless. I believe the story line progressed smoothly, and that cliffhanger at the end is just too good. I can’t wait for book two!
Oh my God. The world-building! It is amazing! I absolutely loved the world that the author created for this story. It was complex, it was dark, it has this rich and haunting history, and I want every bit of it. I loved the bits and pieces in the story and in the dialogue, where they talk about their world and mention details about it. It absolutely helped me, as a reader, to visualize and get a feel of the world the characters are in.
(Got the awesome Zera bookmark from Idle Stuff! Check out their website for more bookish goodies like magnetic bookmarks, soy candles, and art prints!)
My 51st book of the year and it was awesome! Loved this book so much!
By the way, Merry Christmas y’all! I hope you receive all the books on your wish list haha!