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    Engaging and fun read!

    4.5/ 5 stars! Even being part of an active bookish community, I had not seen much promotion for this novel but found the cover and premise to be intriguing enough that I requested it. This was my first exposure to Sara Wolf's writing and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. Bring Me their Hearts aligns with me personal taste perfectly, because I'm often pulled in by a headstrong, witty female MC (even better if they are anti-heroes!), side characters whom I actually care about for their own unique personalities, magic, witches, royalty, romance and action. I was at the edge of my chair during the final scene and I was so shocked that it was over because I didn't know it was part of a trilogy!!! I can't bring myself to regret it though and hope I get my hands on the second book very soon! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick but engaging read.
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    "I haven't seen more than the prince's booted toes, and I already know he's useless -- and soon, if I have my way, he'll be heartless." quotes from an eARC so this could have changed. For me it takes a few pages or chapters before I feel invested in a YA. The quoted part is from I believe the second page which brought me into the story faster than what I'm accustomed to, which was a nice surprise :) Overall an interesting YA Fantasy that I would recommend!
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    An angsty fantasy with stunning world building

    I loved the heck out of this book. It’s so different from what I usually read, but Sara Wolf. So I gave it a try, and I was hooked from the opening chapter. We’re thrust deep into the action before being throw back a few days to get the backstory. Zera is a heartless. All I knew about heartless was what I learned watching Once Upon a Time, so I had to toss all my preconceived notions and dive into this very different world Wolf has created. As a heartless, Zera has no life of her own; she’s consumed by a hunger that can never be satisfied and is responsible for keeping her witch, Nightsinger, safe. Nightsinger is not a typical witch though, and she seems to have real affection for Zera. Still, she controls Zera by holding her heart. She offers to return her heart and give her her life back in exchange for Zera bringing her the crown prince’s heart. Zera has no love for royalty and quickly agrees, not only securing her freedom, but two younger children who are also Nightsinger’s heartless. What should be easy is anything but. First, the rules of witches and heartless make it very difficult for Zera to even travel far beyond her witch. She has the insatiable hunger that requires human organs, even though animals will have to do, and eating human food does really awful things to her. And that’s not even getting into all the rules required for attending Court. A noble woman, Lady Y’shennria, agrees to take Zera under her wing and groom her for Court, to woo Prince Lucien, and to ultimately get his heart, stopping an impending war. Lady Y’shennria is an unlikely ally, but she’s teamed up with the witches for her own reasons. Things only go from bad to worse when Zera falls for the prince, who is nothing like she assumed he would be and everything like she wishes she was. Plot The plot is riveting as it centers around Zera’s mission to get the prince’s heart. But strong subplots are woven throughout, including her feelings for Lucien, the mystery surrounding Lucien’s sister’s death, a developing closeness between Zera and her “aunt” Y’shennria, and a plot to rid the country of witches by the king’s most trusted advisor. All directly impact the main plot to perfection, resulting in a page-turning adventure with heart and soul. Characters Zera is fantastic as the snarky heartless who charms everyone around her with her wit and humor. Lucien is dark and brooding with a warm hidden side that only Zera seems to be able to unmask. Nightsinger and the other heartless are well-developed for minor supporting characters, though they do have a significant impact on everything Zera does. And Lady Y’shennria blossomed into one of my favorite characters. What I Loved About BRING ME THEIR HEARTS 1. The World Building. Wolf creates a complex world, that I had difficulty following at times, but it’s so intricate and detailed, it’s almost the star of the book. 2. Lucien. Who doesn’t love a brooding bad boy with a heart of gold? 3. Zera. She takes snark to a new level, but her emotional journey was heart-wrenching. 4. Lady Y’Shennria. Her transformation is almost as dramatic as Zera’s. 5. Plot. So much goes on in this story that it never slows down. Bottom Line An angsty fantasy with stunning world building and emotionally deep characters.
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    One last heart in exchange for her own.

    I was reminded of Christina Perry's "Jar of Hearts", particularly the lines I've learned to live half a life / And now you want me one more time. Each time Zera is called to duty, the part of her that clings to hope for a better tomorrow seems to die a little more. But that hope isn't without strength. It perseveres and demands she plead for a chance, one chance, until it's granted. The condition, however, is gut-wrenching and means failure is not an option. It's her life, her future, on the line, no matter the cost. But is that true? How true can it be once she's infiltrated the court and finds herself the object of Prince Lucien's interest? It becomes a matter of following orders or defying them. Is happiness, true happiness, worth the pain that is to come? I adored Zera's wittiness and sass. She holds her ground and stands alone in a sea of treacherous beauty and enemies disguised as friends. It's a gilded cage, one Lucien has lived in his entire life and despises. The artificial pleasantries and niceties are overshadowed by his working knowledge of the backstabbing and lying and underhandedness that goes on. Zera's presence offers a much needed reprieve for the unsuspecting Prince. Entertainment ensues as these two navigate each other and fight to save their world, maybe even make it better. I'm discovering that YA holds more merit than I gave it credit for. In the hands of a capable author, YA subgenres can contend, and hold their own, with their Adult counterparts. Authors such as Ms. Wolf see beyond "normal" young adult tendencies to craft characters and create worlds that could be mistaken for mature yet carry notes of childhood long forgotten, of innocence not quite stolen, of dreams deserving of a chance. Hearts is an unexpected gem, a darkly humorous offering of everything I didn't know I could find in a YA Fantasy novel. I look forward to the next book. Please note: This is a cliffhanger, but that has no bearing on this review. Received from publisher for an honest review
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    Zera is a sass machine and I'm here for it.

    When I saw this pretty cover with the awesome-looking Zera brandishing a giant sword and read the title, I was pretty much sold on this. Then I realized that she was actually, LITERALLY trying to take the prince's heart and I was gone. I needed to get my hands on this thing and IT WAS SO GOOD. First of all, the sassy wonder Zera was my favorite. Wearing fancy dresses and kicking butt, all while dishing out the snappy one-liners! I loved watching her grow over the course of the book and make new friends after being alone for so long. Despite having a hard outer shell, she had a great sense of loyalty and love that I really admired. And of course, I OBVIOUSLY loved Lucien the dark haired prince with a heart of gold. The banter between him and Zera was great fun to watch and their romance was adorable. But the real relationship that I enjoyed watching was the one between Zera and Y'shennria. Good parents and/or guardians are always lacking in these young-adult books and it was so refreshing to see maternal relationship take center stage for once. By the end of the book, watching Zera and Y'shennria together gave my heart all the warm fuzzies! Lastly, I thought the world building was awesome! I was really fascinated by this little universe Wolf created and it was fun learning all the rules. Oh, and by the way. MALACHITE IS THE BEST AND I LOVE HIM. Just saying. I wouldn't change a thing about this book, it's perfect the way it is. There's only one thing I need to say and get out of my system... THAT ENDING WAS THE SO DIABOLICALLY EVIL!!!! I NEED THE NEXT ONE NOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!

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