Monday, June 25, 2018

Blog Tour: Bring Me Their Hearts (Bring Me Their Hearts #1) by Sara Wolf

Book Blurb:

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: June 5th 2018

Published by Entangled Teen

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.


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My Review:

5 Out of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Heart-Wrenching, Mystery, Romance, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Witches--

“You stabbed me. But I can forgive that . Lots of people stab me, and half of them I end up being great friends with! I even attend their funerals. Of course, I’m also the one holding their funerals. Alone. In the woods. With just me and their body and a shovel. But those are minor details.”

Zera has been a Heartless for the last three years, a wild, savage thing brought back from the brink of death to do the bidding of the witch Nightsinger. Zera takes joys where she can (as much as heartless, raw meat eating, half feral girl can) battling assassins, stealing pretties from travelers causing mischief within her boundaries. But when she is approached with an offer she (literally) can't refuse, Zera has the opportunity to get her heart and her life back- if she can complete her terrible mission.

​Just as a disclaimer, this review may sound a lot like fangirling, and you would be right to think so. I am a fangirl​. I first discovered Sara from the Lovely Vicious series a few years ago and will now read whatever magical, snark filled tidbit she wants to write. I was really excited when I heard she had a YA fantasy coming out since all her previous books were contemporary with a slight mystery feel. I will tell you that my expectations were high but I was in no way let down. Sara was able to create a complex other world filled with a twisty plot full of deception, magic, war, all different kinds of species, court politics, murder- and my favorite part, great characters. At this point I would read a book written by her where the characters just sit around and banter with zero plot because I love the people and dialogue she creates.

I am no flower to be ravaged at your whim, angry wolf—I am your hunter, bow cocked and ready. I am a Heartless, one of the creatures your people fled from in terror thirty years ago.

Zera is hands down the best part of the book to me- don't get me wrong, I loved pretty much everything, but she stole my heart with her snark and heartless heart. Isis from the LV series is hands down one of my all time favorite book characters and I feel that Zera and she have a lot in common and I just eat it up. The random tangents, the terrible inappropriate humor, the making the most strange people her new friends, the fact she refused to leave behind her father's sword, her compassion and bravery. Yep, I rooted for her even while she was plotting the demise of a certain prince and eating raw livers, I wanted her to win.

The side characters became almost as important to me and the story. The prince Lucien aka the target, was a very sweet soul hiding beneath his impressive outward cynicism and the trading of insults between him and Zera made for some fun times. I may have just little bit of a crush (or a lot of a crush, whatever!) on Malachite the prince's Beneather body guard. He was such a cool character, is it bad that kept kinda wishing that he and Zera could be a couple instead?? Oh and sneaky Fione grew on me, that girl has a lot up her sleeve. And "Auntie" Y'shennria with her conflicting feelings and loyalties really surprised me for the better. I found it really interesting that the Witches are suppose to be evil in this world, making Heartless, doing magic, but I did not feel like there were evil per se, at times I empatized with them and I wonder if that was Zera and how her life has been the last three years that caused the witches to be viewed more positively? Something to ponder...

My mind says, Zera, no last name, daughter of a merchant couple whose faces I’m starting to forget: Orphan, Thief, Lover of bad novels and good cake, and indentured servant of the witch Nightsinger, who sent me here to rip your son’s heart from his chest.

Another thing Sara is amazing at is the freaking shocking, cliff hanger endings! ​Surprise, Bring Me Their Hearts is no different. There was some stuff that happened, some truths revealed, some death and destruction and then a big surprise quickly followed by the end. And of course, now I am moping around waiting to get my grabby hands on her next book in what I now discovered was a series. I want, no I need, more from this fantastical world and see what mess will befall Zera next.

I previously received a copy of this title to review...but then I went out and purchased my own signed physical copy to hug close. Because it was necessary.

Author Bio:

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as Lovely Vicious. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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