The Hearts We Sold

The Hearts We Sold

by Emily Lloyd-Jones


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A "beautifully written and elegantly characterized" blend of fantasy, horror, and romance (Booklist, starred review), perfect for fans of Holly Black and Stranger Things.

Dee Moreno is out of options. Her home life sucks (to put it mildly), and she's about to get booted from her boarding school—the only place she's ever felt free—for lack of funds. But this is a world where demons exist, and the demons are there to make deals: one human body part in exchange for one wish come true.

The demon who Dee approaches doesn't trade in the usual arms and legs, however. He's only interested in her heart. And what comes after Dee makes her deal is a nightmare far bigger, and far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined. Reality is turned on its head, and Dee has only her fellow "heartless," the charming but secretive James Lancer, to keep her grounded. As something like love grows between them amid an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give James her heart when it's no longer hers to give?

In The Hearts We Sold, demons can be outwitted, hearts can be reclaimed, monsters can be fought, and love isn't impossible. This book will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316314558
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 247,940
Product dimensions: 5.65(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily Lloyd-Jones grew up on a vineyard in rural Oregon, where she played in evergreen forests and learned to fear sheep. After graduating from Western Oregon University with an English degree, she enrolled in the publishing program at Rosemont College just outside of Philadelphia. She currently resides in Northern California, working as the children's buyer for Gallery Bookshop by day and writing by night. She is the author of Illusive, Deceptive, and forthcoming historical horror novel The Bone Houses.

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The Hearts We Sold 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderful. I laughed, I cried, I was angry, and amazed. This book makes you wish this world were real. I really hope this author continues to write in this universe, even if it's not with the same characters
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
I LOVED Hearts We Sold! Both of my parents are addicts, my father an alcoholic and my mother self-medicated with drugs. Dee’s home life with the emotional and psychological neglect and abuse is scarily accurate. My heart broke for Dee, understanding all too well
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Dee Moreno is out of time. Her money is gone and her boarding school is telling her they'll have to pull the plug on her at the end of the semester. Dee can't go home. She just can't. And she has a really good reason. She has an account with trust money from her grandmother, but that doesn't mature until next year. She's not just out of time, she's out of options. Then the demon shows up. The demon will take her heart for the money. When Dee says yes, yes doesn't understand the truth about him. About the world. She doesn't expect to make friends or fall in love. But, somehow, as one of the heartless, her whole world comes together. Dee is one of the most incredible YA protagonists I've seen. Not only is she kind and intelligent, but it takes incredible strength for her to survive her home life. Dee isn't rich and she's not at a boarding school because she's the smartest of them all. She's there because it was her way of pulling herself out of an emotionally abusive home life with two alcoholic parents. I have so much respect for this girl. A less-than-perfect home life is something we don't normally see in YA fiction. Alcoholic and/or emotionally abusive home lives are horrifyingly common and I thought it was so important to represent this sort of background. Especially because Dee is incredible. There are scenes outside of the supernatural that require such strength of character, and they were my favorite scenes in the book. I also adored the love story in this book. It was not (necessarily) a googley-eyes type of relationship, but it was raw and real and heartbreaking and I really really loved it a lot. This is the type of romantic relationship I want to read every time. I thought it was handled really well. And I was defintiely rooting for everyone. I did not predict this book. I feel like there are aspects of it I probably should have figured out. There was literally a moment at like page... 340? Where I went, "OH MY GOODNESS SOMETHING BAD IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AND I CANNOT HANDLE THIS." Then I spent the rest of the book flailing. Books don't often do that to me. They don't usually surprise me. A lot of them, I just want to rush through? "I know what's happening, moving on." This book surprised me at every turn. It's such a good book to show escalation of drama because it lets you settle in and get comfortable, then "WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING STOP THAT NOOOOOOOOO". It's really important to have a surprising book. It engages the reader. It makes them fall in love. More authors should be doing this. This book broke my heart in all the best ways. I loved this book. It was a gem - a diamond in the rough. I haven't read Emily-Lloyd Jones' other books and honestly? I don't think I'd've picked up The Hearts We Sold if it had not come in my September OwlCrate box. Now I am a huge fan of her work. Her writing style really draws you in and her characters are interesting and real. Even the minor characters like Cora and Gemma were amazing. I honestly cannot find a single fault in this book. Do yourself a favor and pick it up - it's a fantastic read.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
This book was a test of patience. How long can the reader wait for something to happen? The weird thing is that stuff did happen but it felt like it didn’t. Wrapping up with an anticlimactic ending, this book just bored me. The Hearts We Sold had an interesting premise. Demons are out in the world and they’ll grant you one wish in exchange for a body part. In the first chapter, you even meet a demon who knits (I personally thought it was amusing). And then the story takes off. Kind of. Present day scenes alternate with info dump backstories for each of the characters working for the demon, a team that protagonist Dee joins. Their job is to close voids opening in the world. Alright cool….but now what? That’s one of the ways this book just fell flat. You have a group of teens working for a demon to protect their world but it never felt like it was all that big a deal if they weren’t the ones doing the job. It was a “why them” moment for me. Furthermore, the characters were just as one-dimensional. Each was defined by the parts of their past that brought them to the point of making a deal with the demon but beyond that, they were pretty blank. They played their particular role on the team but weren’t developed enough for me to care about them. Dee had a bad home life. That’s made very clear time and again and ends up being why she thinks she has to make her deal. But then it’s like the whole reason for the deal falls to the wayside to make room for this romance with another team member, James. Except that subplot felt like it was just there to make the ending something more than it was. The ending, by the way, had me shaking my head and setting the book aside. Stopping supernatural creatures from entering the mundane world. Working as a teen team to save the world. That on its own is not all that original and I’ve seen it done better (or at least in more interesting ways). But this book wasn’t all that bad. The supernatural side of things is toned down a bit compared to other books I’ve read but there just wasn’t enough substance behind the characters and story for me to feel fully invested in this book. It was a very quick read but I had no problem setting it aside when I was done. If paranormal stories with contemporary settings are your thing, and you’re looking for a book to binge quick, The Hearts We Sold is a good fit for you. As for me, frankly I was just bored with the story. Decent writing. Premise with potential. But not enough meat on the bones for my taste.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. Dee has received an academic scholarship to attend the boarding school she now lives at. The scholarship funds have been cut and Dee dreads going home to her dysfunctional family. Dee sees a demon. Only humans that want something can see demons. The demons seem to be an epidemic in the community and Dee needs money for boarding school. She makes a twenty-four month deal with the Agathodaemon. The demon gives Dee what she wants and keeps her heart for the entire time of their covenant and Dee has to do his bidding for the same amount of time. After making the deal, Dee holds a portal open for James and Cal and she has no idea what is going on. She's sent to help close another void with James, Cal and Cora and she realizes that they don't understand the voids either. The story gradually explains the background of each member of the group and how they made their deal with the demon. Together they made an interesting team. I enjoyed the characters but they weren't as complex as I would have liked. The story concept changes and it becomes more science fiction than supernatural. The ending is the best part of the story, touching and heartfelt. 4 stars for a unique book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 8, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give? What I Liked: Truth be told, I didn't know much about The Hearts We Sold before picking up the book to read it. I've read Illusive and Deceptive by this author and enjoyed both books, so when I saw that she had a new book publishing in 2017, I didn't need to read the synopsis to decide if I wanted to read the book. Fast-forward over a year later and I've now discovered what this book is about - after having read it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a fantasy/sci-fi type of novel, dealing with angels and demons (well, demons). I wasn't surprised that I loved the book! Dee Moreno has known about demons existing among humans for most of her life. People trade an a body part (arm, leg, hand, mouth, etc.) for something they desperately want. In Dee's case, she wants money, to pay for boarding school, since budget cuts have taken away her merit-based scholarship. She wants to stay in the boarding school because her home life is terrible, and she is desperate to stay away from home and at the boarding school - desperate enough to make a deal with a demon. Her heart and two years of service to the demon, in exchange for money. She gets a lot of money, but as it would turn out, the demon has her and several other "heartless" teens doing some seriously dangerous work. They are tasked with closing voids, like holes in the framework of the universe, from one world to another. One thing is for certain, when it comes to the demon and his bargains: you get what you ask for. I picked up this book, with absolutely no expectations and no knowledge of the story, and I then proceeded to read the entire thing in one sitting, stopping only to rearrange myself in my bed because I knew I wasn't going anywhere until I finished reading the book. It was that engrossing! It's one of those books that you simply cannot stop reading. There are many books from which you have to take a break, or you can leave it for days and come back. This was not one of those books. This demanded my attention and I wasn't saying no. The author sets the scene incrementally, bit by bit, slowly revealing the setting, the characters, the conflict. I liked how she did this; at first you're confused because you don't know anything about anything and yet you are thrown into the story with no backstory or paragraphs of world-building. But the more you read, the more intrigued you are, and the more you want to know. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Seoling More than 1 year ago
I meant to have this review done last week because I meant to finish THE HEARTS WE SOLD last week, but life had gotten in the way and isn't that always the case? Anyhow, this review will not be new from anything you have heard about Emily Lloyd-Jones's wonderfully written THE HEARTS WE SOLD. I had the opportunity to get myself a copy during Book Expo and I was holding off on reading it because I'm trying out this new thing where I read books closer to their release dates. I will tell you this again and again about this book - it is so well-written and I just need to take a moment to tell you how greatly written it is. I absolutely commend Lloyd-Jones for how she approached the relationships in THWS. Romance was not an enormous component of the story despite it being so enforced in the synopsis. But it is a bigger story than just the romance. However, it was so tastefully done and it left me wanting that sort of slow-burning, slow-growing relationship where there is still hesitation and a lack of confidence in both the characters that blossoms into something more confident and passionate. It really blew me away. And I flippin' loved the LGBTQ+ representation. If there is something to be said about THWS, it's that there was amazing diversity and representation. Don't believe me? READ IT. THWS had a lot happening in it. And yet, I felt like it was enough and necessary to what Lloyd-Jones wanted to tell in her book. I loved the paranormal aspect of the story and how it does not fit into the cookie-cutter idea that I've had for so long about demons. There's a kind of creepiness and yet normality about selling body parts for desperate wishes - and then there's an eerie feeling that I got when reading about all these supernatural creatures that just gave me the willies, but I wanted more. I wanted so much to read about the mythology behind what Lloyd-Jones created. She made this world within reality that I want more exploration in. It's impossible to sate my curiosity with just this one book - I NEED MORE! Beyond the paranormal elements of the book were the issues that touched on such a human level. There is definitely issues of mental/physical health as well as abuse that I found to be the surprising part of the story. I don't think abuse gets touched upon as much as it should, especially in YA literature and I'm not just talking about physical abuse - but mental and emotional abuse. It hit me in all the right raw places and made me feel for this character in a way that made me love him/her even more. I love that it shows the character going through the patterns of abuse until there is resolution. But the resolution is open-ended and I like that in the end I'm not sure what will come. I absolutely hated one thing about THWS: it's a standalone. I don't think it's enough to keep me satisfied, but I think it's enough to keep this a book to be talked about. There is so so much that goes on in the background and forefront of THWS that I think would be missed if not for a careful read. While I don't think one book is enough for ME, I know that it's enough for the story. If you are looking for complete resolution in this story, you will not receive it. You will be left agonizing what is to BE and what is to COME. And I hate that we may never receive this answer. Regardless, a phenomenal read. One of the best of the year.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
The Hearts We Sold is a beautifully imagined Faustian tale that will enchant and delight any reader seeking a darker tale. Full of memorable characters who are delightfully morally grey, this story examines what people will do in order to truly live and how love can be found in the unlikeliest of place. This story is based on a seemingly simple premise- demons are real and love to make deals with humans. Dee Moreno, desperate to escape the house she grew up in, trades away her heart in exchange for the money she needs for her school. Once she's heartless, her world begins to change in ways she never could have imagined. This book is one where it's good to go in pretty much blind. The mystery is beautifully done and the author is an expert at doling out just enough information to keep you hooked. There's a good mix of action and quieter scenes, both of which sometimes pack an unexpected emotional punch. The writing was fantastic, I loved how Emily Lloyd-Jones brought the world alive. Overall, I loved the plot and enjoyed seeing how everything unfolded. The characters were wonderful. From broken and lost Dee to the loud and confident Gremma to the talented artist Jame to the (mysterious) (demon's name), I love them all. There was a lot of depth to the characters that I wouldn't usually expect to see in such an action-based book. As much as this story was about the demon's and their goals, this was also a story about what it takes to find your own strength and to open your heart to others. The Hearts We Sold was a beautifully written tale that I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a darker fantasy tale. Be prepared to laugh, to cry, and to fall in love. While the characters may be lacking their hearts, this story definitely isn't heartless. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This was good. Really good. I went into this book with next to no expectations and am quite shocked by how much I ended up enjoying it. I was hooked right away by the story and only put it down when I had absolutely no other choice. There was enough action in the story to really keep my interest level high. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this wonderful story. I found the story to be really original. Demons are present and can grant wishes for anyone willing to make a trade. Most demons require body parts like an arm or a leg in exchange for a wish. Dee ends up making a deal with a demon that asks for something a little different: her heart. He holds her heart for two years while she works for him in exchange for what she needs. Sounds like a reasonable trade doesn't it? Okay, maybe not. Dee must work with a group of teens that have made a similar bargain with the demon. Their task is risky but they work together really well and make quite the team. I really liked all of the characters in this book. Each member of the group had a really interesting backstory that really helped to bring them to life. Dee's life at home is anything but ideal and she has always had to be the responsible one and take care of herself. This book isn't a romance but there is some romance to the story. The romance doesn't overpower the story but is a really nice added element. Dee and James connect with each other right away. They really did seem to understand each other and were there when the other needed them to be. I liked how open with each other they were and thought that their relationship felt very genuine. I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a story that really grabbed me from the start and entertained me to the very end. This is the first book by Emily Lloyd-Jones that I have had a chance to read and I will be looking for her work again in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Novl.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
That cover coupled with that synopsis and there was no way I wasn't going to devour this book. I love love loved Dee. And James. And omfg definitely Gremma. They're all so much fun for different reasons and I loved getting the chapters of why the heartless sold their hearts. Plot wise, it was everything I could have ever wanted. I laughed and swooned and was on the edge of my seat and was utterly gutted and heartbroken. I loved the story and the ending and the everything. I know this review isn't helpful, but I don't have words. I can tell you that this will be one of my top books of the year. **Huge thanks to The Novl for providing the arc free of charge**