The Hearts We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones

“Nothing comes for free. We just don’t know what it’ll cost.”

– Emily Lloyd-Jones


Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon. Her heart for money to escape her tiresome life. She never would have imagined that the deal would be more than she originally bargained for and Dee finds herself engrossed in a nightmare.

Being heartless, she finds comfort in the other deal-making teenagers and begins to have feelings for another. As something grows between them that could be more than friendship, is Dee allowed to give her heart to someone else? Even though it is no longer hers to give.

  • Pages –  381
  • Author – Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • Published – August 8th 2017
  • Rating – 3/5
  • Genres – Young Adult, Fantasy, Science-Fiction


I felt odd about this book. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. 

So I struggled to get into this book at first, maybe up until a third of the way through? I’m not sure if it’s because I read this after ‘THUG’ (which I absolutely adored), but I just couldn’t get fully engrossed. I hate when this happens, as I really want to love every book I read, but I just couldn’t.

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I think the problem was maybe the characters? Each character didn’t have enough time spent on their story for me to like them and none of them seemed to have any personality. I wanted to know more about Dee? Yes I knew her father was a horrible person (did not like one bit) and her mother let it all happen, but I wanted to know WHY.

Maybe I’m high maintenance with characters in books.

Then there was James, who had an interesting story, however again this wasn’t explored as much as I wanted. He became a really important character and had a strong relationship with Dee (although this seemed rushed, me no likey rushed romance). I just wanted to care about him more and with what happened at the end of the book, I just found myself not THAT bothered. (Am I horrible?)


The blurb and opening line made the book seem fascinating to me, however the speed of the story was inconsistent. There was some interesting parts that really worked and some of the writing was well done, but you had to drag yourself through the boring bits to get to them.

Due to the characters not being an important part the focus was heavy on the plot, which yes is nice, however it felt like it was focused on too much? Resulting in boring pages. I liked the idea of the characters keeping a knitted heart that represents their own and what happens to the body parts that they trade. That was very, very interesting.

She was a girl held together by knitted yarn and magic.”

– Emily Lloyd-Jones

Other things I liked were:

  • Dee’s room mate (however for the life of me I cannot remember her name… I’m a terrible person) but she was cool and I appreciated her.
  • The small side story of Dee’s parents, I liked it in terms of that it gave the story more reasoning (I do wish this had been explored more though)
  • I liked the idea of the actual story, it’s really different. Nothing like anything I have ever read before, I’m sad it didn’t work out between me and the book… it’s not you it’s me. Or is it you? I don’t know.


Hmmmmm. Daemon, although I would have really appreciated finding out more about him. He didn’t really have a back story, I wanted to learn what he did day to day, are demons born and live as children? Do they like Pina Coladas? But, alas he was interesting. I could visualise his character with his umbrella and suit and I feel like he had sass. He sounded like a pretty cool guy and I wanted to know more about him.

All in all, I’m not completely stamping all over the story.

I did like this book, I just didn’t love it. I begged for more back stories and better developed characters, GIVE ME MORE INFO PLS. I have seen reviews and some people love it and that’s great, but unfortunately for me I’m not one of those people. Maybe I missed something? Maybe I’m expecting too much and I should just sit and enjoy books for what they are… but unfortunately I cannot. I will be a cold hearted woman forever.


Goodbye lovelies… don’t sell ya hearts.



2 thoughts on “The Hearts We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones

  1. I felt THE SAME WAY. I was fascinated by the originality of the plot, but I was so ehhh about the characters. I felt that with just a bit more of a push they could have been developed enough to satisfy me, because they weren’t totally flat, but there was just something about them that stopped me from connecting or caring.


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