The Hearts We Sold

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The Hearts We Sold

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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.

When Dee finally summons the courage to make a deal with one of these devils, she finds it may be more than she bargained for. The demon she approaches quickly informs her that he doesn’t trade in the usual appendages, he’s only interested in her heart. He’ll put her body in a kind of stasis for two years, and she’ll become part of his crew of “heartless”–teen soldiers sent to the demons’ home world to fight their enemies. All of the heartless have their reasons for making this deal, but it begs the question: what are you willing to give up to achieve your heart’s desire?

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Praise for The Hearts We Sold:  

Beautifully written and elegantly characterized, this is a thoughtful, melancholy tale of love and redemption, magic and choice. Lloyd-Jones tracks Dee's Faustian journey without ever falling out of step, and the story itself will ensnare readers as surely as any bargain.

-Booklist, Starred Review

A superb (and heartfelt) work.

- Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

A whirlwind of a page-turner. Readers will devour this romantic, Faustian fable. A dark fantasy brimming with passion and peril. 

- Kirkus Reviews

Emily Lloyd Jones does it again! A completely original story that shatters the boundaries of YA fiction. Magic, mystery, and intrigue, paired with Jones’ devilish story-telling ability, will bind readers to THE HEARTS WE SOLD until the final explosive ending. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

- Lindsay Cummings, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

With its lush, Lovecraftian world building and a heroine as tough as she is damaged, THE HEARTS WE SOLD sucked me in and held me captive. I finished it in one sitting!

- Gretchen McNeil, author of TEN and the Don't Get Mad series 

Inventive, heart-wrenching thrill ride. 

- Kim Liggett, Author of Blood & Salt

The characters are spunky and compassionate, and teen readers will love the storyline.

- School Library Connection


The Hearts We Sold

Content warnings: emotional abuse, alcohol addiction, and characters dealing with depression and anxiety.