By Emily Lloyd-Jones
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
on August 8, 2017
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?
This was a book that I was REALLY looking forward to reading. I love supernatural and paranormal stories, and this synopsis made it sound like it was definitely my kind of book. I was so disappointed that I didn’t end up loving it, because I had been really excited about this book.
I love the premise. I think the problem for me was the execution. The idea for the story is really cool and interesting, but I felt like there were chunks of the story where nothing much was happening, that the other ‘heartless’ were never really developed enough for me to care about them the way I should, and that there was lots of telling instead of showing.
I thought there were definitely some good moments, and the story took a couple of twists and turns that surprised me, but I just didn’t connect with this one.