Monday 10 September 2018

Audio: Bring me their hearts - Sara Wolf

Audio CD, 12 h
Published August 21st 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published June 5th 2018)
Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Em Eldridge (Narrator)
YA fantasy romance
for review

My Thoughts
This is one of those cheesy books that are good, but yes so cheesy. At least there was no love triangle! I was really surprised by that.

The Positive:
The narrator! She was great and I can promise you that if I had read this I would not have finished it. But the narrator made it fun. I liked her monster voice (and from what I can see that would have been annoying in text). But here it worked great cos you could not see the weird way it was written.

Interesting world where witches have been hunted to almost extinction. Though since they create heartless isn't that a good thing? I mean they are evil. but then the author points out they are not evil. But they create heartless! But then we learn that Nightsinger only creates heartless from those who are dying. But they are still slaves! Anyway, as you can see, an interesting world. Plus a new god who I already loathe, boooo new gods, they always come with genocide.

I do like witty banter (to a certain degree). And I guess to survive in this world you have to be able to do it, cos everyone sure did it (so yes yes both pos and neg, neg it being way too often)ö

The negative
Zera has been heartless for 3 years. She has in that time become a master thief and a master swordswoman (only for 1 year she has had a 10 year old "warrior" helping her). But sure, sure, I am sure she got that good that quickly *eyeroll* I am tired of YA heroines that are so perfect and good (and then the author mentions that she has been killed 47 times, and then a man saves her) But she is still the best warrior around. *eyeroll* Please stop with this in fantasy YA. Just stop it.

She wears her sword to her coming out...she wears her sword to church. Omg, I get it, she has a sword! Those are times that sword should be left at home. I get it, women can wear swords in this world, stop rubbing it in. Men would not wear swords all the time either.

Her sword is rusty, then it is not, then it is. Make your mind up.

She is frankly a little spoiled brat. She talks back all the time, she is rude, and the prince loves her for that. There is this line between speaking your mind and being sarcastic all the freaking time. I got to be too much. What was she 13? No, 19 really.

Why Nightsinger the witch lets a 16 year old and 10 year old guard her beats me. I would kill real warriors and have the guard me. Not silly kids.

She talks about killing 5 people all the time! Being all torn up cos they were unarmed. Ahem, they killed and butchered your family. Cut yourself some slack!

The In between
Obviously they fall in love too quickly, but hey it is YA. Kids fall in and out of love all the time.

And it is silly and cheesy like a B movie and it makes it fun to listen too. Yes it has negative parts and positive parts. And it is SO YA. YA fantasy lovers will eat it up! They will swoon over the romance and the back talk and root for them to get the baddie. As for me...not the biggest YA fantasy fan ;)  This brought nothing new to the game, at all. Also it reminded me of that cheesy Caelena books, they both being awesome at what they do, and in reality they suck, but not really as they are awesome.

If you like YA fantasy, then you will absolutely like this one

She brings it home for me. A good narrator can pull off anything.

Zera is a Heartless-the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger, 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 Zera's 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-literally. 


  1. I had really wanted to read this - because super cool title! - but then the reviews are eh so maybe not.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. for reading I'd say def not. But listening yes, but then you are not really an audio fan...

  2. hmm maybe. it's great that you had a good narrator!

  3. There are so many things in your review that put up red flags, I am going to skip.

  4. I had a random copy of this book show up at my house unsolicited. I do want to read it but haven't worked it in the schedule yet. I am not sure about it being cheesy though...

  5. You are so right about a good narrator. I often joke that Lorelei King could read the dictionary and I'd listen!

  6. Hahaha, I guess it was kind of cheesy, wasn't it. But I loved it. Glad to hear it was also good in audio.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. The only reason I read it was cos of you ;) I thought but then I have to like it, lol. And I mean i did like it even if it was so cheesy and the heroine, sigh, but still :)

  7. Yes, sometimes getting it in audio saves a book from the DNF pile with me, too.

    It is so hard to overlook that many improbables even for a fantasy. I might still give it a go just not as a high priority.

    1. Sorry YA fantasy, but I feel that most I read have these ;)

  8. "Kids fall in and out of love all the time" lol. This one sounds... iffy. I have it to read too, but sounds like audio is a better way to go.

  9. I'll give it a miss but I do agree about how a good narrator can take a meh book to a good listen.

  10. Oh my..not at all sure about this one. However I will agree a narrator can make or break a book.



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