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BOOK REVIEW – Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

BOOK REVIEW – Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara WolfBring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
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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.



Bring Me Their Hearts was absolutely spellbinding and will stay with me for a long time to come.  With an intriguing story and witty characters, I found myself quickly flying through the pages. Especially since I always had that feeling that I had to know what happened next.  So if you enjoy YA Fantasies that are filled with banter, mystery, romance, political intrigue and darkness, then you definitely have to give this book a try!

It’s a small mercy that my lie is also a truth. I throw on my best genuine smile.
“I simply want your heart, my prince.”

From that first chapter, I was pulled in.  Zara, a heartless who was bound to the witch Nightsinger, arrived at the castle to meet the King, Queen and Prince Lucien.  She was under the ruse of being a possible bride to the Prince, so she could steal his heart. Literally. In exchange for the Prince’s heart, Zara would finally have her heart and freedom from Nightsinger. Those first few moments of Zara and Prince Lucien meeting?  Oh I loved it! Together they were witty and charismatic and I was beyond intrigued to see how it would all play out!

Ruffles hide so much of my anger.  Silk gloves do a perfect job of making my hands looks clean, instead of the bloodstained sinners I know them to be.  The mirror whispers I’m beautiful, even though all I can see is the twisted, malformed darkness of my unheart bleeding out of my every pore.

After that first chapter, we jumped back in time.  And while it was necessary, so we could learn about Zara and her world, I couldn’t wait to get back to her moments with the Prince.  Stepping into this book, I didn’t realize how dark it was to be a heartless.  They were viewed as horrific monsters who craved destruction and blood.  So I found my heart breaking for Zara.  For all that she had done, for how she was trapped and for the situation she was in.  Even though her duty was to protect the witch, Nightsinger, I wanted her to have her freedom.  But I had a feeling that wouldn’t be so simple.

“They will ignore you.  They will try and tell you that you aren’t good enough.  This is a lie. You are an Y’shennria. You have always been good enough.” – Y’shennria to Zera

Along the way, we met those who helped transform Zara into a lady.  So she would have a chance to capture the Prince’s heart. I adored Lady Y’shennria, who played Zara’s aunt, and even Reginal, who was one of her employees.  While they were standoffish at first, I slowly came to care for them. With her training complete, Zara found herself in the castle. And I found my heart beating faster since he was there.  I couldn’t wait for Zara and Prince Lucien’s moments to simmer and explode.

“I will never consider meeting you a mistake,”  Lucien says, his midnight eyes flashing.

Prince Lucien was such a complex man who easily stole my heart.  Not only was he wounded from the past, but he hated the courts.  So of course the more we learned exactly who he was and what he did, I was a goner.  He was caring, thoughtful, passionate and such a brave man. But he could also be cynical and kept others an arm’s length away.  But when he was with Zara? He was still haughty but you could see all of his emotions he kept hidden swirling under the surface.  Zara brought it all out of him and I loved every single moment of their slow burn romance!

I want nothing more than to stay in this moment, my hand in his.  But that’s an impossibility. A weakness. I am a monster, and he’s a human.  I want his heart, and I want his other heart. His affection, his blood. I want it all.
But if I take one, I can’t have the other.

Zara was also a complex character.  She was sarcastic, witty, spoke her mind and wasn’t afraid to challenge others.  I loved how sure she was of herself and she was a heroine that I could easily respect.  It was so much fun watching what should have just been a job turn into so much more. The more she learned about the Prince and his secrets, the more she found herself conflicted.  Her freedom came first, but at what cost when the Prince started treating her unlike any one else ever had. And I found myself nervous. She was to turn the man I had fallen for into a monster.  How could I ever forgive her?

But I knew – I knew this was what awaited me.  This was my fate from the beginning, so the sadness I feel clawing at my insides isn’t justified   I should’ve been prepared for this. I had two weeks to prepare, to harden myself, and I frittered it away pretending to be human instead.

The further I got into this book, the more obsessed and nervous I felt.  For everyone’s outcome, including Malvane, the Prince’s personal guard and Fione who I can’t say who she was.  But I loved both of those characters just as deeply. And what lead up to the finale was a huge bang of emotions.  There were moments that gutted and elated me and I even found myself with tears slowly dripping down my face.  So now I’m dying until that next book releases because the ending was a cliffhanger.  And I have a feeling that this is going to be an amazing trilogy. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Entangled Teen.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Our Most Anticipated Releases For June

We love talking about books that we can’t wait to read! And that includes the ones that haven’t been released yet. So around the first day of every month, we’ll share with you the books coming out that we’re the most excited about. There’s a link to Goodreads in case you want to add them to your tbr too! So here are the books we are counting down until they are released in June.


Releases 6/05 – Save the Date by Morgan Matson


Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.



Releases 6/05 – Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) by Renee Ahdieh


The highly anticipated sequel to New York Times bestselling Flame in the Mist–an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn.

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.


Releases 6/05 – Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf (Jen’s Review)


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.


Releases 6/12 – A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir (Chelsea’s Review)


The highly anticipated third book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir’s EMBER QUARTET.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.


Releases 6/26 – Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel . . .

 Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.



So these are the books we can’t wait to be released this month! Are you excited about any of these releases too? Or is there a book we missed that we should definitely check out? Let us know. ♥

Monthly Wrap-Up – May


During our Monthly Wrap-Up, we’ll take a look at what has happened around here in the last month. That’ll include what’s happened in my life, what the three of us have read, any other posts we may have had, giveaways still going on, our most popular Instagram posts, books that I’ve added to my ever-growing TBR and updates on my Reading Challenges.

*We linked this post to May Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction*

♥ Enjoy!

Jen’s Life:

Some of my highlights from May were –

Our lives are filled with baseball, baseball and some more baseball.  Between my two littles being in different divisions, we usually have it 5 days a week.  Our last game is this Saturday and it’s definitely a bittersweet feeling.  I love watching their games and practices but I’m excited we’ll have more time to get together with friends!
I got to attend #RT18 on Saturday and wrote a huge post about it here.  Spoiler alert – it was amazing!!



What Arielle, Chelsea & Jen Read:

5 Stars:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting
The Importance of Being Scandalous (A Tale of Two Sisters #1) by Kimberly Bell
Everless (Everless #1)  by Sara Holland
From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

4.5 Stars:
Caught Up in a Cowboy (Cowboys of Creedence #1) by Jennie Marts

4 Stars:
A Bridge Through Time (Thistle & Hive #1) by Jennae Vale
No Cowboy Required by JoAnn Sky
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Moonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer
Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

3 Stars:
Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

2 Stars:
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne




Our Favorite Books of the Month:

Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie (Arielle’s Choice)
I was so happy to be back with these characters and will 100% be reading the rest of the series (and will just be sitting here pining away until Jane and Sully get their own books). ♥



From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata (Chelsea’s Choice)
These characters aren’t just characters, they’re YOU. They’re your BEST FRIENDS and soul mates and whatever you want them to be. You care THAT much about them. Or, at least, I did.






ISAN (International Sensory Assassin Network #1) by Mary Ting (Jen’s Choice)
If you’re a fan of dystopian, kick ass girls and a sprinkling of romance then you have to check out this book!  Or even if you liked the Bourne movies (one of my favorite movies!), then you’ll probably enjoy this story as much as I did.  




Other Posts:

Our Most Anticipated Releases For May
RE-READ BLOG TOUR: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
#RT18 – My Saturday at RT Booklovers Convention




We thought it would be fun to share Chelsea & Jen’s most popular posts for May. And they are….


Books Added To Jen’s TBR This Month:

I didn’t include the books I got from RT since I included those in my #RT Post. 🙂


Reading Challenges:

This is the first year I’ve EVER joined a Reading Challenge. I went through Nicole’s huge list of reading challenges – check it out here – and found three that sounded absolutely perfect for me. Here’s where I am so far….

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
Status: 12
Goal: 16-20


Beat The Backlist
Team Book Bard!
Status: 10
Goal: 15-20



Library Love Challenge
Status: 0
Goal: 12 books

I tried to read a few books through Overdrive, for authors attending RT, but they just didn’t work for me.  I’m definitely not doing good at this challenge lol!


So that was our May. Did you read any of the same books that we did? Or share the same favorite book as us? If not, then what was your favorite book? Or have you read any of the books I just added to my TBR?

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful May too.  And cheers to June being fabulous for all of us!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Moonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Moonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina Bauer

I had so much fun reading this Novella! So check out my 4 Star Review below and enter a fabulous giveaway. Enjoy!

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY – Moonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5) by Christina BauerMoonlight And Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5)
by Christina Bauer
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After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing:

Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.

All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.

But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing. Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.


*You can read my review of Book #1 Wolves and Roses here*

Moonlight and Midtown was a ton of fun and the perfect way to see what our favorite characters were up to.  Ultimately we got to watch Bryar and Elle’s shopping extravaganza and oh my gosh, it was action packed and a little bit crazy lol.  But we also got to learn more about the world that they lived in and watch Bryar and Knox start to find their place in life. This novella was a quick, lighthearted read that left me feeling even more excited for the next book in this series!

Nyxa takes a half step backward. “I command you to leave my presence.” But her words come out as a half whisper.
Nyxa is afraid.
As well she should be.
Knox and I share a quick look. There’s no need to speak. We both know what we want to do.

I loved getting a peak into Bryar’s struggles, since she learned what she was.  But the poor girl couldn’t catch a break and her wolf was uncontrollable. Thankfully she had Elle, her bestie, who was ready to take her on a shopping trip since she kept destroying her clothes every time she shifted.  And speaking of Elle, we also got to see Alex, a warlock and Knox’s best friend. The interaction between Elle and Alex was a lot of fun and I need to find out more about Elle’s past and why that hinders them from being together.  They’re so fabulous together!  See, I need that next book now lol.

Right here, this moment. This is what I like so much about being with Knox. He understands me like no one else ever has.

But my favorite in this series?  Knox. He was as seductive as ever.  And I loved what a good friend he had become to Bryar.  They worked together so well.  I mean, yes he was her mate, but still, I loved the way they meshed.  It warmed my heart how Knox would help Byrar out and that he was always by her side. Even though he had his own struggles……

His ice-blue eyes lock with mine as he twirls us around. “Say it again.”
My face turns about three shades of red. “Mate.”

Just like the first book in this series, this novella was beyond adorable.  So if you loved Wolves and Roses, definitely give this one a try.  It was a super quick read and it was a ton of fun.  I loved every minute of it!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by Monster House Books LLC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Reading Order & Links:

Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)

Wolves and Roses #1


Moonlight and Midtown #2


Shifters and Glyphs #3

About Christina Bauer:

Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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#RT18 – My Saturday at RT Booklovers Convention

You guys.  I had the most amazing experience at RT!  My childhood friend, Astin, and I only attended Saturday’s events, but it was a whirlwind of a day.  We got to meet so many amazing authors and even made some new friends.  ♥

First off was the Giant Book Fair.  It was 3.5 hours long and it wasn’t near enough time for us to meet everyone we wanted to.  We each brought huge stacks of books to be signed and we did get that accomplished.  But there were still so many authors we wanted to meet.  Here are the books I brought….


We took pictures with the authors who signed our books and also who’s books we’ve read.  I’m sure I was a huge, smiling, rambling mess.  In case you haven’t picked up any of these author’s books yet, which we can’t recommend enough, I linked each author to their Goodreads, Amazon and Website.

Lorraine Heath (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Rachel Van Dyken (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Astin & C.L. Wilson (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jill Shalvis (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Kimberly Bell (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Mary Ting (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jennie Marts (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


Jennae Vale (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


JoAnn Sky (Goodreads l Amazon l Website)


We also met some of the cover models………

Astin and I both yelled REN (HA that’s a Jennifer L. Armentrout character reference!).  We’re with Dillion Lalor and Justin Edwards.


And Stuart Reardon


We also met so many other authors, here’s just a few……

Avery Flynn was absolutely hilarious and had Astin and I cracking up!  I definitely need to pick up one of her books! 

Sonali Dev was the sweetest person ever and she’s another author I’m looking forward to reading! 

Tina DeSalvo had the most amazing sweater!  It had holes on the sides and it felt like it was meant for hugging.  We got to receive the hugest hugs ever and I made sure her books are on my TBR! 

Ginger Scott was so much fun to talk to but Astin and I totally embarrassed ourselves in front of her.  *Deep breath* Astin and I were talking about how much we loved a side character in one of her books, A Boy Like You.  Astin and I kept going back and forth over what one of the character’s initials were.  We weren’t even close and Ginger Scott had to tell us his correct initials.  Oh we felt so bad *hides face*!  We swear we love him!

We also got to talk to Sylvia Day, Shaila Patel, Anne Bishop, Anne Eliot, Rebekah R. Ganiere, Dakota Willink, Brenda Novak, Elizabeth Hoyt, Shayla Black, Victoria Dahl, Rebecca Zanetti, Jasmine Guillory, Lexi Blake, J. Kenner  and so many others.  And we came home with a huge tote bag filled with swag that we’ll treasure forever! ♥

After the Giant Book Fair we got to run out to my vehicle to put all of our books and swag in.  We grabbed a sandwich to go and then sat in line for the next event which was Berkley’s Talk Wordy To Me Party.  At the party we got to chose a few authors who’s books we’d receive for free and also have signed by them.  We had NO clue that would happen.  So amazing!  Also, at that party they had the yummiest dessert bar and lemonade.  I don’t even want to say how many brownies and cookies I ate, but the part cookie part brownie?!  That one definitely had my heart! 

We then went to Audible’s event.  It was filled with lots of fun games and cocktails.  We left with a fabulous t-shirt and this picture which we will treasure forever.  We met a Highlander!


And after all of that we attended the FAN-tastic Day Party.  Soooooooo, like above, call us clueless, but we had NO idea that you got free books at RT for just attending the Saturday events.  We also didn’t know that a lot of them would be signed while you got to talk to the authors.  We were shocked and beyond grateful!  It was so overwhelming how giving these events were.  We had so much fun talking with the authors and also getting a lot of fabulous books!

I got to meet all of these authors and have the books signed. ♥

These are other books I received. ♥


So all in all…..we had truly no clue what we were getting ourselves into.  It was an amazing fun-filled day and I’m so thankful we got to attend!  RT Booklovers Convention was an absolute blast and Astin and I kept saying ‘oh my gosh this is better than Christmas’!

PS I received a copy of Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf at RT and then I received a fabulous box from Entangled Teen with the same ARC.  So I’m giveaway a copy of the book on our Instagram and Twitter.  It ends tomorrow and you can find it here on Instagram and here on Twitter.

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