Review: Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf (arc)

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find me their bones sara wolf

Title: Find Me Their Bones  
Author: Sara Wolf  
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #2  
Genre: Fantasy, YA  
Publication date: November 5, 2019 
Rating: ★★★½  (Maybe four???)

No one can save her. In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life. But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet. With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity. Winning over a bloodthirsty valkerax? Hard. Winning back her friends before war breaks out? A little harder. But a Heartless winning back Prince Lucien’s heart? The hardest thing she’s ever done.

This one moment is all I could ever ask for.

It is all I will ever have, and I tattoo it into every part of my aching flesh. 

After the cliffhanger of the first book it was extremely easy to fall right back into this world and Zera’s personal hemisphere of backstabbing and betrayal. The story starts right where the previous one left off but what struck me right away was how different the tone of this book felt. What made Bring Me Their Hearts so highly entertaining was the humor laced through every paragraph, Zera’s delightful sass as she recounted the events of her life a most compelling argument to keep turning the pages at rapid speed. That I’m-hurting-and-possibly-dying-but-let’s-crack-a-joke-anyway is less present here. Especially in the beginning 

Because the story is different. The balance has shifted. Zera is lost and struggling to find herself, closing herself off from the people she has come to care about to avoid more pain. And in that regard Find Me Their Bones struggles a bit of middle book syndrome. I felt Zera’s internal struggle, understood it completely. But the internal monologue started feeling repetitive real fast, the same arguments to distrust her friends playing through her head over and over to the point where it lost a lot of credibility. 

Maybe there wasn’t enough plot to back it up. Although the book never bored me, I felt like there was too much filler stuff. And I like fillers, I do, I like the opportunity to get to know characters in a different light, but the main plot picked up too slowly. It could have been stronger, more elaborate, more detailed. This book is a set-up for bigger things to come and I’m thrilled to find out what they are but in the mean time I wish there had been more.

More of Lucien and Zera as well. They had amazing chemistry in the first book, the kind of spark that makes you rush through a story. Their scenes were fewer now and a lot less friendly, which of course made perfect sense after everything that happened, but I will always want more of their delightful banter. What bothered me however, is the time frame. They’ve only known each other for two weeks, which is repeated over and over. It doesn’t make sense for these characters to behave the way they do over the course of just a couple of weeks (days?). I’m sorry but it doesn’t. 

And yet I might still have given this book four stars. For the most part I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s well-written, the words flowing easy and drawing you in. Except I couldn’t stand Princess Varia and it was really hard to get over that since she’s in a lot of scenes. What a manipulative, entitled *****. I didn’t feel her struggle, I couldn’t rally behind her cause to save the world of war and destruction and I sure as hell couldn’t get on board with the way she treated the people around her. But I liked new character Yorl, so there’s at least that.  
The book doesn’t drag, is entertaining and once again ends in cliffhanger that turns you real frustrated when you start counting the months until the release of the next book. I’m definitely going to read the next installment, I care about this story and these characters enough to follow them on the rest of their journey. But if Varia could disappear that would be great, thanks. 

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