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Bring Me Their Hearts #3
Other Books: Love Me Never, Forget Me Always, Remember Me Forever
Published by Entangled: Teen on November 3, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC, eBook
The finale to the epic Bring Me Their Hearts series reaches its thrilling conclusion, full of intrigue, emotion, and of course romance.
Reunited with Lucien, Malachite, and Fione, Zera finally has the choice of whether or not to regain her humanity and give up her life as a Heartless. But with war raging and an army of valkerax on the loose, she’s never needed immortality more. Will they be able to stop Varia without sacrificing themselves in the process?
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Send Me Their Souls kicks right off where Find Me Their Bones ends.
Zera has successfully helped Varia complete her mission and she’s reunited with the friends she’s made in Bring Me Their Hearts, the exact friends who feel she had betrayed them. She finally gets the chance to choose whether she gets her heart back and live happily ever after, and after years of suffering, it seems an easy choice. At the same time, she knows full well her decision could affect everything that happens after, and she ultimately decides maybe she’ll put off getting her heart back. Humanity can wait.
Which… kind of defeats the entire purpose of the first two books, because her goals in them were to get her heart back and be human again. So why the fuck would she not jump at the chance when she gets it?
In the third and final book of Sara Wolf’s Bring Me Their Hearts trilogy, Zera has undergone major character growth. She’s still full of sass, never shuts up and always takes everything lightly. But she’s also gone through a lot and her tune changes from “I want my heart so I can be human again” to “I want my heart so I can be human again, but I don’t want others to go through what I have.”
There is less belittling and struggling with herself in Send Me Their Souls as she becomes more accepting of her Heartlessness and begins recognizing she has strengths that can help her accomplish what the others can’t. And ultimately, she utilizes them to protect her friends as much as they protect her in their own ways. We finally find out the purpose of the voice that’s been with her since Bring Me Their Hearts and it is far less overwhelming and distracting than in the second book.
Pretty much everything we saw less of in the second book occurs more in the third.
Lucien, Malachite (bless his heart I love him so much) and Fione (truly a badass archduchess who’s speaking prowess is far superior to mine) all make plenty of page time as they journey with Zera to try and stop Varia. I absolutely loved seeing them together again with their constant banter and jabs. And bonus: there’s romance development between Zera and Lucien
because goddamnit they’re finally together more often.
In addition, we get to see more of the crew’s friendship develop as they work toward the same goal, and we get the chance to see many of the characters who played a major role in the first or second book but are not part of the main cast. Honestly, I’m going to miss reading more about all of them, and I’m saddened that I have to leave them behind.
Send Me Their Souls ends with loose ends and more questions.
Sometimes the pacing in Send Me Their Souls felt a little slow as it is very much a journey book where they try to find as much information as possible to find a solution. It isn’t something I noticed too much, though, or I didn’t mind due to my reading preferences being heavily focused on character development. For me, the characters and the writing style played a huge role, and I personally enjoyed this one more than the second.
Send Me Their Souls, however, does leave questions hanging with the ending. A lot of the bigger, important questions that developed from the first two books have been answered, but then there are more questions I feel could have been answered with a more extended epilogue. Instead, it kind of just left things a little… not so satisfactory?