Book Review; Once Upon A Broken Heart- Stephanie Garber

Page Count 384

Publication date September 2021

Publisher Hodder & Stoughton 

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Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.

But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…



I know the Caraval trilogy split readers down the middle in opinions, but aside from the odd colour descriptions in book one, I loved it. The worldbuilding drew me in and with Once Upon A Broken Heart set in that same world, how could I say no? Not only this but the Immortal Fates were my favourite part of the Caraval story and now we get more of them, as well as the Dragnas! Fantastic.

You don’t need to have read Caraval to pick up Once Upon A Broken Heart (OUABH from here onward), but I recommend you do start with those. Not only to avoid minor spoilers but for Jacks’ character development prior to this novel.

I like to read Garber when the world gets too dark, and let’s be honest 2021 is a hot mess.
If you don’t want simpering heart break and poofy dresses you won’t have the patience for this, but for me right now, this is just the kind of magical, light-hearted fantasy I need.

Written in first person, present tense we join Evangeline as her one wish goes awry and she finds herself indebted to Fate.
This time we’re discovering legends and traditions of The Magnificent North, but of course; it’s not all ice castles, candy apples and pocket dragons. There are secrets to be uncovered and hearts to be won.

I hadn’t realised until the final chapter that this is not a stand alone novel and I am SO pleased that there’s more to come.
Once Upon A Broken Heart is more of the wondrous world building you can expect from Garber, packed full of twists and betrayals I highly recommend this YA fantasy.

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Dramatic, curly-haired wannabe writer from a nowhere town in Somerset. Stop-starter of all projects great and small. Here to talk books, film, mental health and lifestyle.

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