From Stephanie Garber, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval, Once Upon a Broken Heart is the first book in a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after.
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…
Title : Once Upon A Broken Heart
Author : Stephanie Garber
Series : Once Upon A Broken Heart #1
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 402
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Hodder Books
Release Date : September 30, 2021
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
Different broken hearts for different reasons
Apples, foxes, arches and kisses
This was such a fun and gripping world to get caught up in. Once Upon A Broken Heart was magical, sarcastic, funny and twisty. The whole book was an experience (plot and characters aside) with great formatting for newspaper articles and notes.
This felt different to the Caraval world and I was glad of that. The south and then the north felt totally different from those previous books and I would affirm that reading the series first is unnecessary, you’ll only miss a deeper meaning on a few nuggets of information.
Evangeline was a worthy protagonist, she felt mature in some ways but she had a tendency to react to events and then act without thinking things through. That said, I really enjoyed everywhere the plot went, it truly was unpredictable. Predictably however, I really liked Jacks and despite his nefariousness, I really wanted to see him romantically entwined. That fate is utterly untrustworthy and but I’m 100% Team Jack.
I can’t wait to see where this story goes in the next book. Stephanie Garber created a different yet intertwined world with her previous series. This series is right up my street and I’m already a fan.
Thank you to Hodder Books for the early review copy.