Posted in Fantasy, romance

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

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Plot Summary:

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic but wicked Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after or the most exquisite tragedy (Goodreads, 2021).


Things I Enjoyed: I really enjoyed the whimsical atmosphere of this book. It reminded me a lot of Alice in Wonderland.

I thought that Once Upon a Broken Heart did a great job of balancing plot with character development. The pacing was fast, but not rushed and kept my attention start to finish.

I also enjoyed Evangeline and Jacks’ banter/bickering. It’s so interesting how they are incredibly different and yet seem to understand each other so well.

Overall Thoughts: Stephanie Garber did a fantastic job with this spin off. After reading this book I now want to go back and finish the Caraval series to learn more about Jacks. This was definitely a 5 out of 5 read for me and is perfect for fans of fantasy romance.

Quotes I Enjoyed:

All stories are made of both truths and lies, she used to say. What matters is the way that we believe in them”

For most people, I’m the worst thing that can happen to them. But not you. It’s as if you want the boy to destroy you and he’s only human…”

Luc wasn’t her weakness-love was. Not even just love, but the idea of it”