Thursday 14 July 2022

Book Review | Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber | prettylittlewriter

'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…'

This was my first time delving into the world of Stephanie Garber, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to fall in love with it!

On every page there was something wonderful, unique or brilliantly clever that I just wanted to keep reading; forget work, I don't need to earn a living, I just need to finish this book!

Evangeline is a lovely, warm, and slightly misguided character, who believes all that she needs in life is love, and to be loved. After the loss of her Father, living with her stepmother and stepsister has been difficult (think Cinderella without the slave labour), so when the love of her life that she believed she would marry and live happily ever after with, proposes to someone else, she goes to the one person that she knows will be able to stop the wedding; Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, known for having a kiss that's fatal. 

Jacks is a mysterious and intriguing character, whom completely encapsulates that bad boy with a secret sensitive side to him (I'm hoping that's the case anyway as he's quite dreamy!). 

Evangeline is then thrown into this wondrous world full of exciting new things, including royalty that are looking for their future princess. King Apollo was a character I did not expect to love (he seemed like quite a pompous and pretention person initially, but I grew to like him a lot!).

There were a couple of parts of the plot that I found predictable (I'm looking at you Marisol) but this did not by any means take away from how incredible this book is!

I really can't say much more as it would 100% spoil the plot, but I was HUGELY surprised with the twist at the end, and I am now desperately waiting for The Ballad Of Never After to be released (I also need to read Caraval, like, now!).

P.s. How bloody gorgeous is this fairyloot edition?!

4.5/5 stars

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