Book Review

Once Upon A Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber

I have another review from my NetGalley backlog today. I read Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber the very second I had it in my possession, but honestly, it took me a while to even think about what I wanted to say in a review, never mind actually write the review. Many thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with a copy of the book.


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…


I loved Jacks from the moment I met him in the Caraval series (maybe not as much as my beloved Julian, but then he takes some beating in my eyes), so I was thrilled when I heard the news that Stephanie Garber was writing a new trilogy featuring the bewitching Prince of Hearts. Even so, I was a little nervous going into this book because I loved the Caraval books so much and I was scared this wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Thankfully though I had nothing to worry about because I quickly fell back under the spell of Stephanie Garber’s wonderful writing.

While I may have initially have had doubts about whether anything could live up to the wonder that was Caraval, I quickly realised that Nocte Neverending was more than a match for Legend’s festivities. Jacks is the ultimate bad boy, the terrible decision that you just can’t resist making. Knowing Jacks as I do, I was nervous for poor, broken hearted Evangeline from the second she set foot in the temple but my inner romantic was also hopeful that she would be the one to change him.

I already have the next instalment of Jacks and Evangeline’s adventures pre-ordered and I am absolutely itching to get my hands on it!

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