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Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

“Hero’s don’t get happy endings. They give them to other people.”

Sitting down with this book felt like having tea with an old friend. It was comfort and warmth wrapped into the pages of a book. If you haven’t read the Caraval series you can still enjoy this story, but if you have it makes it all the better. Revisiting this world was exactly what I needed to get out of my massive reading slump. There’s something special about a fairytale setting that brings you back to your childhood. This book felt like a dream where I never wanted to wake up.


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…. 

Hope is a difficult thing to kill, just a spark of it can start a fire

Jacks is the perfect morally grey anti hero. I love him and loath him, and I think you will too. His strained relationship with Evangeline Fox is the perfect slow burn. By the end I was begging for more of him which is good because I hear there is a book #2 coming!

I really loved how this book could easily be read by someone who hasn’t read the Caraval series. I’m almost jealous of anyone who gets to meet Jacks for the first time. The magic in this world was so good! Nobody does magic like Stephanie Garber. If you love a good fairy tale with an even better villian, you’ll love this book.

Author: lovelyreadergirl

I've always loved to read. When I was a kid we lived right next door to my local library and I went several times a week. I fell in love with the stories hidden inside the pages of the books on the shelf. It was a good time in my life. I fell head over heals in love with reading the summers we lived in that house.  Fast Forward to today and that love is still there, but it got pushed aside for many years. After I got married at 21 and we started a family at 24 I let my love for reading take a backseat. I continued to read but I didn't devour books like I use to when I was young. The Kindle took the place of physical books and board books and homeschool curriculum reigned.  I got lost in the world of planners and journals and while I still love that side of my life I craved more. I craved less buying and more living. I craved the stories of my childhood. I craved books. And so my new story begins. The story of a LovelyreaderGirl who is rediscovering her journey through book land. Come with me! Let's discover the world of books again together! 

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