Book Review: ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART by STEPHANIE GARBER

Book Review: ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART by STEPHANIE GARBER

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 408

Category: YA, fantasy, romance

Trigger: none

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SUMMARY

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…

Review

Evangeline Fox is an orphan living with her stepmother and sister. She has not been desperate about the loss of her parents until the boy she believed loved her was due to marry her stepsister. In her desperation, she goes to one of the sixteen fates, the Prince of Heart to seek help in stopping the wedding. The Prince of heart accepts to stop the wedding if she kisses 3 people of his choosing at times of his choosing. The Prince of heart turns everyone at the wedding to stone in other to stop it from progressing. This makes Evangeline regret her dealings with him, so she chooses to take their place as statues. Six weeks pass before she is returned to her skin and things are not what they used to be.

When Evangeline returns to her skin; the fates have been released and all but one banished to the North. Evangeline is now a star and everyone knows her story. She is sent to the North by the new Empress as an ambassador to participate in the ball to choose a wife for the Crown prince of the North. Things are very different in the North; magic is a lot more common place. Evangeline comes in contact with a lot of the things that her late mother told her as stories. And she finds out there is a prophesy about her.

I loved the illustrations in the story of the notes the characters write to each other and the newspapers that circulate the Kingdom. I also loved the simplicity of the writing; it wasn’t very convoluted which made it easy to follow the story, although the plot made me confused for the first 200 Pages. I wasn’t sure at all where the story was leading; this can be a pro or a con depending on the particular reader.

I gave this story 4 out of 5 stars. For me it was slow to start but after the first 200 pages which is the middle of the book, you see the relevance of the beginning that you didn’t understand. I always love more than one POV so that is my only disappointment with this story. It was well constructed and all the confusing bits of the story are hidden clues driving the plot along. I can’t wait for the second instalment. Jacks, the Prince of heart is my favourite character. He does a lot of bad things but I will say he is a morally grey character rather than the villain.

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