Once Upon a Broken Heart (OUABH) Review

Reviewer: Megan, @bookish_raider

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads 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…

Bookish Raider Review:

"Always promise less than you can give, for Fates always take more. Do not make bargains with more than one Fate. And, above all, never fall in love with a Fate."

In one word: Magical. If you know me, it is no secret that I loved the Caraval series... and one major reason is Stephanie's writing. You can tell that her mind is full of vibrant colors and romance.

"Evangeline has a gift when it came to believing in things that others considered myths -like the immortal Fates."

While this is set in the Caraval world, it is true that you definitely do NOT need to read that series prior. I highly recommend you do because it is fantastic. It will give a bit of a spoiler where two characters end up but you do not need to know much else.

Caraval was a bit of a dark romantic game, this book is pure fairytale. Evangeline is a hopeFUL romantic and I loved her. She definitely makes some super optimistic but slightly bad choices, you cannot help but route for her.

"People who don't like me call me Jacks."

Then there is Jacks. This guy. If you are unsure if he was a gray character in Caraval, then do not look to this book for answers. Just when you want to route for him as an unlikely hero, he shows he may not be. He has his own agenda and you can never understand what are his motivations for anything he says or does... but that is why we LOVE him.

The setting was also wonderful... and actually my own personal fairytale. Wintery castles and lots of magic. Adorable white fluffy animals, sweet delicious desserts, and seasonal balls. Magic is more prominent in the North and I absolutely loved the bit of "history" that we learn... one aspect that particularly intrigued me is that history and stories are cursed in the North, so the end is never the same... and you never know how it truly does end.

If there is one thing I wish it had more of, it is REAL romance. You will see what I mean when you read. However, this is totally in line with the plot and character motivations... so I accept it!

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

This book was SO quotable and I cannot wait to see some of my favorites all over the bookish community. Overall, this book was just as magical as I hoped for and I CANNOT wait for the sequel!



Favorite Quote: “Every story has the potential for infinite endings."

Treasure Found: The setting! I am a Winter Court gal! I love all the pinecone, balsam, white fur, and snow vibes and the Magnificent North is a place I want to live!

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