ShortReview for „Once upon a broken heart“ by Stephanie Garber

Anmerkung: Diese Rezension ist auf Englisch, da ich das Buch von einem englischen Verlag bereitgestellt bekommen habe.

First of all, I would like to say thank you for the review copy, which was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley. This fact does not in any way affect my personal opinion on this book. This post contains advertising and the rights for the book belong to the publisher.

A short note in the beginning:
Stephanie Garber said that the book can be read without Caraval beforehand. To be honest I think that the plot of OUABH spoils for the whole Caraval Series and that you can have trouble getting into the world when you havent read the Caraval series. The synopsis DOES contain SPOILERS FOR the CARAVAL SERIES so please continue only if you are comfortable with it.

General information 

  • Titel: Once upon a broken heart
  • Author: Stephanie Garber
  • Series: ?
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Format: Ebook
  • Pages: 384
  • Releasedate: 30.09.2021 (another edition was published 16.03.2021)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Price: 7,99 € (Ebook) / 17,79€ (Softcover) / 21,17€ (Hardcover)
    • There ist also an edition available from Flatiron Books


For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in happily ever after. Until she learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, and her dreams are shattered.

Desperate to stop the wedding, and 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 pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy . . .

My opinion 

Of course is this only my personal opinion on the book and just because i give this rating to the book doesn’t mean, that everyone will have that opinion.

I love the Caraval Series and I was so excited to hear that there will be a book about Jacks. The prince of hearts is such an interesting character and I couldn’t wait to hear more about him.
OUABH is set in the same universe as Caraval and takes place after Finale. I loved seeing old characters and the world again!
Jacks as the main male protagonist was fantastic and I also liked Evangeline. She isn’t like Scarlett or Donatella but still very likeable. I think there is still a lot of room for character development.
I liked the basic plot idea but to be honest, I had a few problems with the pacing. Some scenes were amazing and detailed but other ones were really fast and needed more details in my opinion. The book could have been 100 pages longer and more detailed in my opinion.
Sadly the book lacked a little bit of the magic that the Caraval series had but I think it will be better in the next book because it was the same with Carval and Legendary.
I am excited to read the second book and I cant wait for it.


A great book for all the Caraval Fans out there!

I give 4,5 from 5 Stars 

See you later, 

Paula Josina

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