Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Published September 28th 2021 by Flatiron Books


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval, 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…

My rating:

“But you have to have a working heart for it to break.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered here to collect some broken hearts for a magical potion which purpose is to.. well, I promise it’s absolutely safe.. Almost.

Instruction: Add two drops of the position to a drink. Mix but not shake the ingredients. To drink on a full moon at midnight.

Side affects: Raving fangirling, passive obsessive behavior with a certain Prince of Hearts, stalking of the author… Really, nothing to worry about.

Once upon a 💔 #1: Enchanting and whimsical, the story portals us into the world of fairytales. In this world, a cookbook is not a simple cookbook but a spellbook. Dragons are not your typical dragons but house pets. Everything is saturated with magic.

Once upon a 💔 #2: And they lived happily ever after… Scratch that! Here love stories do not end with weddings, or if they do, they are short-lived weddings. Love at first sight ends as soon as the wedding cake is eaten. Kissing one true love does not wake the princess or the prince from an enchanted sleep. Kisses kill. And blood opens the doors that otherwise cannot be opened.

Once upon a 💔 #3: Love, family, friendship are the things that help our characters to overcome trials… Scratch that too! Betrayal, cold-blooded calculation, magical love potions, and a healthy dose of cunning will help the characters to overcome whatever they need to overcome.

Once upon a 💔 #4: Spending a lot of time together leads to certain mind-blowing chemistry and true love. Well, it’s mind-blowing chemistry alright but it can be easily used for manipulation by a certain cold-blooded Prince of Hearts. Love, pff, who needs that if you can enchant people into adoring you. Right?

Once upon a 💔 #5: Mind-boggling cliffhangers are a strong weapon used to drive readers mad. And push them into creating magical potions to enchant the author into revealing the second installment sooner. Shh, we do not want to let our plans be known to anyone, but if you are with me, my boiling pot is there for your tears of desperation and broken hearts.

What a wonderful potion indeed!

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