Once Upon A Broken Heart

 by, Stephanie Garber

Review by Esther

2/5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Once Upon a Broken Heart follows Evangeline, an orphaned peasant who makes a deal with Jacks, a Fate, in order to save her relationship with Luc, who she believes is her true love. Honestly, I was just extremely underwhelmed by this book. The pacing was irregular and at times just downright confusing, and the writing was simply mediocre. The worldbuilding was relatively weak for a fantasy novel, as was the plot, which as predictable and not very engaging.

 

The characters largely fell flat for me too. The main character, Evangeline, was underdeveloped and I couldn’t bring myself to either sympathise with or root for her at any point in the book. The same applies to the majority of the other characters, who felt one-sided and again underdeveloped. The only exception to this would perhaps be Jacks, but elements of his character remained extremely stereotypical of a male love interest in a YA fantasy.

 

 

I suppose I could stretch to recommending this as a cute, light fantasy read, and, providing the reader doesn’t go in with particularly high expectations, they might enjoy it. I know I’m in the minority disliking this, so if you think it sounds like your thing, go ahead and give it a try as it’s a quick and easy read, in the end it just wasn’t for me. Content warnings: death of a parent, murder.

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