As always, I want to thank Netgallery, Hodder & Stoughton and Stephanie Garber for providing me with a ARC of Once Upon a Broken Heart in exchange for an honest review. The review will not go to deep into the plot but will be updated once the book is released. I have to admit I was late to the Caraval Trilogy but instantly was hooked! When I learned that Garber was coming out with a new book I was incredibly excited.
Garber manages to perfectly blend wonderful world building, interesting characters, romance and elegant writing style to create a marvelous and enchanting fairy tale-esque story that kept me captivated throughout. I will admit at first, I was fearful it would fall into the ‘evil-step family’ trope to heavily and that the main protagonist would be seemingly perfect. Thankfully, this was not the case. None of the characters are overtly good or bad – well maybe some are – but carry with them, as nearly people all do, a mixture of both.
The real thing that hooked me in was the beautiful writing style used to tell the story. The prose flowed in such an enchanting way that the tone suited the genres incredibly well. All in all the book was fantastic, the genres blended perfectly, the world seemed believable and well rounded, the characters are believable (despite the fairytale setting) and the story keeps you engaged. I would highly recommend to any Garber fan or fan of fantasy or modern fairy tales.