Blog Tour: Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (Review + Author Interview!)

Endless thanks to Flatiron Books for kindly inviting me to participate in this blog tour! Caraval has been one of my favorite series for years now, and it really is a dream come true to help promote the release of Stephanie Garber’s next book, Once Upon a Broken Heart, on my blog!

Without further ado, let’s get started!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by [Stephanie Garber]

Title: Once Upon a Broken Heart

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: September 28th, 2021

Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another. Desperate to stop the wedding and to 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’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

This story was even more magical and whimsical than I thought it would be! It takes place shortly after the events of Finale, the final book in the Caraval trilogy, but this time around, we’re introduced to a completely new cast of lovable characters. Well, “new” with one exception, of course: Jacks, the Prince of Hearts!

In the Caraval trilogy, Jack’s instantly stole my heart with his snarkiness, devastating beauty, and tragic backstory. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a total sucker for morally grey fictional characters, and Jacks is just that! I’m so glad Stephanie Garber decided to gift us readers with a Jacks spin-off story, because not only did it give us the opportunity to dive deeper into his character arc, but it also introduced us to a new protagonist that I loved getting to know: Evangeline Fox.

What I love about Evangeline is that it’s so easy to write her off as a naive, hopeless romantic, but in reality, she’s just a dreamer like the rest of us! Which makes her so relatable! As a reader and fantasy lover, I’ve always had the mindset that happy endings are possible no matter what, and to see that kind of optimism reflected in Evangeline’s character was so wonderful.

Another thing I loved about Once Upon a Broken Heart: how magical it was. Every time I flipped open this book, I felt like I was stepping into a literal fairy tale! The story is steeped with mystical fables and legends, making for a truly breathtaking reading experience. Stephanie Garber’s prose is as stunning as ever– It’s so vivid that the magic practically comes alive on the page!

Overall, Once Upon a Broken Heart is a spectacular addition to the Caraval universe. Full of magic, mystery, romance, and heartbreak, it’s a book you won’t be able to put down!

We know the Prince of Hearts, Jacks, plays a leading role in Once Upon A Broken Heart.
Can readers expect any other familiar faces from the Caraval series? (

I usually try not to answer this question—I like it when people don’t know what to expect. So, I won’t say if there will be any other familiar faces in Once Upon A Broken Heart. But I will say that readers might meet one or two characters who were mentioned in the Caraval series but didn’t actually get any page time.

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Why do you love Evangeline and the Prince of Hearts and why should readers root for them? (

This is such a funny question, and I feel as if I shouldn’t confess the answer to this because I actually wrote Once Upon A Broken Heart with the hope that readers would feel as if Evangeline should run far away from Jacks, but at the same time really want them to kiss each other.

I love Jacks because he’s pretty much the worst. He says terrible things and he does terrible things—which is why Evangeline should stay away from him. However, I love Evangeline because she’s such an optimist—I love that she believes in love at first sight and happily ever after, and even though she should probably run away from Jacks, I think she’s just the type of girl he needs in his life.

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Your books always read like fairytales (at least for me)! What are your favorite fairytales? (

Thank you so much! I love fairytales and I have so many favorites. My very favorite is anything that’s Beauty and the Beast inspired. I love stories that involve truly unlikeable beast-like characters changing as they fall in love, and I’m always sucker for the kidnapped/captive girl trope.

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If you could be transported into the world of ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART, what kind of character do you think you would be and would you be easily swayed to make a deal with a Fate? (

Ooh, this is such a fun question. I want to say that I’d make a deal with a Fate because I think it would be interesting and exciting. But, I probably wouldn’t actually make a deal with a Fate because I know it never ends well. I’d most likely stay away from all things Fate and spend time seeing the wonders of the Magnificent North. I’d eat dragon roasted apples, hunt for enchanted books, look for mermaids in the ocean, and hopefully get in a little magical trouble, but not the kind that involves Fates.

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Which one of your characters do you relate to the most and why? Are there pieces of
yourself in both Evangeline and Jacks? (, me!)

There are always pieces of me in my heroines. I think Evangeline has a lot of my positivity and my optimism. I’m hopefully not like Jacks, but I will admit that I do relate to his character. I tend to hold onto things from the past, especially heartbreak, which is something that I have in common with the Prince of Hearts.

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Author » Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber is the #1  New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CARAVAL SERIES, which has been translated in over 25 languages. Her newest book, ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART, releases September 28, 2021.

When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading or watching television shows with vampires. Now that her dream of becoming a published author has come true, her new dream is to visit Club 33 at Disneyland.

7 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (Review + Author Interview!)

    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Thank you! I would highly recommend finishing the Caraval trilogy first! OUABH contains huge spoilers for Finale, and the original trilogy helps you understand Jacks way more than you would just meeting him for the first time in OUABH. I think that reading the trilogy before OUABH would ultimately give you a way better reading experience, even though you can *technically* read OUABH as a standalone story.

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      • Georgia @ Lost in Neverland says:

        Too late hahah! I’ve just finished OUABH and loved it! I do see what you mean regarding spoilers. I barely remember anything about Caraval but I never was bothered about the next two, but I think I enjoyed reading this more than Caraval, and it has made me want to finish the trilogy, and desperate for the sequel haha!

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