Once Upon A Broken Heart (Once Upon A Broken Heart #1): Review

About the Book:

Title: Once Upon A Broken Heart 

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books 

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

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.55987278

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…
 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

A book filled with all the magic that I’ve come to expect from Stephanie Garber! An enchanting fairytale filled with whimsy, characters you won’t soon forget, and twists and turns you won’t be expecting. This book had me enthralled from start to finish.

Evangeline Fox grew up in her father’s curiosity shop where she learned about fairytales and wishes and the immortals, including the unfortunate Prince of Hearts. She knows that he has powers, that his kiss is worth dying for, and that making a bargain with him probably won’t end very well.

When Evangeline finds out that the love of her life is set to marry another, out of desperation, she pays a visit to the Prince of Hearts. She offers him whatever he wants, if only he’ll stop the wedding. The prince asks for Evangeline to collect three kisses as payment, and she acquiesces. After Evangeline’s first vowed kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants a lot more from her than she has promised. He has much bigger plans for Evangeline that could end in either her ultimate happily ever after, or her most delicious tragedy.

Evangeline has become a new favorite character of mine! She has such tenacity, and I admire her so much for it. Despite her mistakes, you can’t help but root for her! Jacks (The Prince of Hearts) is his delectably wicked and utterly charming self. He’s definitely everything you want in a villain. He’s both cold and calculating, and witty and full of snark. I also enjoyed seeing a vulnerable side to him that I hadn’t seen as much of before.

The glittering and entrancing Once Upon A Broken Heart is the perfect story for fantasy and fairytale loving fans! This series can be read without reading the Caraval series, but I feel that reading it first definitely adds to the experience. Prepare yourself for an otherworldly adventure, that just may take a piece of your heart!

About the Author:

Stephanie Garber is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of the Caraval series and her upcoming Once Upon A Broken Heart. Her books are published in over thirty languages.images

Dreams Lie Beneath: Review

About the Book:

Title: Dreams Lie Beneath 

Author: Rebecca Ross 

Publisher: Quill Tree Books

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Pages: 496

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Synopsis:

Perfect for readers of The Hazel Wood and The Night Circus, this lush and layered story about magic and the captivating power of dreams is delivered with acclaimed author Rebecca Ross’s signature exquisite style.download (18)

A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.
 

 

 

 

 

Review:

5

*I received an arc of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross is a spellbinding tale that will leave you completely bewitched! The realm of Azenor and the utterly beguiling Clementine Madigan will capture your heart. Perfect for fans of A Sorcery of Thorns, do yourself a favor and preorder this standalone now. Ross pulled me in right from the start with her beautiful writing. Such a unique and magical world that will stay with me.

There’s a curse that plagues Azenor. During each new moon, magic flows from the mountain and brings peoples worst nightmares to life. The only thing that can stand between people and their terrible dreams are magicians, who serve as territory wardens. 

Clementine Madigan is a magician in training and plans to take over as warden of her small town, Hereswith, when her father, also a magician, steps down. As Clementine is preparing for her new roll, two young magicians come to challenge her for the position and she finds herself drawn into a conflict that is at least a century old. Clementine suffers a devastating loss and vengeance becomes her motivation. On her quest for revenge, she is forced to become closer to Phelan, one of those young magicians she met, and things begin to come to light that they never could have imagined. She must unite with her rival to fight the curse, which seems to be unfurling all around her. 

A book that I loved from start to finish, and perfect for fantasy lovers. I’m so grateful that I was able to read an early copy. Coming November 2, 2021 from Quill Tree Books.

About the author:

Rebecca Ross writes fantasy novels for teens and adults. She lives in the Appalachian foothills of Northeast Georgia with her husband, lively Australian Shepherd, and an endless pile of books. THE QUEEN’S RISING, THE QUEEN’S RESISTANCE, SISTERS OF SWORD & SONG, and DREAMS LIE BENEATH are her titles for young adult readers. A RIVER ENCHANTED is her adult fantasy debut, publishing February 15, 2022 with a sequel to follow. When not writing, she can be found reading or in her garden, where she grows wildflowers and story ideas. Find her on Instagram @beccajross or online at www.rebeccarossauthor.com.6nvcov73iutm8og51qhs57v841._SY600_

Rebecca is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media.

Cover Reveal: The City of Veils

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About the Book

The City of Veils

Series: Princess Vigilante #1

Author: S. Usher Evans 
Publisher: Sun’s Golden Ray

Publishing Date: April 16, 2019
Genres: YA Fantasy

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For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she’s captured by Felix, the captain of the king’s guard, and told a shocking truth: her father and brother are dead, and she needs to hang up her mask and become queen.

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Before long, she negotiates a deal with Felix: attend to her royal duties during the day and continue her vigilante mission to take out Lord Beswick at night – at least until her coronation. But the politics of Forcadel are as volatile as the streets, and Brynna isn’t sure whom she can trust in the castle. With two royals dead in less than a month, she must use all her wits to make sure she isn’t the third.
The City of Veils is the first book in the Princess Vigilante trilogy, an epic YA Fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath. It will be released by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 16, 2019.
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About S. Usher Evans

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S. Usher Evans was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. After a decade of fighting bureaucratic battles as an IT consultant in Washington, DC, she suffered a massive quarter-life-crisis. She decided fighting dragons was more fun than writing policy, so she moved back to Pensacola to write books full-time. She currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit, and frequently can be found plotting on the beach.

Evans is the author of the Demon Spring Trilogy, the Razia Series, the Madion War Trilogy, the Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, and Empath.

For the latest on where S. Usher Evans is going to be, check out her upcoming appearances.

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