Not every love is meant to be.
After Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, betrays her, Evangeline Fox swears she’ll never trust him again. Now that she’s discovered her own magic, Evangeline believes she can use it to restore the chance at happily ever after that Jacks stole away.
But when a new terrifying curse is revealed, Evangeline finds herself entering into a tenuous partnership with the Prince of Hearts again. Only this time, the rules have changed. Jacks isn’t the only force Evangeline needs to be wary of. In fact, he might be the only one she can trust, despite her desire to despise him.
Instead of a love spell wreaking havoc on Evangeline’s life, a murderous spell has been cast. To break it, Evangeline and Jacks will have to do battle with old friends, new foes, and a magic that plays with heads and hearts. Evangeline has always trusted her heart, but this time she’s not sure she can…
The fiercely-anticipated sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Once Upon a Broken Heart, starring Evangeline Fox and the Prince of Hearts on a new journey of magic, mystery, and heartbreak.
“Happy endings can be caught, but they are difficult to hold on to. They are dreams that want to escape the night. They are treasure with wings. They are wild, feral, reckless things that need to be constantly chased, or they will certainly run away.”
Once again Rebecca Soler did an amazing job interpreting that story! She is Stephanie Garber and Marissa Meyer’s narrator and every time I listen to her books, it’s pure delight!
Now, what a ride!!!
The sequel starts right where “Once Upon a Broken Heart” ended: with Apollo in a coma or stasis and Evangeline trying to find a cure for him.
His successor, prince Lucian, is due to arrive any minute and Evangeline, for Apollo’s protection, is keeping his existence secret.
After Jacks’s betrayal, Evangeline is determined not to listen to one word coming from his mouth! He has manipulated her and she is so resentful and… a little bit heartbroken about it.
Only a second curse will be put on Apollo, endangering Evangeline’s life greatly. She has no choice but to partner with Jacks in the hope of finding a cure for that second curse.
In this book, Jacks reminded me of Kathy Perry’s song “Hot and Cold” because that’s what he truly was! One moment, he was so cold that I thought he didn’t care about Evangeline and the other, you’d think he would rip anyone’s head if they tried to touch only one of Evangeline’s hair!
“Jacks shot her a glare.
“Don’t look at me like that. I saw the way you looked when you arrived here with your arm around her shoulders.”
“How did I look?”
“Like you would kill for her.”
It gave me whiplash and was really well done!
That book is a race against the clock with plot twists aplenty and shocking revelations.
It’s still filled with magic, beautiful gowns, enchanted inns and tiny dragons. The universe is really a one of a kind, very imaginative , vivid with colors and characters coming in all shades of grey! From white to light grey, medium, dark grey to…no one is really black in fact! And that’s what I love in Stephanie’s stories: the nuances and the layers of her characters! Their flaws, hopes, dreams and mistakes!
I am still fervently fan of Evangeline, the girl who can’t help but hope for happy endings and who is so in love with stories. The girl who just wants to find her true love.
And Jacks, side character from Caraval, finally gets his story with this series! He is my favorite “villain” and I wish he could have his happy ending.
I really hope that these two will end together, one day, maybe, if there is a third book… Because they do are made for each other!
“In the morning, you can forget it. You can go back to pretending you don’t like me, and I can pretend that I don’t care. But for tonight, let me pretend you’re mine.”
Talking about ending… that ends!!!!!! It’s dramatic and inhuman! I hope there will be a third book so it’s a cliffhanger otherwise it would be a bitter ending!
Stephanie Garber once again succeeded in dazzling and enchanting me! This was read in record time!
Thanks for reading!