Monday, November 20, 2023

#Review - A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber #YA #Fantasy #Romance

Series: Once Upon a Broken Heart # 3
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Release Date: October 24, 2023
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance

Two villains, one girl, and a deadly battle for happily ever after.

Evangeline Fox ventured to the Magnificent North in search of her happy ending, and it seems as if she has it. She’s married to a handsome prince and lives in a legendary castle. But Evangeline has no idea of the devastating price she’s paid for this fairytale. She doesn’t know what she has lost, and her husband is determined to make sure she never finds out . . . but first he must kill Jacks, the Prince of Hearts.

Blood will be shed, hearts will be stolen, and true love will be put to the test in A Curse for True Love, the breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Once Upon A Broken Heart trilogy.

A Curse for True Love, by Stephanie Garber, is the third and final chapter in the authors Once Upon a Broken Heart trilogy. Key Characters: Evangeline Fox who left the Meridian Empire in search of answers to her questions and if true love was possible. Apollo, Prince of the Magnificent North who did everything he could to keep Evie from The Prince of Hearts. Jacks, the villain of the story, who has been searching for his fate love since the Caraval trilogy. 

The story begins with Evie having had her memories stolen by Apollo Acadian who blames everything on Jacks who tried to save her. The one thing that changes in this book, is that the author focuses on all three characters with separate narratives which gives the story more depth than before. For most of the story, Evie tries hard to find out what exactly happened to her. She is surrounded by people who know who she is, and what she did, and the fact that she freed people who were locked away for centuries.

Apollo is a sociopath. There I said it. For the most part, he claims that he will do whatever it takes to save her and protect her even though eventually he will have to pay the price for the magic he used to basically force her to be under his thumb. So, in order to make himself feel better, he blames Jacks for everything that happens, including heinous crimes done to an innocent family, and therefore, Jacks becomes a wanted man. Not like Jacks is going to get caught up in his machinations. 

Here in the north, there is a curse where every single fairytale is cursed. Some stories cant be written, while other stories can't leave the north. Every tale starts with actual history, but the curse twists the story until it is no longer the truth. Even though Jacks saved Evie's life in the last book, he is a villain because Apollo decides to write the story his way. If Evie can somehow find her memories and discover the truth before she is killed by people who want to see her dead, maybe she can write her own happy ending and decide who she wants that happy ending to be with. 

*Thoughts* I feel as though I am repeating myself in these reviews. Even though Evangeline is a good person, she makes the dumbest mistakes ever over and over. As Evangeline is trying to figure out her reality and to gain her memories back, Apollo comes to terms with what and who he really is. And that person is not a good person by any stretch. He is a villain who time and time again claims he is protecting Evangeline, only for something to happen where someone else ::hint hint:: once again has to save her. I am not going to nit pick over the ending. Was it maybe rushed? Could be. Was the ending what I had hoped for? Yeah, but there is still more that could have been addressed like whether Aurora can be redeemed. Lastly, I think the author could have used more chapters from Jacks perspective. He really earns his place as both a hero and a villain.


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