Friday, January 20, 2023

The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber - ESSENTIAL

The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) by Stephanie Garber
. 416 pages. Flatiron Books, 2022. $20 

Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG-13 (bloody death) 



Evangeline has sworn to never trust Jacks again. She has her own magic now, and she intends to use it to restore a happily ever after that does not include a certain fated Prince of Hearts. Unfortunately, things rarely go the way Evangeline plans them, and when a certain terrifying new curse is revealed she will have no other choice than to work with Jacks. However, things are different this time and Evangeline wonders if Jacks is the only person she can trust. To break the spell, the two will have to fight new foes as well as threats appearing from the past and, most of all, a dangerous magic that plays with heads and hearts. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, reading it in a single sitting! I liked it even better than the first! The plot is well-paced and intriguing, the characters well developed and likeable, and the writing is immersive and simply magical! The only disappointment is that the next book isn't out yet! 

Sierra Finlinson 

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