The Ballad of Never After

Flatiron. (Once Upon a Broken Heart: Bk. 2). Sept. 2022. 416p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250268426.
Gr 9 Up–This sequel to Once Upon a Broken Heart jumps right back into the action with Evangeline willing to go to desperate lengths to save Apollo. The only person she believes can help her is Jacks. She agrees to open the Valory Arch for him, but it’s not long before a new curse slows them down and puts Evangeline’s life in danger. Again, she’s faced with the decision—can she trust a Fate? And can they both get what they want? Nonstop adventure and multiple twists will keep fans turning pages, and the will-they-won’t-they nature of Jacks and Evangeline’s relationship will leave readers breathless. Unfortunately, Evangeline hasn’t grown much as a character, and her decisions are often frustrating. However, those who have yearned to return to this world won’t be disappointed. Another cliffhanger ending all but ensures more to come. Most characters cue white; a few have “olive” or darker skin.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of romance and fantasy, and where the first book was popular.

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