10 Exciting Books like Once Upon a Broken Heart

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Evangeline Fox has loved Luc Navarro for as long as she can remember, her one true love. But when she finds out he is set to marry another, her step-sister, Marisol, in a whirlwind engagement, everything she knows falls apart. Heartbroken and betrayed, Evangeline is would do anything to stop their union and make sense of what’s happened.

So, she makes a deal with the Prince of Hearts. But these deals never come for free and Evangeline agrees to give the prince three kisses in the time and place of his choosing.

However, she soon realises she is just a pawn in a game that the Prince of Hearts is playing, far bigger and far more dangerous than she ever thought. Caught up in this world of magic and the Fates, Evangeline is putting everything at risk for a chance at true love with Luc.

But the more she is around Jacks, the greater the tension between the pair is and Evangeline questions whether her and Luc are truly the perfect match she first believed they were.

If you have already devoured the masterpiece that is Once Upon a Broken Heart, you may be looking for a book like it to pick up next. In that case, look no further as I have ten recommended books similar to Once Upon a Broken Heart for readers of all kinds!

10 Books like Once Upon a Broken Heart

A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer

This is a perfect alternative book to Once Upon a Broken Heart which matches the novel with its whimsical tones and fairytale-esque settings. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling set between the fictitious realm of Emberfall and the streets of Washington, DC.

After attempting to save a woman from being kidnapped in the streets of Washington, DC, Harper is suddenly pulled from the world she knows and unceremoniously dropped into a magical realm in which she finds herself a prisoner of Prince Rhen.

Rhen has been cursed to relive the autumn of his eighteenth birthday until he finds true love. Every season in which he does not fall in love, he turns into a monster that ravages the castle and the surrounding kingdom.

As Harper and Rhen spend more time together, there is increasing hope that the curse will be lifted.

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Twin Crowns, by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

Rose and Wren are twins, although they have never met. Rose has grown up preparing for her life as Queen, unaware of her sister that yearns for the crown herself.

Growing up in a hidden village among other witches, Wren and her grandmother, Banba, have worked towards stealing the crown from her unknowing sister and bringing magic back to their kingdom.

With a little help, Wren kidnaps Rose and takes her place, ready to reveal her true witch identity once crowned. Rose is introduced to the witches that could have been her family in another life and is forced to unlearn her hatred of magic.

As the coronation day looms, it soon seems that neither twin will get the chance to take the crown as other forces are at play.

A beautiful novel of family and sisterhood, intertwined with wonderous magic, Twin Crowns is perfect for readers!

Serpent and Dove, by Shelby Mauhrin

Cesarine is a place where magic does not thrive. Its citizens are terrified of the magic and witches are burned by the Chasseurs; a group of soldiers sworn to the church who will do anything to see witches die out.

Louise Le Blanc is a witch, hiding her magic and identity from all those in Cesarine and beyond after fleeing her coven after they planned to sacrifice her. Suddenly, Lou finds herself engaged to be married to Reid Diggory, one of the best chasseurs of his time.

Married to someone who would see her dead if he knew the truth, Lou forces herself to ignore her growing feelings for Reid.

An action-packed and fabulous novel, Serpent and Dove is the perfect next read after Once Upon a Broken Heart!

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Lightlark, by Alex Aster

Isla has prepared her whole life for the deadly Centennial. A game in which the rulers of the six realms are invited to play where each has the chance to break the awful curses that plague their people and land.

To break the curses, one ruler must die. Isla, as ruler of the Wildings, would do anything to stop the suffering of her people who are dying out after being cursed to kill anyone they fall in love with.

With the fate of her realm resting on her shoulders, Isla must do unimaginable and dangerous things to win, including keeping her heart safe from the other rulers.

Lightlark is a book of pure magic that readers of Once Upon a Broken Heart will love!

Into the Crooked Place, by Alexandra Christo

Much like in Once Upon a Broken Heart, Into the Crooked Place allows readers to follow characters on a high-stakes quest through magical and mysterious places.

Tavia, Saxony, Karam and Wesley aren’t known for being on the straight and narrow but the four must navigate the city of Creije when a vial of dark magic is handed over to the wrong person and the world as they know it is threatened out of existence.

As they learn more about the issue at hand, they learn more about one another and begin to question whether they can even trust one another.

A tumultuous and exciting story of friendship and betrayal, pick up this novel now!

Sorcery of Thorns, by Margaret Rogerson

Elisabeth was raised under the roof of the Austermeer’s Great Libraries so the rattling chains and thuds of grimoires under lock and key aren’t so surprising to her. It is common knowledge that sorcery is an evil thing and if let loose, the grimoires can transform into terrifying monsters.

Planning on training as a warden of the libraries, Elisabeth will protect the realm from the danger of the grimoires and keep them under lock and key. But when an act of sabotage occurs and a grimoire is let loose to wreak havoc, Elisabeth is somehow implicated in the crime.

Transported to the capital to stand trial for her offence, she gets tangled up in a dark conspiracy deeper than a single loose grimoire.

Turning to the sorcerer Nathaniel and his demon servant for help, she begins to question everything she knew about magic, her kingdom and its long history. Sorcery of Thorns is the perfect book to pick up after you’re done with Once Upon a Broken Heart.

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

Celia and Marco have been trained in the magical arts since youth to duel one another when the time is right after their mentors make a bet about who can sculpt the better magician.

However, the two fall in love but unbeknownst to them, this bet leaves only one alive.

The game is set against the backdrop of the Le Cirque des Reves, a unique and seductive circus where magic lies at the centre.

The Night Circus is a spellbinding book similar to Once Upon a Broken Heart that will have readers reeling.

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Everless, by Sara Holland

In Sempera, time is currency. Given and taken for food and drinks and belongings, the rich live long whilst the poor die young.

The Gerlings are part of the rich aristocracy and no one hates them more than Jules. Years ago, Jules and her father were once servants for the family before an accident sent them fleeing in the dead of night.

Now, her father is dying so Jules must return to their estate to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

A haunting yet magical story, Everless is a great book like Once Upon a Broken Heart for readers.

Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns is a book where the characters are caught up in a game that started long before they were born and in which they are not fully aware of the entire truth.

On Fennbirn Island, a set of triplets is born in each generation — all with equal right to the crown. Each born with a magical power, they are raised to fight to the death in a battle for the throne.

Each girl has a different power and is raised by those who possess that power to train them. Mirabella has elemental powers; Arsinoe is a naturalist; Katharine has the powers of a poisoner.

But strange things are afoot and this battle of the triplets may change the future of Fennbirn for good.

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

For newer fans of Once Upon a Broken Heart, the best recommendation I have is Garber’s other series, Caraval!

Set in the same world as Once Upon a Broken Heart, this is where Jacks’ story begins and is the perfect novel for more context as well as magic and love!

Since she was young, Scarlett has yearned to be invited to the performance of Caraval. Now, her chance is taken away when her cruel father arranges a marriage to an awful man. But after years of writing and begging, her invitation finally arrives.

Scarlett is whisked away to Caraval with her sister, Tella, who is soon kidnapped and announced the prize of the game. Scarlett must find Tella in Caraval or her sister might disappear forever.

Have you already read this novel? Check out our list of books similar to Caraval!

Books like Once Upon a Broken Heart are fairytales for a modern audience. Melancholic and whimsical yet full of tension and high stakes, the books above are amazing reads I highly recommend for all types of readers.

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Charlotte is a writer for Books Like This One. She studied drama and writing for performance and enjoys reading romance, literary fiction and young adult novels. Some of her favourite authors include Donna Tartt and Leigh Bardugo. Read more from Charlotte

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