Stephanie Garber Books: 2 YA Fantasy Series to Obsess Over

Stephanie Garber Books
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Stephanie Garber is the New York Times best-setting author of two YA fantasy series that are a must-read for any fantasy lover. There is a reason Stephanie Garber books are so popular. They have everything you could want from a fantasy book and more.

Garber’s first book, Caraval, was the book that started it all. This is the first book in a trilogy that was absolutely unforgettable. The Once Upon a Broken Heart series is her second series that will be concluded with its final book this month. We have all the info for all of Stephanie Garber’s amazing fantasy series and we hope that there are many more to come.

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Stephanie Garber Books

Caraval Series

  1. Caraval (2017)
  2. Legendary (2018)
  3. Finale (2019)

Once Upon a Broken Heart Series

  1. Once Upon a Broken Heart (2021)
  2. Ballad of Never After (2022)
  3. Curse For True Love (2023)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Worth the hype or overrated?

Caraval Series Book Reviews

The Caraval series is a three-book young adult fantasy series. The first book in the trilogy begins with Caraval. Scarlett Dragna is chosen for once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in Caraval, a game and performance where nothing is as it seems.

In the follow-up book, Legendary, Scarlett’s sister Tella is the center of the story as we once again enter the world of Caraval. This time, Tella is looking for answers related to her past and once again must complete in Caraval.

In the last book of the trilogy, the sisters have to confront their destiny as they try to unravel the mysteries of the game and the truth about their pasts. I do not want to give too much of the plot away. With this series, you must read the books in order or you will not understand the plot of the second and third books.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

When it comes to YA Fantasy books, this one is a classic. The story begins with letters from Scarlett to Legend, the leader of Caraval- a game played once a year in a far-off destination.

Every year, every time it is played, the game is different. Filled with magic and wonder, Scarlet plays this destination-based competition to win this year’s prize – her sister Tella – before anyone else can. This is a game filled with magic where the stakes become higher the longer Scarlet plays.

Why We Love It: This is the first book in a three-part series that gets better and more complex with each new book. This series of YA fantasy romance books is a must-read.
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Legendary (Caraval Series #2) by Stephanie Garber

Donatella and Scarlett have come out of Caraval alive but are not ready when they discover that the games have just begun. This story focuses on Tella who is determined to find out the truth about her mother.

She enters the game to win a wish and discover where she can find her mother. Tella must also deliver the name of the Caraval Master Legend. But, in order to do that, she will have to enter the game one more time.

Tella also forms an alliance with Dante. Like the first book in the Caraval series, you will never guess the characters’ motivations.


Finale (Caraval Series #3) by Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber Books are YA fantasy at its finest with characters you love to hate and plot twists you never see coming. This is the third and final book in the Caraval Series.

Caraval is over but the fates were freed from the deck of cards. Tella discovers that the man she fell in love with does not really exist and her world turns upside down. She races to discover the truth about her mother, the fallen star’s curse, and the truth about Caraval.

This is an unforgettable ending to an unforgettable series/

Once Upon a Broken Heart Series Review

This series is the second series written by Stephanie Garber. The Third book in the series, A Curse for True Love, will be published on October 24, 2023.

In the first book in the series, we are introduced to Evangeline, who makes a deal with Jacks. She does not know what she’s getting herself into and she promises him three kisses and exchange for her wish.

The second book in the Once Upon a Broken Heart series ends in a total cliffhanger that has had me waiting to read the third book for a year. I do not want to give too much of the plot away but, Evanagline has cursed herself and must rely on Jacks to undo the curse, despite promising to never trust him again. We recommend that if you are reading Stephanie Garber books, you read each series in the order of publication

Once Upon a Broken Heart Series

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Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Just when I thought that nothing could top the Caraval series, Stephanie Garber wrote this book.  This YA fantasy romance book will not disappoint her die-hard fans and for those who have never read Caraval, you can fall in love for the first time.  I absolutely loved this book.

Evangeline Fox was raised in her father’s curiosity shop where she grew up learning about the legends.  When Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry her stepsister, she offers the prince of hearts anything in exchange for stopping the wedding.  This deal takes Evangeline to the North where the real adventure begins.

The Prince of Hearts has plans for Evangaline but, throughout the story, we can never fully guess his intentions. This first book in the Once Upon a Broken Heart Series will leave you wanting much more.

If you love Stephanie Garber books, this series is NOT to be missed.

The Ballad of the Never after and more goodreads choice awards 2022 books

Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart Series #2) by Stephanie Garber

This is the second book in the New York Times best-selling YA fantasy series. Jacks has betrayed Evangaline for the last time and she swears that she will never trust him again. But now, Evangeline finds herself cursed and must rely on Jacks to help her try and break the curse.

Stephanie Garber never fails to write a YA fantasy novel that is unputdownable. Beware the ending. I cannot believe I have to wait to find out what happens because there is no way this story is over. This was a must on our list of ultimate beach reads 2023. Gifted by PRH Audio

A Curse for True Love

A Curse for True Love by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Plot: I have already pre-ordered this pick from the fall 2023 new release books. This YA Fantasy is the third book in the Once Upon a Broken Heart series. Evangaline Fox has what she always wanted, her fairytale castle and prince. However, she cannot remember what she lost and her husband is going to make sure that she never remembers Jacks.

Do you have to read Caraval before Once Upon a Broken Heart?

No. While we love both series and recommend reading both the Caraval series and the Once Upon a Broken Heart series, you don’t NEED to read either one first.
There are references to some of the characters from Caraval in Once Upon a Broken Heart and some back story that is helpful. However, you can read the two series in any order.

Will there be a fourth Caraval book?

Unfortunately, there are no plans for a fourth Caraval book. But, if you have not read the Once Upon a Broken Heart Series, it is amazing and will not disappoint and YA fantasy reader.

Is Caraval appropriate for a 13-year-old?

Yes. The Caraval Series is a young adult fantasy that is recommended for ages 13-18. We think that the entire series is perfect for anyone ages 13 and up.

What book should I read after the Caraval Series?

If you are looking for a book to read when you are done with the Caraval series, you should read other Stephanie Garber books like the Once Upon a Broken Heart Series.

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