ARC Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius !!!

Posted May 6, 2015 by Nori in Book Reviews / 6 Comments

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
Kimberly Karalius
Release Date: 05/12/2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Received From: Danielle @ Love at First Page
Synopsis:

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?


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If you’re looking for a sweet, cute contemporary novel filled with a little bit of friendship, magic, and fun revenge, this is the book for you! I was honestly surprised by just how cute Love Fortunes and Other Disasters was. After reading the synopsis, I was intrigued, but I wasn’t completely hooked. So, you might be wondering how/why I decided to read it. To answer your question, I will go backwards in time to when Danielle (Love at First Page) had a Twitter giveaway and I was one of the winners! I saw that this was one of the ARCs to pick and I decided to give it a try. I am very glad that I decided to read it, and am thankful to Danielle for the amazing giveaway.

From the very beginning, I was hooked on Love Fortunes and Other Disasters. First of all, I loved all of the characters. I was very impressed by how relatable they all were, especially because all of them had flaws and got into situations where the best response was a shrug and…”oops?” Well, maybe those exact words weren’t said, but there were a couple of awkward moments where they did something reckless or something that wasn’t exactly smart. Also, their names were gorgeous and extremely unique. Fallon, Anais, Nico, Camille, I loved them all!

Now, with the title being Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, I’m sure that you are wondering about the romance in this book. Yes, there was some romance, but it wasn’t the typical romance. Also, there was a love triangle, and it did include a girl and two boys, but…the love triangle wasn’t typical. It’s a different pairing- a pairing that is uncommon to see, but I hope to see more in the future. It was nice to see a YA book where this type of triangle was included. I don’t want to say any more than that, for fear of spoilers, but hopefully you can read between the lines. 😉

Overall I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.5/5 stars! I highly recommend this one.

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6 responses to “ARC Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius !!!

  1. I was so intrigued by this books’ quirky summary and the lovely adorable cover, so I preordered it! I’m glad to hear that you loved it, and even more if the love triangle is the kind that I think I’m reading between the lines about! Perfect summer reading I hope!
    Great review, Nori!

  2. I have seen this book around but like you – I haven’t been too intrigued. But it seems like this is a pretty nice contemporary novel after all and I really like the sound of it. Also, the names of all the characters sound wonderful ^^

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