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?
Okay, so I’ve gotta be a little truthful here. Thing is, I only picked this novel up because I LOVED the cover! Yes, I so did that. Even though it’s a reading faux pas. But, how can you not? This is such a beautiful, beautiful cover. I fell in love. It was love at first sight. Really, it was.
And, I’m so glad I did. Because, the story is even better than the cover. Yes, it is. No, I’m not lying. I promise. I absolutely, completely adored it! It is so, so beautiful. And different. I can safely say that I have never read a story quite like this. Which is why reading this story makes me all sorts of happy.
This is the story of a girl who is supposedly fated to never have love in her life and how she fights the obstacles in her determination to prove that wrong. She makes friends along the way and does actually fall in love. The only question is, will the one she loves, love her back? Because, it is as good as set in stone that her love shall never be requited.
I must say, I absolutely, absolutely love the dialogue in this story. It’s so beautiful and heartwarming to read such amazing, amazing words. I really, really love it.
This was literally my reaction every few minutes into the book because I just loved, loved, loved what was happening. I just absolutely adore this. I cannot stress it enough. There aren’t words enough in the English language to tell you how much I LOVE THIS! ❤
It is just so, so amazing. From the plot to the setting and the character and the scenes and then the dialogue and everything else that you can think of is amazing. It’s amazingly written. With a plot so engaging, the amazing writing only adds so much more to an already amazing story. Kim is a phenomenal writer. I mean it. She could take the most mundane of plots and make it interesting, is what I feel.
I think that this story is kickass. Like totally, completely, amazingly kickass. It is just so, so amazing. It’s super duper kickass. It seriously is.
Now, coming to the characters. We’ll start with Fallon. She’s the cutesy girl next door who is super excited to start high school and who’s looking forward to finding the love of her life using a love charm just like the rest of her family has been doing for generations.
But, of course, stuff doesn’t go the way she’s planned and she ends up with a fortune that pretty much dooms her love life forever. But, Fallon isn’t ready to leave love to chance. Not at all. She believes that it’s her life and her choice and she makes her life, not some piece of paper. So, of course, she rebels.
Her character is really, really well written. It’s complex and straightforward and uptight and cool and relaxed and confident and self doubting all rolled into one. She’s smart and she’s determined. She’s unafraid and she loves the heck out of her friends and family. She’s always there for them when needed. She’s always there to lend a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen when her friends talk to her about their lives and whatever issues they may be having. She has such an amazing heart. She’s kind and beautiful and pretty and loving and just so, so great.
Her character just makes you feel so nice when you read her.
When you talk about Sebastian, well there are no freakin’ shit words. I LOVE HIM. I ADORE HIM. HE IS AMAZING. It was just so, so , so amazing to read him and see him come to life on page. It really, really was. Taking him on face value, he may come off as a dick and a player and a douchebag. But, as you get to know him, you unearth so many layers of this one boy. He’s sweet and kind and loving and really, really lonely. It makes my heartbreak on reading about him. He just needs a hug. A HUGE HUG and someone telling him that they love him because he is an amazing person. He is. He really is. He’s so, so, so freaking smashing. He is such a gem of a person. I love him. I love how his story unfolds in the book and how he comes out of everything that is wrong in his life.
There aren’t enough words to tell you how much I love him. But, I’m gonna try. So, what I’m gonna tell Sebastian if I ever get a chance to meet him, I’m gonna ask him to marry me. Straight up. I promise. That is how much I love him.
But, it’s not just the main characters who are so amazing in this story. All the supporting characters are equally well written. They’re so perfect. Their presence in the story is not ancillary and they’re also important to plot and take the story forward. That is something that I really, really like. Like, it’s not just the MCs who are important and doing all the work, but the side characters have a chance to shine. And that, is very much appreciated.
All in all this book is all sorts of amazing and you have to, have to, have to read it! I am just about to start the sequel and I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT!
In Kimberly Karalius’s First Kisses and Other Misfortunes, two boys discover that true love is harder than it looks, even in the charming town of Grimbaud, in this lovely novella from the author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters.
Nico is worried. Again. After freeing Martin from the illegal love charms of his evil ex-girlfriend, Nico was sure that their love would be the perfect romance he’d been waiting for. But it’s been months and Nico’s still waiting for his first kiss. Between Martin’s dedication to student government and Nico’s responsibilities at his family’s tourism business, there’s been no time for romance or kisses. Fortunately, the Canal Festival is coming up and like all Grimbaud events, it will be filled with romance…especially the Water Parade, Nico’s favorite part. And this year, Nico will be the captain of his own small boat! It’s the perfect opportunity for a romantic (and hopefully kiss-filled) date with his boyfriend. There’s just one small problem: Martin is afraid of drowning. Will Nico’s dreams of a romantic first kiss be sunk before they are even launched?
Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita’s love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita’s place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.
Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri’s life. Concerned that it’s favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box…literally.
Get ready to be charmed by this magical, quirky sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius.
Kimberly Karalius is the author of LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS and its forthcoming sequel LOVE CHARMS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES (May 2016). If you gave her a wish bone, she would wish fervently for snow in Florida. Her love for 90s cartoons (or any cartoons, really) knows no bounds. She might be the only person you know who can be completely engrossed in watching silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently.
Kimberly holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Luna Station Quarterly, The Medulla Review, and Hogglepot. Her chapbook, POCKET FOREST, was published by Deathless Press in August 2013.
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