Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius


Title: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

Author: Kimberly Karalius

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Fallon Dupree is just as excited as any other student starting high school. Everyone can’t wait to get their love fortunes. The love fortunes are ALWAYS right. When Fallon receives her fortune stating that she will never acquire true love, she is devastated. In an attempt to prove her love fortune wrong, she joins a group of people who also received negative fortunes to get to the bottom of the love fortunes.

We have some wonderful relationships! No instalove! Bonus points! The side relationships were also super adorable and it wasn’t hard to become invested in the  side relationships, even though it wasn’t the main focus of the story. Each character had such lovely development and depth, which added to the story beautifully.

What a charming and unique book! I loved the feel that the town of Grimbaud possessed. The town is beautifully depicted and I have no trouble picturing Grimbaud in all its glory! Seriously, it this was a real town, I would visit it in a heartbeat! While slightly slow in some parts, this was quite the enjoyable read. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is a delightful contemporary with a sparkling dash of magic!

4 out of 5 stars

Meet The Author


If you gave her a wish bone, Kimberly 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.

LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS (Swoon Reads/Macmillan May 2015) is her debut novel.


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