Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree's 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...

Details Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

TitleLove Fortunes and Other Disasters
Release DateMay 12th, 2015
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fantasy

Reviews Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    More reviews and bookish fun at Deadly Darlings!If I was asked to describe this book in one word, my immediate answer would be cute. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters just exploded with cute. It was cuteness overload.Despite being written in third person POV, I found it easy to sympathize and empathize with Fallon. She may seem a bit juvenile and childish at first, but as the story progressed, her determination and faith shone. And after a few ch...
  • Maureen
    Booktubeathon 2017 book number FOUR!Possibly a 2.5/5 stars I enjoyed this book for the most part. The concept is super interesting and the integration of magic and charms is fun and unique. However, the plot felt a little disjointed. I guess it all made sense but it just didn't fit well together for me. The pacing was definitely not totally there and it saved a lot of the major plot points for the last 30 pages. BUT the characters were great and ...
  • Giselle
    An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review.What a cute imaginative world! I can't even imagine a little town that was obsessed with love like this. The setting and backdrop was probably one of my favourite creative aspects of the story. Grimbaud is a vital part of the story and I love how detailed Kimberly Karalius weaved the little town in the story. It's almost like it was a set character to admire and love. Not only was t...
  • Mel
    Not going to lie, this book was featured in a cover contest (I think in June) and I voted for it because it was CUTE. Then later that same day I went to the bookstore and saw the book and bought it on a whim. So glad I did because the cover is GORGEOUS and the book is SO DAMN CUTE!!!Anyone who knows me, or who has read my reviews, knows that YA contemporary isn't really my thing. I like a few, but I have a difficult time just reading a cute roman...
  • Ashley Daviau
    When I picked this up I was expecting a cute, cheesy love story and that's exactly what I got. I was pleasantly surprised though because this book was definitely more than a cute, cheesy love story! I loved the elements of magic and charms that were added in, they added an extra element to the story that I quite enjoyed! I also really loved the concept of Grimbaud and the love fortunes, it was unlike anything I've read before. I grew really attac...
  • Jennifer
    Very cute story with a unique setting! In the town of Grimbaud everyone goes to the love shop to get their fortune for the year. Fallon is excited for hers since her family has a history of falling in love early. She expects a high school experience filled with love and romance. Heck her mom is basically already planning her wedding! But her fortune looks like that may never happen. The fortune of one of her friends doesn't look so good either. T...
  • Annamaria
    "Fallon Dupree was fascinated by people in love. She noticed how easily some couples fit together like puzzle pieces, fingers laced, matching smiles, and the same small, deliberate strides."If you follow my reviews you'll know that I'm not very fond of romances, I feel like our literature is oversaturated with it and you end up not really caring in the least because why caring for two people falling in love when their being in love is as cliché ...
  • Adira
    Do you remember that one scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where Ron gets drugged by a love potion by mistake and almost dies? This book is like an expanded version of that scene.That being said, I really enjoyed this book more than I assumed I would. This book deals heavily with magical realism and hints at a setting that is reminiscent of Amsterdam or some other city in Holland. The characters in the story are fighting against a ...
  • Sophia Sardothien
    official rating 2.5 This book was unique and sweet, the premise is unlike anything I've ever read. However it's so super cheesy, and the plot was a bit plain. I would have also appreciated this book even more if the friendship and family love was presented and shown. But overall a decent read.
  • Debby
    2 starsWhen I head about Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, three main things convinced me to pick it up: that adorable illustrated cover, the fun and quirky premise, and the promise of a hate-to-love romance. For all intents and purposes, this should have been the perfect book for me. But somehow, it ended up being something completely different.Love Fortunes and Other Disasters tells the tale of the town called Grimbaud, where love fortunes, ch...
  • rachel
    Since marathoning both Karole Cozzo and Sandy Hall’s books in the past two months, I was eager to see what else Swoons Reads had to offer. When I heard that Love Fortunes and Other Disaster was set in the sort of light-hearted, whimsical fantasy world I’ve recently discovered I adore, I knew I had to grab a copy. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite hit the mark for me. My biggest problem with this story was that there were far too many mom...
  • Catherine Tinker
    I got to read this in manuscript form on SwoonReads last summer, and this week Swoon graced me with an ARC. I'll post a more thorough review closer to the release date, but I can confirm that this book is indeed even cuter on the inside.Set in the sort of whimsical world I tried often to write in 11th grade but most often had more success just reblogging pictures of on tumblr, all types of love are covered: romantic love, friend love, family love...
  • Wendy Darling
    The idea is cute, and so is the narrative voice. But it felt a little scattered, and most of the focus is on the convoluted love charm, which is hardly the most interesting part--I found myself pretty bored with what was going on. A shame, because the two ill-fated lovers are kind of cute. (view spoiler)[Although the boy really needs to stop smirking! STOP IT, JUST STOP IT. (hide spoiler)] Slight, but cute. Read the first half or so, skimmed a bi...
  • Karole Cozzo
    Stuck in the doldrums of a gloomy winter that simply refuses to end, what an absolute pleasure it’s been to escape to the world of Grimbaud and the sweet, charming, and imaginative story Karalius has woven there! Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is an adorable fairy tale for modern times, a refreshing story unlike anything I’ve recently read. Karalius’ writing is strong and sound, her plot well-developed – once the story really hit its s...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    "This place was magic.It deserved to be free as much as they all did,destroying Zita’s fortunes forever.She closed her eyes and pictured Grimbaud’s many cobblestones and cafés, the Tunnel of Love,the belfry, canals, footbridges,and the whitewashed walls of the villas.“We’re going to save you,” she whispered." This book is extremely interesting and unique.The main characters are great,Fallon is a fantastic lady and Sebastian is such a c...
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** I feel like it has been so, so long since I have had a 5 star book read. But I am super happy to add Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius to my list of favorite 5 star books. This book made my heart smile. It got a little hairy and crazy at the end and I almost took .5 stars off my review rating, and then I about slapped myself. (That is a case of o...
  • ReadWriteLove28
    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 P...
  • Christine Alibutud
    Okay, before anything else, I'd like to enumerate the top two things that I absolutely liked about this book.1. The cover. Isn't it just the cutest? I am a huge sucker for cutesy covers and this one just takes the cake.2. The storyline. It's whimsical. It's magical. It's fanciful. It's all about love. The people in the book really do take love do I. *cue cheeky face* So, the plot---me likey.Okay, moving on from those two things, th...
  • Cassie
    I received this book/ARC from Macmillan Teen as a first reads reviewer on Goodreads. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Magic realism. Fate. Charms. A quirky heroine. A town infatuated with the fortunes of love. And a love to die for. This book left me giddy and wanting more shenanigans in the town of Grimbaud. For a while, my thoughts of Kimberly Karalius's novel could only be described in short phrases and words, and I still do not think I can...
  • Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads)
    Book: Love Fortunes and Other DisastersAuthor: Kimberly KaraliusFinished Reading: May 25, 2015 (Monday)Favorite Quote/s & Line/s:-"I don't want this to be the end. If I can find love somehow, some way, I want to take it." page 32-"Life is about making mistakes. If you don't take chances, blindfolded and frightened as you are, you're not really living, are you? Heartache makes you stronger. Misery is the stuff of good poetry." page 37-"There's not...
  • Nicis
    So cute!Por algún motivo este lugar tan peculiar en que se desarrolla la historia me recordó a "La grieta blanca" aunque acá no hablamos de colores sino de lo importante que es el amor (y conocer su fortuna en él) para todas las personas que viven ahí.Muchos clichés y totalmente teenager pero divertido, sencillo y rápido de leer... además la portada es demasiado bonita
  • Jamila
    Simply lovely!
  • Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
    Boricuan Bookworms- Book Reviews “You could try me out sometime, you know, with the dating thing.” His tone was teasing. “Who knows? We could fall in love.”This story is all kinds of cute! It’s set in a very quirky town where charms and predictions and magic are an every day occurrence. Every year they congregate in Zita’s Love Charms Shop to get a prediction about their love lives (which always comes true).I really enjoyed this book...
  • Tanja Voosen
    Ich wollte dieses Buch UNBEDINGT haben und war super glücklich, als ich es von einer lieben Freundin (danke, Feyza!) geschenkt bekommen habe. Das süße Cover und der Klappentext schrien förmlich - TANJA, LIES MICH! Das Buch konnte mich aber kaum von sich überzeugen. Dabei ist das Konzept echt innovativ, das muss man der Autorin zu gute halten. In einer Kleinstadt sind die Leute von so genannten "Love Fortunes" besessen, denn diese bestimmen i...
  • MeBeforeBooks
    DNF review. I was about 40% through the book when i realized this wasn't working for both of us (me and the book). Not to mention the fact that this was written in 3rd person POV, which i always seem to have a problem with, i just find it hard to connect with the characters with this kind of POV but it also depends on the writing style (i.e the Lunar Chronicles i LOVE that series and its in the same POV as this). I really want to finish this book...
  • Fatima
    This was SUCH a cute book! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did because I honestly didn't know what to expect going into it - the premise of it was kind of strange and confusing but in a "I need to read this to find out what it's really about" way.This story unfolds and becomes this wonderfully endearing and magical story about love and all of its weird little quirks. It was really easy to catch on to as to what this story is about, and e...
  • Pili
    Another #RockMyTBR buddy read! This one was quite adorable and cute, even if I was confused at first and not that keen on the book or its world. Since it was a buddy read I decided to push through the "head shaking" moments, even if I wasn't entirely sure if this was a contemporary, paranormal or magical realism... I guess that's part of the charm of it, but it kept bugging me throughout the book.I didn't instantly like Fallon because for how sen...
  • Katie Ark
    I fell in love with Grimbaud and my heart broke with Fallon's when she received her love fortune. I enjoyed the magical realism of this story. The spinsters and bachelors provided a well-developed cast and the slightly historical setting (cassette tapes!!!) was fun, too.
  • Abbie
    The cover is awesome! However, I became quite bored halfway through. Forgive me.