Review: ‘Love Fortunes and Other Disasters’ by Kimberly Karalius

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Review: ‘Love Fortunes and Other Disasters’ by Kimberly KaraliusLove Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
Published by Swoon Reads on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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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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 the setting imaginatively woven, but the use of charms was as well. Weather charms, silencing charms even cheating charms. Imagine being able to conjure up charms for use in your daily life or in this case, your love life. Helping you, and guiding you. I think the confidence charm was such an inspiring one to see, but also because it’s also needed in reality. The two aspects of the book made it so much more exciting than if it was set in a contemporary realistic world.


Fallon is a snob, excuse my straight forward wording but it’s true. Having the highest standards isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I also liked seeing her loosen her rigid control over clean environments and snobby attitudes. When shopping at a store she normally wouldn’t shop at, it was a little entertaining to read about how inexperienced she is to wear such low quality clothing. I think Sebastion was there to help her mellow out. He’s your typical cheeky charming ladies man who ends up falling in love and denouncing what he really wants. His story was just as well developed as Fallon’s and I couldn’t help but admire what these two characters would do for love. I also loved that that was a LBGT relationship thrown into the side. It was just the cutest thing to see.

Though the story was predictable, and the way that spinsters and bachelors were depicted gave me pause.. It still made so much sense that being single is such a negative aspect because it’s also what we see in society today. Written well, with a highly creative setting, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters left me with a happy smile on my face.



Life is about making mistakes. If you don’t take chances, blindfolded and frightened as you are, you’re not really living, are you? (37)
A library, no matter how big or small, is a careful balance of love and responsibility. A machine, if you will, cranked by those who care most about reading. (49)
We’re born with china toys in our bodies and we let people smash them over and over again. (96)
No one messes with my friends. I may be small and cute, but I’ve got a sharp tongue and I’m not afraid to use it. (149)
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to fall in love. (173)
You learn that it’s not about you. It’s about making them happy. (188)

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  1. Jaime Lester

    October 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    I can honestly say I wouldn’t have looked twice at this book before your review, but now I am seriously hoping that I run across it at the local library because I am intensely curious! And in need of adorableness~
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    • giselle

      October 21, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Aww thank you Jaime for this wonderful comment 🙂 so glad you’ll give it a shot

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