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Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

(Grimbaud #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,915 ratings  ·  393 reviews
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 happil
Paperback, 343 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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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 chapters, she didn't seem too immature anymore.

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 the setting imaginatively woven, but the use of cha
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
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 it was still adorable. I just found the high schoo
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 romantic story with no action or anything in it. But fo
Ashley Daviau
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 attached to Fallon and Sébastien as characters and coul ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. Teaming up with a few others with bad fortune that ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
"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 as cliché itself? But anyway, when I picked Love Fo
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 tyrannical love fortune teller who has their town
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) Slight, but cute.

Read the first half or so, skimmed a bit of the end. If anyone can tell me what happens w
Sophia Sardothien
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
2 stars

When 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, charms, and hints of magic are real. These love fort
rachel ☾
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
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 moments when I had no idea what was happening. This book is
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, and self love.

Definitely one of my favorites of
Karole Cozzo
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 stride, I was completely wrapped up, eager to uncover the 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 cool character.I also liked Hijiri,Nico and Martin a lot.♥
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 

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 one of those times when I am thinking through my rev
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 winne ...more
Christine Alibutud
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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 seriously...as do I. *cue cheeky face* So, the plot---me likey.


Okay, moving on from those two things, this book just didn't put it up for me. I didn't enj
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 do the book justice in sentence form, but I am go
Jasmine Pearl Reads
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, read-in-2015
Book: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
Author: Kimberly Karalius
Finished 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 nothing wrong with wanting to fall in love." page 173
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“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! The protagonist, Fallon, was a bit difficult to relate to a
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 but decided not to or i'll just skim through the ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 everything about it, from the town to its history w
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 sensible she seemed, she was completely and overwhelm
Dec 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
That's my birthday right there, that is, and Sebastian is offcially my favourite name in the universe and the cover is cuter than all the kitteh in heaven and this is like the sweetest fairy tale ever and so this better be good.
Be a fortune and not a disaster.
Please be good.
Pretty please with a cherry on top.
*fingers, toes and everything else crossed*
Katie Ark
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, ebooks
The cover is awesome! However, I became quite bored halfway through. Forgive me.
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A cute, magical romance set in a charming town.

Fallon is eager to start her first year of high school in the magical town of Grimbaud. Fallon is the latest in a long line of Duprees to attend Grimbaud High School. Each member of her family has also received a completely accurate love fortune courtesy of Zita's Love Charms Shop. Fallon and her friends anxiously wait in line to receive their love fortune. Fallon's hopes are dashed when her love fortune predicts that she will never find
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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I really don’t know how to rate this book, so I needed a few days to think it over and decide for sure. Here I am a few days later, and I am still not settled. Basically with this book, you get exactly what you think you are going to get. The cover is very quirky and whimsical, and the writing is very light and easy to read. The story line is easy to follow, and it really doesn’t require a whole lot of thinking to process
Gizem Ceylan
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
1.This is one of those books that gives you exacstly what it claims to give.
2.This book is also a good example of romance in young adult book. No insta-love. No love triangles. Just several relationships that develop like it would in real life. except the part of charms and love fortunes.
3.Grimbaud is not just a place or a simple setting but the town is blended in the whole story beautifully. Karalius described Grimbaud in a whimsical way that's all I'm saying.
4.Was a town with full of people w
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Kimberly Karalius is the author of LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS and its sequel LOVE CHARMS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES. If you gave her a wish bone, she would wish fervently for snow in Florida. Living 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

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