Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

published on May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
young adult | contemporary | romance | magical realism

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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?



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.

This book was actually whimsical and dabbled a lot in magical realism, which I wasn’t expecting. Some scenes and details were kind of ridiculous and incredibly unbelievable, especially as you reach the end. This might be something that most readers will frown upon like I did, but once I got past that, the book was really enjoyable as a whole.

I was incredibly surprised with how much I liked how the main romance developed. Sebastian was actually one of those guys who liked to date casually, and I appreciated how he didn’t make up any excuses and he wasn’t sorry for his past. He had a legitimate reason–he wanted to date–and he didn’t need to suck up to Fallon to apologize for something that he didn’t do wrong.

The romance itself was adorable to watch as it developed. Fallon and Sebastian weren’t really the best of friends at first, and then Fallon suddenly develops a crush on Sebastian, which I thought was really cute.

But see, this book wasn’t just about these two. We also have romantic interests for Fallon’s best friends, Anais and Nico. I liked the romance with Anais and her love interest–it was cute. Nico’s romance, on the other hand, made me roll my eyes and want to rip his hair out. His character in general is really weak and immature.

The friendship in this book was also lovely. Everyone supported everyone, and they were willing to go through extreme lengths to help one another.

Overall, if you’re okay with extremely unrealistic plots and are looking for a light, whimsical and cute read, I’d totally recommend you to give Love Fortunes and Other Disasters a shot.

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41 thoughts on “Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

    1. This book is GORGEOUS, isn’t it? ;)
      I’ve loved the Swoon Reads books I’ve read so far! (This one & A Little Something Different.)
      Totally checking it out. Hooray for being review twins! <3

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  1. Ooh, Love Fortunes! I’ve been keeping my eye on this one, because magical realism is totally my thing. ALSO, GORGEOUS COVER AND PHOTOS. Seriously, pretty books tempt me so much. But I think I’ll pass on this one — romance books need to be near-perfect for this cynic, and unrealistic plots don’t resonate as well with me. But thank you for reviewing (and taking the pretty photos :P)!


    1. Thanks so much, Alyssa! :D If you’re not a fan of romance, better stay away because this one is OVERFLOWING with romance. The kind of romance that is pure cute and no love, haha.


  2. This book looks so cute and adorable! I haven’t seen this around yet, but reading that blurb, I think I need this book soon! haha, I haven’t read anything cute in a while and I need that kind of good material! :D


  3. I enjoy light and cute reads so I might pick this one up! It sounds like something that will cheer you up when you’re down~ And thanks for the warning about Nico haha~


  4. I seriously LOVE the cover for this! The plot sounds really cute and although I’ve read a slightly negative review for this, I think I may give it a try. It seems sweet, even though it’s a bit unrealistic, which could definitely get on my nerves and I’m not too fond of childish mcs (Oh, the irony). :) Nice review!


  5. You had me at whimsical. I’m a sucker for any book described as whimsical and cute. This sounds like so much fun too, even if it’s slightly unbelievable, I tend to be okay with that when we’re talking magical realism not straight up contemporary though.

    Glad you enjoyed this one and great review, Aimee! Adding to my TBR! =)


    1. I was actually surprised because I didn’t know this book had magical realism in it! It’s a pleasant kind of surprised though. I hope you enjoy, Shay! <3


  6. Yes, I am looking for unrealistic and fluffy romances. THANK YOU FOR ASKING :D All joking aside, I’m actually pretty thrilled that I was able to trade for this book. I’m not sure I’ll LOVE it, but for a light afternoon read I think it’ll be perfect!


  7. I’m really glad that this book sounds like everything I imagined from the plot and cover alone: CUTENESS OVERLOAD. I want to take a break from all the heavy and depressing books on my TBR, so if I ever find myself at the bookstore I’ll pick this up per your recommendation. :)


  8. This is actually the first time I’ve read the synopsis for this. Oops? Anyway, I’ll probably get this one from the library this summer when I need some cute! And will also probably roll my eyes constantly. But when am I not doing that these days? Also, YOUR PHOTOOOOSSSS.


  9. Cuteness overload? Magical realism? Oh, wow. I haven’t read anything that combined the both together, and this cover is so gorgeous! I’ve always kind of looked down on magical realism, but lately I’ve been enjoying them because I take them in as a humor factor. I shall go look at this. Pretty sweet review, Aimee :)


  10. Okay, I can do light, whimsical and cute! I’ve been seeing mixed review for this, but the cover and the blurb sounds so cute, so I was thinking of picking it up anyways, haha. Glad to see you enjoyed it, Aimee! Thanks for the awesome review!


  11. I agree with you so hard! I thought there were moments that felt almost fake, but for the most part, SO CUTE. And the friendships! And Sebastian and Fallon! AND THE COVER. It’s just too adorable to handle, really. :)


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