LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS - KIMBERLY KARALIUS
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 the 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 hearbreaker like Sebastian.
Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita's tyranny and fall in love?
In a town where romantic future is set in stone and people are told at a young age what their romantic future is going to be a conspiracy stirs, threatening to bring down Zita's reign over the town. Fallon follows in the footsteps of generations of family members to Grimbaud to receive her love fortune and live happily-ever-after with her ‘intended.’ The only issue is; fate says Fallon is never to have her love requited. So, driven by her stubborn determination to not spend her life as a lonely spinster, Fallon joins a rebellion to take down Zita and her tyrannical scheme, to allow people to find their own way in love, no matter the, at times, heartbreaking consequences.
Starting off rather slowly, it was hard to get into the book and I found myself unable to relate to Fallon or really any other character. The entire concept is great and I really wanted to know how Karalius would find a way around the issue of a life without love - because what kind of book would it be if it didn’t?
While it does redeem itself closer to the end of the novel with quite a few funny and/or cute moments I felt that it was left too late. Perhaps if I was able to see more development in characters and plot a little earlier I would have become more invested in the story and really related to Fallon. But, being me, I still fell for everything the book sent my way - I’m hopeless like that - laughing when it wanted me to, awwing in the cute moments...
Overall I am definitely not displeased, in fact, I am quite the opposite. The story grew to be more enjoyable and I am happy that I have read it. This is one of those books where you get through half of it without a full opinion on it and then suddenly you can’t put it down. The ending is seriously what turned me around on the book. If you decide to read this book, hold out to the end and you won’t regret it. I certainly didn’t.