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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
Fallon is starting high school in Grimbaud, a town known for romance thanks to the charms and fortunes from Zita's Lovely Love Charms shop. It is a ritual for the students to line up each fall to receive their love fortune. Fallon's own parents and older brother found true love thanks to Zita's fortunes so she can't wait to see what's in store for her. It is a great disappointment, therefore, when her fortune says her love will never be returned which means she is destined to join the spinsters in town. Along with others who received bad fortunes, Fallon joins a secret club determined to bring down Zita and change their luck and that is where she meets gorgeous Sebastian. He is a heartbreaker so it's difficult to see how his fortune could've been anything other than good but he commits to the club wholeheartedly, focusing much of his attention on Fallon.
Boy, this story really didn't do anything for me. It sounded so promising and fun but I never really grasped the nuances of the world here nor how the fortunes worked as compared to the charms. It was just too long for what it was and not nearly enough fun.