Love Fortunes and Other Disasters

 
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Love Fortunes and Other Disasters
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12+
Release Date
May 12, 2015
ISBN
125004720X
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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 Dupree's 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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gorgeous and sweet but messy towards the end
(Updated: April 30, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
2.0
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3.0
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"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 for it in the least. Why caring for two people in love if their being in love is as cliché as cliché itself? But anyway, when I picked Love Fortunes and other Disasters I was actually in the mood for something cheesy and cute, sometimes even the Grinch's heart grows two sizes! Love Fortunes and Other Disasters was about this fictional city, Grimbaud, and its descriptions were far too dreamy not to fall in love with it instantly:


"Most houses were brick with paneled windows in shades of teal or coral. Cupids lounged above doorways."

"Grimbaud was made up of webbed canals and buildings dating back to the medieval era. Stone cupids and storks, sometimes painted and generally gaudy, huddled in the spaces between windows."

"Smokers spilled ghostly hearts from their mouths."


Grimbaud is a city fully based on romantic love. Each year, before school starts, every teenager seeks its own Love Fortune at Zita's shop. She's a renewed Love charmer and never fails to give exact Love Fortunes. She's also the reason why Grimbaud is full of bachelors and spinsters, once condemned by Zita's Fortunes they just resigned to a life deprived of romantic attachment. When Fallon, and her friend Nico, are given gloomy Fortunes they join a resistance against the charmer to try and oust her.

"Heartache makes you stronger. Misery is the stuff of good poetry. You’re denying yourself much more than the bad things in life by listening to Zita’s fortunes."

At first I thought that the premise was quite original but it had its flaws. First of all the supernatural element was underdeveloped. There's magic in this world but it's never addressed as such, every character gives for granted that the reader knows what we're dealing with, I found myself being kept out from entire conversations simply because I wasn't given the means to understand them. The storyline about the resistence was quite messy, everyone wanted to defeat Zita but no one had clear plans, we'd just go round and round trying and guessing what to do next. I could have made do with these issues of mine if the last quarter of the story hadn't just been an absolute trainwreck. Everything seemed to happen so out of the blue that ended up being simply too unbelievable to be taken seriously. It was like signing up for the a Disney movie to then being thrown in the most twisted episode of Supernatural. Conceptually it sounds great, but on paper it doesn't really work!

The romance was ok but didn't really made me root for the characters. I found the storyline between Nico and Martin more engaging instead. Give me angst, give me people genuinely and naturally caring for one another, give me a reason to believe these people are in love!

In conclusion I'd still recommend this book to whomever was interested, it's still a cute and light read, not too demanding, that can easily pull in the right reader.

Last but not least, OH MY GOD. THAT COVER IS JUST... TOO MUCH. To whom have you sold you soul, dear Kimberly??
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Cute and entertaining
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3.7
Plot 
 
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In the town of Grimbaud, love fortunes are real. People line up in the street to get their fortunes from Zita’s love shop. Fallon Dupree is no different. She comes from a family who have always found love through Zita’s fortunes so Fallon is shocked when she gets hers – and it says she will never find love. She’s not the only one to get a bad fortune and the group of them are planning on fighting back against Zita and the hold she has on their town.

This book was really cute and fun to read. It really matched the cute and fun cover so well. It was easy to pick up and finish in a night, well-paced to be able to finish it in a day, and just really entertaining.

I really liked the main character of Fallon. It would have been easy for her to accept her fortune and go through the rest of her life never believing she’ll find love because that’s what Zita told her. I also liked that the story wasn’t just about Fallon and her group fighting against Zita but about Fallon discovering who she was as a person as opposed to who her family wanted her to be.

Fallon’s friends and the group of rebels who became her friends were all different and quirky. I really liked them all. Her two best friends, Anais and Nico, had some great moments with her that had me laughing, or thinking they were in desperate need of a hug depending on the situation. Player Sebastian was another great character and it was interesting to learn more about him and why he acted the way he did. There was definite chemistry between him and Fallon.

I would have liked to have seen some of the other characters explored a little more, or seen more with Fallon and her family and friends. There was a lot of concentration on the love fortunes and charms and rebellion, which was good, but I was missing some character interactions.

My favourite part of the book was Grimbaud itself. The descriptions of the town were so vivid and charming. It sounded like a place I would want to visit, do all the tourist things, explore all the little shops, meet the locals and hear their stories. The concept of the love fortunes being real and the whole mythology behind why they were right was something that really interested me and I didn’t want to stop reading until I found out the answer.

Overall, it was a really cute and entertaining book to read and I look forward to seeing what worlds the author creates next.
Good Points
1. The vivid setting
2. The quirkiness
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