Waiting On Wednesday: Love Charms and Other Catastrophes


Love Charms and Other Catastrophes

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week my most anticipated read is…Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius

A picture of the AMAZING cover and a brief summary provided by Goodreads are below:


Goodreads’ Summary: 

Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita’s love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita’s place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri’s life. Concerned that it’s favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box…literally.

Get ready to be charmed by this magical, quirky sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters. 

Waiting on Wednesday’s Top 5 Rants and Raves of why I need this book in my life…

  1.  ♥ Kimberly Karalius‘s first novel,  Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, was a well-crafted mixture of Young Adult contemporary, romance, and magic realism. After reading the synopsis, I have a strong feeling that Love Charms and Other Catastrophes is going to reflect this same powerful concoction. ♥
  2.  ♥ The romance, the characters, their motivations, and the friendships established in LFaOD were so well contructed and executed, so I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for Hijiri Kitamura’s story and the little town of Grimbaud. ♥
  3. ♥ Speaking of Grimbaud…THE GRIMBAUD LIFE CONTINUES! After reading the first novel of this series, I fell deeply and madly in love with this cute, charming, and obsessed-with-love town. Even though Grimbaud is the setting of Karalius’s novels, it is definitely a character itself. Please, can I live there?! ♥
  4. ♥ Kimberly Karalius has created a fantastical world with smart and witty characters, and I look forward to once again experiencing character dialogue and banter that is quick, clever, and, most importantly, swoonworthy.  ♥ 
  5. ♥  I have to comment on the cover. The color scheme is bright and phenomenal. But OH MY GRIMBAUD, I can not get over how cute and intricate the details are, and more importantly how accurately the people, potion bottles, etc. reflect the synopsis and setting. Well done, cover gods! ♥

Release Date: May 17, 2016 A.K.A. TOO FAR AWAY! 

Check out my review on Goodreads of the first book, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, by clicking here

Top 5 Thursday: February TBR

It’s Top 5 Thursday, where as the week is winding down, I tell you the Top 5 Things I’m looking forward to in regards to the bookish world. 

Today I want to discuss the the Top 5 books I hope to read in the month of February.

  1. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry:    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book. You can’t go wrong with romance and time travel, right?! 
  2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard:    I am currently reading this book! I mysteriously and most graciously received this Red Queen Hidden Gem (#RQHiddenGem), a glass case with an advance reader’s copy of Glass Sword, from Epic Reads and HarperCollins

    IT IS HONESTLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK SWAG/GIFT I HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND OWN. Thank you again to everyone at Team Epic Reads and Harper for this wonderful gift. 

  3.  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel:   I started this book in 2015, and I promise you, I am at least 50% through it, but I just can’t push myself to finish it. Station Eleven is not bad, it’s actually really, really good. So good that my brain refuses for it to ever end. Well brain, you’re finishing Station Eleven by the end of February…you got it! Also, I’m reading the UK hardcover version, because it’s prettier than the USA cover. 
  4. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine:  I have met C.J. more than I can count on both my hands. I own all her books, all signed and personalized. They ALL sound badass with a badass heroine. C.J. is an extraordinary author, and she can fangirl with the best of us when it comes to adoring awesome authors. Whenever I hear C.J. speak at a book event, she makes me want to be a writer–she’s sassy, witty, strong, and kickass. During the 2015 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, I won an ARC of The Shadow Queen (WOOT! WOOT!). the shadow queenIt has literally been in my tote bag (which I use as my purse, btw) since last Autumn. I can’t wait to read it this month. And be sure to pre-order this beautiful cover book. If you are one of the first 200 people to pre-order the book from Parnassus Books in Nashville, you will not only receive a signed (and personalized copy, if requested) book, but you will also receive an awesome swag pack. Pre-order HERE.
  5. First Kisses and Other Misfortunes by Kimberly Karalius:     This is a FREE e-book novella that provides the story of Nico and Martin’s relationship!!!celebration dance the middle sue heck eden sher

    You guys, IT’S FREE and we get to learn about Nico and Martin’s hopeful relationship. What more can fans of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters ask for?!!! NOTHING, WE CAN’T ASK FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR LOVE STORY!!! The Grimbaud Life continues and I’m on a hot air balloon floating up to happiness!!! 

♥ I’m a sucker for beautiful covers *swoons* 

The Love That Split the WorldGlass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Station Eleven

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)First Kisses and Other Misfortunes

Alright, tentative FEBRUARY 2016 TBR list, HERE I COME!