Love Charms and Other Catastrophes (Grimbaud #2)
Author: Kimberly Karalius
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
Genres: YA Fantasy/Romance
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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 by Kimberly Karalius.
Hijiri’s heart roared in her ears, making it hard to think. A boy just stepped out of that box. A living, breathing boy, she thought. Or is he? Nothing was making sense.
The boy had inky-black hair like a duckling, soft and wild on the top of his head, while flat against his cheeks in front of his ears. He had narrow shoulders and a sharp chin, softened by full lips. He’s certainly thin enough to have fit inside the box, she thought with some worry. The dusky rose coat and white shirt he wore hung off of him.
“How do you know who I am?” Hijiri asked. “Who are you?”
The boy’s dark eyes roamed her face. “I’m a gift.”
“I see that,” Hijiri said, taking in the torn wrapping paper and the ribbon draped around his neck like a scarf. There was confetti too. From inside the box. Pieces of it stuck to his clothes and skin.
Hot wind blew across the complex, momentarily blinding Hijiri. She shielded her eyes with her hand. With the wind came a man finishing the last bites of a chocolate-drizzled waffle. Grayed at the temples with pressed khakis, a sweater vest, and owlishly round glasses, the man looked like an academic.
“Hello, Hijiri,” the man said, licking a drop of chocolate off his thumb. The key around his neck told her exactly who he was.
“Hello, Love,” she said with a smile.
Love put his arm around the boy like a proud parent. “Allow me to introduce you to Kentaro Oshiro. He’s starting school here. A transfer student. Your age. Please be kind to him,” he said, “because I created him just for you.”
“Ken,” the boy corrected, holding his hand out to her.
Hijiri blinked. Without thinking, she shook hands with him. His grip was firm, his hand swallowing hers.
“Go on, admire my handiwork,” Love said, gesturing at Ken. “I’m sure you’ll find him to your taste. I can already sense your heart beating a little harder.”
“You made him,” Hijiri whispered.
KIMBERLY KARALIUS holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, and has been sharing stories on Figment.com with a strong following of enthusiastic readers since the site’s conception. Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. She loves watching really old cartoons and silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is her debut novel.