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Love Charms and Other Catastrophes Kimberly Karalius

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Sometimes love comes gift-wrapped... literally.

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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 its 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 gift-wrapped box. . . . Literally.

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Hijiri fished her key out of her pocket – and nearly bumped into a giant present sitting outside her apartment door. The present was a cardboard box wrapped in iridescent white paper with a red ribbon around it.

What was it doing there? Who did it belong to? It couldn't possibly be for her. Her parents didn't surprise her with gifts. She hadn't ordered any new charm-making supplies either. Despite that, the box was perfectly lined up with Hijiri's door. And when she checked again, leaning in close, she saw her name printed on a tag hanging from the ribbon.

"Are you Hijiri Kitamura?" said a muffled voice from inside the box.

A squeak escaped Hijiri's mouth as she jumped away from the box. Her heart beat wildly.

"Are you?"

"Y-Yes?"

"That sounded like a question," the voice said, amused. "Can I come out now?"

She wasn't sure if she wanted a talking thing in a box to ever come out. She couldn't say anything, but her sharp intake of breath must have been enough.

The box trembled as the something in the inside pushed. The ribbon fell away. The top flaps opened with a loud tear of tape and wrapping paper.

A boy stepped out of the box.

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ISBN 9781250084040

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ISBN 9781250084019

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"Karalius provides a unique fantasy that combines elements of romance, mystery, and family drama." —School Library Journal

"A lot of the time when I'm deciding on a rating I hesitate on whether to give a book 5 stars, but with this book there was simply no doubt. I knew the second I'd finished the last page that Grimbaud and all it's citizens had earned a place in my heart." —QuartzFeather

"A fun read that absolutely lives up to the first book. I only hope there's more to come." —The Reading Nook

"If you liked Love Fortunes and Other Disasters you are going to LOVE Love Charms and Other Catastrophes. It is every bit as fun and magical as the first book. I am completely loving this series. I hope I get to visit the town of Grimbaud many more times. This series is winner." —Book Briefs

"By the end of Love Charms and Other Catastrophes, I was smiling. This is such a funny and entertaining book filled with humor, love, charms, a hilarious cast of characters, and a crazy love robot." —Chen Yan Chang, Swoon Reader

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14 comments on "Love Charms and Other Catastrophes"

Chen Yan Chang on Feb. 20, 2016, 11:35 p.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang


By the end of LOVE CHARMS AND OTHER CATASTROPHES (ARE), I was smiling. This is such a funny and entertaining book filled with humor, love, charms, a hilarious cast of characters, and a crazy love robot. I love Hijiri Kitamura, a talented charm maker who believes her heart is too small to love. Her wanting to make charms is very genuine and selfless compared to the other charm makers in town. I love Kentaro Oshiro who is literally delivered to her in a box! He’s such a funny and charming boy who’s already in love with Hijiri. Throughout the book, I was like, “Fall in love with Ken. Do it, Hijiri!” It’s great to see everything working out at the end, not just with Hijiri and Ken and the charm making competition but also Nico and Martin and the twins. By the way, I like how I didn’t get lost reading this book since I haven’t read the predecessor LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS. Now that I’m finished with this book, I need to get my hands on the first book! Can’t wait to read it :)

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Mareena Agatha on Feb. 18, 2016, 2:14 a.m. said:

Mareena Agatha


Im so hype to read this! How can I have an arc of this?

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Kimberly Karalius on Feb. 19, 2016, 8:05 a.m. said:

Kimberly Karalius


Hi Mareena! You can request an ARE by emailing childrens.publicity@macmillanusa.com! :D

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Mareena Agatha on Feb. 28, 2016, 5:52 a.m. said:

Mareena Agatha


Hi Kimberly! Sorry for the late reply, thank you for sharing this information to me! <3 I've just sent an email to them, thank you so much! Hoping to read this book soon!

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Mary on Nov. 8, 2015, 5:07 a.m. said:

Mary


I can't wait to get a new extraordinary book before my birthday!! (May 18) OMG <3

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Kimberly Karalius on Jan. 28, 2016, 12:51 p.m. said:

Kimberly Karalius


Hi Mary! Yaaaay, that's so great! My birthday's in May too, so I totally understand your excitement :D

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Spencer Hoshino on Aug. 12, 2015, 6:28 p.m. said:

Spencer Hoshino


I can't wait to read this! :)

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Kimberly Karalius on Aug. 12, 2015, 9:21 p.m. said:

Kimberly Karalius


Hi Spencer! I'm excited to share it :)

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Gabe McClure on Aug. 12, 2015, 6:59 p.m. said:

Gabe McClure


I can't get over how cute this cover is!!! :) :) So excited for this!!

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Kimberly Karalius on Aug. 12, 2015, 9:20 p.m. said:

Kimberly Karalius


Yay! Thanks, Gabe!

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