Love Charms and Other Catastrophes (Grimbaud #2)

I just came back from my 2 days travel in Grimbaud! A town were people go to get some love in the air. Here is the 2nd book of the Grimbaud Series and a summary of the book from Goodreads because I definitely suck at summaries and might end up giving spoilers. So anyway, summaries from Goodreads and my favorite quote in this lovely novel, here we go!

Love Charms and Other Catastrophes (Grimbaud #2)
by Kimberly Karalius

Sometimes love comes gift-wrapped…literally.

Aspiring love-charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year—until she learned about the upcoming charm-making competition. She, along with her friends and fellow rebels, had worked too hard to free the town from Zita’s tyrannical love fortunes to allow some other charm maker to move in and take over. The only solution is for Hijiri 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 love of her own, Love delivers a very special gift—the perfect boyfriend, specially crafted just for her.

Genres: Young Adult

My Rating: 5 stars, of course!

Favorite Quotes

Chapter 1: Party

“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.”

Chapter 2: Made with Love

” Love crossed his arms, “You know I don’t do this for just anyone. Most people spend their entire lives searching for their true loves. I’m simply giving you yours now.” ”

“Find me if you need me. The cupids have ears,” Love said

“Love is magic, she thought, and nothing can change that. Technology is no equal to love.”

Chapter 4: Impressing the Principal

“I think Love wants me to find the answers on my own,” Ken said. “I want to hear it from you”.

Chapter 5: The Questionable Dating Game

“This is a test of instinct”, he told her. “It’s something you already possess. You don’t need a charm to show how good you are”.

Chapter 6: Instinct

“I hated anything that went away. The more permanent ta thing was, the better”

Chapter 7: The Unfortunate Accident

“Sometimes you know what you like, It’s called trusting your heart.”

“Niceness is magic, but no one thinks of it that way since it’s quiet and constant.”

Chapter 8: Change of Plans

“To change lives and get to the root of love, there must be tears. There must be anger, jealousy, and hopelessness”

Chapter 10: Waterworks

“Romantic love isn’t the only love there is. Hearth charms come from love of home and family. A couple is happy if their home is happy”

Chapter 17: Home Again

“Hearts don’t like words, Bartering with feelings would get you better answers”.

Chapter 18: Heart-To-Heart Talk

“The big question still remains. Does it still matter to you whether Ken’s real or fake?”

“It makes me believe that our hearts can be tangled and tied to each other, no matter how far away we are or how much time passes between. Our hearts remember mmore than our brains do. Even missed connections from many years ago can be found again, because that moment imprinted itself on the heart where it stays, long after the brain forgets.”

Chapter 22: Aim and Fire

“It would take more than just love to fix some of them. But love was a spark in the darkness. It was a beginning.”

“The boy you date shouldn’t be made of shards and secrets. You need a whole boy.”

Chapter 23: Unmeasurable

“Everyone has missed connections. They come and go, perhaps lost forever. Until now. The heart is capable of remembering what the head has forgotten. Even if years pass, the threads that connect you to the lives you’ve crossed and connected with never break. You might know them as heartstrings.”

“I don’t think I’ll ever solve you. There’s so much I want to know about you, and even if we sat like this for years asking and telling, I still wouldn’t know it all. And that’s thrilling. I can keep unfolding parts of you, the good and bad sides of Kentaro Oshiro, and you would… you would do the same for me”


Quote of the day 2017: September 01

“Hold me tight, just for a little while. It’ll be over soon.”

Takako Chigusa, Battle Royale.

This scene hurts my heart so baaaad. I can’t even move on. 😭 It’s when you’re in the brink of dying and the memories rolled in front of your eyes; and then when you opened your eyes for the last time, you see a familiar face, a friend, a love that should have been blossomed, kneeling next to you, cradling your head.

He remained expressionless but his lovely eyes express despair. He just looks at you and listen to your final words, and this… is your last request.


Demn. I cried again typing this one. Oh well.. 😥

Book update: Em back reading BR!

Battle Royale just captivated my heart. Agaaaaaaain. Why is this so gorgeous that I literally gone slow reading to make my relationship with this book longer. 😭 Today I started at 35% and stopped until 40% before going to bed. 😥 (thanks GoodReads for calculating)

After I finish reading and putting flags, I’ll definitely going to do a review of this book with my favorite quotes. (which, to be honest.. a lot) 😍

Quote of the day 2017: January 06

I admit. I’ve been an arse to my true love. We’ve been together for almost 9 years now. With an ‘on’ and ‘off’ relationship. In between those years, I’m always the one who got  away because of childish reasons like,

  • Why can’t we date?
  • Can he just stop working for a while to spend some time with me?
  • And the likes.

It may look like we’ve been fooling each other (especially me haha!), but deep inside I know he’s serious. He knows me inside and out. He’s the only one I can talk to anything.. and when I said anything.. like literally! And he just laugh and give some side comments. That’s one thing that I really like about him. He knows my strengths and weaknesses. He maybe an arse too, but damn. He’s loyal. 

This year, I know.. things are getting serious. We’re not 14 years old girl and 18 years old boy anymore. That little bud of love that we’ve planted 9 years ago grew into something…

Something wonderful. 😍

Shut up, Lakaambini: Salamat sa lahat kahit tarantado ka.

Ayan, salamat sa pag antabay sa post ko sa facebook. Dumami engagements. Konti nalang malalagpasan ko na si Mocha. Ang kaso nadelete ko na yung post at sorry di ko nashare yung laman nun. Dahil ayaw nilang tapusin at todo explain sila, ako na yung nag initiate na tapusin. PINAGDEDELETE ko na halos yung sa kabatch nila at kabarkada niya. Naloka lang ako nung sinabi niyang ‘mutual friends’ ang nagsusumbong sa mga shinashare ko at iba pa sa social media sites. I’m that popular pala!

May konting tanong lang ako.
1. So hindi cheating ang pagkikita ng dalawang tao sa likod mo kahit may nakakita?
2. Masama na ba ang magsabi ng ‘Thank you’ kahit ikaw na yung inagrabyado?
3. Pag blocked ka at hindi mo alam number nila, pinublic mo yung post para mabasa nila at sinabi mong ayaw mo ng away at gusto mo lang mag thank you, masama ka pa din?
4. Okay lang na maging reason ang ‘ugali’ at ‘pamilya’ ko sa breakup pero kinabukasan sila na?

My main point sa pag post nun, gusto ko talagang magpasalamat. Salamat sa lahat ng pinaggagawa nyong katarantaduhan sakin. Lalo na dyan sa boyfriend niyang todo ang paninira sa lahat ng ex, eh siya naman may kasalanan. Kasi diba, kung hindi ‘cheating ‘ yun, bakit mas nauna pa siyang magkaroon ng bago kesa sakin? oo, sabihin na nating ugali ko nga at sa pamilya ko.. pero kinabukasan magkasama na kayo at nagkikita kayo lagi? habang ako naghahanap pa din ng matinding explaination. Nakakaloka lang kasi it takes two years para masabi ko na salamat. Kung hindi dahil sa kanila, di ako matututo sa buhay buhay at akala ko okay na ang lahat. Pagkapost ko ng ganun, naloka ako dahil hindi papala tapos ang laban sa kanila.

Ang ayoko din na reason yung sa pamilya. Ikaw na nga yung unang dinala ayun pa i-rarason. Okay lang na maging masama ako, wag mo idadamay pamilya ko. Sana nung pinakain ka ng nanay ko bumula bibig mo simula pa lang. at FYI, di ka nila bet sa simula palang, pero di ka nila tinaboy. Sana nagpasalamat ka nalang. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Pero kahit ganon, thank you pa din. Gustong gusto kong sabihin yun kahit sa likod ko ang sama-sama ko ng tao.

Sa pagdelete ko ng mga kabatch mo at ‘mutual friends’ sabi ni ate girl, sana manahimik na yung kaluluwa nyo tulad ng akin. Ito na ang huling ngawa ko tungkol satin. Kung ang thank you at congratulations ay isang sarcasm na galing sakin.. kayo na ang mag-interpret. Basta ako.. It is done. Bye at sana di ko na kayo makita pa ulit.