E-galley Review: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Posted November 2, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  Instant Karma by Marissa MeyerInstant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 3, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

My Review:

I personally was not blown away by The Lunar Chronicles like everyone else seemed to be. I tried it. I got the first one was different and unique, but I struggled to get through the second one, and still haven’t tried to pick up the third one, even though I’ve been told it is really better than the first two. So you might think that I would not bother with this author based on that. However, the synopsis of this one just really sounded cute and fun, and I decided to give it a chance.

Boy am I glad that I did! Because I adored this book! Even as much as I was rooting for our main character, Prudence, there was even a little something about her that wasn’t perfect, that made her real, and made me not just feel like she should be getting so much more to go right for her. But then, that’s kind of the point of the whole book, and the whole instant karma thing. Karma isn’t always what you think it is. People aren’t always really being a bad guy even if to another person it seems like that. It just depends on your viewpoint and your part of the situation.

So much about Prudence I could see in how I was a teenager. But I liked how the author didn’t necessarily concentrate on her insecurities as being all physical, while they definitely kept that it would be at least a little bit. Of course there was Quint. Now we had to think he was irresponsible and a goof off because of where we started the story, we only had Pru’s remembering of the situation. It wasn’t until we got further along, and we saw the reasons for his supposed tardiness and irresponsibility that we realize just maybe he wasn’t exactly the way Pru remembered. And when she herself started thinking back and realizing just how she’d handled situations, it was the perfect way to have a teenager figure things out.

I adored the story, loved all the different aspects of it, and even the little bit of a shout-out to a bit of plot from Dirty Dancing, well at least that’s what it reminded me of as I read it. Great story, and I look forward to reading more contemporary stories by Marissa Meyer in the future!

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4 responses to “E-galley Review: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

    • Lisa Mandina

      I do lately, but in the past, when her other series was out, I read more of that kind of YA, so it was weird. Who knows! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I do love the Lunar Chronicles, but I haven’t really been interested in her other stuff. I am curious about this one though, so I’m happy to hear you loved it!! Maybe her contemporary work will just be the best fit for you!!!


    • Lisa Mandina

      I tried so hard to love those, but the second book really bored me and I don’t know if I’ll go on. But this one I loved! I have been in more of a contemporary mood lately though, so it makes sense. Thanks for stopping by!

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