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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 t 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 mean gossips, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner. Quint is annoyingly cute and impressively noble, especially when it comes to his work with the rescue center for local sea animals. When Pru resigns herself to working at the rescue center for extra credit, she begins to uncover truths about baby otters, environmental upheaval, and romantic crossed signals—not necessarily in that order. Her newfound karmic insights reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed, love and hate . . . and fate.


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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 t 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 mean gossips, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner. Quint is annoyingly cute and impressively noble, especially when it comes to his work with the rescue center for local sea animals. When Pru resigns herself to working at the rescue center for extra credit, she begins to uncover truths about baby otters, environmental upheaval, and romantic crossed signals—not necessarily in that order. Her newfound karmic insights reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed, love and hate . . . and fate.

30 review for Instant Karma

  1. 5 out of 5

    Angelica

    I'm a simple girl. I see Marissa Meyer and I hit the "to-read" button before I even read the synopsis. It's just the way it is. And yet, despite loving Marissa Meyer and her writing. Despite being a ride or die fan of everything she writes. Despite looking forward to anything that she may publish in the future. Despite all that, I didn't love this book. I did listen to the audiobook and I have to give props to the narrator, Rebecca Soler for making the story engaging. I must admit, that had I bee I'm a simple girl. I see Marissa Meyer and I hit the "to-read" button before I even read the synopsis. It's just the way it is. And yet, despite loving Marissa Meyer and her writing. Despite being a ride or die fan of everything she writes. Despite looking forward to anything that she may publish in the future. Despite all that, I didn't love this book. I did listen to the audiobook and I have to give props to the narrator, Rebecca Soler for making the story engaging. I must admit, that had I been reading it myself, I would have put it down and strongly debated picking it back up. That being said, it's not that the book was necessarily bad. It wasn't bad at all. Meyer's writing is wonderful as always and it was great to listen to. The issue was that I honestly didn't care about the characters at all. Interesting, likable characters are Meyer's greatest strength, in my opinion. The cast of the Lunar Chronicles remains one of my favorites to this day. So, I don't know what happened in this book that made the main character, Pru, so hard to root for and made me not want to keep reading her story. Prudence was so immature and selfish. She was narrow-minded and self-righteous. And yes, this is all part of her character arc and growth but I couldn't help but roll my eyes every time she acted like she was superior to all those around her. In fact, I'm not entirely convinced that her superiority complex is fully gone by the end of the story. Another issue I had was that at times I felt as though the story dragged. There were so many side quests going on, too many subplots. Also, the karmic justice bestowed by the universe felt forced at times. I think the book would have been better without it. In the end, even though I didn't love this novel, I did enjoy parts of it. I really liked the side characters and would have liked more from them. Honestly, all of the characters were great except for Pru. Maybe I'm being overly judgmental of her, but then again, she was overly judgmental of everyone around her so let's just call that karmic justice, if you will. I liked the writing, the setting, the general concept of the story, and the audiobook narration. But, it wasn't enough to actually get me actually like the novel as a whole Overall Rating: 2.5 **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  2. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i like sci-fi/fantasy MM but, wow, i like contemporary MM even more. this is honestly the genre for her. because theres not the flashiness of her usual sci-fi/fantasy in this, it feels like MMs writing is stripped down, which helped me realise her writing skills are actually quite good. its simple, but really effective. the character development is great, the pacing is spot on, the banter is adorable. this is everything you could hope for from a YA contemporary. not sure if this is one of the bo i like sci-fi/fantasy MM but, wow, i like contemporary MM even more. this is honestly the genre for her. because theres not the flashiness of her usual sci-fi/fantasy in this, it feels like MMs writing is stripped down, which helped me realise her writing skills are actually quite good. its simple, but really effective. the character development is great, the pacing is spot on, the banter is adorable. this is everything you could hope for from a YA contemporary. not sure if this is one of the books whose original release got pushed back because of COVID, but this would have been the absolute perfect summer read. i really hope MM choses to do more stories like this, because its a good look for her. ↠ 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    sally♡

    OH IT WAS SO GOOD. marissa romances make me so mushy 😭 can quint be my boyfriend please! - i will give everything i own and my firstborn baby for this

  4. 5 out of 5

    julia ♥

    My auto-buy author writing a contemporary romance? I want 20

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Awwww this book is fanfrekingtastic! ( it’s not a word but nothing is better to define this book) Dear Prudence: quirky, overachiever, A-grade exemplary student, ambitious, a little self-absorbed, judgmental because she’s obsessed to be perfectionist! It’s a challenging heroine to feel sympathy! At first chapters you love to hate her. Then she gains a spiritual power like being a karma bitch or let’s define her as divine punisher. When she sees something unfair, she just concentrates, snapping Awwww this book is fanfrekingtastic! ( it’s not a word but nothing is better to define this book) Dear Prudence: quirky, overachiever, A-grade exemplary student, ambitious, a little self-absorbed, judgmental because she’s obsessed to be perfectionist! It’s a challenging heroine to feel sympathy! At first chapters you love to hate her. Then she gains a spiritual power like being a karma bitch or let’s define her as divine punisher. When she sees something unfair, she just concentrates, snapping and voila : the person who says something unfair or acts like prick finds himself/ herself in absurd, humiliating position! ( there should be a Marvel Character who has karmic cosmo powers! ) if you are one of the lazy, rude, arrogant town folks, you will be probably on her punishment radar. But her powers won’t work when it comes to her longtime nemesis, reluctant lab partner Quint Erickson : he arrives so late to the presentation, never finishes a task he’s attended, never listens anything she tells him. And guess what! Her classmates adore him including her twin brother Jude! What a traitor! When she tries to punish him for his annoying attitudes and lack of discipline, something happens to her ( including getting attacked by a broom: don’t ask me how it could be possible! ) And after her hard work Prudence gets C which is unacceptable like an ambitious, ultra perfectionist girl like her. She needs to redo her assignment with Quint but at first she has to convince him to work with her. But you can guess both of the parties hate each other’s guts passionately! As you can imagine Prudence doesn’t give up so easily. She finds out Quint’s mother works at Sea Animal Rescue Center and Quint also works there as a volunteer. To convince Quint for redoing the project, she offers her help to work at the center for four weeks. And Quint accepts her offer because he believes she will run away before her first shift ends. Oh Quint, you don’t know how stubborn dear Prudence can be. And dear Prudence doesn’t like to connect with animals, hating fish smell but she slowly realizes the values of the job they’re doing. And she finally realizes her lazy, absentminded nemesis is a responsible, hard worker! Oh, he’s more than that! Is she blushing? Yes, she’s ! She starts to like him a lot but how their relationship work when Quint hates her so much. Or does he still hate her? This is triple caramel whip, half-sweet, skim, iced vanilla cappuccino kind of delicious reading! I loved the karmic justice idea! Prudence was a little annoying heroine at the beginning but thankfully the book is long enough for you to get used to her quirkiness! Quint was sweet pie, adorable hero! I adored the Beatles references, Prudence’s modern hipster family, her bestie Ari. But Quint’s buddy Ezra was the winner of supporting characters. I truly love to read his own book. ( Ari and Ezra’s story! Yes, I love to read this dreamy sequel!) I’m lowering one star because of annoying heroine part ( even though I learned to like her, at the beginning she earned hundreds of punching points) and at the last parts Quint should be groveling more because he definitely did something really hurtful in my opinion! Anyways, it’s sweet, entertaining, feel-good reading that I need! I enjoyed it a lot!

  6. 4 out of 5

    NReads

    reading this is going to be weird when you're used to seeing her characters as cyborgs reading this is going to be weird when you're used to seeing her characters as cyborgs

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF @ ~15%: I made the decision that 2021 was going to be the year of putting down books when I knew that they weren't going to be for me, and this one fit that description pretty quickly out the gate. I originally wanted to read this book because I loooooved Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles back in the day, so when I heard that she was putting out a mostly contemporary story (my favorite genre) I hopped right on it. Unfortunately, this one really didn't work for me the way that I hoped it would DNF @ ~15%: I made the decision that 2021 was going to be the year of putting down books when I knew that they weren't going to be for me, and this one fit that description pretty quickly out the gate. I originally wanted to read this book because I loooooved Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles back in the day, so when I heard that she was putting out a mostly contemporary story (my favorite genre) I hopped right on it. Unfortunately, this one really didn't work for me the way that I hoped it would and I am bummed! Being inside the main characters head annoyed me SO MUCH from page one and I knew that not even listening to the audiobook (narrated by the amazing Rebecca Soler and was fantastically done, tbh) could save this reading expereince for me. Overall, while this book clearly wasn't for me, I do think that if you enjoy a younger leaning YA story with a sassy/snarky lead, there's a good chance that you will probably still like this and I do recommend checking it out if you're interested!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer is a cute young adult romance. I loved the wildlife in Instant Karma. Pru learns about different sea animals and gets to experience them being reentered into the wild. Quint is very passionate about the relief center and sea animals and expresses this many times to Pru. I really enjoyed Pru and Quint’s interactions. Their romance was exactly what I look for when reading YA romance. Pru’s and Quint’s family and friends were also an important part of the story. I liste Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer is a cute young adult romance. I loved the wildlife in Instant Karma. Pru learns about different sea animals and gets to experience them being reentered into the wild. Quint is very passionate about the relief center and sea animals and expresses this many times to Pru. I really enjoyed Pru and Quint’s interactions. Their romance was exactly what I look for when reading YA romance. Pru’s and Quint’s family and friends were also an important part of the story. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Soler and she did a fantastic job narrating. Rebecca Soler is one of my favorite narrators and her narration never disappoints. I love all of Marissa Meyer’s books and Instant Karma was a great read. I recommend Instant Karma to Marissa Meyer fans and fans of YA romance. Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio/Feiwel & Friends for the Instant Karma audiobook. Full review: https://justreadingjess.wordpress.com...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Javed

    um why the fuck am i only just finding out that marissa meyer is coming out with a contemporary novel? the queen of retellings is releasing a contemporary? take my money, my lungs, my kidney, take them all. i need this. um why the fuck am i only just finding out that marissa meyer is coming out with a contemporary novel? the queen of retellings is releasing a contemporary? take my money, my lungs, my kidney, take them all. i need this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Okay, I guess it was pretty cute. Prudence is, like, super annoying though. Reasons You Will Love This Book - Enemies to Lovers cute romance - Fun beach location - Sea life vibes - Karmic justice - Fun characters - Music rep - Realistic character appearances (as opposed to everyone being 'the most attractive person ever') - Quirky moments - That one scene in the ... where they're both ... *happy sigh* Reasons This Book May Lose Stars - Prudence is super judgy - Prudence is self-absorbed - Prudence is k Okay, I guess it was pretty cute. Prudence is, like, super annoying though. Reasons You Will Love This Book - Enemies to Lovers cute romance - Fun beach location - Sea life vibes - Karmic justice - Fun characters - Music rep - Realistic character appearances (as opposed to everyone being 'the most attractive person ever') - Quirky moments - That one scene in the ... where they're both ... *happy sigh* Reasons This Book May Lose Stars - Prudence is super judgy - Prudence is self-absorbed - Prudence is kind of oblivious - Prudence keeps everything a secret instead of just friggin' telling people the truth - Look, mostly Prudence. She takes a LOT of warming up to It really did take a bit for me to get into this, but once Prudence started softening up I enjoyed it much more. Quint is fun from the start, and I really love the relationship between Prudence and Jude, even though he treats her way better than she deserves sometimes. Ari is cool, too - I love how generous and warm she is, and I wish she'd been in more of the story. I'm not usually into romance but this was definitely cute. I enjoyed the way their relationship developed, but how it did so while they both mostly stayed true to who they were. It's not about changing to please someone - it's about being accepted just as you are. The karma angle was probably a little weak for my tastes, but it means that you can hold on to realism by wondering if maybe it IS all just coincidental. I did enjoy the ethical dilemmas it led to, but it still felt poorly utilised. The story definitely feels more about the romance than karma. A lot of people are going to love this. I found the writing really addictive, and got to a point where I was surprised to realise I was so close to finishing it. It's pretty adorable, with characters that are easy to fall in love with and sea creatures that will steal your heart. The drama may be slightly predictable, but the relationship dynamics make it totally worth while. I confess: I would be totally down for a sequel. With thanks to Macmillan for my ARC

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | abbie.ruis

    ⭐ 3.75 / 5 ⭐ This delightfully refreshing, Beatles-infused Rom-Com is full of whimsy, romance, and life lessons. “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, but there is one person on whom they consistently backfire: Q ⭐ 3.75 / 5 ⭐ This delightfully refreshing, Beatles-infused Rom-Com is full of whimsy, romance, and life lessons. “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, but there is one person on whom they 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.” Prudence Barnett 🎶Ah, Dear Prudence. . .🎶Such a journey we’ve had. At the beginning of the book, I struggled with her character. I remember thinking, “My God, girl, stop being so judgy.” Prudence is so incredibly ambitious, motivated, as well as a perfectionist. She doesn’t cut herself, or anyone else, any slack. And she’s constantly judged for it. As Prudence’s story began to unfold, I found that these traits are a result of major insecurities - and that she suffers quietly for it. As it turns out: Amy March and Prudence Barnett? Well, I think they’d get along very well. Have a nice chat over a cup of tea about how society has done them wrong. The character development that she undergoes is so refreshing. No, she doesn’t get rid of her ambition, or motivation. But Prudence does quickly learn that she isn’t always right, and the burden of perfection isn’t hers to bear. She soon realizes that this karma gift isn’t a complete blessing, and she shouldn’t be so quick to judge others, least of all herself. It’s an amazing, vital life lesson she learns. Surprisingly, I found a lot of myself in Prudence. 🎶Instant Karma’s Gonna Getchu 🎶 Now, speaking of karma, it was an interesting element to the story. It has a more subtle role than others would suspect, but I believe it’s just the right amount of magical realism in this contemporary. Think of it as a bit of Beatles sparkle, if you will. It plays a major hand in the story but from a distance, crafting this tale so that Prudence could grow as a person, and positively affect those around her. Quint Erickson Ah, yes. The lovely sunshine bean. Though he and Pru were total polar opposites (hence the hate to love), they balanced each other out so well. Where he was chaotic, she was organized. Her weaknesses were his strengths and vice versa. They made such a great team. I loved how completely clueless Pru was when it came to all boys, but especially when it came to Quint. (view spoiler)[Homeboy was trying to date her, and homegirl DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. Also, the WHOLE movie theater scene. . . He took her to see Jaws. He TOTALLY knew what he was doing. (hide spoiler)] This was a lot of fun, and even though Pru gave me stress, she was such a refreshing protagonist. The writing and characterization were on point. If you love The Beatles, and you love ambitious characters, definitely give this one a read. A big thank you to Edelweiss+ and Feiwel & Friends for gifting me with this ARC!

  13. 4 out of 5

    rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]

    2.5 stars This was love at first sight. I saw Marissa Meyer, and immediately, I had the creeping suspicion that I would love this. But unfortunately, my instincts have failed me. I really wanted to love this, truly. I think Marissa Meyer is an amazing author and though I have not finished The Lunar Chronicles yet, the first book amazed me. But this one was not it. Instant Karma is a young adult romance about a girl who's forced to work with her archenemies through the course of one eventful s 2.5 stars This was love at first sight. I saw Marissa Meyer, and immediately, I had the creeping suspicion that I would love this. But unfortunately, my instincts have failed me. I really wanted to love this, truly. I think Marissa Meyer is an amazing author and though I have not finished The Lunar Chronicles yet, the first book amazed me. But this one was not it. Instant Karma is a young adult romance about a girl who's forced to work with her archenemies through the course of one eventful summer, filled with cute sea creatures and the dreaded Quint Erickson. This story has all the elements to amaze or at least entertain. The author is great judging by her other works, the protagonist is semi-relatable (or at least I thought she would be in the beginning) and it includes enemies-to-lovers, and don't even get me started on this trope because I love it with a passion. Unfortunately though, all of these elements combined resulted in a boring, predictable, chemistry-less (let's pretend that's a word) book that I did not enjoy. I think my biggest issue with this book is that it’s a romance, but the characters have no chemistry and are just flat. I felt like the main male character was just too perfect, he was given no flaws, and the “flaws” that we were supposed to believe were true were so obviously false (you’ll see what I mean if or when you read the book). Prudence, don’t even get me started on Prudence. She was this goody two-shoes who always tried to excel in school and I thought I might be able to relate to her, but she came off rather bitter and rude. We do get to see her change a bit throughout the story, and I think the author did a good job at making her transition from pesky brat to palpable human being, but she was still adamant on being selfish and unlikable. As I mentioned, Quint was just so PERFECT. It was annoying. I've never understood why writing advice always says to give your characters flaws, but now I do. Quint is everything I don't want in a book boyfriend. He is bland, boring and uninteresting. He was too flawless to even be human, and it was annoying how we were reminded of how good he was every five seconds. The writing style was basic. There were barley any descriptions of the surroundings and at times I found it difficult to imagine where they were. The dialogue was bland and the characters were too. Nothing pulled me in about the writing style, initially I thought I would enjoy it because it's in 1st POV and I enjoy this genre most in 1st POV, but in this case, not even the POV could make it better. I'm really disappointed that I didn't enjoy this book but I guess that's life. I definitely reccomend checking out some the author's other books though! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a digital review copy. All opinions are my own. instagram | blog | goodreads - Update 08/12/2020: I GOT AN E-ARC WHOOP WHOOP - WHY AM I JUST HEARING ABOUT THIS BOOK? IT SOUNDS AMAZING AND IT'S BY MARISSA MEYER, WHAT MORE COULD I ASK FOR?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars Just the fun, fluffy cuteness that I needed to avoid that bookslump I was headed towards. Thank you, Instant Karma ! 😉 _____________\\ *instaclick*

  15. 5 out of 5

    • Adela •

    God this book was a train wreck. Why? Well I’m about to tell you. The main character, Prudence, is a terrible human being. All she cares about is grades grades grades. She goes through life not caring about the consequences of her actions or maybe how she makes others, like Quint, feel. Ugh she’s a stereotypical nerd and I hate her with every bone in my body. At the beginning she was all right, but it just went down hill from there. The main side character, Quint, was annoying, but he was also s God this book was a train wreck. Why? Well I’m about to tell you. The main character, Prudence, is a terrible human being. All she cares about is grades grades grades. She goes through life not caring about the consequences of her actions or maybe how she makes others, like Quint, feel. Ugh she’s a stereotypical nerd and I hate her with every bone in my body. At the beginning she was all right, but it just went down hill from there. The main side character, Quint, was annoying, but he was also semi-okay. I don’t have much to say about him since I only made it to the halfway point before dnfing. Quint is irresponsible and always late and doesn’t seem to give a crap about his grades. But oh wait! He gives a crap about animals, because we’re suddenly supposed to like him after that? Because apparently if a guy treats animals better than humans he’s amazing. If a guy like Quint actually cares about something then he’s suddenly amazing? The bar is so low. The little romance going on in this book was a terrible idea and it shouldn’t have happened. But I guess it does prove that opposites attract. Anyway, it’s the whole enemies to lovers thing I guess. Because obviously a guy and a girl can’t just be enemies to friends. No. Go big or go home. Ughhh the writing was so boring. Every time I tried reading it I immediately stopped because I was so bored with it. Remember when Marissa Meyer like first announced that this was a book and we were all pretty skeptical about it since it was her first more contemporary leaning book? Well we were right to be hesitant because it ended up being a bad idea. And I guess Prudence’s family was supposed to be quirky or something for being obsessed with The Beatles and naming all their kids after songs..? What did the actual instant karma part of this story even do for it? Like barely anything. The whole power was useless and did more harm then good. It made Prudence look more like a villain than a hero, the way she was looking to harm people constantly. DNF 50% Prudence totally deserved the broom to fall on her head ✌️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Contemporary romance and I just haven’t been getting along recently, at least with arcs. I did have high expectations with this one because I really loved Meyer's book Cinder (and need to continue the series) but this book feels like it was written by another author. Points for the cute cover though! Prudence suddenly gets the power of being able to grant instant karma on those who deserve it. I wasn’t a fan of Prudence, if anything I thought she should get some instant karma against her for her Contemporary romance and I just haven’t been getting along recently, at least with arcs. I did have high expectations with this one because I really loved Meyer's book Cinder (and need to continue the series) but this book feels like it was written by another author. Points for the cute cover though! Prudence suddenly gets the power of being able to grant instant karma on those who deserve it. I wasn’t a fan of Prudence, if anything I thought she should get some instant karma against her for her behavior. She is selfish, annoying, judgmental, and thinks she is better than everyone else. Eventually she changes but by then it was too late for me, I thought she was just too unbearable. The enemies to lovers could have been cute but Prudence is beyond rude to Quint when he would just mind his business and if he would make a mistake she wouldn’t really allow him to speak. She only cared about herself and her own feelings. I actually liked Quint and Prudence’s brother Jude. All the characters except for Prudence herself were likable. My other problem was that the concept of instant karma is basically forgotten around the 40% mark of the book and focuses on Quint and Prudence working together at the wild life center. This is where it focuses on the love interest instead but because of that, a whole plot line is basically forgotten about. Eventually it does tie in together but because the book is 400 pages, it gets a bit muddled. I did like learning about the sea life and the southern California setting but it just wasn't enough for me. Thank you to Netgalley and to Macmillan Audio for granting me access to an advanced audiobook of this book! The narrator did a good job at bringing the characters to life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    Sophomore year would have been a walk in the park if it hadn’t been for marine biology and Quint Erickson. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer was super cute. Take a driven, yet sort of self involved heroine, and pair her up as a lab partner with someone who is seemingly lazy and irresponsible. Cue the disaster that is this pairs final science project. That’s where we start this story off. With polar opposites Pru and Quint failing epically at working together. We then follow Pru over her summer as she Sophomore year would have been a walk in the park if it hadn’t been for marine biology and Quint Erickson. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer was super cute. Take a driven, yet sort of self involved heroine, and pair her up as a lab partner with someone who is seemingly lazy and irresponsible. Cue the disaster that is this pairs final science project. That’s where we start this story off. With polar opposites Pru and Quint failing epically at working together. We then follow Pru over her summer as she sort of comes together with Quint in ways that she never expected. Pru is trying to convince Quint to redo their science project with her, but he’s not feeling it. At least not until she offers to help out at the Fortuna Beach Sea Animal Rescue Center his mom runs. He thinks she won’t do it, but he doesn’t realize, Pru will do anything for the grade, even spend her summer smelling like fish! It doesn’t hurt that she seems to have acquired some sort of karmic magic that she can wield at the squeeze of a hand. I think it’s smart that Meyer introduces us to these two from Pru’s biased perspective. It really lends to the way we eventually get to know Quint. Reluctantly (haha) through Pru’s eyes. I thought that this was a great YA love story. Their friendship is non-existent at first, more enemies than anything, then grows to more over time. Pru has flaws. She isn’t a perfect bubbly character. I appreciated that because don’t we all have moments of selfishness or poor decision making? I think sometimes in fiction we expect characters to be without fault, and I liked that our lead had faults and had to recognize and grow out of them. Quint also has his flaws, even though they aren’t really as extensive as Pru once assumed. I like that these two got to know each other on a deeper level, and sort of learned that they were more than the people they were in science. Add in a crew of awesome friends and side characters, karaoke Tuesdays, karmic magic, saving cute sea life, Beatle’s references, and a bit of a real life villain sub-plot and I thought this story was entertaining. I think that anyone can enjoy this read, but I definitely think it will work for older middle grade and younger YA readers. AVAILABLE NOW! *ARC

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amelie

    Prudence is faced with a problem when she receives a bad grade on her marine biology project thanks to her lab partner, Quint, who is a slacker. She devises a plan to volunteer at her local marine life rescue centre to help lift up her grade during her summer vacation, without realising that Quint himself also works there. When she gains the abilities to cast instant karma on those around her, Prudence goes about righting wrongs and punishing evil doers, but eventually comes to realise the fine Prudence is faced with a problem when she receives a bad grade on her marine biology project thanks to her lab partner, Quint, who is a slacker. She devises a plan to volunteer at her local marine life rescue centre to help lift up her grade during her summer vacation, without realising that Quint himself also works there. When she gains the abilities to cast instant karma on those around her, Prudence goes about righting wrongs and punishing evil doers, but eventually comes to realise the fine line between good and evil, and the fact that there is a lot to learn about Quint, and about herself. Marissa Meyer did not disappoint, and this was a highly enjoyable and cute read which I sped through. The enemies-to-lovers romance was incredibly heartwarming to read about, filling me with satisfaction and giddy joy. I absolutely loved reading about the development in Prudence and Quint’s relationship, including the hilarious banter and chemistry between them, and how they gradually overcame and put aside their differences to work together, while also gradually falling for each other. The characters were each fun and quirky in their own way, and I liked how the snarky protagonist, Prudence, was a character with many layers, with her flaws being captured incredibly well. As an overachiever, she was determined to obtain good grades in all her studies using whatever means necessary, even if it meant doing things for her own personal gain rather than in benefit of others. But I loved how we got to see her character development in becoming much more compassionate, as she came to realise some of her own faults, as well as, the fine line between good and evil, as shown through the repercussions of her actions when casting instant karma on others. I liked Quint’s friendly and kind nature and how passionate and caring he was deep down especially towards the animals at the rescue centre. And as Prudence gets to know him better, she also comes to realise that he’s not the slack, lazy person she initially thought he was too. Ari was such a great friend towards Prudence, with a big heart evident through all the simple acts of kindness she performed, and I loved her geekiness over music. I also really liked Morgan’s character and her efforts regarding activism and taking action against injustices. Instant Karma is more than a simple love story, it encourages compassion toward people and animals, activism, and simple kindness. It shows how first impressions don’t always count, and that there is a fine line between good and evil. And I Ioved how Prudence and Quint came to realise they had a lot to learn from each other, and eventually put aside and overcame their differences towards each other. While the magical elements of the book involving Prudence casting instant karma on those around her felt unnecessary and forced at times, I liked how it showed that while the universe is bigger than us, the one thing we can control is the amount of good actions we put into it. This is a light-hearted read with deeper meaning, which I would highly recommend reading! 4.5/5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicci

    Easy read? ✓✓✓ Fast read? ✓✓✓ Emotional read? ✓✓✓ (I mean, come on, this is Marissa Meyer. What did you expect?) I spent half of the first chapter fearing that this wouldn't be as good as Marissa Meyer's other books, then the next half just laughing and being giddy at this sizzling we-hate-each-other chemistry. I was almost tempted to put it down, but I am very thankful I didn't. This was so cute, so adorable, so quirky, so everything along the lines of that! It was very fun to read, especially if y Easy read? ✓✓✓ Fast read? ✓✓✓ Emotional read? ✓✓✓ (I mean, come on, this is Marissa Meyer. What did you expect?) I spent half of the first chapter fearing that this wouldn't be as good as Marissa Meyer's other books, then the next half just laughing and being giddy at this sizzling we-hate-each-other chemistry. I was almost tempted to put it down, but I am very thankful I didn't. This was so cute, so adorable, so quirky, so everything along the lines of that! It was very fun to read, especially if you just came out of a heavy-action, slightly-depressing book. Marissa Meyer has this talent where she makes me think something's about to happen, and then it doesn't, but when my guard is down, BAM the scene hits me in the face. Every single time. She's done it in TLC, Heartless, and Renegades, and she did it again in Instant Karma. An expert indeed. However, most of the major plot twists and secrets were predictable. I also felt like a few things were left hanging? So I would definitely embrace a sequel--or even a whole series. I love Fortuna Beach and the characters of this book, and I need to explore more of their lives! (I actually had a bad book hangover after this, because I couldn't let go of Prudence and Quint's story just yet) Another thing I didn't particularly like was that the whirlwind climb to the end was a bit rushed. I wanted it to slow down a little while I processed what was going on. BUT! That climax had me shaking. Literally. I was so unnerved with the developments and I was so scared for the characters, and that says so much about the writing. Definitely a stress reliever of a book. I was thinking about giving this 4 stars when I was almost at the end, but now, as I'm writing this review, I know that it deserves 5 stars all the way. The words are rich, the story is fresh, and the lessons are heart-warming. It's nice to pick up a book and not only be entertained but get something out of it as well. It really wasn't just a fiction getaway. You'll be awakened to the various needs of the community, plus the things you could do to help! Now all I want to do is meet a cute baby otter and help out in the nearest animal rescue center 😭💖

  20. 4 out of 5

    j.chestnut

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF 2020!! i can’t wait until i can read this. um hi! my queen is writing a new book. and it's a contemporary romance. i'll take 20. thanks! also, the cover is !!!!!! i literally cannot wait! also, WHY TF DOES THIS BOOK HAVE A ONE STAR REVIEW IT COMES OUT IN OVER A YEAR!!! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO MY MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF 2020!! i can’t wait until i can read this. um hi! my queen is writing a new book. and it's a contemporary romance. i'll take 20. thanks! also, the cover is !!!!!! i literally cannot wait! also, WHY TF DOES THIS BOOK HAVE A ONE STAR REVIEW IT COMES OUT IN OVER A YEAR!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    Considering this is written by the same lovely human who created The Lunar Chronicles and Renegades, I'd be a colossal dummy not to read it. Considering this is written by the same lovely human who created The Lunar Chronicles and Renegades, I'd be a colossal dummy not to read it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    It's not like I asked for this gift, so I figure I must've done something to deserve it. So, full disclosure, I didn't remember requesting this and when it popped up for download I did experience some minor trepidation. I'm not sure why. I just wasn't sure about this one, even knowing as little about it as I did, so again, why on earth did I click? I blame quarantine brain. I can punish and I can reward. It makes perfect sense. I'd just been so eager to right wrongs before that I hadn't considered It's not like I asked for this gift, so I figure I must've done something to deserve it. So, full disclosure, I didn't remember requesting this and when it popped up for download I did experience some minor trepidation. I'm not sure why. I just wasn't sure about this one, even knowing as little about it as I did, so again, why on earth did I click? I blame quarantine brain. I can punish and I can reward. It makes perfect sense. I'd just been so eager to right wrongs before that I hadn't considered how karma flows in two directions. And ultimately I guess my gut instinct was right. But not quite to the extent I expected. Because Prudence? Completely and utterly insufferable — even before she's given the power to award and punish those around her for situations she infers at a glance. No context, no understandings, just snap judgments and bam, a bird shits on your car, bam you fall and break a leg, bam a baby pukes on your feet, and on and on. The reward element of her magical powers are very underutilized as is to be expected from someone who assumes she knows all and not only has a right to judge others but has somehow earned it. "So you're officially volunteering at an animal rescue centre for the next month. How very selfless of you, dear Prudence." "Hey, I can be selfless." "i>I know you can, but don't you see the irony? You're only doing this for the grade." "So? Actions make a person good, not motives." "I'm not sure I agree with that." ^^ additionally the irony is Prudence's whole argument definitely feeds into her delusion of thinking she knows best. But also.. doesn't the fact that she's directing the universe to work through her to punish others also mean her actions, despite her motives, make her a bad person? The frustrating thing is there was such a lovely element to this story, which thankfully did take up a lot of page time and is what kept me reading, regarding the animal rescue centre and all the animals requiring care and rehabilitation and, occasionally and happily, even a return to the wild. There is a big emphasis on the environment and conservation and protection of animals, both those in the wild but also farming practices and the meat industry too. It worked to ground the story, yes, but was also a nice distraction from everything else. Ultimately, though, even though Prudence undergoes many little epiphanies and realizations that she's erred in judging others, I'm just not sure she ever really overcame where she started from. I liked Quint, the love interest, but do not think he deserved half of what he put up with. Though he did have a line regarding his feelings towards Pru that summed it up perfectly, I think. I won't spoil it though. It's worth experiencing in the moment. And, to make matters worse, there ended up being a person who deserved true karmic justice and ultimately didn't get it. So after putting up with all Prudence's choices for the whole book, when she finally gets the chance to make an informed decision and enact justice and retribution — even though I don't agree with someone having that kind of power, particularly an entitled sixteen year old — the one person who does deserve it? Doesn't get it. Arg. This definitely wasn't a win. It wasn't quite terrible. But it definitely skirted the line for me. It was frustrating, and there were a few too many things left unresolved, but it wasn't toss-the-book-across-the-room rage inducing. Plus, the image of big eyed seals are keeping me from rating this any lower. So, thank the seals. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** ---- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    The story would have stood on it's own well enough without the karma thing. It felt like it started as the main idea, but quickly fizzled out with no real purpose. I was mad at the main character for most of the book, but she does have a good growth arc. Would love to read more of this genre from Marissa Meyer! The story would have stood on it's own well enough without the karma thing. It felt like it started as the main idea, but quickly fizzled out with no real purpose. I was mad at the main character for most of the book, but she does have a good growth arc. Would love to read more of this genre from Marissa Meyer!

  25. 4 out of 5

    rose ★

    ack this was cute ... y’all ever get your hands on a book literally two days before it releases and just feel like royalty? cause same.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brooke H

    Hello there, where did you come from? Never mind, that’s not important, hop on my never ending TBR then while I wait ever so patiently for November 2020 to arrive👌🏻 *is actually dying inside because that’s over a year away😭😭😭*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    yes hi hello why is this not in my hands yet yes hi hello why is this not in my hands yet

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    I'm totally okay, not freaking out at all. I can totally wait till 2020 without losing my mind. I'm totally okay, not freaking out at all. I can totally wait till 2020 without losing my mind.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    I’m not sure if any of this is a spoiler, so read at your own risk. *** I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did. Part of me wanted another fairy tale retelling in a new world instead of a cutesy YA contemporary novel, but this is the sort of story that I needed right now. Pru and Quint are lab partners who had to do a group project. Pru is ambitious and always thinking about her grades for her college applications. Quint comes across as the slacker who is perfectly fine with the C grade th I’m not sure if any of this is a spoiler, so read at your own risk. *** I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did. Part of me wanted another fairy tale retelling in a new world instead of a cutesy YA contemporary novel, but this is the sort of story that I needed right now. Pru and Quint are lab partners who had to do a group project. Pru is ambitious and always thinking about her grades for her college applications. Quint comes across as the slacker who is perfectly fine with the C grade they got on their project. Pru wants to redo the project for a better grade, but Quint needs convincing, a lot. Pru is a self-righteous perfectionist who acts as though she’s the only one who can do something correctly and everyone else should just sit back and watch. Of course, this behavior insults Quint and he proves that he’s quite capable of success. I love the back-and-forth conflict between the two. One minute they’re getting along better and you sense chemistry, and the next minute they’re at each other’s throats. There were nice character arcs for the both of them. I enjoyed seeming them grow and change as the story progressed. Even the supporting characters had nice development, but I’m not surprised since we see that a lot in Marissa Meyer’s novels. I loved the animal rescue storyline. That’s really my favorite part of the book. What’s there not to love about adorable seals, sea lions, and otters? A couple of them had lovable personalities and I just wanted to hug them. I felt so sorry for them when they washed up ashore with injuries and illnesses. It was so heartwarming seeing them fully recovered and released back into the ocean. Oh, I almost forgot! Rebecca Soler narrates the audiobook! And of course, she does a fantastic job. Highly recommended.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    The beginning was a bit slow, but once you push pass it, it is worth it. Prudence, named after one of the Beatles songs, was gifted with Karma power by the universe, where she gets to dole out punishment or rewards. Except for her Karma powers, instead of punishing Quint Erickson, her supposed lazy science lab partner, it rewards him instead. Prudence has never gotten a C in her life, but that’s what she got from her science teacher because she lacked teamwork. She wanted a do-over to bring up he The beginning was a bit slow, but once you push pass it, it is worth it. Prudence, named after one of the Beatles songs, was gifted with Karma power by the universe, where she gets to dole out punishment or rewards. Except for her Karma powers, instead of punishing Quint Erickson, her supposed lazy science lab partner, it rewards him instead. Prudence has never gotten a C in her life, but that’s what she got from her science teacher because she lacked teamwork. She wanted a do-over to bring up her grade, but after the way she badly treated Quint all year, he was more than happy to take a C instead of dealing with bossy Prudence. Karma truly is a bitch, and Prudence found that out firsthand. Its punishment sometimes harsh, and its reward mostly sweet. In the end, the universe played a role in turning the sour relationship between Prudence and Quint into something beautiful. After pushing through the slow and almost annoying beginning, I enjoyed the rest of the book. 3 stars.

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