Author: Marissa Meyer
Publication Date: November 3, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Review

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer is a cute young adult romance.

Prudence (Pru) is an overachiever that is always trying to do the best in school and working towards going to an elite college. Quint, a laid back slacker who is usually late to everything, is Pru’s lab partner. When their grade doesn’t turn out like Pru expects, she ends up volunteering at the rescue center for local sea animals with Quint.

The wildlife center is in trouble, so Pru and Quint come up with plans to try to raise money. Pru and Quint did not get along until they start volunteering together. They find out why the other does certain things and what is actually important to them. Pru discovers the importance of the rescue center and begins to think of others. She finds out more about Quint and the reasons why he always seems to be late. When Pru and Quint get to know each other can they put aside their differences and form a romance?

Pru is always judging people. One day she notices she can now enact instant karma. However, only when the person deserves or karma attacks her instead. I really enjoyed Pru discovering her power for instant karma and learning how this power works. Pru’s instant karma power helps her determine what is right and wrong. While Pru is selfish at the beginning of the book, she begins to look closer at others.

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.

About the Author

One of my first spoken words was “story” (right along with “bath” and “cookie”), my favorite toy as an infant was a soft, squishable book, and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first realized such a job existed.

When I was fourteen my best friend introduced me to anime and fanfiction—over the years I would complete over forty Sailor Moon fanfics under the penname Alicia Blade. Those so inclined can still find my first stories at Writing fanfic turned out to be awesome fun and brought me in contact with an amazing group of fanfiction readers and writers. As Alicia Blade, I also had a novelette, “The Phantom of Linkshire Manor,” published in the gothic romance anthology Bound in Skin (CatsCurious Press, 2007).

When I was sixteen I worked at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma, Washington, affectionately termed “The Spag.” (Random factoid: This is also the restaurant where my parents met some 25 years before.) I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I sorted mail that came to the dorm, carted tables and chairs around campus, and took writing classes, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature. Knowing I wanted a career in books, I would also go on to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University (which you can learn more about here). After graduation, I worked as an editor in Seattle for a while before becoming a freelance typesetter and proofreader.

Then, day of days, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a book deal, so I became a full-time writer. CINDER was my first completed novel, though I have an adorable collection of unfinished ones lying around, too.

I married my husband in 2011, two months before the release of Cinder, and we adopted our two beautiful twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney, in 2015. Reading lots and lots of bedtime stories is most definitely a new favorite pastime.

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