April 30, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Karma by Donna Augustine
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This was a book from my Beat the Backlist 2018 challenge put on by Novelknight, and I have to say, I’m glad I read it was. It has such an interesting concept! It was just some execution points that I wasn’t a fan of. *Trigger warning: There are some non-consensual sexual acts.*
Karma is not just a random act thrown at you by the universe. Karma, is a person who is in charge of making sure you get yours in the end; Karma is pissed. Camilla has recently died in a horrific train accident and she has now been drafted to be the new Karma in this world where Lady Luck, Fate, Murphy’s Law, and the Jinxes all exist as real people. The only thing that makes Karma decide to stay and learn about being Karma, is the little fishhook that Fate and Howard dangle in front of her that she can try to find her murdered, the one who caused the train wreck.
Now as Karma learns to do what karma does best, she learns that there is more to being Karma than just giving someone the finger and then being on your way. She has to work with Fate, a guy who does not like “transfers” as people like Karma are called, and it’s starting to piss her off how much he seems to hate her.
Camilla, now as Karma, tries to figure out her new way of life, she also figures out that there seems to be more behind her death than what was originally told. And she intends to find out all that is wrong.
Okay, so that’s the basic premise, and while I love the idea that all those things we say like, “karma’s a witch,” and “you’ve been visited by Lady Luck,” and things like that, they are actual people. And they do what needs to be done in order for the universe to have balance. What I didn’t like and had to skip over in this book was the forced romance that kept coming up between Fate and Karma. It didn’t feel right, it didn’t feel natural, and it just messed with the flow of the book. And yes, there are some non-consensual scenes in that they both feel something and act on it without knowing why, and someone spikes a drink and it’s just nonsense in my opinion. The book was fine without it, and in my opinion, it would have been better if the romance was left out of it. They could have been friends and it would have been a lot easier on my stomach.
What books series have you read that was ruined by romance? Comment below and let me know.