It’s a pleasure to be one of the stops of the blog tour of All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria and Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza! This blog tour is organized by Dia of Book Junkie Joint in order to showcase and promote books by independent Filipino authors. For a list of past, ongoing, and upcoming blog tours, visit the Book Junkie Blog Tours site!
About the book:
Five Cuevas @5travels:
Three guesses to where I’m going next. Starts with an M. Ends with a U. Has a lechon named after it. #travel
Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world’s most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world’s most infuriating photo blogger, and it’s definitely war at first sight.
Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?
The moment I read what this book’s about I became curious because of the elements it has: blogging, romance, and travel. It’s also a factor that I just came from Macau two months ago so grabbing an e-copy of it became an easy decision.
It’s a very easy fluid read because it has likable characters. Five, the main protagonist, is very easy to relate to. You have to read it by the way to know where Five came from. Jesse is done just right — he’s depicted as infuriating and stuck-up, but he turned out very tolerable. I sometimes do not like it when misconstrued arrogant men-boys are made to be over the top annoying — the mellowing down part, showing the “he’s human after all” twist won’t be as believable. I’m glad the author made him and the other characters “just right”. 🙂
Even though it is only less than 200 pages long, it was able to cover the Macau familiarization tour without feeling that details were crammed in. It provided ample chances for the characters to share real moments. It made me think of the places I went to in Macau — and spots I was unable to go to! My own trip being so recent made me appreciate the events more (kilig peg counts included). Of course, this being a romance novella, each day of the tour gave glimpses of how the feelings developed. I personally have no concerns with instant, lightning fast romantic feelings (I believe in it kasi, hihihi) so in a way I understood what Five felt, but not the bit about being in love with Jesse already. It’s good she did not ramble on about it but instead she retreated and re-assessed what really transpired, and if there was something to begin with.
We all know how this story ends. But it is worthy to give it a try because we, hopeless romantics, can never really have enough kilig moments in this lifetime. Let me share two of my favorite passages from the book:
Our silence was comfortable, the kind that you develop after years of being someone.
I love it — this comfortable silence. It’s one of my favorite feelings in the world.
Just because I was dealing well doesn’t really mean that I was healing. It was like duct-taping something broken instead of actually fixing it.
Crying did me a world of good. It hurt more once I stopped denying things, but I was familiar with this kind of hurt. This was the kind that heals, not the numbing pain that seems to go on indefinitely.
Aww, Five. Admission of not being okay in guise of being okay will always be a sign of true courage to me. High five, girl!
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. If I could ask the author one thing, it would be this: have you considered a spin-off for Megh? The lady was made to be the typical hot but snooty accessory but toward the end, I felt she’s more than that. 😉 If it happens, I would really be happy.
About the author:
Chrissie’s first trip to Macau was in the summer of 2010. Like her main character, she fell in love there. Unlike her main character, she didn’t fall in love with a guy; she fell in love with egg tarts. An advertising copywriter in her past life, she now spends most of her time writing, taking photos, cooking and babysitting. She tweets about food and writerly things as @kitchencow. For thoughts longer than 140 characters, she blogs on http://thewriteside.kingdomcow.net. She still plays with dolls and she thinks that bacon is the answer.
This is her first novella.
Get in touch with Chrissie:
• Blog: http://thewriteside.kingdomcow.net
• Twitter: @kitchencow
• Instagram: @kaoko25
Now for the giveaway! Here are the prizes up for grabs:
◦ 3 Swag Bags (from Author Katrina Ramos Atienza) containing 1 medium, gray Well Played shirt + 2 Pride & Prejudice Bookmarks + Think Free Bag Tag!
◦ 3 Swag Bags (From Author Chrissie Peria) containing 1 paperback copy of All’s Fair in Blog & War, 1 unique trinket, 1 pocket journal, ebook voucher, postcard and bookmarks!
To enter the contest and get a chance to win the fab giveaways, please go to the All’s Fair + Well Played Blog Tour Rafflecopter Page. Goodluck!
For the complete blog tour schedule, visit the Book Junkie Blog Tour page.