It’s a pleasure to be one of the stops of the blog tour of Cover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano! 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:
1) She has amnesia.
2) She’s on the run from her father’s creditors.
3) She’s enjoying her last days on earth.
Ever since Jang Min Hee walked into Gio’s small museum, she’s given him one excuse after another about why she’s vacationing at scenic Boracay Island. Rarely has Gio’s neat and organized world been shaken like this. Soon he finds himself scrambling over rocks, hiding in dressing rooms, and dragging her out of bars. But how can Gio tell what’s true from what isn’t? Their worlds are getting unraveled — one story at a time.
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I hardly ever come across contemporary romance reads from a male protagonist’s voice (the ones I have read were all horror/suspense — which is hmm, interesting); if there was, it’s usually just an alternate voice embedded in the chapters of a book. This is why I enjoyed reading this book, first and foremost. Of course, it’s not in great, very accurate detail, but knowing that you are reading about a love story coming from a man’s mindset is refreshing. They are as confused, dramatic, and sappy as us! 🙂
Another thing I like about this book is how it promotes Philippine tourism through Boracay. Sure, we have tons of it already, but reading it from a different angle is fun. I mean, I have not thought about a museum on that side of the islands; its interesting native people, other tidbits of the Aklanon culture that goes beyond the pristine beaches. It opened a lot of windows for more storytelling which I hope the author would touch in future works.
The protagonists are real and believable. Throughout the story, there was the balance of push-and-pull in dealing with a love affair which developed on the island (keeping in mind the cliche Whatever happens in Boracay, ends and stays in Boracay, no I didn’t make that up). It wasn’t rushed, it was just right.
I felt a bit disappointed toward the end and it’s like it cascaded way too fast — which was good had it not cascaded into the ending of the story. It became too melo — as in melodramatic; the stuff soapies are made of. But then, I looked back, and thought of the entire novella, and said to myself, it’s not bad after all. Probably, I liked the beginning and the middle so much that I could take whichever way it ended, because you know, it has to end sometime, somewhere, and in a fashion that is more or less hinted at throughout the story.
On another note, and this is the spin-off junkie in me talking, the sidestory of former lovers which expressed their feelings through art moved me. I wouldn’t mind reading their own story, although it will be a historical one, which I know entails more research and preparation.
Overall, I liked this book, and frankly it exceeded my expectations, the resolution notwithstanding. 🙂
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About the Author:
Cover (Story) Girl is Chris Mariano’s first published romance work, but her speculative fiction and poetry have appeared in Fully Booked’s Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Prose Anthology, Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 7, TAYO Literary Magazine, and Ideomancer. When she’s not writing, she supports Eskritoryo Pilipinas, an organization that encourages kids to appreciate Filipino literature and culture. She divides her time between Manila and Aklan.
If you wish to get in touch with Chris, you can contact her through:AUTHOR
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- blog: http://ficsation.blogspot.com
- Twitter: @dementedchris
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Now. for a giveaway!
There will be 3 Swag Bags up for grabs containing a signed paperback copy of CSG, set of postcards and bookmarks, vanilla shampoo/body wash [PHILIPPINES ONLY].
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