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03 Mini Book Reviews {Play it By Ear, Pretty Reckless and Filthy Gods}

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PLAY IT BY EAR (Backstage Pass #2) by Tara Frejas

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What does it really take to be a champion?

When East Genesis Project’s Jo Yihwan reluctantly pinch-hits for injured band mate Steven Bae in a reality TV-slash-talent competition, he decides he’s only in it to win. After all, he is representing his band, and the All-Kill Champion title had some handsome perks attached to it.

But he didn’t expect to meet a gutsy, driven teammate like Ha Yoojung, or feel drawn to her incandescent spirit week after week after week. He didn’t expect her to be carrying a devastating secret that could cost them the grand prize, either.

What starts as a competition becomes so much more. With careers, a long-held dream, and honor at stake, can Yihwan and Yoojung’s hearts survive?

Content warnings: Mentions of sexual assault

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Play it By Ear follows thru East Genesis Project leader, Jo Yihwan, being paired with Ha Yoojung, a trainee, in a reality TV & talent competition called All Kill Champion. Everything about it felt authentic (like the news articles and comments from netizens, authentic af) and I was immediately sold to the idea. What started as an awkward butting of heads between Yihwan and Yoojung…gradually shifted into them being one of the show’s very competitive and creative duo. I adore their relationship, how they listen to each other’s opinions and how they take constructive criticisms. I love when they brainstorm for their performances and when they have to come up with out of the box ideas. The set-up about the competition and their experiences in it were easy to imagine. Also the EXO mentions in the book, a total win for me.

But then there’s a sudden twist in the story, one that hits too close with the recent headlines in South Korea. You may ask, what’s that? Know about the scandal after scandal being unearthed and big personalities from the entertainment, business (etc) industries linked? Okay, I think you get the hint already just by that.

We need more Ha Yoojung-like people in this planet. Seriously. She breaks down (whenever she cries I get teary eyed too) but at the end of it all she’s one tough gal. I applaud her guts to speak up and tell the world her story. Even though chances are people won’t listen to her. She choose to stand up for herself, for other women who possibly experienced it too. I love her. ❤️

The romance, check. It was there, cute even, but it didn’t overpower what this book wants to talk about. All the AmEnt and East Gen babies were great side characters. I’m keeping my eyes on you, Steven. I’m teased. 👀

I love this book and what it stands for. It wasn’t just about the fluff. It dived into something recent, crazy alarming, and I appreciate it so much that we have this narrative of Yoojung. Thank you, Tara. 💛

RATING: 4.5 STARS

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Cover Reveal: Making it Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2) by Clarisse David

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 Cover designer: Daniel Tinagan

Making it Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2)
By Clarisse David
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult, New Adult
Release Date: October 16, 2017

Blurb:

No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.

Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.

Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.

Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.

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ARC Review: The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman

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SYNOPSIS

There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.

Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home.

As a princess who’s sunk a yacht and been caught kissing popstars, it’s easy for her aunt, the regent, to think she’s ill prepared for the throne. But Nina doesn’t think that having to fake date Felipe, the handsome, squeaky clean Prince of Concordia was the best solution for that.

Nina’s ready to learn the ropes of her new role and make it hers, and reconnecting with Felipe only makes her want to be a better queen. But is the monarchy ready for Queen Nina?

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Purchasing link: Amazon

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The Queen’s Game is a story that I didn’t know that I needed. 

Lurking around on Twitter certainly has its perks and one of ’em is being able to spot upcoming releases that are up for reviews. That’s how I ended up with The Queen’s Game. Once I saw the ARC request link on my timeline, I clicked on it and immediately became so enamored with its premise. I want it. So without a shadow of doubt, I jumped into the opportunity of reading and reviewing it before its publication date. Just read that synopsis, I don’t know how you can say no that.

Filipino Royals, fake dating, childhood friends to lovers, badass and refreshing Princess – this book has it all.

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Book Review: All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria

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SYNOPSIS

Five Cuevas @fivetravels
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?

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Purchase link: Amazon

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All’s Fair in Blog and War was an enjoyable 107-paged light and sweet read. 

Before I proceed in divulging my thoughts about All’s Fair in Blog and War, I would just like to share with you on how I was able to acquire a copy of it. It came to me as a sweet surprise, actually. Yesterday I received a direct message on Twitter from Ana Tejano (Author of Fall like Rain, which I currently reviewed and featured here on my blog) saying that I won from her giveaway. Apparently my book review for Fall like Rain was the 50th review posted on Goodreads and she has this on-going secret giveaway in which to reward the ones who posted the 49th and 50th review. What were the chances of me getting this lucky? Probably this one time! She asked me to pick any book from #romanceclass as a prize and I got way too flustered. There are a lot of books that I’ve been eyeing from #romanceclass (others are already sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read) and so I asked Ana if she has any suggestion. Then she asked what I’m up for reading and in which I told her that I feel like reading a book under the friends to lovers or love and hate relationship trope.

That’s when this violet-covered book popped into my mind! I told Ana that I’ve chosen All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (since I’ve been wanting to read it) and she proceeded to gift it to me on Kindle. So before yesterday, I wouldn’t have thought of being able to breeze through this book today. Yes, I breezed through it!

Thank you again, Ana for being my Kindle fairy! 

All’s Fair in Blog and War follows the story of travel blogger, Five Cuevas, who got invited (along with few selected bloggers) by the Macau Tourism Board for a familiarization trip to the said place. The trip aims to introduce the bloggers and have them enjoy Macau’s different offerings in terms of culture, cuisine, entertainment and attractions. It’s going to be an all-paid expense trip – from the accommodations, airfare, meal and so on. They are going to enjoy the place without spending a dime. Lucky them! Well, except for the pasalubongs. In turn they have to feature their experiences in Macau on their respective blogs which is basically still a win on their side considering the traffic that they could get out of it.

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Book Review: Fall Like Rain by Ana Tejano

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SYNOPSIS

Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it’s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend’s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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Fall like Rain is more than just its pure and slow burn romance. 

While I was scrolling through my timeline, I saw someone who retweeted a tweet saying that Fall like Rain by Ana Tejano is available for only $0.99 on Kindle. (For someone who frequently purchases ebooks that is a total steal!) So the price drew me in but what ultimately made me click the purchase button is its synopsis. You may or may not know this; I’m actually a sucker for books with premises which involves someone being on the friend zone and the typical best friends to lovers romance. Fortunately, Fall like Rain both have that.

“If only life, feelings, and love were as simple as making programs – you know, put in the right code, the correct input, and things will happen the way you want them. If something went wrong, then fixing it was as easy as adding or removing a character, or rearranging some lines.”

Rain De Castro is real. I’m going to start this off by saying that I’m no way near to Rain’s situation. Well, I do have guy friends but we’re buddy buddy and all that. But I do know that a lot of girls out there would be able to identify themselves with Rain, stat. Girls like Rain who are experiencing situations wherein they have to guess and ask themselves the meaning of this and that gesture made this certain someone towards them. Does it qualify as a friendly gesture? A romantic one? Ana Tejano was able to perfectly capture and put Rain’s confusion, fears and frustrations into words. I felt it. The entire time I was reading the book, I felt like I was her – being doubtful, on the edge and thinking of all the possible what ifs. Add Francis’ character voicing out every scary scenario out there, oh the horror.

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