30 September 2013

Cover (Story) Girl

Cover (Story) GirlCover (Story) Girl by Chris Mariano
My rating: ★ / 


Summary:

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.

My Review:

I hate leaving low ratings on books but I really don’t feel like giving this book higher than two stars.

First of all, even as someone born from the Philippines I found this book exotic, Boracay settings attracted me (which is why I bought it.)

As I start reading it hooked me up, in the beginning that is, but it quickly become boring for me. I don’t how I should explain it… probably one reason is that even though the book is written from a third person point of view; it’s all narrated from Gio (the hero’s) perspective. Okay, I admit that I haven’t finished the book yet but I don’t feel like reading anymore, for me 50% (where I finally give up) is enough after trying to read it for almost a month.

I’m not saying that the book is bad though, it was well written, the author cleverly “show” me what the characters do and see, and I’m sure many others would love this story but let’s just say that this is just not my cup of tea.
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29 September 2013

Love at First Date

Love At First DateLove At First Date by Susan Hatler
My rating: 

Summary:

(Better Date than Never series, Book #1)

Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life . . .

Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.

Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?


My Review:

Ooh… I’m lost for words! I actually had so many things I wanted to say while I was reading the story but now that I’m done reading… I’m simply satisfied and ready to read another of Susan Hatler’s books. I’ve been eyeing her stories for a while now but since I don’t have a kindle it never really motivate me to read but now that I have I downloaded this book just to try reading it and I’ve never read a book written by an English person so quickly before. I started reading it last night and I wouldn’t have stopped if my bedtime hadn’t interfered.

This story hooked me up the first line. It was a light a easy to read book, not so much drama but exciting to read nevertheless. I truly admire the author style; the humors in the story keep me wanting to read the next pages all the way to the end. I don’t remember feeling bored while reading it, I love how Ellen and Chester interact (keep me smiling) and the ending was romantic (yes, I giggled a bit)
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27 September 2013

Reaching the Edge

Reaching the Edge (Edge, #2.5)Reaching the Edge by Jennifer Comeaux
My rating: ★★★★

Summary: 

Emily has waited over two years to give herself to Sergei. She couldn’t have asked for a more patient man. Now they’ve finally reached their wedding night, and after all Sergei’s patience and understanding, Emily wants to be everything for him. How will their first night together compare to their dreams?

This is a 3500-word short story that contains mature content not suitable for younger readers. It is part of the EDGE series, but it's not necessary to read Life on the Edge or Edge of the Past first to enjoy this story.

My Review:

Short and passionate... I'm not familiar with the characters as I haven't read the main story but the character's are lovable, yes, they make me giggle. But maybe I'm just too liberated because it's almost hard for me to imagine a guy so in love with a girl (for that amount of time) and still hold himself from completely claiming her after the marriage.
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13 September 2013

Kailan Kita Pwedeng Mahalin?

Kailan Kita Puwedeng Mahalin? (Precious Hearts Romances, #3026)Kailan Kita Puwedeng Mahalin? by Angel Bautista

My rating: 


Summary:

I would be very much willing to do even the impossible things if it would make you happy."

Maileen never planned to fall in love with Albert Villares. Isang malaking kagagahan ang ma-in love sa kanyang boss--dahil nagtrabaho siya sa kompanyang iyon para sa isang misyon.

At lalo naman hindi niya inasahang iibigin siya ni Albert.

"Puwede ba tayong magpanggap na puwedeng maging tayong dalawa?"

Alam niyang napakarami na niyang ginagawang pagpapanggap para pumayag sa nais nito. Ngunit kabaliwan mang matatawag, mas mahalaga ang mga sandaling kasama niya ang binata... kahit alam niyang panandalian lang ang lahat ng iyon. Dahil sa sandaling matuklasan ni Albert kung sino siya, aanihin niya ang matinding galit at pagkamuhi nito..


My Review:

Ah I wish the one I bought has the cover of like this one. Because if there's one thing I don't like with the one I have it's the cover illustration (no offense no El Parado but I have seen some better than the one I own)

Cover illustration aside. This is the first best favorite Tagalog pocketbook out of more than (literally) a thousands Tagalog romance that I've read. I find nothing to complain in this one. The story is relatable. The settings is nice, the presentation is good, the main characters is great and simply lovable... Maybe Maileen was a bit slow to understand her uncle's nature but that's okay Their problems is very understandable.

Writers sometimes could be a little egoistic and think that "my writing is fine as it is" but after reading this, I'm burning with passion to write something so engaging as this. (For now I'm not sure there yet.)
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11 September 2013

Mulan (I'll make a man out of you)

How could I ever forget the first ever Disney movie that made me cry and laugh so hard? As a young teen until now at Li Shang and Mulan still makes me squeal while thinking of them, and the music video below, a clip from the movie just refresh that warm, romantic feelings all over again.



and below is a tiny bit of their first encounter.




And that is why, classic cartoons like Mulan is still my treasure.

- Just on the side note: I love Li Shang's singing voice! Kyaaa!
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09 September 2013

Love Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

I've decided to change my style of books review starting today! Additional summary and cute stars!


Love Your FrenemiesLove Your Frenemies by Mina V. Esguerra

My rating: ★★★★


Summary:

Kimmy Domingo was the kind of girl everyone hated and envied -- until her fiancé dumped her a week before their wedding. Soon after, she quit her job, hopped on a plane, and just hid from everyone who knew her. A year later and she's back in Manila to be maid of honor at a wedding she can't miss.

Kimmy's home because she's ready to start over, but she also knows that some people at that wedding were responsible for the mess her life turned out to be. The first step to recovery? Cutting off the ones who caused her troubles to begin with: her best friend and her first love.

My Review:

I really liked this book, the characters are very engaging, I love the heroine; Kimmy, I like how confident she is and how practical she think about (running away from her personal problem aside) I even actually like her foul mouth, hahaha :D

Chelsa, I actually hated her but only in the beginning soon after things clear up, I end up nodding thinking, she just loves her friend.

Isabel is plain lovable and I would love to read a story about her.

Marjorie is… well portrayed, I can really relate at her problem, sometimes it’s just annoying to feel that here you are doing your best, working hard as much as you could but then someone else who appear to hasn’t done much outrun you, that’s annoying. Yes, envy and jealousy is such an ugly thing but its part of being a human. Happens to be a me a lot and whenever that feeling comes up I have to hide to hide in my room and hammer the head of my dark twin (not that I’m normally an angel.)

Manolo is fine I actually like him too, I like his flirtatious and easy going personality but I can’t really put my finger on it but I feel like he lacking of something. Sure, he’s a good guy, helpful and generous, and… I don’t know but I feel like he still needs to prove himself for me to like him a romantic hero but then again this book isn’t all about romance but about friendships too. And it shows here how being yourself is one of the most important factors to gain a true friend.

This book was really enjoyable, though I started reading it lazily but I quickly become attached to it halfway that I just had to read it every chance I get until I’ve finally finished reading the story.

This is my second book of Mina and I don’t think I’ll be the last.
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06 September 2013

Enchanted 2007 Film

Let me start my first September post with a happily ever after, yes! Fairytale, but not just a fairytale, but a very enchanting fairytale movie; Enchanted.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.comFrom Wikipedia:

Enchanted is a 2007 American fantasy romantic comedy musical film, produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures in association with Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. Written by Bill Kelly and directed by Kevin Lima, the film stars Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, and Susan Sarandon. The plot focuses on Giselle, an archetypal Disney Princess, who is forced from her traditional animated world of Andalasia into the live-action world of New York City. This is Andalasia Productions' first and only film and also the first Disney film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
The film is both an homage to, and a self-parody of, conventional Walt Disney Animated Classics, making numerous references to Disney's past and future works through the combination of live-action filmmaking, traditional animation and computer-generated imagery. It heralds the return of traditional animation to a Disney feature film after the company's decision to move entirely to computer animation in 2004.


Plot:

Warning! Contains spoilers!

 In "Andalasia", an animated fairy tale world devoid of problems, in which there are talking animals and "happy endings", an evil queen named Queen Narissa frets that her stepson Prince Edward will soon find his true love, which means that Narissa's position on the throne would be taken over. One day, Edward and Nathaniel, Queen Narissa's henchman, successfully capture a troll, but Edward rides off to the cottage of a peasant named Giselle after hearing her sing about "true love". Knowing Narissa's wishes, Nathaniel sets the troll free to get rid of Giselle, but Edward saves her just in time. When they meet, they instantly fall in love and plan to get married the following day.

However, Narissa had witnessed everything, so she meets Giselle while the peasant runs off to get wed to Edward. Narissa successfully tricks Giselle and sends her from the cartoon world to the real live-action world of Earth, because the portal from the cartoon world was located at the sewer of the road at New York City's Times Square. Meanwhile, a divorce lawyer named Robert plans to propose to his girlfriend Nancy, much to the dismay of Morgan, his daughter. While Robert and Morgan are being driven home however, they witness a confused Giselle at a brightly lit billboard advertising "The Palace" casino, who mistakes the pink castle on the billboard image for an actual palace. Luckily, Robert rescues her after she falls off, and he lets Giselle stay their his apartment at the insistence of Morgan.

Pip, Giselle's chipmunk friend from Andalasia, witnessed Narissa send Giselle to the real world and warned Edward about it, so they escape to New York City as well to rescue Giselle. While at a hotel room, Edward luckily finds out about Giselle's whereabouts via a TV channel that she happened to show up on. However, he's unaware that Nathaniel, who had traveled to New York City due to Narissa seducing him to do so, is trying to get rid of Pip, who found out about the poisonous apple-centric plan that he and Narissa had concocted. Meanwhile, Robert decides to have Giselle stay with him and Morgan, believing that she needed his protection after wanting them to separate due to Giselle causing a falling out between him and Nancy. Giselle questions the divorce lawyer about his relationship with Nancy, and decides to help the pair reconcile by sending flowers and tickets to the "King and Queen's Costume Ball". Meanwhile, an angered Narissa plans to come to New York City after Nathaniel failed to poison Giselle twice.

As they spend more time together, Giselle and Robert begin to grow feelings for each other all the while Edward continues to look for Giselle, eventually finding her at Robert's apartment. While Edward is eager to take Giselle home to Andalasia and finally marry, she insists that they should first go on a date, reluctant to leave Robert and Morgan so soon. Giselle decides to end their date at the King's and Queen's Ball.




Movie Review:

I love this movie, my husband does too! Hahaha, yeah I kind of dragged him to watch it with me.

Not everything is perfect with this movie but that’s just because I always find things to complain. The first thing that I would like to be changed was the park scene, it was just too much singing! One thing is that she sings but for everyone to start dancing and singing with her… well, never mind it’s a musical movie so it was expected, and it wasn’t that bad (it’s just one of the reason why I avoid watching musicals, it’s fine with cartoons but real people? ... no not so much)

The second, thing I might mention, which isn’t such a big deal too because Giselle’s acting was great but she looks older compare to when the other character’s show up in the real world. But as I said, it’s not a big deal. Other than those two things, this movie is perfect. I love pip! He made me laugh, and Prince Edward is a funny and charming prince, I actually liked him more than Robert! Ha! Well Robert is better looking but I still like Edward more. Morgan is cute and of course I love Giselle too, I like how good she portrayed her role.

If you’re ever in the mood for a light romantic fantasy comedy film. I suggest you give this a try.

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