30 May 2014

Young and Scambitious


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Young and Scambitious by Mina V. Esguerra
My rating: ★★★★

Summary:

Who is Elizabeth Madrid, exactly? She's Manila's latest It Girl--stylish, staple of the club scene, new best friend of famous-for-being-famous Chrysalis Magnolia. She's also a jewelry clan heiress, a former model, an Ivy Leaguer... except no one actually knew of her until last year. Shouldn't her new society friends be more suspicious? Especially "BFF" Chrysalis, who reportedly already lost an expensive ring to a friend who turned out to be a thief?.

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My Review:


Welcome to the world of scam artist. It sounds bad, but its a good read... *smile*
Yes that's right, the main character's in this story happened to be bad people, but hey they're really entertaining and I don't know how Mina pull it off, maybe she stalk them? hahaha... joking ;)

I seriously adore the characters in this story, making me wonder which book I like best
"Playing Autumn" that has so many sweet characters- which I'm really starting to wonder when I'll be posting the review- or this book with lots of cunning but likeable characters. One thing for sure, I truly like Jane and Gabriel even the sounds of their names in my head sounds romantic. But as most of Mina's books, it's not only about romance and I love how the story didn't focus only in love but friends and family...and yeah, deception.

I honestly don't have much to say because honestly, I was too busy flipping the pages, I forget the notes I should be writing about the story for this review and I didn't even bother to update my reading status in Goodreads long after finish reading it.

This is yet another great piece Mina, thanks for sharing it! :) Though it's a bit sad because of the ending is... nevermind. I've got to get the second story when I have a chance. Sigh, too many books, so little time.

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AUTHOR LINKS
minavesguerra.com
twitter.com/minavesguerra
facebook.com/minavesguerra

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3014313.Mina_V_Esguerra

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22 May 2014

Blog Tour-- Intoxicated review


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Hmm... I can't believe it, I actually ran out of things to say! Anyway, here's the second story!





INTOXICATED by V.M Blanc
My rating: ★★★★

Summary:

Deke, Sam and their new relationship will take you on a journey of friendship, love and complications.

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My Review:


Short, sweet and hot! Yeah, that the only description I could say about this short story. The story is about friends to lover concept, with the scene opening up right into the middle of the hero’s cute rambling. Seriously, Deke is so lovable. And though it was never shown how they was as friends, the relationship they have as lover has a hint of that friendship, not in a disgusting kind of way, but in a way that made me giggle. Deke and Sam are so good together and though it’s short and no deep conflicts unfolded, it was still a wonderful read that I manage to do in less than an hour. I would want to say that I read it without stop but that would be a lie because my phone runs out of battery and had to be charged.

I totally recommend this story to those looking for a light but steamy reads.

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19 May 2014

Blog Tour - Just for the Record


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Hello everyone! To those who arrive here waiting to read my review for E. A. MARTELLE's Heat of The Moment I'm sorry to say that due to errors of loading the book on my Buqo apps, I ran out of time and read another book in the bundle instead. Not that I wouldn't have reviewed Just for The Record if the errors hadn't occurred... I just... nevermind... let's get this over with shall we?




Just for the Record by Six De Los Reyes
My rating: ★★★★

Summary:

Just for the record, the heat can get to even the most calculated of minds.

Let it be stated that Rhys loves Ryan forever and ever. But certain needs are not being met, leaving her frustrated and asking for too much than the conservative and almost-rock star, Ryan, is willing to give. Uncooperative (or cooperative, depending on your point of view) weather provides her an opportunity to ask not what she can do for her friends, but what a friend can do for her.

Isaiah likes to say that the best thing about Rhys is that he can stand in her breathing space and feel nothing. Something of a breather when dancing with Lia short circuits his entire operating system. But all his beliefs are challenged when Rhys chances upon him in a steamy practice room in the middle of a heat wave.

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My Review:

First off, I LOVE THE COVER!

Okay, moving on.

I envy the author here really. The book has this sweet melancholy aura I've been aiming for in my novels, but I think still yet to succeed. Six De Los Reyes has a very nice style of writing (now I’m regretting why I didn’t add interview when I signed up for this book tour. Tsk!) Anyway, I was confused as hell about what's going on when the scene opened up. And I was majorly puzzled by all the characters, however, after I finally connected the dots, I found myself in love with Nico few pages after he’s introduced! ( kyaa! >v< *blush*) scratch that—I mean, I found myself enjoying the story. (Ehem)

Somewhere halfway down the story, when things started to get deep and complicated, I actually felt Ryan to be an unnecessary character, I feel that even without him being constantly mentioned, the story would be the same good (if not better) because there were already a lot of characters involve and truthfully I rather "see" more scene of the told rivalry between Lia and Rhys. Or so I first thought, but after reading the complete story (I still wanted the rivalry to be “shown”) but I change my mind about Ryan. Ryan an was  important piece, and the story would never be the same without him.

And I completely agree with one of the line in the story.
“Secrets have a way of being revealed in the most inconvenient way possible.”
Wow, so true!

I would have given this story a five star but I give it a minus one because somewhere near the end, Rhys was being narrated as "Cerise," I understand that it's her name too, but changing her name in the narration hindered me to appreciate the unfolding scene. It's fine if Ryan vocally called her that, but a short time later it was back to "Rhys" while she was still with Ryan, so what was the point in narrating her in her other name? Another reason for the minus star is because until in the end, like Nico, I never really truly understand why Rhys is so afraid of her feelings for the one she loves or the cause of her loneliness. 

But *sigh* even if this story has a very vague ending, which didn't give me sad nor happy ending, but nearly satisfying as it is.

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18 May 2014

You're beautiful or Ikemen desu ne

It's been awhile since I reviewed any drama so today I thought of posting one. I've seen this series about four years ago (I think). It became my favorite. Both the original and the remake (that doesn't happen often.) I normally like only one of the version better than the other, but the one I'll be reviewing today is equally good for me.

The original is a Korean Drama, (Left image)
The remake is a Japanese Drama, (Right image)

The story is focused on the boy band name A.N.JELL. 
The management company of A.N.JELL insisted that they add a new singer to the group as the lead vocal. However, the new selected member had to go to the US to repair a botched eye just before signing the contract. That's for the Korean version, I think the Japanese version was his nose or the throat (I'm not sure which one). 

Anyway, the since this new member have to leave, the agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, to stand in for him and pretend that she's her brother. 
The two of them grew up in an orphanage and she who was all set to become a nun, yet she agreed to this charade as she didn't want to spoil her brother's chance to become famous, which would make it easier to look for their mother later.


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REVIEW:

I like both the series. In a different way.

My most favorite character is Jeremy (Korean name). His child like attitude is really cute, his happy-go-lucky side is always fun to see, I guess that's why when he was finally in a serious mood and got all well... serious and cried. I cried too. The Japanese version of him (Yuki) made me laugh just as the original, but the overall acting I like the Korean version of him.

The Female lead: Go Mi Nam/Mi Nyu (Korean) sometimes annoyed me yet she's okay, since the story won't be complete without her. But Sakuraba Mio/Miko (Japanese) is more likable and her acting captured my heart more. I was able to feel sad when she was sad.

The Male lead: Hwang Tae Kyung (Korean) and Katsuragi Ren (Japanese) is equally good and bad so I have not much comment about them.

The last one is: Kang Shin Woo (I like his look better) I find him more good-looking than his Japanese version Fujishiro Shu. However, when it comes to acting, I think there's little difference, though I found myself rooting for Shin Woo, more than Shu (his bit more gloomy)

As for the antagonist: Yoo He Yi, I think she portrayed her character well, really hateful and I find nothing to like about her, but her evilness was just too much. Her Japanese version NANA on the other side was also evil, but somehow I was able to relate to her, it was like I understand her and at some point I end up liking her, with her evil attitude and everything. It's like it fine just for her to be herself. Though I never felt that for Yoo He Yi.

Well, that's my review for the characters. As for the series itself, as I mentioned. I like both, the way the story goes and everything.

Though, the last moment in the Japanese version cheered me up more than the Korean.
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07 May 2014

First post in months

I haven't posted anything in the last three months because after ten years of being away from my birth country, I finally manage to take a vacation in the Philippines, but the internet connection there is very slow and going to internet cáfe is pain! Not to mention noisy as crazy because most of the customers are online gamers. And I'm having one problem after problems instead of having fun in my vacation. (Sigh) After finally going back to Europe I was so drained of energy and stress. And after resting for a week I'm ready to start again, and here's a review of the newest story I finished reading in my kindle few days after I arrive in the Philippines.


by
Stella Torres



Summary:

Eloisa Carreon, a 28 year old cake artist, works at her family bakery. She yearns for the independence she had while living abroad, but her cautious parents and over-protective brother monitor her every move. When she is tasked to create a masterpiece for a high society wedding, Eloisa meets handsome videographer Sean Alvarez, a cousin of the bride. They discover a shared worldly outlook on life and a mutual desire to escape the excesses of the nuptials. The attraction between them is undeniable, yet Eloisa is weighed down by family expectations and emotional baggage from the past. She must decide whether to take the risk and open her heart, or seek shelter in the bakery that binds her family together.


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Rating: ★ 


I bought this book because I was in the mood for romance, but this book isn’t what I was looking for, its very general, her family drama, friends and job and lots of (uninteresting) details about cakes. (A disclaimer: I don’t really like judging other books as I also write stories, but then again, I won’t mind, anyone if anyone criticizes my story honestly because that what I’m about to do.)

I don’t mind a book that takes up a general topic (I read a lot of them too, and put a lot on my favorite list) but this book didn’t manage to hook me. I didn’t feel any like or dislike with the story, there’s a lot of things I find puzzling while I was reading, about Hazel’s family, Eloisa’s family, Sean and Eloisa herself, and those remained to puzzling till the end. Wait, in fact, I keep reading the book waiting to understand something other than cake making, but no, the only interesting characters for me is Hazel and Vinny and their story is the only highlight of my reading. The rest… no, the whole drama of the families’ aside, I couldn’t feel the romance between Eloisa and Sean, and the attraction between them felt forced into the story, there’s no… I don’t know… chemistry? It’s like a photograph of where you can clearly see that the couple is kissing in the picture, not because they want to but because they were told. That’s what I felt. On top of it, Sean had some action that wasn’t clearly explained. Ex. When he suddenly becomes quite after they kiss, “was that because he was angry that they were interrupted and that they have to pass by other shops?” that’s what I thought, but then the next thing I know I was reading about him agreeing to his mom’s invitation to Eloisa and he happily comes to get her.

I don’t know about others, but this book is one of the most unmemorable one. To tell honestly, I even forgot the Sean and Eloisa’s name and had to back in the book to see their names. But of course, if given a chance, I'll be willing to read more from the author.
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04 May 2014

Jenci's trouble



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Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Jenci's Trouble is a short story about a timid guy who dream to get the girl who he feels is out of his reach. 
This 2000+ words short story is permanently FREE and is possible to download in your electronic devices in Smashwords or Wattpad apps.
Please check it out when you have the time and kindly give your valuable rating and reviews!
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