Review || Chasing Mindy, by Carla de Guzman


Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Jasmine “Mindy” Capras, born right in the middle of eight, equally unique siblings, has been dreaming of exploring Paris on her own. No crazy (but totally well-meaning!) family. No generic tours and boring tour guides. Unfortunately, when Mindy finally gets to go to Paris for a week, her mother insists that she meets up with Javier Tiangco, who happens to be studying in Paris for his MBA. The same Javier her mother, together with Javier’s mother as a faithful accomplice, has been trying to set her up with.

But while Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her siblings are brought up, Javier is taciturn and boring. The two of them spending a week in Paris together? It doesn’t sound like the best idea.

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Review || Start Here anthology from #romanceclass


Title: Start Here
Author: Agay Llanera, Bobbi Moran, Motzie Dapul, Danice Sison, Barbie Barbieto, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Yeyet Soriano, Katt Briones, Brigitte Bautista, Ronald S. Lim
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Anthology
Copy: Digital
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Synopsis:

There’s a first time for everything. Gate-crashing a K-pop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl you’ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.

Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters – unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether you’re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, there’s a story in here for you.

So, go on.

Turn the page.

Start here.

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Review || The Siren


Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Here’s the thing about Kiera Cass – whom I can really never completely hate, despite my vehement dislike towards all her books – that I just can’t seem to understand: she brings forth a ton of intriguing, refreshingly uncommon plot ideas but ultimately, carelessly rips them apart in favor of an unrealistically instantaneous, illogically all-consuming, hilariously cringe-worthy romance. It happened with her The Selection series, and the same mistake was made here in The Siren.

Supposedly, this standalone fantasy novel tells the tale of sirens, who are bound to serve the Ocean by luring people into watery graves through their singing. In turn, the Ocean is fed and is able to continue sustaining lives. Basically, the justification for this is as follows: sacrifice a few lives in order to sustain the lives of the rest of humanity. I found this tidbit particularly intriguing because it suggests that in the story, the Ocean is a thriving, living being with needs similar to those of people.

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Review || It Only Happens in the Movies (+ giveaway!)


Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe filmmaker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichĂ©s. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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Review || Ghost of a Feeling


Title: Ghost of a Feeling
Author: Celestine Trinidad
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.

So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.

She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.

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Review || You Out of Nowhere


Title: You Out of Nowhere
Author: Jay E. Tria
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Real quick: I received a digital review copy of You Out of Nowhere as part of my participation in a blog tour. This neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review. Many thanks to the #romanceclass authors for this fantastic opportunity!

You Out of Nowhere is the first of many upcoming steamy, contemporary, Filipino romance novels from the #romanceclassFlair project. The story begins with 31-year-old Kris Jimenez taking notice of a gorgeous stranger on a train, who happens to be holding a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Said stranger turns out to be Ringo de Dios, a 24-year-old workaholic trying to climb up the corporate ladder. Sparks fly, but their flirtation doesn’t end in the train. Somewhere along the way, they find themselves on the same flight to Seoul, Korea.

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Review || Making It Complicated


Title: Making It Complicated
Author: Clarisse David
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Quick disclosure – I received a digital Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this novel from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. Many, many thanks to Clarisse David for this fabulous opportunity!

Weighed down by the emotional baggage that has been haunting her ever since her parents’ marriage had imploded, nineteen-year-old Camille Velasco finds herself fleeing to the exquisite white beaches of Boracay for a quick summer getaway. As she tries to lose herself in the exotic chaos of the island, Cam encounters Hunter Alvarez, the resident drummer of a local band called The Integers.

Hunter may be her best friend’s childhood sweetheart, but for just one night in what is perhaps one of the most magical of places, he is all hers.

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