Book Review: A Blast from Two Pasts by Kristel Villar

A blast

I will be completely honest with this one. I was never a fan of Filipino authors and before I know it, I already agreed to join in the book tour. I think someone told me that this one was originated from wattpad or something like that. Never been a fan of Filipino authors unless it was Ricky Lee or Bob Ong.

Well.. somehow, I didn’t regret joining on the blog tour. The book was good and light read. I already expect the worse when it comes to Filipino published stories because I was traumatized the first time I tried to read a published Wattpad story. (Don’t be offended Ms. Author) So, I am going to praise this one. Blast from two past is a story of our female protagonist, Cara, who have been left by her boyfriend for a year and a childhood crush came into her life, Lucas. I have to admit that I am coping with the writing style and the setting in the book — I’m not used to. The story is light, while reading the book, I felt irritated with Cara, I never liked her and my first impression? Really? A childhood crush? What a cliché of all cliché’s.

This book may be cliché, well all romance are cliché and predictable but somehow, the author deliver the lines good and the construction of words are very well. I just couldn’t imagine the characters in real life talking in English when you are in the Philippines, they are like high-end people who are above the society’s class. Either way, it was a good read. I can’t say that I like it through and through and I can’t say I dislike the entire book. The story might be simple and balance but it has a sense of coping at the first phase of reading.

What I dislike about this book is that, the author seems have a delusions about guys with complete package deal who seem have a high standard on their physique. It a trend in romance, I guy that will make the women drool and swoon and sees it as a perfect and a model and everything a women could possibly wish for a guy to be. In some point, I would like to read a novel where flaws are pin pointed and shows how a guy improved. There’s no perfect guy. It would be better if their lower their standards in describing them but I am not against it, maybe that’s how they see when they are in love, they couldn’t see the flaws so they focus on how great their partner is.

Again, it may seem predictable but I like how this book ended. I wish that she write it longer because I keep on thinking Ollie, I can’t see the closure between the two. Either way, if you are craving for some short read, I would recommend this book.

My ratings : 3 stars

Why did I rate it 3 stars? I’m saving the 2 stars for improvement. I’m expecting more and not bad for a first book!

Interview with Christine Brae

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 

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Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Christine is the author of The Light in the Wound, His Wounded Light and Insipid. Her new book, In This Life, is set to release in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

THE INTERVIEW


  1. First, tell me what inspired the story of Anna, Dante, and Jude?

Anna, Dante and Jude are all inspired by real people, who were in these dilemmas at some time or other in their life.  All three of them are inspired by right place wrong time events, of quiet suffering, of confusion and the irrational effects of falling head over heels in love. This story is inspired by those who thought they knew what they wanted out of life, and who find out that there is never a time that we stop learning, evolving and changing. That we need to be free to change our destiny if we want to.

2. At some point, there is bound to be some negative comments spirituality and religion. Are you prepared of that?

Yes, I fully expect that some people may not connect with the beliefs stated in this book. I tried to make that a subtopic, tried to introduce overtones and not have that be the central focus of the book. But I think that the need to do good in the world is universal, and I’m hoping that this will thread together our differences in beliefs.

3. What is the most painful, saddest scene for you in the book? Who is the strongest person in the novel and why?

I think that the saddest scenes in the book are the deepest conversations between the main characters. It doesn’t take much to feel the pain in their words. This is Anna’s story and therefore I think that she is the strongest.

I know. I know, Christine. I cried on that part.

4. Falling in love 100%.. for Anna, was it 100% with someone she married with? Or there could never be a 100% love?

You know my answer to that. There can never be 100% love between 2 people. The heart is a complicated thing, people are complicated beings. It’s not fair to place such a huge expectation on the one you love to try to fulfill every part of you. I think your heart can be shared with different people who fill different parts of you.

 Anna loved her husband 100%. Or so she thought. Oftentimes we think we are fulfilled until someone comes along to show us that there was a teeny weeny part that was left open.

This hit me so hard! 

5. If given a chance that this becomes a film in the future, who do you want to play Anna, Dante, and Jude? Why?

I honestly haven’t thought that far. I think I need to audition people 🙂 Specially the actors.

6. At one point, the love portrayed in the novel is somewhat forbidden. What is your message for those people who are harboring feelings for people that they cannot have?

Oh no, this is a hard one. I want to tell you to have hope and that we will never know if we don’t do something about it. I’ve told people how much I loved them last year, even if I wasn’t sure if they loved me back.

I don’t know if we can force what’s not meant to be, I certainly learned that the hard way. But I know that we should never be ashamed of feeling something for a person or for something that may be unattainable.

7. Have there been criticisms? How do you take them?

Yes there have been. But I try to focus on the good things and on the fact that I have a wonderful life and successful career outside of this! At some point, we all have to say, “okay, I’ve really tried. This is my fourth book.” I’m so lucky that if this doesn’t work out, I can just walk away. It doesn’t mean I stop writing. It just means that I’m not meant to publish what I write for myself.

8. Do you believe in fate? Why or why not?

I absolutely do believe in fate!! We meet people for a reason. Every single person crosses our path for a purpose.

9. An important plot point of the story for me is confusion. Please give a short message for all the people who are confused about their feelings for their loved ones.

It’s totally fine to be confused. And it’s totally fine to be confused for a long time. But in the end, you will have to make a choice and live with it. For as long as we exercise accountability, we should be prepared to take the consequences of our decisions.

Confusion leads to courage. Be brave and don’t ever regret your feelings.

10. Favorite quote from this book that you could never ever forget?

There are so many! I can’t really think of a specific one! Although I really love the one that says, “I should dance in his tears. I should dance in them and wash all my wounds away.”


Wow! I love your answers, Christine! I know you probably heard this from me a multiple of times but I wanted to tell you, again, Thank you so much! For being there, for being a part of my life — for being a friend. We will continue supporting you! I swear. Let’s hope and I know, you will keep on sharing the lessons of life.

Book Review: In This Life by Christine Brae

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Amazing! I was having a book slump after reading November 9 when I came into possession of the eARC of In This Life and I couldn’t start any book after finishing Hoover’s latest book. Seriously, Christine Brae’s book just released me from my book slump and it feels like I was delivered into an amazing passion of love and regret — and I don’t know, I just started the book and read the first few lines and somehow, I am inhaling her book — I was continuously reading it word by word, I couldn’t stop and it was magical and devastating. The first thing that really caught my attention was Christine’s writing style. I can see the huge improvement of her words and how she blend them, how she describe the emotions — it feels like real, it was real. I can feel the emotions overflowing through her characters and I can sense their grief and fear and confusion and love. I was in a verge of crying three times since Part I through Part III of the novel and I couldn’t take it when I got to Part IV, I am literally crying in the bus. I know it was a shame but this book is so emotional that I can’t put it down. You will be keeping on wanting to read more, you will crave for the stories to come, to the chapters to read. You will look forward on the lessons how life sucks every happiness within a person until every joy in your soul becomes a tear.

Anna. She’s a great character and somehow I can understand where her anger is coming from. She was young and she can’t understand complicated things in life that can brought smiles and happiness to someone. At the other side of her character, she is irritating too but she knows what and who to prioritize. I love how Anna realize the she was loved by her mother, how everyone, surrounding her, loves her so deeply.

Jude. I like his personality, you can feel it by reading that he has a soothing side, that you wanted to be around him but I hate him — Not really to the point of ‘hate’, somewhere along ‘dislike’ . Why doesn’t he try to contact Anna earlier? What could happen if they met earlier? It really breaks my heart for Anna. I wanted to hug her and comfort her. But what could have done, right? A lot of my friends liked Jude but I never like him through and through. One of the good thing about Jude is that he is compassionate and he is determined but sometimes, things don’t go well in your life because the brain tells you what you want to pursue but your heart meddles because it beats for what you really desire.

Dante. Don’t start me with him. Dante is one of the characters that you will love till the end. No matter what happened or no matter what will the ending be. Dante is a best and  forever will be a best friend of Anna and the secret lover at the same time. What I don’t understand is that Christine loves to make her readers in pain. No, you just don’t do that Christine. You just don’t break your reader’s heart into pieces and make it whole again and crushed it again. Do you know what is confusing on your characters? I don’t know who to choose to comfort or to give love or to understand. They are all have choices and those choices are so difficult. For Anna, for her love to Dante or for choosing what her heart beats for and what her brain tells her? For Jude, for choosing the path that he pursued for so long or to abandon it and choose the love that was already in front of him. For Dante, to be selfish and love Anna unconditionally or to let go of people because that’s how big his love.

It was an explosion of emotion, a steel made of tears and life. This book made me think how people accept things that could happen on their life. How they fight for the thing they wanted the most or how they continue on hoping that there will be light upon them. It was fantastical and divine. This book exceeded my expectations and this is one of those book that you can’t define nor describe if the ending is a happy ending or not. Maybe, it will be depending on the reader. And this book is the best among your books, Christine! No Doubt! Some, may hate or love this book but one thing is for sure. In this Life is a book that will teach you a lot about love, life and yourself. I am rating this book 5 freaking stars! This is not an ordinary book. It was, it is and it will ever be a masterpiece.

About the Author


christine2Christine Brae is a full-time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. In This Life is her fourth book, and is set to come out on January 22, 2015.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.


Check out the blogs who are also participating in “IN THIS LIFE BLOG TOUR

Feather from Book Store Bug

Khesa of A Quarter of Quinn

Elena from The Queen Reads

Erika from The Nocturnal Fey

JM from Bookfreak Revelations

Nicka from Read by Nicka

Amanda of Fandomly Bookish

Alyssa, The Storyteller

Elline Fay of Bibliophile Soprano

 

 

Book Review: Never Never part 3

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I don’t know what to write. I don’t know what to feel. I was expecting a lot more with Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. Never Never part 1 was a cliffhanger, Never Never part 2 seems promising and then, there’s the hype for the last part and now, at last, was released for us to read.

*spoiler ahead*

I read immediately the book since it will only take me less than an hour for me to finish it. And what I’ve got? Disappointment. I’ve been a fan of the two authors, been following them and reading their book but I don’t like this one. It was at the bottom of my list. It is illogical. Fate? Really? You lose your memories because you broke up? That fate and destiny already lined you two to be soul mates? That the universe already made plans for you two? I don’t think so. You don’t lose your memories for that reason.

Lines maybe delivered quite well and there are likable quotes but I don’t like the plot. Plot what makes a good book and from the two of you? It should be painful and something a reader would enjoy. I got frustrated with this book, I got irritated. I have high expectations and I wished it has a different ending.

Sorry. I meant no offense. But Never Never is not for me.

Book Review: The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon

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I requested this galley because I was attracted since it was under the fantasy category and I never knew that I am falling in a trap — This book. I don’t have any expectations, I don’t have any clue with the plot, I haven’t read the summary on goodreads and when I started it to read if I’m going to hooked by it, I don’t really know what happened. I was like digesting the story and sucking wholeheartedly the amazing writing style of Jennifer Fallon. I read the quarter part of the novel within less than an hour! I think, what really caught my attention with her book is that it was so beautifully written that you keep on wanting more. Rakaia a princess on one of Hablet’s harem was departed to marry a high court royal to build ties for Fardonhya, with the underlying and magnificent political views, her mother Princess Sophany made arrangements on her own to save her daughter from the secrets of the past and to have a secured future. In this fast-paced Novel, The Lyre Thief, will make you crave for more and will understand each characters decisions and sentiments. The twist and decisions of the characters and how characters are linked into one another, they are like a whole clan, building an empire and dynasty. The Lyre Thief is focused on the stories of multiple characters that will dive you into another realm of magic.

I am grateful that I chose to read this book because I was so interested what kind of life the characters could lead. There are so much introduction and perspective with this book and I’m already looking forward what could the second installment could bring to their readers. I wanted to see more perspective and action. I am expecting some magical stuffs and amazing world description. I wanted to read glimpse of flirting (Team Kiam and Charisee!). I wanted to know more about the gods and their symbolism.

I have so much hope for this book and damn, I am already looking forward to the Book 2.

Ratings: 4 stars!

Teaser Tuesday!

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“We all waged a war with the memory of a ghost.”

In This Life, Christine Brae


Folks! Three days left before the release of In This Life by Christine Brae!

Have you pre-ordered your books?

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About the Author


 

christine2Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. In This Life is her fourth book, and is set to come out on January 22, 2015.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.


 

Books


 

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Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.

 

 

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The perfect life.

The perfect marriage.

The jilted lover.

Their worlds collide.

Fate intervenes twelve years later and their paths intersect once again. All three will question whether the heart is truly capable of dividing and being divided; each will decide whether it matters who you loved first or who you love last.

Together they will learn that in the end, there can always only be one.

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Banal. Lifeless and Colorless. These are the words that describe my life. I’ve made the right choices, done all the right things. I’m strong, intelligent and highly successful.

I’ve lived scrupulously, loved greatly, and shared my blessings equitably.

But life hasn’t been fair with me.

Now I’m drowning in the middle of the ocean, desperately searching for the shore, surrendering to the fact that I will never be happy.

Then he came along.

Life is unpredictable. You can play it safe and resist change for fear of the unknown. Or you can close your eyes and take the leap with the knowledge that your life will change forever.

Which one will I choose?

My name is Jade Richmond and this is my story.

 

 

The Liebster Award: Nominees and Questions

LeibsterI was nominated by Betty from Bookish Blurbs, I literally no clue what this is all about and why I have been nominated! First there are rules, then you are going to answer the questions that has been given by the one who nominated you and then nominate someone too! Thank you Betty!

The Rules


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award.
  4. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
  5. Give them 11 questions of your own.

The Questions


What made you start blogging?

I am a reader ever since High school and I have a quite interest with books when I was on my elementary days. When I got into College, a professor of mine, advised me to make a blog — I was wondering, “Will there be people who wants to read a blog I published?”, well, I listened to my professor and that’s why I made this blog. I a grateful that I listen to her advised because I learn a lot from the Book Community and the Book Blogging Society. What really made me start blogging? Maybe for the love of books and that one little push from my adviser! Thank you, Ma’am!

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Fluence by Stephen Oram at 30%, I guess? The story was set in a little advance future on where we live in. There’s so few differences from the novel and from our reality. You could feel the advance technology of his novels and the hierarchies of people. We live in a social world and it feels like we are trapped there. I would like to make a review of this book when I’m done. It is awesome. I just need time to read this novel.

What are your hobbies? (Other than reading)

Travelling! I love to see beautiful sunsets and taking photographs! If you are following my personal account on Instagram, it shows my love for Mother Nature! I love being alone too — it makes me think more and be myself.

If there was one place on earth you would want to visit, where would it be?

One place? NO. I am not setting only for one place to visit! My goal is to travelling around the world and to have a taste of different culture and traditions. I am fascinated by how people communicate with different kinds of languages.

What is your favorite book?

This is not a question! Don’t ask any book worms/readers what is their favorite book! There’s a lot of kinds of book out there and there are others that are magical that you wouldn’t forget, and then there are books that will crush your soul. If I would answer this, maybe the series that made me into a reader, it was Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan and I need months to write down my favorite books.

Favorite author?

I have tons of Favorite authors! But the one who I literally fanboy-ed over was Romina Russell! She was so kind and lovely. You will love her guys!

Biggest pet peeve?

Attention seekers. They annoyed me, like: Girls posting a lovely photo with a caption, “I am so ugly.” but they just wanted attention, and I was like, “What the hell is wrong with you?”

Favorite childhood book?

PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIAN GODS!

Favorite movie?

As for now, Total Recall is still on my list, Inception, About Time, Ruby Sparks and Ender’s Game!

Do you prefer hardback books or paperback?

In the past, I don’t care whether paperback or hardbound but I was influenced by my fellow readers to change into Hardback books only because they are so worth it! And I totally agree!

Do you prefer new or used books?

I don’t have any preference. Whether it is new or used, I don’t mind as long as it was in good condition. I love books that has an history, for example a dedication, an autographed, a date. There’s a lot to know in used books and you’ll find them interesting.


My Nominees


Bianca @ Ultimate Fangirl

Bea from Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads

Elena from The Queen Reads

The Geeky Auror

Erika from The Nocturnal Fey

Hazel from Stay Bookish

Fay from Bibliphile Soprano

Jam from Heart Scent Reads

JM from Bookfreak Revelations