I have no excuses. It totally slipped my mind that I had signed up for a cover reveal of Clarisse David’s upcoming book, Making It Complicated. But better late than never, right?😉 I am especially excited for this book because after reading Keeping The Distance, I already had a fan-cast Hunter in my mind and I’m thrilled he finally gets his own story. Yayyy for this drummer LI!😍
You know you’ve been watching too many Korean dramas these days when you start visualizing the scenarios from the book you’ve been reading in a K-drama setting. Clarisse David’s Keeping The Distance had that certain effect on me and boy was it a joy to read! Set in charming Iloilo, it’s an adorable take on what it’s like to fall in love when all you had to worry about were grades and people’s expectations about your potential.
Lance Ordonez is your typical BMOC. He’s rich, handsome and extremely popular with everyone. So why is he unable to charm the socks off the principal’s daughter? Everyone’s baffled except Melissa Ortiz. She knows that keeping the distance from Lance is one way of staying in her father’s good graces. But their swoon-worthy banters are gold and pretty soon everyone’s feeling the chemistry between them.
I kept tweeting my reactions while reading the story because that’s how affected I was of the growing closeness between the leads. Clarisse vividly captures each scenario with her descriptions and witty dialogues. This is a fun, light read young adult story that comes highly recommended if you’re looking for works by local authors.
- A romance set in Iloilo! We need more of this stuff.
- An ending that’s open to a lot of possibilities for this young couple.
- Am I the only one feeling the vibe between the best friend and the childhood crush? (I could be wrong though!)
- Melissa must be really well-loved. No one gave her grief over that party walk-out and public confession over the PA system.
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Being a fan of stories involving a political setting, The Future Chosen’s theme could not have been more perfect. Set in the fictional country of Isla, it chronicles the love story of Andres and Lourdes — two individuals who have been groomed by their respective families for public service. On paper, they are a match made in political heaven. But Isla’s election law, enacted before they were even born, throws a wrench into their happily ever after plans.
The author divides their story into three parts with each chronicling a certain phase of A&L’s relationship. Feelings aside, the book is more than just a romantic-political read and definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s an interesting case study of possible “WHAT IFs” once applied to the Philippine political landscape.
Imagine if the Mayo-Matias Free and Just Elections Law was for real? That would mean:
No two politicians shall come from the same family.
If the family already has one, the next eligible member will be the one born after said official’s death.
It’ll be a source of headache for established political families in the Philippines! 😂
The author brilliantly plays this sentiment into Andres’ motivation to specialize in election law. Does he want to find a loophole or does he want to pursue amendments that would allow him and Lourdes to be together?
Unpredictability is also thrown into the equation as we get to know more about the characters surrounding the couple. If one had a family like the Javenijks and the Riorosas, you would not be surprised why Andres and Lourdes gravitated towards each other. Hence my frustration when the ending left me with more questions than answers.
It was, however, a more realistic route for their predicament. A&L have been through a lot since they fell in love but coupled with their respective ambitions, it’s almost impossible to see them live happily ever unless they reach a compromise on the things they disagree on.
Now isn’t politics a scary, scary world to be in?
Have you recovered from the surprises the month of November had sprung on the country and the whole world? I think I’ve ranted enough on Twitter so I’ll spare my blog the negative vibes. 😉 That said, I’m very excited to see what the last few weeks of the year have to offer. 2016 has been a year full of surprises. It has not been financially rewarding but I am thankfully getting by. One only needs to appreciate the good things happening around, no matter how trivial they may be.
And speaking of good vibes, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to finish a book much less continue something that’s part of a series so I am happy to note that I just started with Book 4 (A Chesapeake Shores Christmas) of Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores. The books are the source material for the TV show of the same name which recently concluded its first season on Hallmark. Fondly referred to as a light and heart-warming read, Woods presents her stories like a continuing narrative of a small-town community revolving around the O’Brien family and the people connected to their lives.
The first book, The Inn at Eagle Point, revolves around the eldest O’Brien daughter (Abby) and the circumstances which brought her back to Chesapeake Shores. The second one, Flowers on Main, focuses on another O’Brien sibling (Bree) who’s recently back in town and eager for a fresh start. My favorite of the lot (for now, at least) has to be Harbor Lights which tells the story of how the eldest O’Brien son (Kevin) found a second chance at love after a personal tragedy. While they’ve made several modifications to the story for its small screen adaptation, I kind of wished several parts from the books were retained for more drama.
I haven’t started with Gilmore Girls’ A Year In The Life and everyone’s been buzzing about it over the weekend. Real life just got too busy these days and I barely even have time to finish my TV series backlog! I’ll most probably get to it during the holiday season so that gives me something to look forward too aside from Hallmark movies. Hehe!
I finished The Crown though. And there’s my recent “recommend a foreign rom-com flick” for the month, Casese Quien Pueda. I haven’t even written anything about Nostros los Nobles and it was so much fun!
I went to Fully Booked earlier today and saw the 2017 planners on display. My gaaahhdd, I wanted to buy at least two!!! How is this possible? 😀 I know my finances aren’t exactly in tiptop shape these days but December just ropes you into feeling okay to splurge on things.
That said, it’s officially the last month of the year! Let’s make it count, people! 🙂
I started late with the Harry Potter books. Still, I breezed through Books 1-4 just before the first movie was released. From then on, every book release date was like a special occasion for me and my sister. We would save up for it and then troop to the nearest mall to pick-up our copy. Then there was that empty feeling about having nothing to look forward to after the last Potter film was released.
Five years later and Potterheads are once again celebrating with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Unlike the first seven books, this one’s a stage play and was developed by a playwright Jack Thorne from an idea by J.K. Rowling. But because not everyone can troop to London and see it on-stage, a script book was released for fans who wanted to read how Harry’s life has turned out since the epilogue of Book 7.
Without divulging important details, here are my thoughts on the book: