It was the chance of a lifetime. When Five got an invite to travel for free and explore Macau in exchange for writing...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
It was the chance of a lifetime. When Five got an invite to travel for free and explore Macau in exchange for writing a blog post about the experience, she was beyond excited. A seasoned traveler, Five wouldn't pass up such an opportunity. The trip was supposed to be enjoyable, except for the arrogant jerk who rubbed Five the wrong way from the moment they first saw each other. And as it turns out, they were to be travel buddies. Will her trip to Macau be as enjoyable as she hoped? What adventure will she be in and will she ever change her opinion of her jerk of a travel buddy?
I was barely 5% in the novel but I knew I was gonna love it. Five is such a fun character to read of! Even her name makes one very curious of her. I like getting inside her very organized, very workaholic head. And I couldn't blame her for thinking ill of Jesse because the guy had it coming. I didn't think I'd like Jesse because his attitude rubbed me the wrong way as well, but who knew he can be such a charming person underneath?
It all started from a misunderstanding. They were enemies who became friends, who bonded over things they didn't expect to have in common. I love the romance build-up between Five and Jesse. The moments they shared together were nothing overly dramatic or grand, but you feel the transformation with every scene. That budding feeling of something good between a guy and a girl, uncertain, questionable. That moment when you realize that maybe, it's love. And ultimately, the moment when you realize that maybe it's not. That you're the only one feeling that way. Five's pain at thinking it was nothing but a ploy to be a better blogger twisted my insides. It was such a bittersweet experience for her, and I could very well relate through all the motions she went through to face what happened. I liked Jesse for being man enough to say sorry, for bridging that gap to end the misunderstanding. They seriously both need to work on communicating with each other better.
I have never been to Macau before, but this story just makes me want to pack my bags and take a flight straight to Macau and start exploring. I miss the thrill of going through a journey to a new place outside of my own country. I wanted to explore all the places Five and Jesse explored, taste the food they ate, conquer my fear of heights and do bungee jumping and just capture the beauty of a foreign place with so much to offer.
Novellas like this one are hard to come by, because despite being short and sweet, it gives you complete satisfaction, that feeling of completeness, that even though it is short, you know that the story has been written thoroughly and very well, that that shortness is enough for a reader to fully enjoy the story and that not a lot of words are needed to create such a sweet love story. All's Fair in Blog and War is such a cute, endearing romance that will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside when you finish reading. I loved every moment of it!(less)
I got this when they were offering the novella from Heroes and Heartbreakers. I have to say, I enjoyed reading this novella. It was short and sweet, a...moreI got this when they were offering the novella from Heroes and Heartbreakers. I have to say, I enjoyed reading this novella. It was short and sweet, and is as interesting as Deuce and Fade's story. I hope Thimble and Stone get their own book, or at least be included in Outpost or Horde!(less)
I started reading Home while I was in a corner of Mall of Asia, sitting in one of the concrete benches, the day was s...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
I started reading Home while I was in a corner of Mall of Asia, sitting in one of the concrete benches, the day was somewhat dreary and it was drizzling while the GazettE, a popular Jrock band's Ganges ni Akai Bara (ガンジスに紅い薔薇) was on full blast, and a styrofoam full of takoyaki steaming beside me. That's Jrock, a little Japanese food and a bit of emo in the mix. I have all the necessary elements to help immerse myself in this book and I did. So much so that when I finish reading, this book was all I could think of.
I was expecting a lot from this novel, maybe because the Jrock fan and japanophiliac in me wants details, an authentic feel to the whole experience of being a Jrock fan because I know how it feels like to be one. I am one. And I was so surprised, because this novel just took me back to that place. Not only did I feel so nostalgic while reading of familiar places like Zepp Tokyo, Shibuya and Yokohama, I also found myself responding to both Shin and Maya's experiences as their relationship bloom.
Home called out to the inner romantic in me. What if it was possible? What if a fan falls in love with her idol and made it through all the ups and downs, the demands of the relationship? Maya followed her heart, against all odds, and found herself in Japan, the one place she's dreamt of going to. But life is hard, and Maya's starting to think if that's all there is to it in Japan. She was barely getting by with her wage, she was lonely and she didn't have a lot of friends. Those little details of how sad life can be when you're all alone in a foreign country, I'm amazed at how spot on the author is with expressing and showing to the readers what it's like, and it made me appreciate the novel even more.
What can I say? Shin was your typical Jrock star. I can compare him to a number of Jrock personalities that I like, and he's just like them. Beneath all the glamorous lifestyle, the make up, the music, he's just Shin. Someone who falls in love with the last person he expects to. Shin had his own emotional baggage he carries around, and I like how despite his imperfections, he's serious when he needs to be. He was that typical embodiment of a musician, a wounded soul in search for someone he can laugh with, eat with, tease, ponder life with, that special someone who can make his heart race, his head ache, and ultimately make him feel alive.
Maya had this quirky personality that puzzled me from the start. I can relate to her in some ways, even when her personality throws me off a bit. But there's one thing she worries about that I can't help but agree with: falling in love was never easy. The way her paths crossed with Shin and intertwined just like that was hard to believe. It's good to be a little pessimistic at times, but the insecurities Maya felt were not born out of nothing. The difference between her and Shin's lifestyle, the language barrier, the culture, all of those are things that they must overcome. But you know what I liked about their love story? Despite Maya being a bit crazy at times, Shin was the only person who can understand her and assure her that it won't happen. Shin was the person who believed that it will work. It's easy to give up, but this is that one, rare instance where love sometimes is enough to break barriers and bring two people together.
I fell in love with the magic of Kat Santos' writing. She took me back to Japan and brought out the side of me that longs to go back to there and experience it all over again. It's hard to believe that this story has been done out of pure research, because Kat knows what she's writing about, and they're spot on, from the Jrock culture, to the way the fans behave.
Home is an endearing, bittersweet love story with a dash of fun and a little sprinkle of conflict and sadness on the side. A little cliche, but who cares? It's a love story that makes one feel really warm inside and believe the wonders love can do to two people. It doesn't matter where you came from, who you are, or how crazy you can be, love happens when you least expect it, and when it does, when you know the feeling is real, don't let it go.
This is that book I want to write but I never can. Kat Santos is an author to watch out for, that's for sure. I want to read more of her works!(less)
My android phone and Kindle app has never hated me until this very moment. I kept on pressing the next button but the...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
My android phone and Kindle app has never hated me until this very moment. I kept on pressing the next button but there are no extra pages at the end of the e-book no matter how hard I press.
I want more! More! More!
Our favorite novice Goddess is back, and she's still getting a hang of using her powers, interacting with confusing, temperamental Gods and just basically trying to learn how to be the Goddess of Love. Now Hannah's caught in a love dilemma involving her best friend, Sol. Oh, and did I mention that she's also trying to catch a thief, who happens to be Sol's boyfriend? You guessed it right, chaos ensues.
Quin, our favorite Sun God, still straight an arrow as ever when it comes to the rules and training Hannah is being such a worrywart, though it's for a reason. I still like how sensible can be, to the point that he becomes a little annoying, because he's right. That also means Hannah doesn't get to have fun. I like how she's standing up for herself, also for a number of reasons. That stubborn streak and spark of feistiness shows there's more to her character than being the usual gentle confidant that she is. Diego took the center stage in this novel, showing more of what the God of the Sea can do. Underneath all the macho facade hides someone who is still capable of caring, someone who has experienced heartbreak just like everyone else. It's a little bit unexpected to see him help Hannah realize a lot of things about her feelings for Quin. Gradually, my impression of this mischievous God is changing. Robbie is still being his cute self and Vida is still being cryptic.
Queen of the Clueless showed more in terms character development and pushes the story further forward. The questions one have in Interim Goddess of Love kept on piling up but some were answered in this sequel, and the reasons we're all looking for as to why Quin, so uptight and responsible God that he is, behaves that way, is revealed. These parts of the story made me love the characters more and made me a step more curious as to what these Gods are really up to and how Hannah really fits in the entire story. This sequel had a more engaging storyline than the first, and made me more emotionally invested in the characters. There were moments when I want to strangle Hannah and knock some sense in Quin. I was frustrated, sad, angry and shocked. But overall, I like how despite her being a Goddess, Hannah was never perfect. She makes mistakes and wrong decisions just like a normal human does and lets her emotion take over once in a while. She over thinks and gets confused and gets hurt too. Also, the introduction of a new character gives the story more intrigue. What role does this person play? How will it affect the already confusing relationships among the Gods and Hannah?
You can feel that the story's almost coming to a close and the cliffhanger ending just builds up the reader's anticipation to the maximum. It made me freak out! What happens now?(less)
Harper is a successful divorce attorney. She's got a lot of good things going on in her life. Her business is booming...moreReview posted at Amaterasu Reads
Harper is a successful divorce attorney. She's got a lot of good things going on in her life. Her business is booming, she's got a long-time boyfriend who was really good looking and all that's left to do was to tie the knot with Dennis. But when her proposal was left hanging and she suddenly found herself face-to-face with the first man she had ever loved, her ex-husband Nick, Harper found her orderly life turned upside down. Thrown with Nick into an unexpected road trip that lead them both to examine their failed relationships and lives and finding out that they still love each other, would Nick and Harper be able to make it work this time?
Harper is a quirky, a little bit crazy of a character who I loved to hate but I loved to love at the same time. She can be sarcastic at times, even snarky, but she always makes up for it by doing what she thinks is best for those that she loves, and even though she doesn't show it, she loves her family deeply. I love her sassy personality, and I think that her attitude, and sadly, her experiences in life, just complements her profession and makes her good at what she does.
I loved reading books about road trips, as I've enjoyed reading Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Two-way Street. My One and Only is a much more mature take on relationships that can blossom while being on the road. Sometimes the unexpected happens and that drive across the country helped both Nick and Harper settle a lot of things between them.
Harper's voice throughout the novel is ridiculously funny and very entertaining. Despite her overall somewhat jaded view in love and marriage, Harper's interaction with all the secondary characters never failed to bring a smile to my face. She was also fickle minded, and even at that age, she still had a thing or two to learn about love and family, and I'm glad she did.
Nick's personality made me laugh as much as Harper does. I find his brand of sarcasm and taunting when it comes to Harper and her choice of boyfriend (a.k.a. Dennis, who loves to say the word "dude" a lot) really cute. Their exchange of insults and ridiculous names and teasing felt like I was seeing two teenagers fight and I loved every moment of it. He's also one determined guy, despite his differences with Harper, and there's a lot of them, he was willing to start over.
The plot, though not as unique as I thought it would be, it was even cliche at times, was written beautifully enough to keep me interested. Kristan Higgins was able to write a book with characters that felt real, characters that feel and a romance, though not ideal and perfect, but was something we all wish we have.
This book is a light and quick read that is perfect if you want to be immersed in a perfectly funny read where you can pick up a couple of good lessons about family, love and second chances. And after all the heartache and heartbreaks, Harper still does deserve her own happily ever after.