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Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She's the star spiker of her university's volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target--the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants ...more
Published (first published August 9th 2014)
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Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
Another one of these Filipino romances is FREE today for Kindle!
Lex
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I was in for the blog tour of this book so my full review will come in a matter of two weeks. :)

When I saw that Diane of Oops I Read A Book Again had this book on tour, I decided to sign up. I don't know the reasons why I did. I just did. So I read it in just a couple of hours, and I think it is a good book.

First, I didn't know it was written by a Filipino. Or maybe I did, maybe that is why I choose to participate in the Blog Tour. Promote our own writers. Well, anyway, the whole ti
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Anne
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
I think I've found one of my favorite ships. Because yes, guys, this one was glorious and perfection and so adorable I nearly died when they finally got together. I reread those scenes LIKE A MILLION TIMES. And squealed every. Time.

I'll do a proper review on the blog but let me tell you some bullet points:
- There's a volleyball star and she's the MC aka Val. She reminded me a bit of Blair Waldorf {if you read it, you'll know which traits she has that reminded me}.
- There is a cute boy wh
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Lynai
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
If there is one sport that I enjoy playing, it will be volleyball. I am not exactly the sporty type or a huge fan of sports, but at least I can throw a (satisfactory) volleyball serve or stop a spike. If it weren’t for my myopic eyes, I would have readily joined our elementary volleyball team. It is, therefore, not a surprise that I became interested in joining this blog tour for Agay Llanera’s newest novella, Once Upon A Player.

If there is one sport that I enjoy playing, it will be volleyball. I am not exactly the sporty type or a huge fan of sports, but at least I can throw a (satisfactory) volleyball serve or stop a spike. If it weren’t for my myopic eyes, I would have readily joined our elementary volleyball team. It is, therefore, not a surprise that I became interested in joining this blog tour for Agay Llanera’s newest novella, Once Upon A Player.

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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
If you love Blair Waldorf at her worst, you're going to dig Val from Once Upon a Player.

She's one of the most complex characters I've ever come across in NA. She's unlikable, selfish, She's difficult to root for, she's exactly not your standard heroine. If you're looking for self discovery NA-ish with a fierce mc. This is it.
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
I've always admired ladies who have guts, spunk and courage to do what they want and to say what they feel. But girls with attitude and extreme self-confidence and drive, to the point of hurting other people's feelings... no, major no no to me.

Valerie Fabian, star player and captain of the Star Phoenix volleybelles is cutthroat and determined in life, especially after an unfortunate family affliction. She's quite vain (in my opinion) and pretty pretentious too. She's used to getting
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Love teen novels and ones about sports ? Do you enjoy Volleyball ? Lately there has been an influx of Filipino reads and Once Upon a Player adds to that list. Volleyball captain Val has always had everything handed to her and no matter what she tries her hand at , it comes easy and in this case boys are no shortage as she also has Rico who is also a big star and considered a sports celebrity in circles. This year though, she has her eyes set on Jake and will do anything to snag her crush by the ...more
kb
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid plot and beautiful writing, as can be expected from this author! At first I wasn't sure if I was going to be #TeamVal (here's a sentence from the book that I thought perfectly described her: (view spoiler), but not even halfway through, I was already on the sidelines, raising my pompoms for her. Also got kind of confused by all the boys but in the end, I knew (view spoiler) ...more
Silayan
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No words can describe what I love about this book.
Alyssa
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly don’t like reading books that are written by Filipino authors and you might wonder why the heck did I read this book? It’s because change is coming. I want to change that fact. For the information of everybody, I took a break in the blogging community and even in reading (experienced a year-long reading slump). And during that time, I contemplated a lot of things. One was that I should support first my local authors before the
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Pamela Gayrama
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jay Tria
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is no going back. I'm now irrevocably a solid fan of Agay Llanera's work--her clear, fluid prose, her witty dialogue, and her very real characters. In this story, Agay said herself that her MC Val Fabian is a bitch, so I came into it preparing to hate her. I didn't though. I hated her guts sometimes, but I kind of understood her. Val is confident, tough, and perfect, which of course meant that she isn't any of those things some days too. I loved her development, and how it centered not onl ...more
Ines Bautista-yao
I was blown away ... And shed some tears.

This book was awesome! The descriptions were so vivid, so well-written that I felt the story was flashing before my eyes. The volleyball descriptions didn't just make me feel like I was watching the game, but like I was on the court with the players. And the way the author got into Val's head - her issues, her drive - everything was so real, done so masterfully.

I can't gush enough about this book. All I can say is I will definitely recommend this and gi
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Tara
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Once again, Llanera brought me into her well-crafted and relatable contemporary universe where athletes are celebrities and humans at the same time. Once Upon A Player is honest, raw, and real, delivering a mean spike to the heart at the right moments. Fudge it.

Full review at Tara Tries to Write.
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Agay is a freelance writer for TV and print. In her spare time, she enjoys writing Romance, New Adult, and Young Adult novellas.